Arts project spotlights unsung heroes of Great War

Do you love to stitch – or perhaps you’d like to learn more?

If so Central Library in St Helens is the place to be this weekend
(Saturday 24 October), when St Helens Arts Service, as part of the Cultural Hubs programme, showcases Up for Crafts – BBC Radio Merseyside’s Voluntary Arts England project.

On Saturday the Socks, Pincushions & Stories session will help to celebrate the unsung craftswomen of World War One. Perhaps you’d like to share stories about an ancestor who was involved in the war effort – or maybe you’d like to try your hand at making a ‘sweetheart’ pin cushion – inspired by those made by soldiers and loved ones during the conflict?

You can also chat to a researcher from the Merseyside at War project and
find out how to become a volunteer story-gatherer.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member of Public Health and Wellbeing,
Councillor Jeanie Bell said: “Up for Crafts is a bridge between the past
and the present – and an opportunity to showcase how these craft forms
evolved and developed.

“The stories that come out of the sessions can often be the inspiration for
local people to try or take up a new craft.”

Saturday’s session takes place at St Helens Central Library between 11am and 3pm and is free for anyone aged eight years and over.

For more information about Socks and Pincushions, or any part of the
Cultural Hubs programme, call 01744 677087.