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Sweet success for local crafters

A Journey Through Coal Mining: The trophy-winning table display
A Journey Through Coal Mining:
The trophy-winning table display

AN AWARD-WINNING display created by members of the local sugarcraft club appeared on television this week.

S4C visited The Ivy Bush in Carmarthen on Thursday , June 23, to film a coal mining-themed table display made by members of the Carmarthen and District branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild for popular daytime show Prynhawn Da. The episode was screened on Wednesday (Jun 29).

The table display, titled ‘A Journey Through Coal Mining’, won Gold and a trophy at the British Sugarcraft Guild’s International Sugarcraft Exhibition which was held in the Telford International Centre on May 21-22. The Exhibition, which is held every four years, features competitors from countries across the globe.

Branch Chair Tracey Catterson told The Herald that the display was ‘a team effort’.

“Different members worked on individual pieces along with a combined effort on everything else like logs, coal, baskets, and making the railway tracks,” she added.

Individual members also shone at the Exhibition, with Kathleen King winning Highly Commended for her beautiful doll cake complete with rice paper and pastillage parasol, and Tracey Catterson from Pembroke also achieving Highly Commended for a jug of spring flowers made out of sugarpaste and Commended for her headdress for a bridesmaid.

Sugarcraft, a creative art in which sugar is used as the medium to create masterpieces, has grown in popularity recently after featuring in a number of TV programmes and magazines, and the Carmarthen and District Branch welcomes new members.

Their members hail from all over west Wales, including Pembroke, Cardigan and Swansea, and new members are encouraged to attend their monthly meetings, held in Carmarthen’s Yr Aelwyd on the first Thursday of the month, where the group gather for a sugarcraft demonstration, followed by a raffle, tea and coffee, and a chat.

Their next meeting is on Thursday (Jul 7) at 7.30pm.