Friendship was on the cards for Long Sutton craft group

BIRTHDAY GIRL: Club founder Maud Gillen with birthday girl Val Fones, who received wonderful handmade cards. SG290513-115TW
BIRTHDAY GIRL: Club founder Maud Gillen with birthday girl Val Fones, who received wonderful handmade cards. SG290513-115TW
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Fundraising for a hospital intensive care unit produced a legacy of friendship for strangers in Long Sutton.

Maud Gillen (80) made and sold cards for Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, after her husband, Joe, was treated there.

About ten years ago she decided to form a card making group and put out some flyers.

People who responded to the ‘ad’ were just like Maud, “comer-inners” who settled in Lincolnshire from far flung places.

Maud said: “We all live here, but none of us are local. Somebody put forward the idea that people who were born here haven’t joined because they have the social groups they’ve had all their lives.”

The group has 15 members who share skills and welcome craft specialists like Spalding’s Heidi Payne to teach them on Wednesday mornings at Market House.

Heidi closes her Westlode Street shop on Saturday and it’s one of a handful of craft shops to go through lack of trade.

Although Heidi will continue in business, the Long Sutton Card Club say it’s becoming harder for them to source craft materials for their hobby.

Members make cards of all kinds from sticking on pictures to glorious cross-stitch designs, “losing themselves” for hours as they work.

Member Denise Jupp (66) said: “I have got a cabin at the bottom of the garden and my husband phones and says ‘are we going to have any dinner’?”