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Summer’s coming!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t quite believe it’s the middle of May and I’m at the end of the first year of my degree!
Craftable is doing well, and in January we celebrated 5 years of crafting in Southend. We’ve had a few different homes, and a few different days, but we’re going strong. We marked our belated birthday with a trip to Sands on Southend sea front for an afternoon tea that was a lot of fun.

Sometimes we receive emails from people who would like more information about us and our activities. These are answered as swiftly as possible, but sometimes our replies get caught by spam filters. So if you’ve emailed us but haven’t had a reply, please do send us a gentle reminder but also check your spam folders.

Craftable: Thursdays 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Royal Naval Association, East St, Southend on Sea SS2 6LQ


Change again!

Hi everyone
As you may know, I’m embarking on a Counselling degree in October.  This means that Craftable is moving back to Wednesdays on 3 October 2018.  Hope to see you then!

Apologies for the wrong information – Craftable now meets on Thursday afternoons each week.

Pastures New

Hi everyone. Sorry it’s been such a long time since our last post.

Craftable is on the move again – location and day! We are returning to Tuesday afternoons, now at the Royal Naval Association clubhouse in East St.

Huge thanks go to Wellbeing@GaronPark for hosting us since May. We are committed to supporting the project and making it work, wish you all future success, and hope to return in the future.

The full address of our new venue is: RNA, 73-79 East St, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6LQ. It’s just past the Blue Boar junction on Victoria Avenue (and very close to a really, really good fish and chip shop!!)

See you all on TUESDAY, usual times (1.30 to 4.30)

Happy and above all Healthy New Year to you all

Found this on Twitter…

Episode 062: Leah Churchley on Combatting Chronic Illness with Crafting

At Craftable we’re living proof.  Long-term physical and mental health issues, usually in combination, are isolating – physically and socially.  By coming together to craft as a group, we are also spending time talking, laughing, sharing and helping each other.  In doing so, we learn from each other and support each other.

On the move!

We’re moving – it’s official!

From Wednesday 3 May, Craftable is on the move to The Cricket Pavilion, Garon Park. After 16 happy months of Tuesday meetings at SAVS, we are going back to our Wednesday slot at the new venue.

This means that we will NOT be meeting on Tuesday 2 May. As we’ll be finding our feet and getting used to the new arrangements, please bring along your own projects, although the colouring bag will be coming with me as usual.

So that’s 1.30 till 4.30 pm, Weds 3 May, at The Cricket Pavilion. Please text me if you need a little more help or need to talk about the changes.

Jen x


Craftable’s AGM has been a little delayed this year so it will be held on Tuesday 7 February 2017 within our usual Tuesday meeting slot.  All members are encouraged to come along and take part.

Hope to see you all there 🙂


Christmas 2016

Advance notice of closing times!  This year we will be holding our last session before Christmas on Tuesday, 13th December.  There will be no group for 2 weeks, but we will be back open for business on Tuesday 3 January 2017, starting at our usual time of 1.30 pm.

It’s still a bit early, but who cares – Season’s Greetings to you all 🙂

In March I was invited to give a TV interview to talk about My Brilliant Moment in relation to Craftable.

Well, a dear friend has uploaded it to Youtube and it can be found here:

I really hope it helps to raise awareness for those for whom medication alone cannot provide the answer – because there are no meds for loneliness.

Table Sale – all welcome!

On Saturday 14 May, we will be holding a table sale for Craftable at Westcliff Free Church, London Road, Westcliff (corner of Ronald Park Ave).  Entry is free, and the theme is crafting.  Supplies, handmade gifts, kits etc will be available plus the usual bric-a-brac, books, toys and games, toiletries etc.  There will of course be homemade cakes and refreshments available too.

Come along and say hello, and bag a bargain or too!

Doors open at 11am and close at 3pm.