Charlotte Newland, winner of BBC 2's Great British Sewing Bee, joins The Woodberry Down Quilty Pleasures Club!

Winner of the Great British Sewing Bee, Charlotte Newland, joins the Woodberry Down Quilty Pleasures Club!

Manor House Development Trust are thrilled to have Charlotte Newland, winner of the Great British Sewing Bee, joining The Woodberry Down Quilty Pleasures Club. The Woodberry Down Quilty Pleasures Club is a free sewing and quilting club open to those living on and around the Woodberry Down Estate.  

Manor House Development Trust has been awarded £9,524 by Big Lottery to fund The Woodberry Down Quilty Pleasures Club which will bring together people living on the estate, opening up opportunities for neighbours to meet, socialise and learn to quilt over 16 sessions held at the Redmond Community Centre. 

Sessions will be taught by Charlotte Newland and Arts facilitator Didi Baldwin, and held in the heart of the Woodberry Down Estate, at the Redmond Community Centre, a hub which is host to a diverse range of community activities and services. The club’s sessions are free and child friendly.

Charlotte will share her passion, knowledge and quilting skills over the course of five initial quilting workshops, providing participants with the key skills they need to go on to develop projects over the following weeks.

Charlotte Newland says, 

‘Sewing is so important to me, and I can’t wait to share it with the people who come along to The Woodberry Down Quilty Pleasures Club this spring! Local quilting and sewing groups like The Woodberry Down Quilty Pleasures Club, can really help to improve confidence. You’ll make new friends and learn new skills and it’s also extremely therapeutic. The simple process of creating something, no matter how simple, is incredibly rewarding.’

The Woodberry Down Quilty Pleasures Club will give participants from diverse cultural backgrounds the chance to learn from scratch or improve on and share their creative sewing skills. Participants will contribute to the creation of a community quilt to be exhibited at The Hidden River Festival, September 2018 as well as creating quilted items for the home, as gifts, keepsakes and artworks.

Sessions will encourage participants to explore traditions of handicrafts from different parts of the world and share their cultures, stories and experiences with others. We will foster and promote learning and appreciation for fabric and sustainable means of producing works through the use of recycled, scrap material and old clothing.

For more information on the Woodberry Down Quilty Pleasures Club please get in touch with MHDT’s  Arts Coordinator, Lucy Whitford, via email at lucy.whitford@mhdt.org.uk. Sessions run every Wednesday (18th April – 1st August 2018) 11.30-2.30pm, at the Redmond Community Centre.

Notes to editors:

  • Manor House Development Trust is a charitable social enterprise leading the social regeneration on Woodberry Down Estate, one of the UK’s largest housing regeneration schemes, located on one of England’s poorest wards. We have engaged thousands of local people, activated over 400 volunteers and brought into use two derelict open spaces. As a community organisation, we run the Redmond Community Centre (RCC). 
  • The Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people