Swinton stained glass art workshop is a smash hit

Victoria Derby and Rhonda Pridgeon, both of Swinton, pictured. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT Stained Glass MC 2
Victoria Derby and Rhonda Pridgeon, both of Swinton, pictured. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT Stained Glass MC 2
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Swinton residents have been learning how to make stained glass windows.

The session, at Swinton Lock Activity Centre, Dun Street, runs every Thursday from 10am till 3pm.

The session, which is for up to 25 people, gave creative residents of all ages a chance to show off their artistic talent.

Jayne Senior, centre manager, said: “Some people have been coming to the class for four of five years. They started off as beginners and now they are advanced. We also have some people who just started last week.

“The classes are very, very popular. People rarely leave, they keep coming back.

“It’s about much more than just painting stained class windows, it’s about the companionship and working together and getting to know other people.

“The youngest person in class is 19 and the eldest is 76, it’s an inter-generational community.”

The centre is an arts and environment centre, developed to address the leisure and learning needs of its local communities, including Swinton, Rotherham, and some areas of Doncaster.

Stained glass window classes cost £8 for the unemployed and £16 for full-time workers.

The centre has been awarded funding from the Skills Funding Agency, known as the NLDC, to be able to offer grant funding for unmemployed people from Doncaster.

The centre will also offer classes outside of the centre for groups of six or more.

Classes inside and outside the centre must be booked in advance.

For more information, call the centre on 01709 578778.