Arts and crafts in West Kirby

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undefinedSt Bridget's, West Kirby, is making good use of its new centre, which opened in the Wirral town last summer. Back in October, for instance, the parish held a long weekend of demonstrations, exhibitions, workshops and drama to celebrate local creativity. Pictured � the crafts stalls and exhibitions.

Opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral (parishioners Gerry and Margaret Ellis) the event filled the centre and church with visitors of all ages over four days.

Members of the congregation revealed skills including textiles, painting, lace-making,  sugarcraft and  performing arts, and roped in their talented friends.

Children created a collage of Edward Lear’s poem The Owl and the Pussy Cat – helped by Sue Edwards, Sara Bleazard, Janet Jones and others.

'JimtheArtist’ (Jim Fleming), with help from older children, produced 3D models of the Viking Hogback Stone – to be displayed in the church.

Sally Cashen of Pipedreams, West Kirby, demonstrated the more advanced techniques of icing cakes and challenged everyone to ice a cupcake.

Textile artist Rachael Howard enthralled visitors with sketches made during her visit to India. She demonstrated how she converts her sketching into textile art. Paper lantern making was demonstrated by Marko Müller.

Work by local artists and schools was on display and installations on the life of St. Bridget could be viewed in the church.

The refreshment team and their customers appreciated the centre’s  kitchen facilities – a huge improvement on those in the old premises.

The centre is busy with many regular bookings and parties, as well as church activities, and the parish has started a weekly café which is much appreciated by parents at St Bridget’s School.

Rector John Bleazard with Wirral Mayor and Mayoress Gerry and Margaret Ellis