Madeline’s top design

CRAFTY DESIGN: Madeline Starkey holds her award winning design to mark the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott's expedition to the Antarctic.
CRAFTY DESIGN: Madeline Starkey holds her award winning design to mark the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott's expedition to the Antarctic.

MADELINE Starkey shows off a unique, wooden lace-making bobbin which has been made by a specialist company to commemorate the British Antarctic expedition led by Captain Scott 100 years ago.

The 12-year-old All Saints Middle School student won a competition organised by her teacher Sue Tibbetts to make a design for the commemorative bobbin, used to hold thread and create tension in lace-making.

Madeline and her friend Nief Carroll, who is also 12, were deemed winners of the competition and had their designs made up by Winslow Bobbins, a company based in Buckingham.

“At the start of this term, we challenged students to design a bobbin to commemorate the expedition because of the connection with Gestingthorpe, the village where Captain Oates lived,” said Ms Tibbetts. “The girls received their special bobbins at an assembly.”

Staff at the school have run a lace-making craft group for the past three years, and the idea of a commemorative bobbin came up when Ms Tibbetts contacted the company to see if they would be interested in taking a design from the school.

“Lace-making uses lots of bobbins – I am using some at the moment with 54 bobbins,” she said. “The girls are very pleased to have got their finished designs.”