Church sewing parties

In this 1880s photograph of a sewing party at Mottistone Manor Farm the rector appears to be reading from the scriptures as the ladies work. 

This sewing party photographed in the same place in the 1960s includes in the back row: Mrs Summerfield, D.Smith, Mrs Johnson and far right, Miss Dora Hookey, past Hulverstone schoolmistress; front row: Mrs Roberts, Mrs Smith, Mrs Stone, Mrs Morris, Mrs Austin and Mrs Sheath.