Crafty Ranters

Crafty Ranters are a relaxed group that meet every 2nd Friday of the month during Englesea Brook’s open season to enjoy chat, cake, coffee and craft.  The group is open to all and is for all abilities. Sessions are free (but we always welcome donations!). You can come to one session; you can come to some sessions; you can come to all of them. Materials are provided (unless stated otherwise). You can just drop by, but we would encourage you to book in advance so that we can ensure that we have enough materials to go around.  To book your place please email Ruth at and don’t forget to let us know about any dietary requirements you might have as well as whether or not you require wheelchair access.

Crafty Ranters’s 2023 season offered the chance to try enjoyable and intriguing crafts that resonate with the spirit of Primitive Methodism. We will post up our 2024 programme soon. Why not come along and try your hand at something new! In the meantime our 2023 programme will give you some idea of what we have to offer.

Programme for 2023

Friday 14th April: Recycling is the New Rebellion

The Prims and others in their day re-used and adapted all sorts of materials, including using old rags to make rugs. Learn this simple technique of rag-rugging.

Friday 12th May: Radical Notebooks

Make a statement with decoupage and cover a notebook with your favourite protest.

Friday 9th June: Your Personal Favourite

Bring along a craft project you are working on, or perhaps draw on others’ experience to try a new technique.

Friday 14th July: Women’s Banner of Strength

Make a banner together celebrating the heritage and strength of women’s actions

Friday 11th August: Do Your Own Thing

Another opportunity to bring along your own craft to share and to learn from others in the group. Participants are welcome to either bring in whatever they are working on or contribute additional pennants in celebration of strong women following on from our July session.

Crafty Ranters - Strong Women Banner

Friday 8th September: Get Alongside Nature

Try your hand at stick weaving using nature’s own loom.

Friday 13th October: A Drop of Something Special

Learn the ancient craft of using a drop spindle. Bringing your own sheep is optional!

Friday 8th December: Christmas is Coming!

A special extra festive rant!

2023 Xmas Wreath for Crafty Ranters
Crafty Ranters 2023 poster image
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