Katy Purvis was very impressed when she visited Gresford Craft Group's 28th and Wrexham Quilting Circle's 10th Exhibitions this year.
I had a lovely afternoon at Gresford Craft Group's Twenty-eighth display of work. Isn't it amazing that we have such long running, well supported and talented quilt and craft groups. The exhibition at Gresford is one of the few annual shows organised by a local group and is well worth a visit. The show took place in two locations, All Saints' Church showcased all manner of crafts from woodwork to beadwork, with a wonderful display of heirloom crafts from previous generations and some large bed quilts, wall hangings and Linus quilts. The Memorial Hall was the venue for Wrexham Quilting Circle's tenth exhibition. This featured some exceptional work from some hugely talented and prolific quilters, including but certainly not limited to, Susan Briscoe, Stella Hough and Ann Darlington. There were so many lovely pieces here, and a beautiful raffle quilt in aid of Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham. The overall standard of work was without doubt level with that at many of the major shows, and yet the exhibition was completely relaxed and unpretentious.
This annual show is so successful that it has managed to raise around £5000 every year for the last decade, which is all donated to charity after minimal exhibition expenses are accounted for. The group makes substantial donations to All Saints Church, Gresford Memorial Hall, Nightingale House Hospice, North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre - Glan Clwyd, British Heart Foundation (North Wales), Hope House Children's Hospice and Macmillan Nurses(North Wales). Well done everyone from exhibitors to visitors for raising such a lot of money.
Even Gresford is lovely! As you drive through Marford to get to the village, you pass some lovely little rounded cottages, and there is a small lake complete with friendly geese, ducks, moorhens and even a heron, between the church and hall. My daughter was very impressed by the heron, she hadn't seen one before, but was rather scared of the geese, who were after her lunch! All Saints' Church is beautiful and dates from 1498, and has an interesting website, www.allsaintsgresford.org.uk. The craft group also have their own website at www.gresfordcraftgroup.co.uk. I can't recommend this show enough, I urge you to visit next year. Why not have a look at some of the work on show this year in the gallery in the All Saints Gresford Craft Group album. All photographs by Val Shields and Debbie Gordon.
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