On Saturday 21st October, Local Lace Maker Pat Perryman visited Gittisham Retirement Village as a guest speaker.
Pat Perryman of Allhallowes Museum, Honiton met with residents and staff over coffee to talk about her lace making and local history. Pat, age 74,has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the Heritage of Lace-Making. She has been making lace for over 40 years and is regarded as a leading authority on Honiton Lace, a fine English hand-made bobbin lace which was a major cottage industry in Honiton prior to the industrial revolution. She took up lace-making as a hobby in 1969.
Allhallows Museum approached her to demonstrate lace making in 1979. Since then her work has been intrinsically linked to the Museum and she has delivered weekly Honiton Lace-making classes to residents of all ages, as well as travelling all over the world to talk about her work.
The event took place in the Club House and a raffle was held with all monies raised going to Allhallows Museum, who are a resigistered charity.
Residents were able to study some of the examples and fine exhibits Pat brought along with her whilst sampling some tasty refreshments.
Pat’s story is really awe-inspiring and the talk was facinating – it was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.