The Craft Centre is now open 10-30 to 4.30 every day, including Bank Holidays
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any more relevant information about the history of the Craft Centre please get in touch via the contact page.