How long has Tuesday's craft group been going for?
We’ve been going a while – before lockdown. People just come along and bring their own knitting or crochet or embroidery or whatever they want to do. I’ve done most crafts so if something pops up, I can show them how to do it, or point them in the right direction.
During lockdown, we had a zoom meeting every week, so that we didn’t lose contact with everybody. Now we're back and it’s so nice to talk to people face to face.
Is it the same now after lockdown as it was before?
Yes, exactly the same. just slightly further apart from each other, unless I’m showing somebody something. We’ve all had our jabs though, so it’s a very safe environment.
How many people are in the craft group?
There’s a regular half a dozen, and then we get others coming in as well. We don’t stop anybody from coming in to take a look at what we’re doing.
What does everybody do in the group?
They all do their own thing and on occasions I can show people what to do. Almost any craft really, within reason.
What’s your favourite craft to do?
Crochet at the moment, but then during lockdown I taught myself how to do macramé. I made one of those hangers for flowerpots, and hung it up on the wall, with a teddy bear for the children to play with.
Did you knit your jumper?
Yes I did, and during lockdown I did a lot of keyrings, so all my friends on the bus have a little macramé keyring – including one bus driver who wanted an owl. We also have a lady who makes a lot of pompoms which we attach to our keys so that we can find them easily.
What made you want to start volunteering at the House of Friendship?
My husband died about ten years ago, and well, you’re on your own. You don’t know where to start to be honest. So, I was just walking up the hill one day and I thought I might go and have a lunch and by the time I left I was volunteering.
I volunteered at the desk Friday mornings and now I come in on Mondays and sit and do the orders that come in for the meals. I had a friend Wendy, who wanted to get a craft group going somewhere, so I said, ‘Why not do it here?’ I'm very pleased that it's a success.