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Places of Welcome

A “Crafty” Place of Welcome

Despite the challenges of the current pandemic, St Michael’s C of E Church in Rocester, near Uttoxeter, has largely succeeded in keeping its doors open for its weekly Place of Welcome meetings.

Six years of welcome!

The Craftea group, as the Place of Welcome is known, started six years ago and now regularly welcomes twelve to fourteen people at its informal sessions combining crafts, chat and a cuppa.

These “crafty” folk have continued to meet each week throughout 2020 (other than in times of national lockdown), strictly observing all the required social distancing and hygiene protocols.

Even during lockdown, their co-ordinator, Susan Maiden-Dalton, has set them “knitting homework”, making angels for distribution locally, to bring some much-needed Christmas cheer.

The versatile crafters also raise money for charity, with £965 recently donated to the Poppy Day Appeal.

“Crafty” Doorstep Choristers

Susan has recently filmed them all singing solo on their doorsteps and editing the video clips into a seamless performance of The Twelve Days of Christmas, which is great fun and which will be shared with the congregation of St Michael’s during online Christmas services this year. You can view their video here via Facebook

Susan Maiden Dalton said,

“We’ve worked hard to keep our Place of Welcome group open and I’m so happy that we’ve been able to do that. The Craftea Club is about so much more than crafting. It’s about friendship, fellowship and fun, and everyone is welcome – even if you’re all fingers and thumbs with a needle or a crochet hook, like me!”

The Craftea Place of Welcome is open at St Michael's every Monday from 1.30 to 3.30pm.

You're promised a very warm welcome, a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit and friendly companionship. Bring your knitting, crochet, or embroidery - and perhaps a “good yarn” or two to share, too!

A blog by Lesley Bovington - TCT’s Places of Welcome Facilitator (Staffs/Stoke)

Published 14th December 2020

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