Thanks to the hard work of the centre manager,
Gail Adcock, visitors to the Wayland Hall luncheon club can now
see a beautiful tapestry, depicting the lives of all the members
who attended the centre in the first year of the new millennium.
"When I started work here in 1999, I wanted a project
that would mark the millennium and commemorate the people who came
to the centre," said Gail.
To fund the project, staff and members produced
a booklet called Millennium Miscellany, featuring members' memories,
recipes and remedies.
The whole tapestry, which tells the stories of
more than 45 members, took Gail and two of her volunteers, Angela
Wynne and Jenny Mikulik, a year to stitch.
The squares are made from different coloured linens,
and all the decoration is done in cross stitch. Each
square is decorated with pictures depicting key points in the life
of one of the members.
The images chart their lives, from where they were
born, through marriage, family and work, right up to retirement
Gail has taken the tapestry to several hobbies
exhibitions. The highlight was entering a millennium tapestry competition
featured in Yours retirement magazine.
The Wayland Hall Day Care Centre Tapestry was chosen
to be one of only 24 out of 2,000, to be displayed at the magazine's
conference in Bournemouth.