Crafters make good use of empty shop premises in Grantham’s The George Centre

Craft Fair in The George Centre. Cathi Prince  644C
Craft Fair in The George Centre. Cathi Prince 644C
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A SHOP in Grantham which has stood empty for some time was put to good use this week.

The space in The George Centre was used by a group of crafters who set up stalls to offer their wares, from stained glass trinkets to unusual furniture. Doors opened to shoppers on Tuesday after two days of preparation, and will open again today (Friday) and tomorrow.

Craft Fair in The George Centre. Tina Dingley and Angela Ash  644C

Craft Fair in The George Centre. Tina Dingley and Angela Ash 644C

Angela Ash, who runs Pin & Tuck Notice Boards, organised the venture. She said: “I’ve had only four weeks to put it together. So many people have said how great it is.”

Fellow members of the Stamford Artisans Guild and the Country Craft Association were invited by Angela to sell their items throughout the week.

She has hailed the “pop-up shop” a big success, with 300 people wandering through the doors on Tuesday and a volunteer clocking 165 shoppers having entered by noon on Wednesday.

Angela said: “It’s been an experiment and it seems to have worked. The enthusiasm from the public has been tremendous.

Craft Fair in The George Centre. Graham Butler 644C

Craft Fair in The George Centre. Graham Butler 644C

“We’re getting a real buzz from it.”

Not only has the venture been a good opportunity for the crafters, but it has benefited a local charity too. Angela asked each crafter to donate an item to be raffled off at Christmas by Grantham Hospice.

Hospice assistant fund-raising manager Tina Dingley said: “Many thanks to all the participants from the craft week who collectively donated £100 for St Barnabas Grantham Hospice and also very generously donated an item of their creations to the hospice to be used for raffle prizes.

“Donations such as these really do make a difference and we are very grateful. Also, a big thank you to organiser Angela Ash, and to Hilary from The George shopping centre for her continued support and for allowing the crafters to use one of the empty units for this event to take place.”