West Horsley Place Trust is delighted to announce a creative community project to reinforce our togetherness during this challenging time. In collaboration with artist Diana Burch and Haslemere Museum we will coordinate our local community's contribution to The GladRags Project

The project is simple and one that any of us can safely take part in from home. Devised by Diana Burch and Haslemere Museum we want you to help us create a community patchwork that shows our community's resilience and creativity. The patchwork will reflect all of the things that make our community glad during the coronavirus pandemic. Very often these are small things; a spring flower, a pattern, a loved one or pet. The sky's the limit!

All crafts are welcome and all participants from those with craft skills to complete beginners. Please create a 15cm square (with a bit of extra border if possible) that we can stitch together. 

We will post photos of your work on our website and social media platforms. You will also be able to submit your own blogs on the GladRags Project to this page. When lockdown is over, we will gather all the squares together at West Horsley Pace to make our own historical document for future generations. Hopefully villages across Surrey will be doing the same. 

Everyone can take part. All ages and all abilities. If you can't sew, then glue! Please use fabrics you have to hand, offcuts, recycled clothing, buttons - anything that you can make your square with that we can assemble (hopefully together) later in the year. We will then exhibit the finished work at West Horsley Place for participants and the public to see.  

The GladRags Project is an opportunity to revisit old skills or try something for the first time. Children's work is welcome. If you know someone who would like to take part but struggles with their hands, work out a way to make their design idea come to life.

It’s time to work together! Later, we can celebrate and look back together at how our community overcame this extraordinary event. And please - share and spread the word to reach as many people as we can.

Email your photos to us at [email protected] and we will be delighted to share them. 

(Images are courtesy of the GladRags Haslemere Facebook page)