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JigFest, Bishop's Stortford’s first ever jigsaw festival, to take place at Methodist Church

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The winter work of jigsaw enthusiasts will be on show on Saturday at Bishop's Stortford's first ever jigsaw festival.

JigFest, featuring more than 100 completed puzzles, takes place at the Methodist Church in South Street from 10am to 4pm.

Methodist minister the Rev Gill Hulme said: "Over the winter months a number of jigsaw enthusiasts have been putting together puzzles of all shapes and sizes, carefully checking that all is complete and then storing them so that they can be displayed this Saturday at JigFest.

The Jigfest display in the Indie's window this week (30674219)
The Jigfest display in the Indie's window this week (30674219)

"This has brought together a number of elderly people in sheltered accommodation, housebound folk from Bishop's Stortford and the surrounding villages, as well as young people and those in between that share a love of puzzles.

"Every week at regular coffee mornings at the Methodist Church and at The Place in Stansted, customers have been adding pieces to the jigsaws."

A variety of puzzles will be on show, including vintage, children’s, unusual shaped, circular, wooden ones with whimsy shapes and even some reverse jigsaws.

Gill said: "We think we can display about 100 at a time, and as they are sold we can then fill in the gaps, so there should always be a feast for the eyes."

Proceeds from sales of the jigsaws will be split between Isabel Hospice and the Methodist Church’s redevelopment project to make the premises fully wheelchair friendly and install a ‘Changing Places’ accessible toilet.

Entry is £2 for adults, free for children and the price includes a free drink. Home-made cakes will be on sale.

Gill said: "So even if you don’t normally do jigsaws, do come along and marvel at the patience of those who do!"

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