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Memory quilt unveiled at Frome Medical Centre

Left-right; Mayor Kate Bielby, Dr Tina Merry, Gill Harry, Mel Day, Dr John Payne  John Peverley, Sandra Payne, Trevor Biggs,  and Jacqueline Peverley,  Home in Frome  president.

Left-right; Mayor Kate Bielby, Dr Tina Merry, Gill Harry, Mel Day, Dr John Payne John Peverley, Sandra Payne, Trevor Biggs, and Jacqueline Peverley, Home in Frome president.

AMEMORY quilt made by the people of Frome has been unveiled and is now on display at the Frome Medical Centre.

The lottery funded project was undertaken by Home in Frome. Both the younger and older people worked together to share memories and to make the quilt. It featured written stories and 40 fabric images.

A Home in Frome representative said, “We are delighted that the quilt has found such a welcoming and appropriate home at Frome Medical Centre. We couldn’t think of a better place for it to be.

“It has come about by a great many local people working together and sharing memories that are precious to them. We hope that it will give enjoyment to many people in the future.”

Over the last year, the project, Community Threads, has been supported by workshop leaders Mel Day, Annabelle Macfadyen and David Davies.

The initial stage of the project involved a series of intergenerational workshops between children from Oakfield Academy and St Louis School and groups of residents from Rowden House Care Home and Keyford Heights and volunteers.

Working with writer David Davies, the children and the older people spent time together sharing their memories of home, school, work and play.

With guidance, encouragement and help from Mel and Annabelle, the participants then processed their ideas into images which were appliquéd, embroidered and printed to make a fabric picture.

From March, the project was opened out to the wider community, encouraging groups, families and individuals to come and contribute their own stories to the quilt.

A series of workshops took place in the warm, friendly environment of The Blue House and the finished quilt was on display at the Black Swan Arts Gallery during the Frome Festival and throughout August.

 

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