Can you solve the mystery of the quilt?

Masham WI members with the mystery quilt they are to display in the town hall. From left ' Lynn Cartwright, Judy Wall, Joan Howarth, Jill Davis and Ann Rudd. (120430M4)
Masham WI members with the mystery quilt they are to display in the town hall. From left ' Lynn Cartwright, Judy Wall, Joan Howarth, Jill Davis and Ann Rudd. (120430M4)
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Puzzled members of Masham’s WI are appealing for help to find out about a mystery quilt discovered by their group.

Members are getting ready to display a hand-made blanket sewn by their WI predecessors, in Masham Town Hall, but are at a loss when it comes to explaining exactly when it was made, or why.

The quilt depicts well-known scenes of Masham, including St Mary’s Church, a brewery, the Market Square and cross, and the bridge over the River Ure, and the WI members think it must have been made to commemorate a special event, but nobody active in the current Masham Women’s Institute goes back far enough to have been around when it was made.

WI president Jill Davis said: “It must be at least 15 years old. We have ladies in the groups who have been members for many years, but they don’t remember it. We think it could have been made for the Silver Jubilee.”

The mystery prompted Nick Reed, clerk to the Town Hall trustees in Masham, to post on Twitter.

He wrote: “Lovely quilt made by Masham WI at some stage pre-1980s. To be hung in Town Hall. Further info very gratefully received!”

The WI members are hoping somebody will recognise the quilt and remember a relative or friend being involved in making it.

Mrs Davis added: “We asked permission to hang the quilt in the town hall, and the trustees were delighted and very pleased with the idea, but it would be nice to have some information to go with it.”

So far, the WI and the Town Hall trustees know that the quilt hung in the Bordar Cafe on Masham’s market place for a number of years before being reclaimed by a WI member, who kept it at her home.

On her death around five years ago the quilt passed to another WI member, Judy Wall, who washed, folded and stored it, and has recently rediscovered it.

• Do you remember why the quilt was made, or when?

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