The Craft Centre will reopen on Saturday 1st May 2021
As you would expect, there are a few changes to keep everyone safe. - the signs will help you, and there will be someone at the door to guide you.
The first thing youíll notice is a queuing and one way system. You can enjoy the garden whilst you wait . If the garden is full, please donít wait in the street - come back later. Thereís coffee and ice cream nearby!
You will be used to wearing your mask by now - please make sure you have yours on.
When you do come in , please use the sanitiser for your hands. We know you will want to touch our lovely things, so this will keep our products safer for the next person. Please only handle the things you are thinking of buying.
We are also taking part in the NHS Track and Trace scheme. Staithes has been very isolated for months, but now has visitors from all over the country. To help with contract tracing, please use the paper and pen provided to leave your name and phone/ email details.
After all that, itís just browsing and shopping as normal. The markings on the floor will remind you to keep your distance. We will be serving you from behind a screen and taking cash and cards as usual.
We are really excited about finally opening up again. Thereís been a lot of hard work along the way, and we know that you, our lovely customers , are just as happy as we are. See you soon x
The Craft Centre started over 30 years ago under the name of 'We Made It'. A group of Staithes friends got together to sell their hand made wares, firstly at the gallery, and later at a variety of venues. These included the tiny building, (since demolished), outside what is now Trudie's, and the old school room - also demolished. The old Methodist Chapel schoolroom was also host for a time.
It ran for several years until a collaboration was formed with the church at St Peters. The church was struggling to remain viable and was in a terrible state of repair. The craft group offered to pay a fee to the church in exchange for the space and freedom to use the building. The constitution of the building was divided into St Peters Church and separately the Craft Centre. This arrangement persists to this day with both benefiting from the symbiotic relationship.
Since that time, the Craft Centre has contributed a substantial amount of its takings to the upkeep of the building, and together with grants, fundraising activities etc, the building has been maintained and improved The crumbling structure was repaired and made safe, windows repaired or replaced and original features restored. One member vividly remembers sitting behind the counter in the early days with her young daughter whilst bits of flaking paint and plaster from the ceiling fell from above . The building has protected status and the basic fabric of it cannot be altered.
In the last few years, central heating and WiFi have been installed, exhibition standard hanging wires are on both floors and the whole building is in a good state of repair and decoration. The most recent refurbishment ,due to be completed mid 2019, include a much needed damp course, new kitchen and toilet facilities and LED lighting in the Craft Hall.
The Craft Centre remains a great opportunity , not only for the current artists using it from Easter to the end of October, but for the whole community. Upstairs is available to hire for concerts, events, exhibitions, meetings etc - all suggestions will be welcomed. It was the original intention of the church and craft centre collaboration that the facilities should be used by the community and others, this facility is still under used . If you would like to enquire about booking the centre please contact email@example.com.
If you have any more relevant information about the history of the Craft Centre please get in touch via the contact page.