Such is the success of the fortnightly group, members request to meet weekly, leading to the launch of a board game club for alternate weeks.
Alison Whitburn, Wick’s Store Community Champion, said the goal was to bring people together and that proved even more important after the Covid-19 lockdown.
She said: “They arrived not knowing each other and left as friends. We have such a laugh. I baked everything for them and provided cookies, and let them.
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“It’s just to bring people together and that’s what people have really been missing for the past two years.”
Alison is the first to admit it’s not her area of expertise – she teamed up with Hobbycraft’s Michelle Harris to get the band started.
Alison said: “Michelle is our resident expert and she used to teach them all how to crochet but that had to stop due to Covid. Now that we’ve restarted, they can all do it, so they carry on and chat while they do it.
For those members who like a project, Alison suggested doing things for the charity table and already, a beautiful queen, a Beefeater and corgis have been created ahead of the platinum jubilee.
The hook and chat group meets at Morrisons Café fortnightly on Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm.
It’s a craft morning open to everyone to bring their current project, whether it’s crocheting, knitting, sewing or card making, and offers the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new new people, relax and chat over drinks and cookies.
Alison said: “We have 12-14 women of all ages meeting up. It’s been nice getting together and now they say they want to meet once a week, so we’re going to start a board game morning every other week. It’s just nice to hear them laugh. I might even play the occasional game of bingo.
Anyone can come up with their own craft project – in fact, Alison is considering renaming the group to Wednesday Crafts and Cat, or something similar, to reflect different interests.
For the board games group, people will be able to take games and some games, such as Connect 4, will be available.
Alison said: “Just have a cup of tea and relax. There will be free cookies and treats to enjoy.
The board game group will launch on Wednesday, May 11, and the next hook and chat meeting will be on Wednesday, May 18.