A significant birthday

Our Guild turned 50 last month! Of course we had a party – a “High Tea” at beautiful Lansdowne House.
The excitement had been building for quite a while, after a challenge was issued to members to create something in wool that referenced “50”. We were also challenged to provide 50 little wool hats for premature and newborn babies. So there had been much making – in the lead-up to the big day, we admired 50 skeins
50 gloves
(including a rogue one)
a crochet rug with a golden L woven through it
a cheery rug proclaiming our age
and a colourful hanging.

Trish let us preview (but not pre-nibble) her chain of 50 links.
Here’s what she wrote about it:
50 chains celebrating this wonderful guild
50 stitches to hold us all together
50 sweets giving us strength to ALWAYS support and learn from each other.

At the party we saw even more, beautifully displayed. As usual on special occasions, we showed off Doug’s welcome rug 
50 baby booties pretended to be cupcakes
and 50 babies will have cosy heads this winter.
We could show you more, but one always has to leave room for food, specially food like this:
We were a cheerful crowd of fifty-five members and ex-members, as well as the mayors of Masterton, Lyn Patterson, and South Wairarapa, Viv Napier, who celebrated with us.
Our founder and first president, April Bamford, cut our anniversary cake, and spoke of how the guild was first formed. Here she is flanked by our two life members, Marion and Lynette, and Josie who made the cake.

Oops, nearly forgot – there’s a very special 50-inspired treasure in our shop. A doll in clothes of 50 colours, made by Helen B, is the prize in the raffle. The coming week is the final one before the shop closes, so if you aren’t too far away, do hurry along and have a look round (and maybe buy a raffle ticket)!

Most of the photos above are by Janet.



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