The group meets on the 2nd Wednesday morning in the month at a member’s house. Some of the sessions are lead by a member if they want to share their interest and sometimes members bring their own work to do.
There is space new members for this group please contact the coordinator for more details
During the year we have learnt new knitting and crocheting techniques, wool felted to make a bowl, various forms of paper crafting and Christmas decorations.
Members during the year have collected items for Samaritan Purse Boxes. These have included sewn and knitted bags, scarves, hats and games as well as toys, pencils, games etc suitable for children up to 15 who wouldn’t usually receive presents.
The calendar for the year may alter as members have learnt new crafts that they wish to share. Please contact the group co ordinator for details of the project for the month and what you need to bring.
March Easter baskets
April Notice board, game
May Die cutting for card making. Machine available to use
June painted flower pots
July Button pictures
August Charity Boxes
September Charity Boxes
October Clip boards
November Christmas wreaths
December Christmas decorations using natural materials.
Below is a photo of the "shoe boxes" we have put together for "Operation Christmas Child". We filled 14 in total. Each box is crammed with items such as pencil cases and stationary/craft items, socks, gloves, beanie hats, small toys and games, wash bags, flannels, hair brushes, combs and hair accessories and all manner of goodies, age and sex appropriate to the label on the outside Many of the items inside have been made over the past year by us. From us they go to a local church and then on to one of the depots in the UK where the Samaritans Purse Charity checks the many thousands that they receive each year before being shipped all over the world to children in need.
We also have to send a donation with each shoe box to help with transportation costs etc.
If anyone wants to know more about this project, details can be found on their website www.samaritans-purse.org.uk
For more information please telephone 01676 530422
Shoe Boxes for Operation Christmas Child
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Quilt of Valour
During 2011 the Craft Group decided to make a quilt as a group project having explored a lot of different crafts over the previous 18 months since the group started. The Group asked the U3A committee for a contribution of £50 to cover costs. The committee agreed to this and they were able to buy good fabric and wadding. Over a period of about five months, each of the group members made several squares (blocks) to a set design and these were put together with a border and quilted with buttons. None of the group had made a quilt before so it was a slightly scary but ultimately satisfying project. They looked at various charity websites and chose 'Quilts of Valour' (website www.qovf.org/content/uk-qovf.html) as it seemed a personal way of supporting a serviceman.
The Craft Group members from left to right: Wendy Crawford, Hanne Briggs, Margaret Cutler, Anne Watts, Sue Anderton and Lidy Woods.
Jane Cooper is also a member but was not available when the photograph was taken