Krafty Hookers craft group, based in Head of Muir in Falkirk, had to move into larger premises to allow for social distancing, pushing up the cost for people to attend. A 'Together Again' microgrant from Creative Lives helped ensure those on a low income were able to stay involved. Cath Shirra from Kratfy Hookers tells us all about the group . . .

"Our group is known as the Krafty Hookers and has developed from an idea our founder member had in 2009. Finding that there was nothing like it in the area, she advertised locally in the newspaper. After some discussion, the name of the group was chosen - people felt that it was quirky and described what the group was all about. We knit, crochet and sew regularly, and other crafts are welcome too.

Presently we have an average of 12 regular members who meet once a week, on a Tuesday between 12 noon and 2.45 pm. The group is open to all adults, and enables people to come along and socialise with each other.  Ages range between 50 and 80 years plus.  The group is very supportive of our less able members.  At present we meet at Dennyloanhead Community Centre, Head of Muir.  It’s a good central location for members from Denny, Dunipace, Banknock and Bonnybridge areas. We also have members from Falkirk and Bo’Ness.

On 'Hookers day' we arrive and take a seat round the table, set out like a board room so we can see and converse with each other.  Most of us tuck into our packed lunches before the crafting begins. A charge of £3 per week per member is levied, £2 of which covers our room rental and also pays for tea, coffee etc. The remaining £1 is for a social fund for dinners out. It also pays for special birthdays, celebrations and bereavements.  

The group is very friendly and caring. We lend patterns, offer spare wool and little haberdashery bits and pieces. At present most of us are knitting garments for grandchildren and family members. Lynda is busy making hats for the neonatal unit as a thank-you for bringing her new grandson safely into the world. I've been knitting teddies for the new nursery children coming into Denny Nursery starting in August. And Libby is trying her hand at embroidery for the first time. It’s also a good place to do a bit of mending as well.  

It was a difficult time for all our members during the pandemic, when we were unable to attend due to lockdown. We are glad to be back and have really appreciated the funding we received.  It has given our group a bit of security and a break from worrying about paying our rent every week. We are actively trying to recruit new members to our merry gang."