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The Saltash Chronicles Embroidery Project

27 April 2016

The Saltash Chronicles Embroidery Project

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The Saltash Chronicles Embroidery Project received £1,000 from the CCF’s Caradon Area Community Fund towards the project cost of the 100 foot embroidery. Historians, artists, embroiderers, local schools and youth groups are all involved in this big, community project that records the history of Saltash.

The project is now at the end of its 4th year and the embroidery phase is more than 90% completed, only a few more frames are to be finished and these are expected to be completed very soon.

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The ’Open Day’ for the local children last July was a great success with more than 40 children attending to view their work and many of them tried their hands at doing some embroidery.

The presentation of the tapestry in November was well attended and Mayor & Mayoress Phillips commented on how impressed they were with how the project is proceeding “The quality of the needlework done by all the embroiders is absolutely amazing, and we look forward to the work being completed next year”

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The project conducted more fund raising events and several presentations were given including to the Saltash WI, Elms Care Home and the Old Cornwall Society to name a few. Andrew Tritton, who planned and designed the project, also spent a day with the West Country Embroiders showing their ladies how to do the Bayeux stitch. These events raised more than £200 and combined with further grants from Saltash Community Chest and the Caradon Area Community Fund, the project now has the funds to proceed with the next phase which is to sew all the panels together and to build the cases for them to be displayed in.

Saltash Baptist Church has agreed to present the work in their main hall for a period of at least a year and the project is now looking for as many volunteers as possible to act as curators so the project can be open for public viewing as often as possible.