Events boost awareness of town crafters

Eastwood lawrence heritage centre easter themed craft workshops. Emily White and Sally Nightingale.
Eastwood lawrence heritage centre easter themed craft workshops. Emily White and Sally Nightingale.

Owners of craft shops and workshops in Eastwood are organising monthly events to increase footfall into the town and raise awareness of their businesses.

Crafters in Scargill walk and nearby Mansfield Road are planning a craft fair on June 27, where various independent businesses will be selling their goods and raising awareness of crafts in the town.

Hosted at The Library Bar in Mansfield Road there will be all sorts of crafts for sale, a treasure hunt, circus skills in the courtyard and raffle prizes to be won.

Elaine Thompson who runs the Wood Gallery in Scargill Walk said: “We don’t get any footfall in this area. We are hidden away, and still people who have lived in Eastwood for years and years come down and say ‘Oh, I didn’t know this was here’.

“So we are trying to make people aware that the craft workshops exist.”

Craft shops and workshops include The Wood Gallery, Love Stationery, Firetop Mountain, The Sewing Parlour, Not Just Crafty, White Peacock Sugarcraft centre, and Malcolm Parnham’s painting gallery.

The events will be running once a month and the team will be delivering a different event or theme each time.

Carol Marks-Smith, who runs Not Just Crafty, said: “We are working very hard to create events for Eastwood to promote the craft workshops and Eastwood as a whole. We care about this community, hence our commitment.”

The shops and workshops are great for unusual handmade gifts, weddings and craft materials.

Visit www.facebook.com/EastwoodCraftWorkshop for more information.