The Upper Broughton Quilt was created in 1981 and depicts a year in the life of the village and of the village people. It was worked by a small group of women, not all from Upper Broughton, who had already produced other quilts together. So the quilt was a reminder of their happy association. Today the quilt can be seen hanging in St. Lukes Church, Upper Broughton.
There are twelve larger pictures, and several, equally important, smaller ones. The story begins in the top left-hand corner with the celebration of the New Year 1981. Next, to the right, is depicted:
January – a snowy month, and the birth of three new babies, the twins Andrew and Philip Copley, and Simon Bishop.
There are twelve larger pictures, and several, equally important, smaller ones.
February is lambing time, and young James Copley is learning shepherding skills.
March depicts in perfect miniature a quilt named ‘Spring’ previously made by the group, and raffled for the N.S.P.C.C. It reminds us of warm evenings spent sewing by Brenda Ormonde’s fire.
April shows ‘Daffodil green’ with its silver birches and horse chestnut. It snowed that Easter and the Easter bonnets and Easter eggs are sprinkled with snowflakes.
May In that year there was Maypole dancing on the village green.
June celebrates the outdoor life – the tennis on the village courts – the cricket on the cricket field – flowers – the sun – and strawberry cream teas.
July was a little more special that year. The marriage of Charles and Diana was reflected in a day- long festival in the village, culminating in a barbeque and dance on the tennis courts with commemorative plates being given to all the children in the village.
August represents the beginning of harvest and the importance of farming in the village.
September - back to school on the green double-decker, blackberries, and the end of summer.
October signals the beginning of serious hunting and the sounds of hooves and hounds on a Monday.
November of course, firework night, and a village bonfire.
December – and the church at the centre of the Christmas story.
But it is the other pieces which depict the more unique aspects of this village, which give it its individual character and atmosphere - The gates to John’s Shop - closed when the stone is in place. - The Butcher’s shop famous for its home made pork pies and the Unbeatable “Bailey’s Beef”. - The Post Office and the notices in the window, local information for bewildered village visitors who only have the name of a house somewhere in the village. - The Golden Fleece. A land mark to every traveller who has passed through the village “the one on the bend – I know it!” - The chapel gates. - The village pump – virtually disappeared by now. - The Summer Swallows. - The plague of ladybirds. - Brenda’s cat. And so many more things not depicted – wound - heal spring – the old school now an engineering works – the old station – stilton cheese, perhaps the quilt isn’t really finished yet? - And did you manage to complete the rubik’s cube, sold for the first time in 1981. Anne Copley, 2014.