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2007-2020 : SI Crosby had a small club project to make and sell bags as ‘Baggatelles’.

Originally the veg and tote bags helped to safeguard the environment by reducing the number of plastic bags in circulation. The project then expanded into zipped bags, peg bags, jewellery pouches, pinafore-style aprons, set-belt ‘buffs’ and bunting. Crocheted items include Lancashire rose brooches, fingerless gloves and ‘infinity’ scarves – plus seasonal items, principally Christmas decorations.

Originally, proceeds from the sale of SI Crosby’s Baggatelles (2007-11) went to Soroptimist International’s Project Sierra: a Family and a Future. Members raised £1,111.85 for the 4-year project.

Members then decided to dedicate proceeds to Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid, the local domestic violence charity, raising £5,375.78 from 2011 to March 2020. Members then closed this whole-club project.

Baggatelles raised £6487.63. Crosby Soroptimists’ nickname ‘the bag ladies’ was well-earned, in a good cause.