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Wrapping up . . . South Canterrbury Blind Foundation chairwoman Anne O'Connell (left) and craft group co-ordinator Sandra Henderson gathered with group attendees on Tuesday last week for the final meeting of the craft group. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

Vision-impaired crafters met on Tuesday last week for the final gathering of the South Canterbury Blind Foundation craft group.

About 20 people, including craft group members and their family members, assembled at the Timaru Blind Foundation Hall on Tuesday afternoon for the last meeting of the more than 40-year-old group.

South Canterbury Blind Foundation chairwoman Anne O’Connell said the closure of the group after four decades was a “sad day” for everyone involved.

“There will be other things out there and maybe someone will restart it voluntarily,” Mrs O’Connell told those gathered.

Group co-ordinator Sandra Henderson, who took up running the craft group on the day of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, was presented with a bunch of flowers for her seven years’ work with the craft group.

“My time here’s been lovely,” she said.

“We fixed the world numerous times around these tables.”

The crafters serenaded her with a rendition of For She’s A Jolly Good Fellow

One member said she would always remember the group when she looked at the items she had made over the years.

“Every time I look at my [handmade] octopus, I think of you.”