Pat and Mo were busy pricing and Ann Houghton and Chris Ball were busy sorting out their Tombola stall, which consisted of a selection of prizes never before seen; no bottles of booze, boxes of chocolates or toiletry sets. These prizes were mega special and of interest only to the ladies. They were all designer handbags, belts and even an Armani blouse and an Eileen Fisher scarf. We all examined and chose which one (or two) we would like to win and made a note to visit the Tombola stall and buy our winning ticket/s.
Then right in the middle of all this the Press arrived, along with TV cameras..! Those of us who knew a little Spanish found we had lost the power of speech, but for a while it didn’t matter because they wandered around filming and we all made a concerted effort to look even busier. Eventually the time came for questions to be asked on camera. Fortunately, we have our one Spanish Member Marga who came forward to speak to them, along with Polly Ewing, who did an excellent job and a feature on our Group appeared on IB TV and in the daily Menorca paper.
The Big Day
The day of the Spring Sale on Saturday 11 May 2013 dawned bright and sunny. We turned up at 08.30 hours to arrange our stock to its best advantage and found that we had to keep some of it under the tables to restock as this year we had a wider variety of goods than normal, but not enough room to display all of it. So we were constantly re-arranging and re-stocking. The doors opened officially at 10.00 hours, but a few people sneaked in earlier and were wandering around the stalls. The snooker table had been commandeered for the many cushions available this year and the overhead lighting frame was adorned with multicoloured bags. Never before has a snooker table looked as good, or put to better use..!
The Sale was busy from start to finish and this year there were notably more Spanish people present, probably due to the excellent publicity we received. The Day was hectic, some of us stretched our Spanish to the limit answering questions, some of us enjoyed time showing our various items to local people. Celia’s husband Geoff decided to get two Tombola tickets for her while there were some things left. He came over to her grinning from ear to ear clutching not one but two designer bags (had he stopped and thought for a while first, it might have occurred to him to keep one back for Christmas and presented it to her as a very expensive gift, thus gaining what men refer to as Brownie Points..!). Jan and Marga had a very busy day with their cards and crafting items which proved to be very popular, making it well worth the time they took to make up small packets of card decorations to sell along with the other card making items. It was a very happy day, even though we left at the end of it weary and with aching feet by the time all the clearing away was done.
Food Donation Appeal
The appeal for the destitute families of baby food, hygiene products and household cleaning items etc was a great success and achieved more donations of the requested products than expected. We were so pleased with everyone’s response, and hope it continues for as long as necessary. The smallest donation of a bar of soap, toilet roll, toothpaste etc. quickly fills up the official Red Cross boxes which are handed out to those in need, so don’t feel that you have to give a substantial number of items, one or two things will be received gratefully. The auctioned quilt was won by Maggie Williams, Alison won the rag rug, and Anna won the raffled quilt. You can see their photos and many more on our Facebook page, details below.
New projects and members
The Group meeting following the sale brought news of how well we had done, having raised a total of €6,658, only slightly down on last year which is excellent in the present climate. The card stall made a record €227 which is a brilliant achievement. We made a decision to branch out into making simple children’s clothing, both for the appeal for help for the needy and possibly to sell in future sales. We need children’s clothes patterns and materials, so if you have either (or both) that you no longer need, please donate them to us. We would also appreciate help from a sewing professional or keen amateur to come along and hold a class or two so that those of us who are not at all needlewomen can learn the basics. You don’t have to become a regular member if you don’t want to, a few visits at your own convenience to the Group meetings would be much appreciated.
We gained two more members on 21 May, Maureen and Linda from Cala en Porter. We also gained some dress material and two patterns which were quickly put to use (see photo). Since then a small group of ladies have formed a sewing group making dresses from the two patterns available and pooling their sewing knowledge. The results have been a credit to them, but patterns are still needed so that clothing for the cooler seasons can be made later, plus a little experienced help. We also had a new lady join us on 28 May, Jo from Addaia. She makes beautiful dyed fabric flowers for jewellery, hair and clothing decoration. She is also a knitter and does crochet. There are a few of us keen to learn her skills so there may be a few classes going on within the Group soon.
An Apology: Sincere apologies go to Janet Brown. She made the beautiful hand made patchwork quilt which was won by Anna Shaw at the Spring Fair. It was wrongly attributed to Sue Woolley in a previous article, who also makes patchwork quilts. Sorry Susan.
Meetings and Contact Details
Please visit our Facebook page, where you can keep up to date with our news, new photos, recipes, meeting time, address and useful numbers. You can also tell us what you think, simply ‘Like’ our page where you can ask questions or make enquiries about any items you like. Click here for a direct link. It also includes a link to Menorca-Live.
Craft Group Meetings: Everyone is welcome to come along to one of our friendly Craft Group meetings held every Tuesday morning at Scandals Restaurant, Carretera San Felipe, Es Castell. You don’t need to ‘join’ and we would love to meet you. For further details ring Patricia Farndon on 629 780 920 (mobile) or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.