Rowans Hospice craft centre celebrates first birthday with handmade display

COLOURFUL The shop window display at Rowans Hospice upcycling and craft centre
COLOURFUL The shop window display at Rowans Hospice upcycling and craft centre

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Crafters in Cowplain have created a quintessentially English scene for their local Rowans Hospice upcycling and craft centre as a celebration of the shop’s 1st birthday.

Shop manager Julie Bennett had the idea of asking customers and hospice volunteers to create items for the window that represented the English countryside.

‘I asked people to create items based on the (countryside) theme, but had no idea what to expect,’ said Julie.

‘People had their own ideas for items and I assembled the display out of the randomness that we received. I was amazed at the response to our appeal and the window display is a real community effort.’

The handmade display features a large tree with buttons for bark and pom-poms for leaves, families of common countryside animals like badgers, foxes and ducks, mythical creatures like gnomes and pixies and its own knitted picnic.

The display, which has quickly become a local attraction, will also be on show at the Rowans Hospice later in the year so that staff, volunteers, patients and visitors can enjoy the amazing work.

The project has been so successful that Julie is already planning to create a similar display for the shop window this Christmas, featuring elves working in the toy workshop.

The shop, located in London Road, specialises in craft items, all of which are donations.

They sell a variety of products, which range from wools and fabrics, to dressmaking patterns and accessories for vintage sewing machines. Julie and her team of volunteers also make their own crafts to sell, such as pin-cushions.

Julie added: ‘The Rowans Hospice Trading Company is always looking for donations.

‘Whether they are from crafters who are having a clear-out or craft businesses who have discontinued stock, it is a great way to recycle and also supports a worthy cause.’

Anyone who is interested in taking part in the Christmas window display, making a donation to the shop or are simply looking for craft materials should visit the centre.