Winster to host huge sale of craft materials bequeathed by village resident

Winster is to host a craft sale this weekend to find buyers for a huge range of specialist tools and materials from the estate of a resident who died just before Christmas.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 20th April 2022, 11:09 am

Former art teacher Freda Forster was a well-known character in the village for many years, and very active in the life of the community up until her death on December 6 in the care of Ashgate Hospice.

Geoff Lester, a longtime neighbour and colleague in local civic activities, said: “Freda’s many enthusiasms included all sorts of craft work. But her main obsession was card making, for which she amassed a huge amount of specialist equipment.

“Having no family, she left it all to neighbours for them to use or dispose of for the benefit of the village community.”

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If you've ever wanted to get into papercrafts, Saturday could be your lucky day.

A grand sale of Freda’s tools and materials will take place on Saturday, April 23, 10am to 4pm in the Burton Institute, Winster's village hall on West Bank.

Among the items up for sale will be hundreds of dies and stamps and inks for card making.

There are three die-cutting and stamping machines, an envelope maker and paper crimper, along with numerous stick-ons, blank cards and fancy papers for scrapbooking.

Some of Freda's artwork and household effects will also be available to buy.

Well known Winster resident Freda Forster died in December.

Geoff said: “The proceeds will go entirely to village groups and to the Jigsaw Food Bank scheme operated through the village shop, and we hope that this will be an appropriate reminder of the great affection Freda had for Winster.”