When we decided to redecorate our information room last winter the aim was to create a brighter, warmer environment that enhanced the usefulness of all the posters and details of places to go, visit and eat. Much debate ensued about wall colours, layout and whether to retain all the books that used to adorn the shelves along the walls.
Then, pursuing a woodland theme, Tom did some research and discovered ‘photo wallpapers’ and mural wallpapers and eventually settled on the one shown in these pictures. Putting them up called for an expert which we discovered we already had in the guise of ‘James the painter’ – a local lad who has done a lot of work for us and private owners in recent years – who was doing the redecoration for us.
Then it was felt that the children’s’ area needed to be in a corner so as to be separate from everything else going on in the room. New and different toys added extra colour and brightness which balanced the pastel colours on the walls.
And then serendipity called. We were approached by the secretary of the Wembury War Memorial Village Hall to ask if we had anywhere we could display a ‘wall hanging’ created by a village group called The Wembury Stitchers. The conclusion was that it would be a fitting addition to our new bright information room.
Linda Young, a member of the group, takes up the story.
“It was made as a contribution to the flower festival held at the Church of St Werburgh in July 2019. The theme of the event was ‘Songs of the earth’ and was based on two hymns – ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ and ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, and the popular song ‘I Believe’.
The stitchers were asked to do something to represent the lines ‘For thy Church which evermore, lifted holy hand above, offering up on every shore, her pure sacrifice of love, Lord of all to thee we raise, this our grateful hymn of praise’ from ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’.
We thought the view of the Church and the Mewstone would be perfect and so we tried to replicate this using all our various skills including knitting, crocheting, felting, embroidery, cross stitch and appliqué.
The hanging seemed to go down well at the festival so we thought it would be a shame to fold it up and put it away. We hope the visitors to Churchwood Valley enjoy looking at it during their stay.” And they would have done if it had not been for the virus!
The Wembury Stitchers is a group of ladies (although men are welcome) who enjoy crafting, mostly needlework of different kinds. In normal times they meet weekly to share their knowledge and skills with each other. In addition to the wall hanging, they made a Devon cottage complete with flower garden for the previous church flower festival, knitted bags for the dementia ward at Derriford hospital, made bunting for the village hall, and poppies for remembrance day. Guests would be welcome to join their meetings when they can resume.