What’s on in September 2017

5th Sept – UFO Unfinished items.   If you have a project that you have started but are fed up with and won’t ever finish you could bring it along and see if someone else would like to take it on. You could also dig out something  that you have put away and bring it to do today.  There will also be a foiling workshop for a few people, sewing machine and iron required

9th to 17th September.  K Art at Kingstone Church.  We will be having a table to advertise our November exhibition and show examples of what we do.  There will also be the opportunity to sell items at times when we have members on duty at the church.

12th September,  Day out to St Fagans in Cardiff.  Coach leaving Madley at 8.30am with pick ups in Clehonger 8.20am, Kingstone 8.35am and Ross at about 8.50am as advised.  NO CRAFT CLUB AT MADLEY on this day

25th September.  Coffee morning for Age-related Macular Disease.  One of our members, Thelma Roper, who suffers from this, planned to have an afternoon tea earlier in the year to raise funds for this charity but was unable to do so because of illness and we are going to hold this coffee morning instead.   Cakes to have with coffee and to sell will be needed and other items for bring and buy.

 Newsletter No 5 – January 2016

 First of all an enormous thank you to Brian (Sylvia’s husband) for all his hard work creating such a fantastic website for us. If you haven’t already done so do have a look at it, just google ‘Madley Craft’ or put e-voice.org.uk/madleycraft group into your web browser. In addition to information about the group there are lots of photos of activities, workshops and items from show and tell.


Coming up:-


February 2nd (next week)

A ‘How to get more out of your Sewing Machine’ session to help us to learn more about all the functions of our machines. If you would like to take part in this please bring your sewing machine with all its attachments, the manual, extension lead, a piece of plain material and contrasting thread (so you can clearly see the stitching).


February 23rd

Hexagon Workshop with Jenny Crisp who will show us some ideas using hexagons with examples of some of the items she has made.

                     Details of what to bring will be given out next week.


March 15th

 Dorset Buttons, a talk and demonstration from Carolyn Mace who will bring along some kits costing £2 for anyone who wants to have a go.



A Dorset button is a style of craft-made button originating in the English county of Dorset. Their manufacture was at a peak between 1622 and 1850, after which they were overtaken by machine-made buttons from factories in the developing industries of Birmingham and other growing cities.

Dorset buttons are characteristically made by repeatedly binding yarn over a disc or ring former. There are three main forms and a large number of individual styles within these.



Future Workshops in the planning:

Upcycling clothing and fabrics

Fuseable Glass

Chicken doorstop

and Sylvia might be prevailed upon to do a ‘Bear’ workshop


A big thank you to Heather for organising worshops. If you have any ideas for the future do please speak to her.


Christmas Lunch!!

Thank you Rosemary for organising it and also to Jenny Crisp for helping to sort out the financial side of it. Certainly very good value for money.



March Babies Birthday Lunch

       Will be happening but does anyone have any ideas for a venue, other than Castlefields or the Portway. Needs to have an area big enough for us all to be together, value for money and not too far to go.

And Finally ---------

 Summer Outing – time to start thinking about where to go and what to do. Please put your thinking caps on and come up with ideas.




Newsletter No 4 – June 2015


Day Trip on 18th August

Timings to be confirmed but from Madley the coach will take us to Church Stretton for coffee and comfort break stop for about an hour.  From there we go to the Ludlow Food Centre for lunch and a browse around the centre and other shops on the site.  There is a café on site and a restaurant at The Clive close by.


The Ludlow Food Centre is a unique food shopping experience where farming, food production and retailing infuse together to create a very special environment. We are part of the Earl of Plymouth's Oakly Park Estate which extends to approximately 8000 acres of Shropshire countryside. All our beef, lamb and Gloucester Old Spot pork comes from the estate along with a selection of game and vegetables.

We are passionate about local food which is why 80% of the food we sell comes from Shropshire and the surrounding counties. The Food Centre is designed to not only sell food but to produce it and half of our products are made on the premises in kitchen units that surround the food hall. These are visible through glass windows that allow you to see our artisan producers actually making your food. Above all our food is fresh, local, seasonal and handmade.


Our last stop will be at Stokesay Castle where we will have a conducted tour. ‘Step into the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Discover the great hall, unchanged for 700 years.  Spot medieval characters carved in the timber of the 17th-century gatehouse and climb to the top of a fairy-tale tower for breath-taking views of the Shropshire Hills.’  There is a tearoom and gift shop here also.


Total Cost is £18 including a non-refundable deposit of £10, friends and family more than welcome to join us.  



A Date for your Diary - Lorna Pound

Lorna is coming to Craft Group on Tuesday 4th August.   She is a former headmistress of a London school and has City and Guilds in Embroidery.  She will be talking to us about her embroidery and the story behind it and showing us examples of her exquisite work.




Message from Heather about future  Workshops.

Rosemary has asked me to try to organise ongoing workshops with our group, I would very much appreciate all of your help in doing this.

What can you bring to a workshop??

Suggestions so far include:


Maggie Lloyd and Heather can start off with the origami bags. Very simple 2 squares of fabric 18 to 20inches square and 2 lengths of ribbon or cord approx 18inches each.

has offered to do boxes.  Sylvia will do a workshop on bears. Francis has said she would do hoola hoop rugs.
Other suggestions are 
Lavender bottles (we would need someone with lots of lavender)

Chicken doorstop.


