During the coronavirus lockdown Quilting group member Elizabeth Shaw finished making this beautiful quilt (above) from ‘log cabin blocks’ using fabric left over from previous projects. She says: “As you can see there is a lot of purple, which is left over from the bed runner I made for my sister.”
Inga Sorensen, too, has taken on a large quilting project (above). “It is going to be a bedspread, a present for some friends. It has not yet been sewn together – at the moment it is just pinned to the wall. It will have a light grey border. It is a very big project, and it has been a lot of fun putting it together. It has made Covid easier to cope with!” says Inga.
During the last lockdown quilter Deanne Rhodes produced these colourful Christmassy decorations to give to her family.
The group, founded six years ago, meets at 10.30am on the first Tuesday of the month. We are now 25 members: some have served in Her Majesty’s forces but the majority, male and female, have an interest in the subject gained from formally studying history or from reading around the subject.
Prior to lockdown a member of the group would deliver an illustrated talk followed by a discussion over coffee. The wide range of topics covered have included both World Wars, Waterloo, the American Civil War, the police and warfare, and the defence of Britain against Napoleon.
During lockdown our meetings have continued on Zoom, during which time our group’s membership has increased. Opening up these meetings to the general membership has seen our audience increase to 60. We hope many will join us at our face-to-face meetings when safety allows.
The Zoom talks are published on YouTube, and our monthly eNewsletter summarises these whilst covering many military topics. Zoom has given us the opportunity to invite guest speakers and we shall continue this approach at our face-to-face meetings.
The future is looking bright.
We have over 150 jigsaws for you to choose from. Most are 1,000 pieces but we also have lots of smaller jigsaws. The subjects range from country scenes and animals to historical subjects and comical pictures.
The exchange is in Brockham in a room at the back of my garage so there is no need to come into my house. Hand sanitiser is provided and all jigsaws are quarantined for a week when returned. If you are interested please ring me on 01737 842516.
Myths & Stories
All cultures have had their own myths and legends for centuries in order to explain life and death. All have different Creation Myths. We had Adam and Eve until science proved otherwise. How could one explain thunder and lightning other than that it was sent from the gods in anger? Or how could you explain night’s darkness if you did not know that the earth rotates around the sun?
We discuss legendary stories from all around the world, some ancient and others much more recent. We are a small, friendly group who meet in Pixham. If you are interested in joining us please ring Jill Burberry (01306 880653).
Our members include many talented artists, writers and photographers whose work can be enjoyed on this site.
Please click here if you would like to contribute to the showcase.