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Bishop's Stortford Jigsaw Exchange back in business

Bishop's Stortford Jigsaw Exchange is back in business this autumn, raising money for Isabel Hospice.

The exchange will be operating at organiser and hospice supporter Catherine Phillipson's home at 13 Regency Close, off Bells Hill, on the following Saturday afternoons, from 1.30pm to 4pm: September 25, October 23 and November 6.

Catherine said: "The way it works is that people bring puzzles, take puzzles and put donations in the Isabel Hospice bucket. If people don't have any puzzles to exchange, no problem, they can just put some more money in the bucket."

The exchanges have raised more than £3,500 so far.

Most of the puzzles are 500 to 1,000 pieces, but some are up to 3,000 pieces – for those with a large table and plenty of time.

"We have something for everyone, with quintessentially British puzzles for those who enjoyed their staycations, to maps and landscapes from around the globe for those who miss their travel," said Catherine.

"We've got puzzles with steam trains, canal boats and tractors. We've got cute little kittens and dogs, if you like that sort of thing, and fantasy pictures if you want an escape from everyday life."

The exchange does not offer children's jigsaws.

Catherine said: "We can't check every jigsaw puzzle, but if you get one which is missing a piece you can get another puzzle free."

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