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Programme of Events at Alford Craftmarket 2017
Alford Craft Market's Working Crafts Weekend featured Basket Makers and Willow Weavers this year, and turned out to be one of the largest gatherings of people with these skills ever put on at an event in the UK. Our special guest was Bernard Bennaval, an expert in basket making, who travelled over from France specially for our event.
Visitors were treated to displays of exquisite museum pieces of delicate basket ware as well as demonstrations and workshops in both crafts.
The weather was unusually kind for a Spring Bank Holiday weekend, and stallholders and demonstrators were happy with the public's response, as were we with the numbers of new people signing up for new craft lessons at our Craft Centre.
A big thanks is due to our site erectors and volunteers from the Committee and their friends who helped over the weekend.
Alford Craft Market promotes the manufacture of high quality, hand crafted goods from in and around Lincolnshire.
We have an Artist of the Month at our Alford Craft Market Shop, which is run entirely by volunteer craftsmen and women.
Alford Craft Market Centre has published its latest brochure of craft Classes for the 2017. There is a variety of classes and workshops on offer which include pottery and glass classes in its new Big Lottery funded studio at the rear of the Alford Craft Market Shop.
There are morning and afternoon classes, full day workshops, and 4 and 6 week courses for adults. There are also some Saturday morning and afternoon classes for children which will be held every month.
Anybody interested in the craft classes can get more information on the website or they can call in at the Alford Craft Market Shop, 1 West Street, Alford for a brochure. To keep up to date with new classes as they are added just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to go on our mailing list. Please download brochre (pdf)
Alford Craft Market Centre - The Bakehouse. Opening Day was on Saturday October 29th, 2016
The official opening of the Bakehouse took place on Saturday 29th October. It was attended by Mrs Audrey Tuplin, baker in the original Bakehouse, who cut the ribbon. Also attended by Mrs Mavis Thornalley the previous owner of our shop, Richard Quantrell, Alford's current Mayor, Heather and Michel Ducos, President and Founders of Alford Craft Market, and many friends and supporters of the Craft Market.
It was a lovely day with lots of visitors who all enjoyed the glass blowing demonstrations by Merlyn Farwell. The children who came also had a great time making clay monsters with Fiona Radford who is going to be doing some Saturday morning Kids classes in the near future. Thanks to all our helpers who made cakes and served the tea and coffee. What a wonderful joint effort and a thoroughly enjoyable day!
The Big Lottery Fund chose Alford Craft Market Centre to be one of only five community groups to be filmed for ITV’s The People’s Projects Competition in our area on ITV Calendar News in March 2016. We were eligible for £50,000 to renovate and equip the Old Bakehouse, a large building next door to our Craft Centre in Alford, as a Pottery and Glass Studio. We were successful in winning the full grant from the Big Lottery Fund and The Bakehouse Project was one of the three out of five projects to get the most votes from the public! We are very grateful for the massive support for our lottery bid which came from local people.
The Bakehouse now houses state of the art pottery and glass kilns, throwing wheels and all the necessary equipment to be a successful facility for people in our area who would like to be creative. We now offer classes in Ceramics, Glass Blowing, Glass Fusing, and Glass Bead making in addition to the many craft classes we already run.
Alford Craft Market Shop
1 West Street, Alford, Lincs LN13 9DG
Alford Craft Market Shop is full of lovely handmade things that make ideal presents or something or your own home.
Open 5 days per week 10am - 4pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
The shop was opened in April 2015 and its core function is to promote the work of quality Lincolnshire Crafts. In Autumn 2015 we opened the Alford Craft Market Centre where we provide classes and workshops in a variety of crafts.
or visit: www.alfordcraftmarket.co.uk