Opportunity to try your hand at crafts with the experts

FIND a new hobby at an exciting programme of crafts events throughout February.

The Ingatestone Garden Centre has teamed up with the Guild of Essex Craftsmen for the first time to stage more than 10 artistic events during the month.

Art exhibitions, knitting workshops and camera clubs are just a few of the events that will take place in the conservatory of the horticultural centre, in Roman Road, Ingatestone.

Celia Reed, chair of the guild, said she was thrilled when the association was approached to work on a joint project with the garden centre.

She said: “They have a similar, community minded outlook to the guild, so we are pleased to be working with them.

“The events not only promote genuine craft but encourage members of the public to come and look at how things are made, or join in and to have a go.

“Trying a taster day at a craft you have been interested in could lead to a new hobby.

“I will be taking part in some of them myself.”

The events take place between 10.30am and 4pm on weekday and Saturdays, and from 11am to 3pm on Sundays.

Mrs Reed added: “If the signs say open, then please just pop in and see what is going on.”

For more information about the Guild of Essex Craftsmen and its activities, visit www.essexcraftguild.co.uk or call 01277 356008.


Self-help beadworking group – February 2, 9 and 16.

The Farleigh Hospice Craft Group’s knitting and sewing section will help teach knitting or crochet work – February 4 and 11.

Guild Open Day – February 18.

Ingatestone Camera Club will hold a two-day session on using cameras – February 20 and 21.

Artist and guild member Jim Merriott, from Shenfield, displays his work and offers watercolour classes – February 22 and 23.

Pat Waddington, a jeweller and guild member from Witham, showcases her work and offers classes on making silver or copper jewellery, and items in silver clay – February 24, 25 and 26.

Canalware artist and guild member Tim Whitlock, from South Woodham Ferrers, teaches decorative canal art – February 28.

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