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Monday, 05 October 2015 (3071102)
Jigsaw Club proving to be a hit with all ages
by Jim Sharpe

MAGHULL Councillors put the pieces together to form the bigger picture when they visited the town’s Jigsaw Club.

Sudell Ward Councillors Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley were invited to one of the club’s regular Tuesday meetings at Maghull Methodist Church in Hall Lane where folk are able to pop in and pick up a jigsaw, absolutely free.

You don’t even have to be a member and there are hundreds of jigsaws to choose from.

Organiser Rita Addison told them the club has been running for years. “It’s always been very popular,” she said. “It is a good hobby - particularly in the winter,

Rita said the number of people interested in jigsaws was surprising. ”People of all ages turn up - my teenage grandson loves them. Jigsaws teach you patience, and that can be an invaluable skill to have.“

Cllr Gatherer agreed this applied yo everybody. ”Pre-school children are proven to benefit and they help in early childhood development; For older people jigsaws keep the brain active.

“It is a great pastime for everyone, teaching problem solving strategies, project management skills, visual skills - the list goes on an on. What is clear is that experts all agree that people gain a lot from sitting down and tackling a jigsaw.

”In Maghull we are lucky to have Rita running this Jigsaw Club and providing the puzzles free into the bargain.“

And Cllr McKinley agreed. ”This is a great, free, club for our community,“ he said. ”It is run for the benefit of all of the community and it is great that it has been going so long.“

But Cllr McKinley pointed out that the club is always in need of new jigsaws. ”If you have any you would like to give - or if you would like to borrow one yourself - go along to the Methodist Church between 10am and 12 noon every Tuesday.“

Or, as Rita herself put it: ”Please come along and pick up a puzzle - everyone is welcome.“


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