Beaconsfield hookers celebrate their 40th


“One thing is for sure if people can call us hookers you know we all have to have a sense of humour.” said founder of the guild Lois Morris

by Rhonda Massad

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Beaconsfield Hooking Crafters Guild will spread spring cheer to celebrate their 40th anniversary. March 23, was set aside by the hookers to create handmade wool flower magnets to be donated to the the West Island’s Meals on Wheels (MOW) kitchens to hand out to their clients.

“We are essentially rug hookers,” guild vice president Linda Henderson told The Suburban, “so the special project we will be working on is a little outside our expertise.”

According to Henderson several of the members, who have been meeting each Monday since 1975, still producing hooked pieces, are into their nineties.  While at the other end of the scale, hooking classes are taught to enthusiastic grade five students at Sherwood Forest school in Beaconsfield.

“I have enjoyed coming here every Monday, I meet the girls and have fun,” said 90 year old Beaconsfield resident Lorayne Charenko who joined the group in 1979, “I can’t do what I used to but I can do some.”

Volunteer West Island’s outreach coordinator, Shelley Hayden says  the MOW clients will benefit greatly from the small gesture made.

“They are using your hands and good spirit to create something of beauty for a complete stranger,” Hayden explained to The Suburban, “How amazing is that? The MOW clients are typically isolated seniors, often living alone.  Receiving a flower will put a smile on their face and they’ll feel less isolated.”

This September, at Centennial Hall in Beaconsfield,  the group will host an exhibit that will honour 40 years of work and guild history. More information about the guild can be found at .