Perranarworthal lace-makers pay tribute to their talented founder
Les Carrek Lace and Craft Group will be holding their annual Lace Day at Perranarworthal Village Memorial Hall on Saturday.
On display throughout the day will be lace-craft made by the late Rita Green, who was a master of the art and inspired countless women across Cornwall to take up bobbins. There will also be demonstrations of felt making, beaded jewellery, bag-making and quilting
Les Carrek member Val Bidgood said: "It is because of Rita that there are many ladies throughout Cornwall who can now make quite exquisite lace. Sadly, Rita passed away last year but her influence continues."
The group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at Perranarworthal. Crafts covered include lace making, cross stitch, tapestry, card making, quilting, machine sewing, knitting and crochet. Anyone interested in joining is invited to visit Lace Day or attend the next evening meeting on February 14.
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Ruth Twydle, a long-standing member of Les Carrek and Carnon Downs Lace Group, said the success of both groups was down to Rita Green.
"Though born a Londoner, Rita came to Cornwall in the early 1940s as a child. She grew up here, married a Cornishman and had two sons, so she surely earned her passport. She had two great passions in life: dance and needlecrafts. After her family had flown the nest, Rita had time to indulge her love of needlecrafts. You name it, Rita had tried it and taken it to the next level.
"After deciding to learn bobbin lace, she became so accomplished and well known in the South West that she began a bobbin lace-making class. The group established from this lace class were loathe to disband and, by hiring the village halls at Perranarworthal and Carnon Downs, were able to continue to meet. These groups are still thriving more than 20 years later."
Lace Day is at Perranarworthal Village Memorial Hall on Saturday February 9 from between 10am to 4pm. Admission is £2.50 for the whole day, to include tea and coffee, or £1 to view the stalls.
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Bus Station stand K Bus 309: North Devon Ramblers walk Caffyns X, Lynton, optional Lunch, then Barbrook. Four to six miles. Wednesday 10.15am.
Queens Theatre Studio: Pete (the Temp) verses Climate Change! Tuesday 8pm: Lady Maisery in the Gallery Cafe, Queens Theatre, Wednesday 8pm; Sadie and the Hotheads. The Factory at Petroc, Brannams. Thursday 7.30pm; Cardenio, Queens Theatre, Thursday 8pm; Rumours of Fleetwood Mac. Queens Theatre 7.30pm.
Whitecross Village Hall: Rare films and photography of the Fowey Harbour from the Gullick Collection presented by Gerry Williams. £6 on the night £5 in advance 01726 870457. Saturday 7pm.
RC Church Hall, Ashburton Road: DWT Wildlife Quiz. £3. Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm.
Devon Guaild of Craftsmen: 'Get Fresh', showcasing the work of emerging designer-makers from the South West. Until Feb 24.
Village Hall: Bingo every Monday eyes down 7.30pm.
The Wesley Centre, Chapel Street: Camborne Old Cornwall Society meet Tuesday 7.30pm.
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The Great Hall, Exeter University: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens, with John Lill -piano. Friday 7.30pm.
Westpoint: Expowest Westcountry. Wed-Thurs.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum: Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Until June 2; Fine Art Gallery tour. Wednesday 1pm-1.50pm. £4.50 (£3).
Car park 854 384: North Devon Ramblers, Room Hill and Bye Common, good views. 8.5 miles. Sunday 10.30am.
Glenorchy Church Hall: Exmouth Country Market, homemade cakes, desserts, preserves, handicrafts etc. Friday 8.30am-11.30am.
Withycombe Village Hall: Exmouth Folk Dance Club with Jane Thomas & The Amycrofters . Thursday 8-10pm.
Princess Pavilion: Comedy Night with John Shuttleworth. Wednesday 7.30pm for 8pm.
Merlin Theatre: Shakespeare Rattle and Roll with Martin Dimery. Friday; Big Wooden Horse presents Stuck. Sunday 12pm and 3pm.
The Royal Standard: Euchre Drive. Monday 8pm.
Plough Arts Centre: John Shuttleworth 'Out of Our Sheds' Tuesday 8pm; Trudi Brown, local singer/songwriter, Friday 8pm; Carthy Hardy Farrell & Young, harmonies and quartet fiddle. Saturday 8pm.
Plough Arts Centre: The Beauty and Fascination of Devon's Inspects. Until February 23.
Community Hall: Miracle Theatre Company present Frankenstein! on Sunday.
Village Hall: Ballroom/Sequence Dance Saturday 8pm.
Landmark Pavilion: North Devon Sinfonia. Queens Theatre, Saturday 8pm.
Methodist Church Vestry: Coffee morning for church funds. Wednesday 10.30am.
Community Centre: Presentation by Jenny Plackett of Butterfly Conservation, Saving Dartmoor's Threatened Fritillaries. Newcomers are always welcome. Tuesday 7.30pm.
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Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-noon.
The Community Centre: Antique and Collectors Market. Friday 11am-3pm.
Village Hall: Okehampton Sequence Dance Club. £1.50 per person. Beginners welcome. Wednesday 8pm- 10.3pm.
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The Gott Hall: Coffee and craft morning. Friday 10.30-12.30pm. New members welcome.
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Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross: The Medical Society's Historic Collection n Plymouth with speaker Tom Arnold. Thursday 7.30pm.
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City Museum and Art Gallery: Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer Exhibition. Until April 13.
Theatre Royal: Dirty Dancing. Until Feb 9; Calendar Girls by Tim Firth Tuesday. Until Feb 9.
Plymstock Library: Staying safe on line with James Brisic, CEO of Social Haus presenting It's Safer Internet Day. Tuesday 2.30 (booking essential).
Jubilee Hall, Methodist Church: Cornish Postcard, Postal History & Book Fair. Saturday 10am-4pm.
Village Hall: Whist Drive, Tuesday 7.30pm.
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Devon Rural Archive: Illustrated talk by DRA Trustee Sebastian Fenwick on discovery and restoration of former Domesday manor house of Shilstone. Thursday 7pm. Booking essential £5.
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Wheal Martyn: China Clay Museum and Country Park. Open daily.
Village Hall: St Buryan Farmers Market. Saturday 9.30-12.30pm.
Teyluva Children's Centre: St Day Historical and Conservation Society. Illustrated talk by Paul Holden, house and collections manager at Lanhydrock House. Wednesday 7.30pm.
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The Wharf: Open Mic Night, Thursday 8pm.
TAAG Centre, Northumberland Place: Sale of Hearts in aid of the Lifeboat. Handmade craft, wooden, needlework, driftwood, cards, cakes etc Saturday 10am-4pm.
Comedy Hall: Tiverton Community Arts Theatre present Piff the Magic Dragon. Tickets £10. Monday 8pm.
St John's Church: Taunton Sinfonietta Ensemble, February Musical Feast. Saturday 3pm.
United Free Church: Totnes Early Music Society concert with Ashley Solomon (flautist) and Terence Charleston (harpsichordist). Tickets for non members on the door £12, students and young people £5. Friday 7.30pm.
Methodist Church: Inner Transition Open meet: What now for 2013 & beyond. Tuesday 7.30-9.45pm.
Hall for Cornwall: Country Market. Tuesday 9.15-3pm.
Town Hall: Miracle Theatre Company present Frankenstein! on Thursday.
Town Hall: Rummage Sale Saturday 10am-noon. Any rummage came be brought to the Town Hall before 9.30am on the day. Proceeds to the Parish of Wadebridge Funds.