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Sponsored walks and swims are quite usual but a sponsored sew is more uncommon (and sedentary) so that’s what I decided to do in response to a fundraising plea for repairs to our side porch.

I lead the U3A Textile Crafts Group which meets in our hall at Harlow Hill. So, although this wasn’t a U3A project, I asked my members for help and three volunteered.

The date was fixed for Friday, 6 May  and was publicised in our Methodist Circuit, on the U3A website, in the local paper, in local shops, by word of mouth and, on the day itself, by eye-catching posters exhorting everyone to drop in. Meanwhile

I planned to be there from 10 am to 4 pm with two U3A members coming for two hours in the morning and another for two hours in the afternoon. They continued with some stumpwork which had been started in the group. I brought the goldwork wall hanging which I’d started previously and which will go on the church wall. I also arranged an exhibition of textile work and visitors showed a lot of interest in the methods used. I had to explain the mysteries of techniques such as “twisting”, “couching” and “plunging”.

As we all know, Methodists are “good with food” and there was a small team of church members who provided delicious cakes and refreshments throughout the day.

This, plus donations on the day itself, brought in more cash contributions though the largest part of the £257 raised came from people who very kindly sponsored me. I’d like to thank them for their generosity and their willingness in giving me a chance to do the sponsored sew.

Julie Clark