Tracey Dennis, founder of the heavenly haberdashery and sewing class shop, Owl and Sewing Cat (behind the Grand Hotel) will be offering a free sewing experience at the Over 50’s Show on stand D49-50 at Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens on 30th and 31st May 2015.

“It would be wonderful to get people sewing for this excellent appeal and even better if we could create the longest possible bunting for charity!” says Tracey.

Over the course of the weekend, visitors to the Owl and Sewing Cat stand may choose fabric from a selection lovingly prepared by Tracey and her team, and sew a flag that will be added to what will hopefully become a long and lasting string of bunting. All levels and sewing abilities are welcome and tuition will be provided for complete beginners.

Members from Age Concern Eastbourne, 1st Langney Brownies and St Wilfrid’s Hospice will also be joining in the Buntingathon challenge to make the experience a truly memorable and special occasion for all involved.

Photos of our Buntingathon sewing extravaganza will be posted via Social Media on @owlandsewingcat so that all who sew may share the experience with their friends and family too.

Owl and Sewing Cat

Established in 2010 our haberdashery heaven is tucked behind The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne. Whether you browse our fabrics, take part in our sewing workshops, become a Club Member or buy our unique patterns online, there is no limit to what you can create. To find out more, please visit our website

St Wilfrid’s Hospice

For over 30 years, we have been providing skilled and compassionate care and treatment for people living with a life limiting illness in East Sussex. We currently care for more than 1000 people and altogether have cared for over 15,500 individuals. To find out more, please visit our website

Age Concern Eastbourne

Our Venton Centre offers a bright and welcoming place for people to meet with friends to enjoy a variety of life-enhancing activities in good company. We also offer a Welfare Rights service, as well as emotional and practical support with the chance to relax, recharge and recover. To find out more, please visit our website


Brownies are part of Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK that enables girls to build upon confidence and realise their full potential through a range of team building activities and reward programmes. To find out more, please visit our website

During the Buntingathon event at The Sussex Over 50’s Lifestyle Show in Eastbourne on 30th & 31st May, volunteers made a total of 128 flags which equates to 48 metres (157 feet) of bunting!

Owl and Sewing Cat welcomed visitors, Age Concern members and even Caroline Ansell, who conquered her fears at the sewing machine!

From left a volunteer from Age Concern, Tracey Dennis – Founder of Owl and Sewing Cat, Caroline Ansell – MP of Eastbourne & Willingdon

“St Wilfrid’s Hospice greatly appreciates the support of the local community, and we are delighted that so many people have helped in producing this bunting. A huge thank you to the Owl and Sewing Cat for organising the event and for donating the bunting to the Hospice, it will certainly make a welcome colourful addition to our events.”

Christine Clark, Community Support Co-ordinator at St Wilfrid’s Hospice

St Wilfrid’s Hospice will now be able to decorate quite a bit of space for their Care for a Cuppa appeal fundraising event!