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Needles and Natter at Hope

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

by Kathleen Allen

Sixteen years ago, the late Pam Nelder and some other ladies set up Hope Quilters. Pam had her City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting and willingly shared her knowledge with other members so there are many samples of varying techniques in local homes. In Hope Church, there are two large wall quilts; the one on the right is Pam’s own impeccable work, while the left-hand wall houses one made by the group under Pam’s expert leadership.


Times changed. Pam had a stroke and had to leave her Burnham home, but we were determined that the group should continue. At first, most of our efforts went into quilting but, over time, this broadened to include cross stitch, knitting and crochet – even, on a few occasions, sketching. Between us, we have a wealth of knowledge and are happy to share it. Someone may offer a particular idea which others may try, but this is always optional. We have the equipment to back up many needlework ideas – sewing machines, roller cutters, cutting boards, iron and ironing board and many smaller items.


As our afternoons moved away from regular learning, our chat became more important so we changed our name to “Needles and Natter”. Sometimes the Needles part is dominant, while other days it is the Natter, which can be light-hearted or quite deep! One constant part is the tea/coffee and biscuits! A while ago, a member’s relative said to me how she was happier when she had been with us on a Tuesday - and that is probably true for most of us, most of the time!


We are a community group, welcoming anyone from any church background or none. We meet in Hope Church in term-time between 2 and 4pm on Tuesdays. You will be very welcome, so do give “Needles and Natter” a try!


For more information, please contact Maureen (07770 744835) or Kath (01278 793627).

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