Em­broi­der­ers cel­e­brate

South Canterbury Herald - - TEMUKA NEWS - RACHAEL COMER

A group of crafty Te­muka women has cel­e­brated a spe­cial mile­stone.

The town’s Em­broi­der­ers Guild held a 21st birth­day party on Monday, an oc­ca­sion one of its found­ing mem­bers never imag­ined would hap­pen.

Mem­ber Janet Baird said the group was formed as a way for peo­ple who en­joyed em­broi­dery to get to­gether and share their tal­ents.

‘‘We put an ad in the paper ask­ing peo­ple to a meet­ing,’’ Baird said.

About 40 peo­ple at­tended the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing and from there the group had been go­ing strong ever since, she said.

‘‘We didn’t re­ally think that far ahead,’’ she said, when asked if the group imag­ined it would still be go­ing strong after 21 years.

The group has about 34 mem­bers, with a peak mem­ber­ship of about 70 sev­eral years ago. The women meet once a week and en­joy fel­low­ship and help­ing other mem­bers out, Baird said. ‘‘It keeps us ac­tive.’’ The guild held a 21st birth­day lunch at Te­muka’s Trin­ity Church which in­cluded a cake cut­ting and a dis­play of mem­bers’ work.

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