The First Rule of the Club – It’s All About The Cake

They arrive through the downpour clutching cake tins and large plastic boxes. Brushing off raincoats, they pass through a shiny, white door into a secret meeting place in the centre of York.

As the clock strikes six, more women and a couple of men arrive, carrying yet more containers. The York Cocoa House on Blake Street suddenly starts to buzz as the contents of the tins and boxes are surreptitiously revealed.

Feature on the Clandestine Cake Club in the Yorkshire Post, May 2012. Read more: Let them eat cake

Make Do and Mend Has Become the New Trend

As pressure on household finances continues more people are making do and mending. Nicky Solloway reports on the growing number of sewing groups starting up.

The mechanical thrum of half a dozen sewing machines drifts through the double doors of a church hall in Heeley, Sheffield.

Inside, a small group of eight women are hunched over their machines, intent on sewing a straight envelope opening on their first ever cushion cover.

The beginners’ sewing machine class at Sheffield’s Running with Scissors, is just one of dozens of sewing workshops cropping up all over the region.

Sewing classes are popping up in cafes, community centres and schools across Yorkshire.

“There’s a huge interest in craft and learning to sew again. People just want to be able to make things themselves,” says Emma Kent, who set up Sheffield craft lounge, Running with Scissors, two years ago.

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