Close-knit women needs a new home
MEMBERS of a Grimsby quilting group are on the hunt for a new Haven following news that their current home will close at the end of the month.
The Haven Quilters have been meeting at Yarborough Community Centre since August 2007 – where the 23-strong group create quilts for charity, hold classes and, most importantly, have a good yarn.
However, the community centre's treasurer, Stacey Roberts, said that North East Lincolnshire Council had informed the committee that the neighbouring Yarborough Primary School would require the buildings from September.
She said: "The space is going to the school as NELC has said it needs to increase its classroom space because of the increased number of pupils that will be going from September, when it will become an academy.
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"I would have fought harder to keep the centre, but we only have three groups meeting here now – the quilters, the Grimsby and District Embroiders' Guild and a Brownie pack.
"It has also been left to four volunteers to run the place for the past four years. It's sad, but the kids at the school need it more than we do."
She added that as soon as she had found out about the closure, two weeks ago, she had alerted all those using the centre and given them details of alternative venues.
Anne Cheesbrough, the chairman of Haven Quilters, said the group had already checked out some of the local facilities but that, so far, none of them had met their specific needs.
She said: "When the centre closes on Tuesday, July 31, it will be almost exactly five years to the day since we first started – and we don't want this to be in the end.
"We have got very strict criteria. We meet on Wednesdays and, while some of our ladies come for the morning or afternoon only, others – especially those who come from further afield – like to stay all day.
"We must also be able to park – preferably free of charge – as we have to bring a lot of equipment."
She added that the group is determined to say goodbye to the centre in style, with a grand exhibition this weekend – which will also raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care, in memory of former-member Janet Fulton.
Anne said: "Janet was a lovely lady and did some stunning work – absolutely beautiful.
"She was full of knowledge. To have people like her in the group, where you can go for advice, is a real asset.
"Hopefully we can raise some money in her memory."
Nobody from North East Lincolnshire Council was available to comment.
Find out more
The exhibition will take place from 10am to 4pm tomorrow and Sunday at the Community Centre. All are welcome. For more information on the group, visit www.havenquilters.co.uk