Craft group numbers dwin­dling

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

On Fri­day morn­ings a group of res­i­dents gather to share their sim­ple in­ter­est in crafts. Oil paint­ing, liq­uid em­broi­dery, weav­ing and knit­ting are just some of the things that the Care and Craft group do while meet­ing at the St John lounge.

The group has been run­ning for more than 33 years but now numbers are dwin­dling and or­gan­is­ers be­lieve it comes down to the fact that peo­ple have more ac­tiv­i­ties to choose from. Helper Hilre Petersen said the group started be­cause there were no re­tire­ment homes and this gave el­derly the chance to get out and do some­thing. ‘‘At the start a group like this was a ne­ces­sity be­cause there were no re­tire­ment homes. We would have up to 50 guests a week and a wait­ing list,’’ she said. ‘‘But peo­ple nowa­days have so much else to do and many homes of­fer sim­i­lar groups.’’

Or­gan­iser Lexie Scatchard said if any­one was in­ter­ested in com­ing along they were wel­come to take a look be­fore they signed up. ‘‘It is great for in­ter­act­ing with oth­ers, meet­ing new peo­ple and hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion,’’ she said.

Gay Finch goes ev­ery week to paint and is cur­rently work­ing on an oil paint­ing of the pic­turesque Raglan coast­line. She has been paint­ing for eight years now and has more than 20 pieces hang­ing through­out her house.

Mrs Scatchard said it was ben­e­fi­cial for peo­ple who wanted to do some­thing with their hands.

Aside from do­ing crafts, the group share morn­ing tea and lunch to­gether and en­joy each other’s com­pany. They have a small store where peo­ple can sell their cre­ations which prove to be pop­u­lar near Christ­mas time.

A time to paint: Gay Finch works on an oil paint­ing at the Care and Craft group in Mata­mata.

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