We hold an exhibition every three years, running over three days with over 100 quilts and other items on show, a sales table, a trader and light refreshments.This time we also had a small display of other crafts that our members enjoy.
We raffled a quilt and proceeds from this and exhibtion profits went to to charities voted on by our members. We supported three charities in 2016–17. All of the quilt raffle money went to the first two charities and the exhibition profits mainly to the first two charities with a smaller donation to the third.
CICRA (Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association)
This is a national charity dedicated to creating a wider understanding of Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis in children and young adults. It supports research into finding more effective treatments and organises meetings offering support and information to sufferers and their families
Men in Sheds
This is a local charity run by Age Concern. Older men are often very isolated and lonely. Men in sheds brings some of these men together for a few hours each week. They refurbish and renovate tools and garden equipment which is then donated to charities in the UK and Africa or sold to raise funds. They also make bird boxes, benches and planters etc. using recycled materials. We hope they will also be able to make our quilt stands more user-friendly to assemble.
We regularly support this local charity which provides the Exeter Hospice and a range of services for patients with terminal illness and their families.
Filling Jam Jars (27 May 2016)
Many thanks to all the 21 members who came up to Whitestone to help making things for the exhibition sales table. The jam jar filling was a great success with over 60 jars completed. A whole range of other items is being made and the sales table promises to be impressive
Age UK Exeter, Summer Fête, 2 July 2016
On 2 July, members were at the Age UK fête to show off our award-winning Charity Quilt and to sell raffle tickets, braving showers and gales.
Ten days later we were safely indoors at the Met Office to sell more tickets accompanied at different times by an orchestra and a brass band.
The sun shone at the Exeter Quay Craft Fair on 6 August.
Our quilt won the May Clarke Memorial Cup (for the best quilt made to raise funds for charity) at Quilts UK 2016. It was presented to raffle winner Ruther Overton at our Christmas meeting
Dorothy Edwards won second prize and her quilt was presented to her on 15 November 2016 at Age UK’s Sycamores Centre, Exeter by Barbara Janssen.
Kathy Ezzard won the cushion cover and sent us a picture of it in use.
Presentations to Charities
At our Christmas 2016 meeting we presented cheques to our nominated charities: see here for pictures.