The Burrum River Crafters celebrated their 21st birthday earlier this month.
The Burrum River Crafters celebrated their 21st birthday earlier this month. Contributed

Group celebrates birthday in costumes

ON MONDAY July 21 the Burrum Monday Craft group celebrated their 21st birthday with fashion from around the world, delicious food and a stunning display of various crafts.

Burrum Heads resident Alice Ward joined forces with Barbara Bardanega in 1993 to hold a meeting to see if there was any interest in forming a craft group.

"We thought if we could get a few people to help pay the rent that would be enough. But we ended up with around 20 women attending," Alice said.

"They asked if we would give lessons and 21 years later we still do that as well as doing our own crafts.

"It's a very happy group and we have classes every week, sometimes teachers come from outside but it's mostly our own people."

The list of crafts done over the years is endless but some interesting projects include aluminium shim, broomstick crochet and rice paper decoupage and all the women enjoy learning and sharing their skills.

The group are also very generous with supporting local organisations such as the SES, fire brigade and other needy families and group co-ordinator Joan Simpson said they have also donated gifts to the Salvation Army.

"Many ladies have been knitting to provide jackets and beanies for the Aids babies in third world countries," she said.

"During the floods we made and donated knee rugs to several retirement homes residents who lost most of their personal goods.

"We've also delivered trauma teddies to nurses working out west at isolated places, as well as to the ambulance centres."

When Anita Fogg moved to Burrum ten years ago she joined the group and said she loves it for many reasons.

"I love making the projects for the different fundraising activities around town. I have grandchildren in the United States and when I visit them I usually have a suitcase full of crocheted blankets," Anita said.

When you attend one of the Monday morning craft sessions it's not unusual to find you are one of 80 or so women ranging in age from 38 to 90 plus, you may also find it's someone's birthday so there will be a birthday cake and every July they have a party to celebrate the group birthday.

The theme for this year was Nationalities of the World and there were some colourful outfits on parade with the woman from Scotland taking out first prize and the Aussie Swaggie coming in second.

If you feel like you need a boost, have a craft you would like to learn, teach or display, the Burrum Monday Crafters will welcome you with open arms.

Classes are held at the Community Hall every Monday from 9.30am.