ROSNY Neighbourhood Centre Craft Classes has recently celebrated 25 years of operation with a lunch and special anniversary cake, shared among past and present members.
“It was developed to bring people in from the community to mix,” member Kay Cleary said.
“Our founder, Noela Warland, said it was her way of giving back to the community.”
The group meet once a week on Thursday morning and share classes and lunch together.
Classes run from 9.30am-11am, and then from 12pm-2.30pm.
Ms Cleary said the craft classes had covered a wide range of subjects over the years.
“We’ve taught decorative art, sculpture, silk painting, embroidery, patchwork, teddy bears, card making, scrapbooking and so much more,” she said.
The different classes are run by experts in different crafts, who share their knowledge with others.
Usually the classes will work on a specific project, but some people will choose to make their own designs.
The craftwork finished by the group is put to multiple uses.
Ms Cleary said over the years, the group had made numerous quilts for charities.
“We have made quilts for the old people’s homes, and Ronald McDonald House – we’ve had a relationship with Ronald McDonald for a number of years now,” she said.
“We have also done quilt-making work for an orphanage in New Guinea.
“It’s just been the most wonderful place to be for 25 years.”
Member Kerry Coyte said it was all a credit to Ms Warland.
“Working with the other ladies and just enjoying the company of pleasant conversation, as well as learning something is why it’s such a good place to be,” she said.
Caption: The ladies of the Rosny Neighbourhood Centre Craft Classes celebrated their 25th anniversary with a luncheon and special cake.