The Wingham Spinners and Craft group, otherwise known as the Spinners and Weavers, awarded three long-term members with life membership at their Christmas party on Wednesday, December 13.
Between them, the life membership recipients – Marjorie Rees, Phyllis Byrnes and Margaret Thomson – have been members of the group for a collective 32 years.
Marjorie Rees has been a member since 2005 and is an internationally renowned weaver. She displays her dedication to the group by coming all the way from Gloucester every week to attend the regular meetings at the wool shed at Wingham Showground.
Wingham residents Margaret Thomson and Phyllis Byrnes, members for nine and 11 years respectively, are both spinners and enjoy felting.
Although they love their craft, all three women cite the company of the other group members as being the most valued aspect of the group.
“They are the most wonderful group of ladies. Talented, friendly, and giving of their time,” Spinners and Craft president, Lyn Hull said.
The members give of not only their time, but gift their knowledge to their fellow members.
“I learned how to spin here,” Phyllis Byrnes said. “I love spinning. I didn’t have a clue how to spin before I came here”.
Lyn Hull said the group has had a fantastic year and are growing from strength to strength with new members.
The new year promises more growth as they go dementia friendly.