​Church gets stitched up!

A church can be many things to many people, but in one Wolds village it is bringing people together and having them in stitches.
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St Michael & All Angels at Brookenby is the venue for a new group offering people the opportunity to learn to sew or brush up on their sewing skills.

Group leader Linda Kiddell was pleased with the turnout for the first monthly gathering last week and is looking forward to welcoming even more people at the next session.

She said: “Lots of people have told me they have sewn in the past, maybe making their children’s clothes, but now they want to take it up again, but don’t know where to start.

​Group leader Linda Kiddell, right, with support assistants, from left, Nikki, Selina and Sue​Group leader Linda Kiddell, right, with support assistants, from left, Nikki, Selina and Sue
​Group leader Linda Kiddell, right, with support assistants, from left, Nikki, Selina and Sue

"This is a group for anyone of any ability or none to learn to use a sewing machine and other sewing skills. At the moment, we are meeting once a month, but this could increase if the demand is there.”

Open to over 16s only, the group meets from 10am to 2pm on the third Wednesday of the month.

Initial start up costs have been helped by grants from the Lincoln Diocese Transformation Fund and Mission Development Fund.

Group support assistant Selena said: “While the group is hosted by the church, you don’t have to be a church member to come along. Everyone is at different skill levels, so we have an ongoing project to take part in or you can do your own thing. Currently, we are making lap quilts for men in hospices out of old shirts, so it is upcycling as well as upskilling.”

The group’s next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 21.

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