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Fun for ladies of leisure


A group that offers Bingham ladies the chance to do the activities and hobbies they enjoy while among friends is still thriving 40 years after it was set up.

The fun and games social morning, held every Monday, attracts between 15-20 people for the two-hour session.

They either take a hobby to work on, play games or chat with friends.

Mrs Annette Dawson (69) of Wychwood Road, Bingham, organises the sessions and said it was a great way for people to have companionship as well as do hobbies.

One group likes crafts and often does knitting or cross-stitch, or makes teddy bears and baby clothes for premature babies at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

Mrs Dawson said: “We don’t have any tutors but we do help one another with what we make.”

Mrs Margaret Harmon (67) of Fleminag Avenue, Bottesford, has just completed an embroidered wool rug that she started 20 years ago.

She joined the group about two years ago, giving her the chance to focus on the rug while catching up with friends.

Mrs Pauline Hoddinott (72) of Carnarvon Close, Bingham, loves playing Scrabble at the session.

She said: “It’s just a lot of fun, not serious at all.

“I thought I was a terrible speller before, but then I discovered that I’m the same as everybody else.”

Mrs Jean Mercer (70) of Browns Road, Bingham, said: “It’s a giggle a minute, really good fun.”

Mrs Mona Chandler (87) of Rockingham Grove, Bingham, has been going to the sessions for about 20 years and enjoys the different activities on offer.

She said: “It’s all about friendship, company and having a chat. Everybody is so friendly.”

“If people come along feeling down, they always go back home feeling much better.”

Some of the crafts made at the session are sold at a weekly market held at the WI hut in Bingham.

Others are given to the hospital or are kept by the ladies.

Mrs Dawson said it was not about making money but enjoying the morning and covering the cost of hiring the WI hut.

She said that people could bring along whatever hobby they liked, in the past people have played darts and dominoes.

Anybody interested in joining the group is welcome.

It is in the WI hut on Station Street, Bingham from 10am-noon.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided throughout the morning for 50p per person.

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