Craft and Chat Club

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Every Tuesday afternoon between 1pm and 4pm, the café in our Emmaus Emporium shop on Stockwell Head is home to the ‘Craft and Chat Club'.

This group of Hinckley ladies meet for tea and enjoy weekly craft activities. The club welcomes others who want to meet new people in the local area.

Burbage resident Jenn Baker, who also volunteers at the charity shop, started the club over two years ago:

I first came into the Emmaus shop and café on the day it opened, just to have a look at the new charity starting. I got chatting to a visiting chap from the Emmaus community in Cambridge and he told me about a group of elderly ladies who meet once a week in their café to do crafts together.As I love crafts, it got me thinking, so I eventually started to spread the word among people I knew and it grew from there.

It is nice for people on their own to get out and meet each other; everyone’s very welcome.We bring our own crafts - whatever we want to do and sometimes we learn from each other too. We often do knitting, embroidery and crocheting. Sometimes we make things that can be sold in the shop to raise money for Emmaus. If people just want to come and sit and chat, that’s fine too."

Emmaus runs two charity shops in Hinckley. The café is part of The Emporium on Stockwell Head, which sells donated and upcycled furniture, household goods and vintage wares.

The Craft and Chat Club is all about community spirit. That’s what we try to promote at Emmaus; we’re grateful for the support that local people give us and we like to give back as much as possible. The ladies who come are a really friendly bunch. It would be great if our Craft and Chat meetings grew and became a real chance for people to get out of the house and meet each other, especially for those who may not have the chance to socialise much in their day-to-day lives. It’s all about inclusiveness really – all about the people of Hinckley getting to know each other and supporting each other."

Hayley Tibbetts, Shop Manager

If you are interested in joining the Craft and Chat Club, please drop-in to the Café at The Emporium shop on Stockwell Head (LE10 1RD), every Tuesday between 1pm and 4pm.

For more information contact Hayley Gall on 01455 637587.

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