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11th July 2016: Pauline Latham
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There couldn't be a more aptly named group than that which meets on Thursday afternoons in the coffee bar at AMC. There are two reasons for this: one is that we invite anyone who likes (or would like) to spend time using stitching in one or more of its many forms – knitting, dressmaking, cross-stitch, crochet, tapestry, lace-making, patchwork and quilting etc. I will come to the second reason later.

The group has grown from very small beginnings to a point where today our numbers have gone from strength to strength, and we have now been going long enough to have 'former' members and others who are happy to dip in and out of the group, depending on their circumstances and other commitments.

The aim of the group was to provide a daytime meeting place for like-minded people to indulge their preferred craft, while enjoying each other's company over a cup of tea and (often!) cake. The most noticeable development in our short history is that it has become a learning environment where new skills are being acquired and appreciated, with the result that we are now seeing the completion of several items which would previously have been beyond the makers' ability.

We are very fortunate to have been joined by a friend who teaches patchwork and quilting at the Queen's Park Centre in Aylesbury. She is an inspiration to the group and we thank her for her generosity in passing on techniques, use of her equipment and often the provision of the necessary materials.

However, there is more to this group than the crafts which happen there. It has become somewhere to share problems and concerns, to feel support when that's what is needed, a place where new friendships have been forged and old ones strengthened. There are no age or gender limits to this group, so whether you are an existing stitcher or would like to learn a new stitching skill, we would love to see you between 2 and 4pm on a Thursday (keep an eye on the church notices to check for the odd occasion when we don't meet or there is a change of meeting room).

Finally, I return to the other reason why 'In Stitches' is an appropriate name for the group: we laugh a lot!

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