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Crafting Through Lockdown



The prospect of being in “Lockdown” didn’t initially seem too bad. Not going to work, or popping to town didn’t seem a problem, all I kept thinking about was all the time I was going to have to craft! There are so many ideas I’ve seen and thought I’d like to try, so many projects I’d started but never finished and plenty of craft supplies to work my way through, I was convinced lockdown was going to be easy.

I started, pretty much the same as everyone, with the Big Spring Clean. Curtains washed, carpets cleaned, cupboards sorted etc, then came the cake baking and eating of course. Then the novelty started to fade, I began to miss my family and friends, I missed work, I missed popping in to town for this and that and other than a few rainbows we hadn’t made anything!

That’s when I started seeing people asking on social media for crocheted ear saver straps, and crocheted hearts for hospitals. Now I can crochet, I’m not brilliant at it to be honest but I can make a blanket and a few toys but after watching a few YouTube videos and searching for sizes etc., it didn’t take long to work out what to do.

I dug out all those odd balls of wool I’d hoarded and even ordered some balls of brightly coloured cotton and dug through my stash of buttons. In one evening I’d made 50 bands ready for the buttons to be sewn on, the daunting part as I hate sewing. However, whilst chatting with my neighbour and telling her what I was doing she said she’d happily sew the buttons on as she couldn’t crochet the bands… result! I didn’t have to sew, she didn’t have to crochet.

When I got bored making bands I tried making hearts as I’d seen hospitals wanting those so they could give one to the patient and one to the family as they couldn’t visit, but these needed pressing and I hate ironing more than I do sewing. Another result, an elderly friend was desperate to feel she was doing something to help, so the hearts were delivered to her step and she pressed and bagged into pairs. Production is still ongoing, together we’ve sent out over 300 ear savers to the NHS, carers, and key workers and lots of pairs of hearts to the hospital wards.

My idea of lockdown may have changed completely but I am now crafting, I’m not finishing or starting anything I wanted but I’m crafting to make a small difference to other peoples lives, and I’m loving it.

Written by Penny Parker

Coping With Lockdown

A Lockdown Wedding in Felixstowe



When we heard about Annette and John, we just fell in love with them and couldn’t wait to share their story with you all. Here’s Annette to tell the tale of how their love story started…

John and I met quite by chance on the Felixstowe prom last year. We both used to walk the prom on our own every day and for several months we would just say hi and pass the time of day as we passed by each other going in opposite directions. 

One day towards the end of August, as I joined the prom from the bottom of Bent Hill, John was walking in the same direction. That day, we had our walk together, and found that we had plenty in common and the same sense of humour. At the end of the walk, we arranged to meet up the following day for another walk together, and as they say, the rest is history!

We began spending time together on a daily basis and love very soon blossomed for both of us (although John maintains that for him it was love at first sight!).

By the end of October John had proposed, although by then I think we both knew it was a foregone conclusion.

We had planned to marry on the 28th May at St John’s Church with Reverend Andrew Dotchin officiating, but that was of course prior to Covid19 and the lockdown, and our plans (along with many other people’s plans) had to be put on hold.

However, Reverend Dotchin came up with a lovely idea so that we could still mark the proposed date of the 28th May, by having a socially distanced Betrothal Service. This is an unofficial ceremony in which one makes a promise to marry at a future date. We had a lovely day which could almost be described as a dress rehearsal for the real thing. The ceremony was held in my sister Jo’s garden, and she did us proud with her efforts of decorating the garden in the appropriate colour scheme which was absolutely magical.

Obviously, we have been avidly watching the news for information on when weddings would be allowed to resume after lockdown, and we are very glad to say that we got married officially this morning at St. John’s Church at 11.30am. We were beyond excited! 😍😍

Because of the Betrothal Service which took place in May, we already have a gorgeous collection of photos.

A big thank you for the photos must to to our good friend Fran Comer who did a wonderful job of being the official photographer.

Annette and John

On behalf of us all at The Felixstowe Magazine, HUGE congratulations to Annette and John… your story is adorable and you’re a truly lovely couple! x

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Doing Her “Handmade” Part to Help Key Workers



It’s been such a pleasure to see so many articles come in from local people doing their part to make a difference. Though lockdown is going through the process of lifting, we’d still like to continue to shine a light on these local gems. This article is by the lovely local lady, Bev Lambert…

During lockdown I have been making various sewing items. I have donated 242 face coverings to people/key workers in my community. I have since been selling these to the wider community.  I have been making a number of little bears ‘(as below) which have been donated to many people within my community just to bring a smile on a face.  I have also donated some of the below pocket pillows which I make to sell. 

My sewing page can be found on Facebook/Twitter & Instagram “Berty Lamb Handmade“.  I make various items using my sewing and embroidery machines. 

I am also the founder of Over the Rainbow Children’s Charity, a charity to support local children across Suffolk who are living with a life limiting or serious illness, by providing specialist equipment to help day to day living.  The charity is run 100% by volunteers. I also made this large key worker hanger and raised £100.00 through a silent auction. I donated the £100.00 to Captain Tom Moore’s JustGiving page.  The winner if the auction was Glebe House Residential Home in Hollesley.  I have donated various sewn items to Glebe House including some lavender filled hearts which I initialled with each of the residents first names.  The staff all received a Ginger Ginger key fobs, including care staff, kitchen staff, maintenance staff etc all key fobs were relevant to the jobs they did within the home. 

Thank you to all the key workers, charities and local people out there. We’ve been in this together and it’s be an honour to be part of the positivity.

Bev Lambert

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Local Bin Man & Son Spread Happiness



I live in Felixstowe and am a key worker in Ipswich for the local council working as a bin man. I used to go out every Thursday at 8pm with my stepson so he could clap and beep the horn in my recovery truck. 

I have been on the front line all the time whilst this has all been going on and it has been nice to get letters and pictures from local children in Ipswich to show their appreciate for us bin men. It’s a very hard and physical job but is rewarding when we get little gestures like that from the kids so I just wanted to do this with my stepson every Thursday to show our appreciation too. 


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