PROBUS Club of Durham West

Create And Chat

If your hobbies include knitting, crocheting, quilting, sewing, needlework, beading, colouring or any other creative activity, and you would like to meet other like-minded members, please join us. We gather to chat and craft and share our projects and ideas.

We meet in the Great Hall (located on the second floor) at Parkland Lifestyle Residences, 3 Rossland Road West (southwest corner of Rossland and Harwood) from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. There is indoor as well as outdoor parking. 

Contact:   Sharon Marshall

Updates - 2024


As our usual cosy meeting room was being used for an outside event, 16 keen PROBUS crafters met in the gym at Parkland instead, and we were joined by two Parkland residents. 

Judy brought along a very large and beautiful quilt to display, while Maureen showed us a treasured sweater from which she was going to duplicate the pattern. Others worked on rug hooking, red scarves, embroidery, knitting and crochet. One of the Parkland ladies showed us fidget muffs that she makes. Also, Vita brought in a bagful of blankets, hats and scarves which will be delivered to the volunteer group at Ajax-Pickering Hospital for distribution, as needed.

Not our usual surroundings but a bright and beautiful day.

If you would like more information on the group, please contact me Sharon Marshall


We had a busy and chatty March meeting with 17 attending. A new member, Elizabeth Long, brought along a rug-hooking project. Many were knitting and crocheting and some quilting works were on display. Also, a few more red scarves were brought in contributing to our donation to Aids Durham, which will be made at the end of November. So, if you're looking for a small hobby and have a bit of time on your hands, Aids Durham would welcome red scarves (size 6" by 60"). 

If crafting appeals to you and you would like to join the group, please contact meSharon Marshall, at


This Family Day, 13 ladies met at Parkland Lifestyle Residences to exchange news, patterns and ideas for future projects and admire current ones. There was knitting, crocheting and embroidery on display and lots of lively discussion.

If you are interested in joining our group, please contact me. Sharon Marshall, at


The first meeting of 2024 involved fifteen ladies catching up with Christmas and New Year's events while enjoying an excellent afternoon tea. New projects, including socks, blankets, scarves, embroidery and a smocking machine were displayed. Also, patterns were exchanged and requested. It was a good turnout for a very cold winter day.

Updates- 2023

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The November meeting was devoted to a celebration of all that was created during the year, and this was done over a delicious lunch provided by Parkland Lifestyle Residences with a lot of chatter from 23 members attending. Also, three more red scarves for Aids Durham were donated.

There will be no meeting in December so I look forward to seeing all the new projects, both completed and works-in-progress, when we next meet.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very healthy and happy New Year.


Twenty-one members met at Parkland Lifestyle Residences for a lively and informative meeting. There was some discussion about methods of quilting and a show-and-tell involving artwork, embroidery, crocheting, knitting and quilting.


On a blustery Monday, seventeen ladies met in the Great Room of Parkland Lifestyle Residences and discussed and displayed some completed current and planned projects. There was a Halloween applique, embroidery, working with wire, card making, crocheting and knitting and some discussion on quilting and quilting lessons in the future. We welcomed four new members to the group.

Members brought in blankets and baby hats for Ajax-Pickering Hospital; Halloween costumes for the preemie unit at Sunnybrook Hospital and another red scarf for Aids Durham.


Fifteen creative ladies attended the August meeting at Parkland Lifestyle Residences. They shared current works and discussed future projects, all at high volume and intensity.

Some beautifully crafted Hallowe'en costumes were brought in for donation to the Sunnybrook Neonatal Clinic, which will be delivered by Bev Waite, and another red scarf, which will be donated to Aids Durham at Christmas, was delivered.

Projects included knitting and crochet items (blankets and scarves) as well as quilts both completed and in progress.


The July meeting of Create and Chat was lively, as always, and informative.

Thirteen members attended the meeting at Parkside Lifestyle Residences and a display of current projects commenced followed by a discussion of projects 'in the works'. Some red scarves were brought in for the Aids Durham donation at Christmas, and a couple of beautifully crafted Hallowe'en costumes were also submitted for the preemie babies at Sunnybrook Hospital. Bev will be delivering them closer to Hallowe'en.

You don't have to be a member of this group to contribute a scarf or costume. You can bring your creation to any meeting and it will be gratefully received. If you need more information please contact me. Also, Roseanne introduced us to a quilted 'fidget' blanket she created that helps calm people with dementia and Alzheimer's.


Nine creative people met at Parkland Lifestyle Residences on June 19 to share and discuss current projects and events. 

Once again, Bev Waite invited the group to create more Hallowe'en costumes for the neonatal unit at Sunnybrook Hospital, as they were so gratefully received last year. This request is not restricted to the Create and Chat group. If you would like to donate a costume, please contact either Bev Waite or myself. Also, red scarves are still being collected for Aids Durham for Christmas, and blankets (any size) for Ajax Pickering Hospital.


Our meeting on May 15th was lively and two new members were welcomed to the group. Quilting, quilling and embroidery, along with knitting and crocheting were some of the activities.


Our second meeting at Parkland Lifestyle Residences was lively and productive. Twelve members shared progress on their projects, including quilts, blankets, scarves and artwork.


Thirteen busy crafters attended the first meeting at our new location at Parkland Lifestyle Residences in Ajax, bringing with them a variety of work including crochet, quilting, paintwork and even a Sudoku puzzle. It was a lively meeting with a number of patterns and ideas exchanged. Also we welcomed a new member to the group.


The February monthly meeting for Create & Chat involved a tour of the newly opened Parkland Lifestyle Residences in Ajax.

Not only were we shown a variety of suites and given information about the new units, but we were treated to a wonderful lunch afterwards. A very brief meeting followed.


The January meeting at Westney Gardens was a welcome after-Christmas catch-up involving 10 ladies sharing news of their family gatherings over the holidays and showing completed and in-progress projects.  Some patterns were shared and wool was provided by Aids Durham (in exchange for scarves donated before Christmas).

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