Bristolians who are feeling creative and would like to produce craft-work for their own pleasure in a sociable environment, are invited to join monthly ‘craft and chat’ sessions at The New Room in Broadmead.

The friendly group first got together in October and now meets monthly on Thursday afternoons as part of the New Room’s wellbeing programme.
Assistant manager, Liz Worthington, said: “There’s something very satisfying about producing creative work and socialising at the same time.

“A variety of crafts can be seen taking shape: from patchwork to crochet, and even drawing. Some of our members are very experienced, but beginners are equally welcome and will be offered guidance if they’d like it.

“People bring whatever piece they are currently working on, or materials to start a new project, and it’s lovely to see original handicrafts coming to life.
“Anyone who fancies joining us for an afternoon of craft and chat is most welcome.”

Sessions run from 2-3.30pm, and anyone who would like to give it a go are welcome just to turn up to the next session on February 15. There is no membership fee, and existing members are very willing to share their skills and help newcomers who might want to try something new.

The group meets in the café at the New Room, which benefits from fantastic natural day-light due to the glazed roof in this part of the new visitor centre, and also sells delicious home-made cakes and Fairtrade coffee.

The New Room also runs a free weekly no-audition community choir as part of its wellbeing programme, which meets every Wednesday lunch-hour in term time in the chapel from 12.15-1pm.