The group meets once a month at Lanchester Community Centre at the following times:

  • First Tuesday of the month between 19:00 and 21:00 starting in February 2023

Our Meetings for the next few months 

9th January – Bellydancing – Back by popular demand, we’ll be learning to shake like Shakira at our bellydancing class with Julie! No clothing is removed whilst doing this so don’t worry! You just get to wear a fabulous coin belt that will make you smile when it rattles! This class is even more enjoyable if you don’t like dancing or dance classes as it’s so easy and lots of fun!

6th February – Corded Rainbow Workshop – Working with the lovely Jess from Knot Worth the Tassle you will each be making a pretty corded rainbow keyring. This wrapping technique is very addictive as you can get some amazing results.

5th March – Felted 3D Animals – Our needle felting sessions have always been super popular, whether it’s making felted baubles or the 2D felted landscapes that we created at many of the groups in the last block of activities. It’s amazing what you can make within the workshop time-frame and we often find that members are delighted at the designs that can be achieved as a beginner. We’re going to be making 3D Felted animals this time with the help of local artist Fiona Marston. Whether it’s a fox or an Alpaca we’re sure you’ll all create some fabulous felted animals!

2nd April – Grease Sing Along – Ladies, you have been asking us for a singing session for quite some time and we are really excited to let you know that we have found Chris, from The Rise Up Project . Chris is passionate about creating a safe space for people to come and enjoy all the emotional and physical benefits of singing without fear or judgement, no matter what your vocal ability is. The themes of the session is going to be ‘Grease’ with a ‘Pink Lady’ dress code so dig out your pink t.shirts or you might even have a Sandra D outfit at the back of your wardrobe. We will also be fundraising with a tombola and raffle with the proceeds going to the ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’  charity as it’s an amazing cause that fits in with our pink evening perfectly. It’s going to be a fun session!

7th May – Eco Session – We have had several requests over the years to offer a session on sustainability and how to be thriftier. We are very excited for you to meet Ruth, from Ecologico, who managed to not buy anything new for a whole year! Ruth will be inspiring you with her story and will also bringing along her shop van, where she sells environmentally friendly items for the home. In addition, you will be taking part in a clothes swish, this is where everyone brings up to 6 items of pre-loved clean clothes, shoes or accessories. You will be given a ticket for every item you bring along and these tickets can then be placed on your desired items. It’s a super fun way to swap clothes and a great way to try something new! We’re sure you will enjoy this thrifty themed session!

4th June – Paper Houses – We needed no excuse to have the lovely Keely, our Pimm’s and Needles celebrity, back out teaching sessions for us again. You might have spotted Keely from KP Papercuts, making beautiful papercut designs on TV on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas a couple of years ago. Keely has taught papercutting for us in the past and also hosts our Hartlepool Group (as we wouldn’t let her leave us!). Keely will be leading a papercutting session with a difference where everyone will be making 3D paper houses, perfect for a battery-operated tea light! These houses look super cute and we know you will love them!

2nd July – Zentangle – We’re excited to have the Teesside Tangler joining us to inspire and teach us the art of Zentangle. Joanne the Teesside Tangler, has been sharing her love of Zentangle with us at other groups and it is one of the session’s that’s had everyone talking many members have even taken it up as a hobby! We always giggle at the thought of Amazon having a spike in sales after one of our session. Zentangle is a way to create beautiful images, similar to doodling, by drawing “tangles” using lines, dots, curves and orbs. Zentangle helps increase focus, creativity and self-confidence as well as being a super mindful activity, just don’t blame us if you get addicted!

6th August – Glass Painting – During this sessions we’ll be painting some beautiful gin glasses (or wine, hey we don’t judge what you’ll fill it with!) with glass paints. We have had some beautiful florals, mandalas, words or just block colours, the results from these sessions never fail to make us smile! When you get home after 24 hours you can put your glass in the oven at a low temperature to cure the paint, making them dishwasher proof. Equally they look lovely with a tealight or purely decorative. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Membership Registration

Group Host: Vicky Evans

1. How long have you been a member of Pimm’s & Needles and why did you want to host a group? I worked with a member from another group and she told me about Pimms and Needles so I joined in 2019. It sounded perfect- and it is, I love the variety of topics and crafts, I am hooked and love the benefits of taking time out to do something for me. I see how other members benefit from this monthly “tonic” and really enjoy the feeling of supporting other women.

2. What do you like best about the groups? I love the craft sessions such as felt baubles and fused glass. Anything creative.

3. What do you generally dislike? I don’t have many dislikes but I’m not that keen on grey skies. Give me sunshine, even on a cold day.


4. What would be your perfect day? This leads on to my perfect day, seaside holidays, on warm summer day. Walking bare foot through the shallows and beach combing for treasure, AKA shells and pebbles.


5. What sweet treat do you love? I have a very sweet tooth and love ice cream sundaes! With all the extras!

6. Your favourite Pimm’s & Needles activity that you have done before? I always love the creative sessions, but really enjoyed our Burlesque workshop, it was so much fun!

7. Interesting or little known fact about you? Some of you may know that I grew up in Australia. But you you are not likely to know I sang in the school choir at the Sydney opera house. Seems a lifetime ago now!