A glorious tapestry made to celebrate the Millennium is displayed in the Village Hall. The unusual circular piece was modelled on a stained-glass window and is the result of 15 months hard work by a dedicated band of women who wanted to do something for the village. The circular theme was loosely based on the mill stone in the village, and woven into it are various aspects of village like.
The making of this embroidery came about following a course that was run by Rugby Borough Council teaching various sewing techniques. A small group decided that they would like to continue on their own and make something original to commemorate the Millennium in Wolston. With Sylvia Hall and Kay Jesson’s inspiration and enthusiasm the group worked out what they would like to do. Keith Berry kindly drew the design and the Millstone Stitchers received a grant from Rugby Borough Council.
The roundels depict scenes from nature and vignettes of village life. The “teardrop” shapes show architectural features of the village. The centre of the window shows the various events, which took place during the Millennium year, all beautifully embroidered on a TV screen with fireworks. The abstract embroidery holding the stitching together suggests the village brickwork, its bridges and Brook.
The following were involved in making the commemorative “Millstone”.
Stitchers: Sylvia Hall, Kay Jesson, Margaret Hodges, Madeleine Riley, Wendy Gilsenan, Ruth McCartney, Ruth Underwood, Doreen Skinner, Sue Marlow, Sue Marlow, Phoebe Johnstone, Maureen Shirley, Jenny Jones, Lyndsey Terry.
Technicians: Keith Berry, Rob Jesson, Tony Hardy-King, Frank Hall.