Eaton & Cringleford

Christ Church gets crafty

Just Regional
May 27, 2020 3 mins read

ROSALIND WRIGHT keeps us up to date with what’s going on at Christ Church, Eaton

In recent Lockdown weeks, Christ Church, Eaton has seen the launch of two social groups which meet on Zoom – the Christ Church Crafters and a Men’s Group.  The Men’s Group is led by John Ladd, and it meets fortnightly, allowing men who might not otherwise be able to meet up to have an informal chat. John says that at their first meeting, the participants “had an hour’s worth of informal chatter”.

Kathy Ladd, of the Christ Church Crafters, explained that the group had come together to make a Quilt of Kindness.  She added that this will help participants “to reflect on our time during covid-19 lockdown and the kindness of people”.

Vivien Humber, who heads up the Pastoral Team, and is also a member of the Crafters, said: “The Quilt of Kindness will show the positives that have come, and are coming, out of lockdown – kindness, hope, friendship, compassion, community,  during this difficult time of isolation.

“We want the quilt to include good things that are important to us or that we are doing now. We were reminded that people in PoW camps or imprisoned had “used what they had” with wonderful results – the Changi Quilt* is one example.

“While there is a Zoom aspect to the group, you don’t have to have a computer to be a part of it and it is open to anyone, whatever their sewing or knitting skills, and whatever material that they have available .  Thanks to everyone who has taken part so far: what is coming out of this is amazing.”

Pictured are two quilt squares made by the group.  Leisa Devlin’s square (which she is displaying) has the words “Kinder, Carer, Calmer, Fairer, Joyous” … on it. She asked her children and grandchildren what qualities they hoped the “new normal” would have, and these were the words that they suggested. The other square is by Sue Harris, made using spare wool that she had to hand. 

Zoom services continue. 

Christ Church will be holding a Zoom Pentecost service on Sunday, June 7, a Trinity Sunday service, joint with St Andrew’s, Eaton. Information about Christ Church Eaton’s activities, including video-recordings of previous services, is available from the Christ Church Facebook page; other information is available from  the Christ Church website and from the Rev Patrick Richmond who can be emailed at

* The three Changi quilts were created by women interned by the Japanese in Changi Prison when Singapore fell in 1942 and were designed to relieve boredom and boost morale. Each woman who wanted to make a square was given a piece of plain white cotton (provided from various sources including flour bags and bed sheets) and was asked to put “something of herself” into the square, together with her signature.

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