Welcome to the Craft Group page
From a tentative start, at first with only 6 of us allowed to meet up outside and having to book our places, we now find in November that the group has settled into meeting every Wednesday afternoon from 2-4pm inside the Trading Store. Polly will always put the kettle on and there's a warm welcome to all. We'll continue these light-hearted sessions until the end of the month when we will take a break until the weather warms up again in April 2022.
You don't need any qualifications to join our sessions, just enthusiasm! If you are interested, please just turn up and there's bound to be a job for you! Or, get in touch with Penny for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Scarecrows at the August Hurst Show
The Craft Group first entered a Scarecrow in the Hurst Show in 2016 with Bertie Bedstraw (who was a figment of the imagination). In 2017 we entered an effigy of Donald Trump and in 2018 WHA won the competition with Nell Gwyn. As winners, Rachael and Josie were asked to judge the scarecrow class in 2019, so we couldn't enter or they might have been accused of bias! The Hurst show didn't take place in 2020 but we entered again in 2021 and came 2nd with our Nurse with rainbow hair
At the 2nd Autumn mini show in 2020, our local Camera Club friend, Graham Breadmore, took photos of both the show exhibits and of our craft tables set out in the car park. Do take a peek here.
We didn't let the grass grow under our feet in 2020, though, and many thanks are due to everyone who continued to produce lovely items during the lockdowns for our home-made craft sales
We were able to hold a few 'pop-up' sessions in the Garden Room and in the Store, and our annual Lavender Wands workshop took place on 20 July. It was a pleasant afternoon, smelt delicious and a new skill learnt. Crafters subsequently looked out for more stems to create even more wands. Keep one under your pillow to promote a good nights' sleep, or use to repel clothes moths.
We were lucky in September to be able to set out our wares on the 4 sunny Sundays whilst our mini Autumn Shows were taking place in the Garden Room. Our local Camera Club friend, Graham Breadmore, took photos of both the mini show exhibits and craft stall at the 2nd mini show and these can be seen on the galleries page.
We also took part in the Wokingham Christmas Market – a new and much smaller venture replacing the annual Wokingham Christmas Carnival which had had to be cancelled. Strict covid safe measures were in place on the day which dawned fairly cold, but thankfully not wet or windy. We had a steady stream of customers, all feeling as if they were on day release, and sold out of the potted hyacinths.
One of our recycling projects in the summer of 2019 involved transforming 2 litre plastic bottles into colourful flowers These were displayed on a stall in Wokingham market along with other recycled items such as bug hotels, plant pots and more. The flowers have since been donated to WADE for their sensory garden. We hope they continue to add a splash of colour in the garden during the winter months and will be visible to WADE members visiting their Centre on the Reading Road.
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History of the Craft Group
The WHA Craft Group started up in 2016 with the aims of:
creating gorgeous and saleable items for our stall at the Wokingham Winter Carnival (Last Sunday in November)
giving us the opportunity to learn new skills from each other, whilst enjoying tea/coffee and cake together in the convivial setting of our ever-changing new look Trading Store.
meeting new people and making new friends through craft