Needlemakers Lewes

The other weekend Ruth Schofield was at the Needlemakers in Lewes to see the start of our turn being their charity of the year and also how all the coins in their wishing well are retrieved. Here is Ruth’s account of the day:


Have you ever wondered how they get the coins out of a wishing well? The answer, this time, is by abseiling down inside & scooping out the – somewhat muddy – coins!  You can read more about this “extraction” process on the Wealden Cave & Mining society (WCMS) website.  They kindly collect the charity money thrown into the well once a year at the Needlemakers  craft centre Old Well in West St Lewes .


For many years the well has been the collection point for a variety of charities. One chosen charity per year. Now it is our turn and until October 2016 those making a wish by throwing money into the well will be supporting the MS Centre.


On 25th October Jason Street from WCMS  descended the deep, dark, well aided by fellow society member Andy Belcher. I was very impressed by the efficient work of Andy & Jason. The money was brought up from, first, a huge bucket then a ground sheet on the very bottom of the well and emptied into more buckets. The recipient this time will now have the job of cleaning up the money & counting it. In past years several hundreds of pounds have been collected and we hope to do the same in the year ahead.


Please ensure you spread the word to friends,family &  anyone who might be visiting Lewes & ask them to go into the Needlemakers , make a  wish and donate to us. There are  also a variety of craft shops to visit & a charming cafe. The Old Well can be found on the lower level next to the delightful Revive-All  vintage shop whose proprietor, Richard, has been most helpful in saving a place for us this year.

Going down the well at Needlemakers LewesNeedlemakers well Lewes with Sussex MS treatment Centre brochures and signs



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