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An exhibition of completed work by Haddenham Stitchers was held in Haddenham Village Hall on Saturday 28th September, illustrating the wonderful range of skills and talents enjoyed by local residents of the Haddenham and Thame area.

'Haddenham Quilters' came into being in 1990, and later combined forces with 'Haddenham in X Stiches' to become 'Haddenham Stitchers' in 1996 — a very sociable group of creative folk led by Val Young.

The items on display at the weekend included patchwork, appliqué, embroidery and creative needlework of all kinds, and represented the culmination of many years' work.

As Val Young explains: "Every item of completed work is unique, owing to the variation of fabrics used in the design and the fact that many are created as a result of our members attending practical workshops, so the uniqueness of each piece reflects the personal and individual interpretations of the challenges presented at those workshops."

Two particularly impressive and desirable quilts were offered at the Haddenham exhibition, as main prizes in separate charity raffles. One, created by Janet Robinson, with assistance from some fellow stitchers, was offered on behalf of Cancer Research UK. The draw was made by Jacky Green, a local fundraiser raiser for the charity since 1972. The raffle raised almost £2,000 and the lucky winner of the beautiful quilt was Sian Armitage.

A second and equally delightful quilt was made and donated by Pam Crokett, in aid of Helen & Douglas House, the charity providing specialist hospice care for children and young adults in Oxford. This second raffle was drawn by Anne Jenkins, a long-term volunteer of the charity and the lucky winner was Sally Johnston. Together with a sewing related tombola, a sale of books and an odds-and-ends table, a total of £500 was raised for the hospice.

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