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Sewing for the community at Nuneaton station

Press Release   •   Oct 03, 2017 11:11 BST

Escape Sewing Group members Kris and Pat work on the celebration tablecloth

Nuneaton’s station adoption by Art Alert is enabling local people who enjoy sewing to work on individual and collaborative projects, through the Escape Arts Sewing Group. Sewing workshops are now being held every second Monday of the month in the Old Station Café on Platform 1, from 1000-1300 hours.

At the first workshop, held on Monday 11 September, 10 members of the group were welcomed by national textile expert, Zara Day, to work on an ambitious celebration tablecloth, a project funded through the Big Lottery Celebration Award, for the local Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre. 

The community space will be presented with the tablecloth by the group at an event in November.

Busy sewing the tablecloth at the first workshop was Pat, who said: “It’s a lovely social occasion getting together with people to be creative; the sewing is therapeutic too and it gives everyone a great thrill to see their work on display and to know it is helping others.”

The sewing group has previously worked on a number of other community projects, including ‘Nuneaton Lives’, a project which invited individuals to create artwork representing their memories of the local area. These were exhibited around the town before being donated for display at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton.

Projects by Escape Arts Sewing Group will also be exhibited free to the public at Nuneaton station from 10 to 13 November 2017.

Anne Taylor, Nuneaton station adopter and Art Alert secretary, said: “Having the space to use at the station has been a great advantage for us. It frees up resources to enable us to do more workshops and art activities and bring in supportive experts like Zara to help people taking part really learn the craft.”

Faye Lambert, head of community rail at London Midland, said: “Art Alert adopters are making Nuneaton station a destination in its own right. It is very rewarding for us that this otherwise unused space has been brought to life by the group, who through arranging workshops like this are helping people to learn new skills and work as a team.”

The next session of the Escape Arts Sewing Group will be held on Monday 9 October at 1000 hours and is open to all. For more information, please contact

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