A MALPAS-based arts and crafts group has celebrated more than two decades of meeting regularly.

It is 25 years since Malpas Fabric Arts Group got together and formalised their assemblage at St Joseph’s in Malpas, choosing the name to reflect their varied interests.

To celebrate the talents and friendships which have been nurtured over a quarter of a century, the club held an open evening and supper recently, inviting all members and past members.

More than 40 people attended, with everyone bringing an example of something that they had sewn during their time with the club.

Val Webb described how she had upcycled some fabric previously intended for a dress, and Ann Wyn showed a bag she had made.

Earlier in the year, the chairman’s challenge had been to create a square block, incorporating silver fabric to be incorporated in a display.

Each member had voted for their favourite design, which was won by Wendy Amner.

To commemorate the 25 years of friendship and stitching, members had made 25 quilts for the Linus Project, and presented these to local coordinator Marian Evans.

Marion thanked the club and explained that Project Linus is a charity which provides a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new hand-made patchwork quilts. Each quilt will be given to a young person in the local area.

For further information on Malpas Fabric Arts Club, contact chairman Jeanette Owen on 07393 220882.