Thank you to those of you who have knitted or crocheted key worker dolls for one of the stations in the Nativity Trail which we hope to open to the public in December. More news to follow (refer to the Christmas page for details of that event).
UPDATE ON POPPY TRAIL - Sunday 25th March
Ladies from Victory Belles (WI) started to add poppies to the poppy trail this morning. They would like to thank those people who have made poppies so far. If anyone else has poppies, can you take them to the British Legion please or they can be collected. (Send a message on Messenger m.me/StBartsWednesbury or send a message on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/StBartsWednesbury - and I will contact one of the ladies.) The WI ladies will add more poppies to the route on Sunday 1st November so it's important to collect in as many poppies as possible before then.
Victory Belles would like to expand our poppy display this year and they need your help. They need you to knit, crochet, sew, paint or sculpt poppies; use any pattern you like, there are lots available free online. In these dark times under local lockdown let's spread some colour around our town.
Remembrance Day parades will not be taking place this year so let's put poppies where the people should be and create a poppy trail.
Our fallen and veterans must be remembered. Lest we forget.
We want you to know we have been thinking about those of you who normally go to Craft Club each month and all our lovely craft stallholders. Lynn and I have talked about the future of our club for this year. We have decided not to hold a Craft Fayre until some time in 2021. We will need to wait until early to mid October to see how the reported cases of Coronavirus go in Sandwell and by that time it will be too late to organise the Craft Fayre that we had originally planned to have in November. And, of course, it will be very difficult to hold a Craft Fayre whilst also social distancing. As for Craft Club meetings, we don’t know when we will be able to meet again. The majority of us are in the vulnerable category and several of us have had to self-isolate for the majority of the time of lockdown and are still very cautious. It will be difficult to meet in the church hall at the moment anyway. The first collective worship was held in the hall on Sunday 2nd August because the church is difficult to keep sanitised and safe for our congregation. The church hall is easier to social distance seats and to clean before and after each service. So, for the moment the hall is set out for those services. Therefore, we will not be able to set out the tables and chairs in the available space and ensure we can social distance in order to hold a craft club meeting. We hope you will understand our decisions. If the situation changes we will let you know.
With very best wishes
Lynn and Wendy
(4th August 2020)
Our 'Craft and Chat' sessions are held once a month (usually on the first Saturday each month, most months) 2 pm to 4 pm. Check our posts on Facebook to see forthcoming dates of meetings if we don't post them here. Bring whatever you're working on and enjoy a chat and refreshments. Just 50p each session. We meet in St Bartholomew's Church Hall in Wednesbury (bottom of Church Hill). If you wish to join us you will be very welcome.
During the Coronavirus pandemic we will not be having any craft club meetings. We will advise you when we can meet again.
How amazing is this? Laura Chaisty says her mum suffers with anxiety and has really struggled during this lockdown. Making this quilt has kept her busy and eased her mind. It’s now on show outside her house for people to see whilst on their daily walks. ‘Our world 2020.’ Well done to Trish Chaisty; you have created a wonderful message for these times. For any of you who are struggling with isolation or are anxious, if you are able to make something similar it might help you to cope with the isolation and the worries we all have at this time. How about making something yourself that relates to the current situation? It could be created using knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, painting, paper craft, wood craft, resin, glass engraving, pebble craft, etc. All the best. Thank you to Trish and Laura for allowing me to share this.
I never enjoyed using a glue gun as I got in so much of a mess. However, I've come to love it recently when I made 2 fairy log houses and some fairy doors for the small fairy garden under a Forsythia tree. I needed something stronger to glue lots of bits and bobs onto the logs and fairy doors. After sealing everything with varnish I have now put them in the garden. I present Wendy's Craft Cottage and Dotty Cottage as well as one of the small fairy doors. I have included special references to our daughters and grandchildren. You may need to click on each photo to see full detail. Wendy
The following dates have been suspended during the pandemic.
We are happy to advise you about Saxon Hill Craft Barn. The Craft Barn is a non-profit and charitable organisation at Chasewater. It is a resource and recycling centre, providing work based learning opportunities for young people and adults with physical and learning difficulties. It really is an Aladdin’s Cave of creativity and everything is sold at a low cost. They are open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm. It’s well worth a visit and afterwards you can use the cafe in the Innovation Centre or sit outside by the pool. There is also a tea room at the Station. There are play areas for children too so it makes a nice day out. Check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saxonhillcraftbarn/
On Sunday 23rd February we presented to the church the banner we have been working on (about God's natural world). It looks beautiful. Thank you to those of you who have created some of the sections. Special thanks to Lynn Castillo and Marg Wood who planned and completed the banner. (You may need to click on the main photograph to see all of the banner.). It is now hanging on a pillar for everybody to see.
CHARITY FOCUS 2019 Our charity focus started when the Food Bank in Wednesbury received a donation of mini knitted hats. After that some of our crafters and people from church knitted or crocheted more hats. Thank you to all of you. (See the photo above showing what we have been able to donate to the ‘Innocent smoothies Big Knit project’. http://www.thebigknit.co.uk The Big Knit started back in 2003 with an idea. They asked people to knit little woolly hats, then they put them on their smoothies. For each smoothie sold with a hat, they gave 25p to Age UK. Since then, 7.5 million hats have been knit and donated. Nearly £2.5 million has been raised for Age UK so far (that figure includes other donations). What a fabulous idea! If you want more information (and knitting patterns) please look at their website. If you are able to knit a few hats for us to donate to this cause in the future, can you pass them on to somebody who is a member of the Craft Club or who goes to St Bartholomew’s Church please otherwise pop them into Wednesbury’s Food Bank and they will pass them on to us. Alternatively, you can donate them individually yourself. Thank you. Please note: We have already passed on this year's donation of hats as Innocent Smoothies needed them early July.
CRAFT FAYRES Please make a note in your diaries of the next craft fayre for this year: Christmas Craft Fayre on Saturday 2nd November (this is only a provisional date for a possible craft fayre at the moment - a final decision will be made soon). (If the Christmas Craft Fayre goes ahead then there will not be a Craft Club meeting that afternoon.)
Below is a slideshow of our Christmas Craft Fayre 2018. It was a fabulous afternoon:
All profits made from our craft fayres are saved for a project in Church or the church hall. In the past we used some of the money and gifted a new Common Worship Book (Presidents edition) to the Church which was blessed by the Bishop of Wolverhampton, the Rt Revd Clive Gregory (andLynn made a beautiful bookmark to be used in the book). This photo doesn't do it justice.
Take a look in the slideshow below at some items our members have made:
We shared a stall with 'Wednesbury Churches Together' at Wednesbury Carnival in July 2018. It was a lovely sunny day and we had a great afternoon.