Craft group numbers dwindling
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.