Stained glass/glass painting

First Aid/ Heart Start Course

Something knitted would be good as well.

Also what about 
having a regular Help You Day, we all need help sometimes with something and we have so many talented crafters among us

Have a think about whether there is anything you can do a workshop on and also what you would like to have workshops arranged for.  Lots of ideas over the next couple of weeks please.


UFO (unfinished object) on 4th August.  Bring along something you have been meaning to finish or something that you have got fed up with and see if someone else would like to take it on.


Subscriptions - a reminder that  annual subscriptions of £20 are due on 1st July. 


Other reminders – National garden Scheme open day at The Carpenters, Eaton Bishop 2.00pm to 5.00pm  on Sunday 12th July (Chris Morris)


Kingstone Community Choir concert at Dore Abbey at 7.00pm on Friday 10th July, includes guests from Kingstone High School. Tickets £7, concessions £5,from the school finance office 01981 250224, from Maggie Lloyd 01981 250536 or on the door. Conducted by Matt Hunt with pianist John Metcalf, a diverse repertoire which should appeal to the audience and make it an entertaining evening.

Madley Craft Group, every Tuesday, Madley Village Hall 10.00am to 12.00 noon

First Tuesday of the Month – Alternative table layout,  last Tuesday – Show and Tell and Raffle

Contact Jan Clark for further details.


Newsletter No 3 – September 2014


10th Anniversary Celebrations


Anniversary Lunch at the Three Counties on 16th September 2014 at 12.30pm

If you have not already done so can you please let Davina have your choice of starter and main course.  If you have previously emailed your choice but were not at Craft on 2nd September to put it on the list could you please email again.

Menu is as follows:

Tomato & Basil Soup

Prawn & Avocado Salad

Deep-fried breaded Brie wedges served with redcurrant jelly

Fan of Melon served with Parma Ham

Roast Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding

Roast Breast of Chicken served in a Chasseur Sauce

Grilled Sea Bass served with a herb butter sauce

Mediterranean Wellington (V) - oven roasted vegetables & cheese in a puff pastry

All served with fresh seasonal vegetables

A selection of desserts to be available on the day from the Sweet Trolley

Coffee & mints


Cost is £15 which Davina needs to have next Tuesday if you have not already paid


Exhibition at Madley Village Hall on Saturday 22nd November 2014

 Plans are still at a fairly early stage and if you have any thoughts or ideas please do talk to Jenny Crisp, Evelyn, Jan Clark, Davina, Beverly or Gill about craft items or Maggie Lloyd about ‘Tea and Cakes’. Lots of help will be needed on the day, setting up, during the exhibition and clearing up afterwards.

 Our current thoughts are:

 The exhibition will be called MADE IN MADLEY

 It will be from 2.00 to 4.00pm and present plans include Victorian ‘Tea and Cakes’ and childrens’ activity area in the side rooms as well as an exhibition of our work in the main hall. Costs should be covered by a raffle and charging for the tea and cakes but not charging an entry fee.

 The various crafts will be grouped according to the items you would like to display so you will be asked to put down what you would like to bring in a couple of weeks or so. How items are grouped will depend on what you would like us to include so can you please have a think about what you have that would make for an interesting display. Space will be limited so not more than a couple of examples of a particular item from each person.  Obviously, many items made by members will have been given away or donated so you may wish to ‘borrow’ them back.  It would be good if members are prepared to actually do some craftwork (spinning, weaving etc) and talk to visitors about their work or even do a simple workshop.  Items for display do not have to have been made at Craft Club, just by you, anywhere, any time.

 We would also like to highlight that we regularly support charities by making specific items, collecting what they need or by monetary donations.  Among the items we have made are Knitted hats for Tanzania, teddies for the Police, fiddle quilts for the Alzheimers Society, heart shaped cushions and bags for Macmillan, lap rugs, tea cosies for St Michael’s Hospice, hats, scarves, gloves, knitted squares, knitted baby clothes and blankets for the County Hospital Prem Unit and knitted Easter chicks for the Victoria Eye Hospital.  If you have any examples of these could we have them to show please.  Is anyone willing to make further examples of any of the items if needed?   We plan to have a display board with photos and details etc of our help for the various charities.

 Items made at various workshops will be included in a separate display.  Recent workshops include quilted heart cushions, utility bags, Christmas smocked baubles and clowns, boxes and jewellery so we could do with an example of anything made at a workshop (not just the ones listed).  A display of Christmas items will be made around the fireplace so any Xmas decorations or other Christmassy items  you have made will be very welcome.


If you have any of the following that we can borrow can you please let us know:

Display boards

Display stands


Picture rail hooks

White sheets

Tea cups, saucers and plates (please no family heirlooms)


Details will be included in Tracking the News, Golden Valley News and the Village Pump and Hobbycraft have agreed that we can have a table in the store for a day or two just before the event (volunteers will be needed for this). 

Jan Clark and Evelyn and looking after publicity for us but please tell your friends and family.


Anniversary Quilt

More squares are needed for our anniversary quilt but they do need to be in by the end of September to allow time for putting together and finishing off.   There have been lots of lovely squares so far and it would be good if everyone could do at least one.  It doesn’t need to be complicated as some of the squares already completed have shown, just an example of any skill that you have.


Please do come forward with your thoughts and ideas, nothing is set in concrete and we want everyone to be a part of it.