The Craft class started in about 2005, when some ladies of the Women’s Institute decided that they wanted more than talks and general socialising. Something perhaps to satisfy their craft interests.

We decided to try watercolour painting, and got a gentleman artist to give us lessons. He came for 6 weeks, and by then we had the basics. We rather liked a morning getting away from housework, so we decided to carry on meeting every other Monday morning, and have done so every since.

At first we carried on painting, but after a while we brought in other things, and it became very educational as we taught each other different crafts. Watercolour spread to pastel drawing. Then Cross stitch, Tapestry, Embroidery and Knitting. We even learned how to do Quilling and Handanger, and had a demonstration of Felting.

We design cards for all occasions. Flower arranging was good, as we made use of that skill to make things to sell at the Gala, for our village contribution. One of our ladies is an expert on Tiffany-style stained glass work. Making lamps, bowls, mirrors and Christmas decorations.

We do a lot of knitting in between other crafts. We knit for premature babies and orphanages, things like coats, bootees, hats and blankets. We have had help from other knitters in the village who have sent us the odd balls of wool left over from their projects.

The group is no longer part of the WI, as we have opened it up to non-members. Friends though it was a good idea.

We have 14 members, and we each pay £1.50 each time we attend, to cover the hire of Room 5 in the Community Centre. We pay for our own crafts and bring our own coffee and such. If it’s your birthday, we expect to sample another craft…. a cake! It’s a great way to start the week!!

New members are always welcome. For more information, ring Pat Morley on 0114-246-2629, or email her on