Skills exhibition weaves its magic

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WEAVERS and spinners had spectators transfixed when Greener Hadleigh held its second annual exhibition of traditional skills.

Visitors to the Ansell Centre, in Market Place, were able to watch demonstrations of lace-making, weaving, pottery repairing, knitting, beekeeping and wood-turning.

The exhibition also included ideas for making something new from recycled materials – including transforming duvet covers into covers used to protect hanging clothes from dust and dirt.

Organiser Jane Haylock said: “We were very pleased with the event as several hundred people came along during the course of the day because the Tour of Britain race came through the town.

“Our exhibition provided the visitors with something else interesting to see.

“We had one nine-year-old girl who was transfixed and sat for half-an-hour watching the lace-making. I think people are genuinely interested in the traditional skills and crafts,” she added.

Groups taking part included the Guild of Lavenham Spinners and Weavers, the Hadleigh Woodwork Club and a representative from a patchwork club from Chelsworth.

Potter Murray Cheeseman was on hand to show people how best to repair broken pottery.

Mrs Haylock said the group was looking at other green ideas, including producing a cookery book for Hadleigh using only products from Hadleigh shops.

“I would like people to send me family recipes but we would only want to include those which have products from Hadleigh or can be bought in Hadleigh shops to encourage people to shop locally,” she added.

Mrs Haylock is also hoping to look at setting up a community orchard in the future.

If you have any recipes you would like to be considered for the recipe book, email Mrs Haylock at