Over the past few years Pimm͛s and Needles has taken part in several community- based project in and around the north east region.
Members of Pimm͛s and Needles have been kind enough to support local projects such as St Peters Chuch, Croft͛s Christmas Tree Festival in 2016 where the ladies made textile Christmas trees which were then made into bunting and strung up in the church to help attract visitors to the event.
In 2017 the Hurworth Village group took part in a meeting where they learnt how to knit and each knitted one square, later the squares were attached together to make a gorgeous knitted blanket and raffled off to help raise funds to host an afternoon tea dance for the elderly. The tea dance was a great success and saw lots of local elderly people enjoying classic music from a vintage style singer, dancing and a home-baked cream teas.
The feedback from this event was fantastic and spurred the organisers, Charlotte and Donna, on to apply for funding to run a 'Silver Members' group in Darlington. The bid was successful and in January 2018 Pimm's and Needles received a grant from Darlington Building Society to run 6 months of meetings for elderly ladies who are suffering from isolation and loneliness.
The Silver members group meet on a Thursday afternoon once month and have made things such as Easter fabric door garlands, hand-made chocolate truffles, decoupaged plant pots and sugar-crafted cakes. The group has gone from strength to strength and has new members joining each month.
Feedback after session is really positive with ladies commenting on how much they enjoy coming out and meeting new people, having a cup of tea and piece of cake and learning new skills.
This is an area that Pimm's and Needles would like to expand and are looking at different venues and organisations that might be ale to help fund or support the project.
Organisers Charlotte and Donna are often overwhelmed by the support they received from their members especially when it comes to asking them to help make things. Last Christmas Pimm's and Needles were asked to take part in a fund raising Christmas Fair to help raise money for a very poorly little boy living not far from the Hurworth village group.
Once again members came up trumps and made a whole range of different hand-crafted items for a hand-made tombola. Donations came in the form of knitted and crocheted bags, hats and baby items, hand sewn accessories, greetings cards, jams and chutneys, upcycled items and lots more. It was a great success!
Following on from a recent workshop teaching members how to make fabric rag wreaths Pimm's and Needles launched a small campaign and asked members to make an extra wreath to sell at an event in Durham City Centre. Almost 100 fantastic wreaths were made and donated to the cause and are being sold enhance funds for the Silver Members Club.
“Our ladies are so creative and generous with their time, we never struggle to get them enthused about a project and they’re always keen to be involved”
Says organiser Charlotte Pyrah