Rougham villagers craft colourful new hanging for hall

New Birds wall hanging at Rougham Village Hall, with some of the people involved in the project ANL-140812-093037009

New Birds wall hanging at Rougham Village Hall, with some of the people involved in the project ANL-140812-093037009

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The latest in a series of colourful wall hangings created especially for Rougham Village Hall by the local community was unveiled on Sunday.

Dozens of villagers have played a part in the making of three wall hangings which are composed of individually crafted textile squares.

Butterfly Wall hanging at Rougham Village Hall from 2012 ANL-140812-093126009

Butterfly Wall hanging at Rougham Village Hall from 2012 ANL-140812-093126009

This year’s theme of flying birds follows on from a wall hanging of butterflies in 2012 and flowers in 2013. On Sunday the hall was filled with people who had taken part in the project as well as others keen to admire the latest addition.

Behind the project are organisers Carol O’Neill and Helena Lynch, who works using textiles, who both live in Rougham.

Said Carol: “Helena and I came up with the idea for the projects. We just thought it would be nice if each person in the village could stitch a square throughout the year and then we would assemble them.

“It brings together the community in a creative way, making some beautiful artwork. It has been most successful and we are planning to do another next year.”

New Birds wall hanging at Rougham Village Hall, close up section ANL-140812-093112009

New Birds wall hanging at Rougham Village Hall, close up section ANL-140812-093112009

Carol and Helena decided that the flying birds would be made using templates of four different sizes and two different shapes. “It looks like a flock of birds with the smaller ones appearing to be more distant,” said Carol. “We had a very positive response when it was unveiled, with people commenting on how colourful and cheerful the hall looks with these hangings and will continue to do so for years to come.”

Those who have taken part in the project meet once a month in the village hall on Sunday evenings. “It’s a chance for anyone to become involved and get inspired, even if they have not done much stitching before,” said Carol, who expects next year’s project will be launched in the spring.

Carol also runs three choirs – Fakenham Community choir, Snettisham Community Choir and Dereham Female Choir. The three are joining together to perform a concert of seasonal songs and carols at East Rudham church on Saturday, December 13. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Rudham Village Store, Sweets and Things in Fakenham and on the door.