The Big Lottery Fund has chosen Alford Craft Market Centre to be one of only five community groups to be filmed for ITV’s The People’s Projects Competition on ITV Calendar News.
They are eligible for up to £50,000 to renovate and equip the Old Bakehouse, a large building next door to their Craft Centre in Alford, as a Pottery and Glass Studio. This means they would be able to offer classes in Ceramics, Glass Blowing, Glass Fusing, and Glass Bead making in addition to the many craft classes they already run, and this will be of huge benefit to everyone in the local community and surrounding area. There is currently no comparable facility in this part of Lincolnshire, and more people coming into Alford for craft classes using the shops and cafes while they are here, will increase the prosperity of the town and surrounding area.
For Alford Craft Market to be successful depends entirely on The Bakehouse Project being one of the three out of five projects to get the most votes from the public and they are hoping to get a lot of local support.
Voting is online at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk from 9am Monday 29th February until 12 noon Sunday 13th March and is open to anyone in the UK. Updates and details about the project can be found on the Alford Craft Market Facebook page and on their website alfordcraftmarket.co.uk and you can also use #peoplesprojects for updates.
Alford Craft Market is a not for profit organisation which is run entirely by volunteers that promotes crafts and craft education in Lincolnshire. Founded in 1974 it is one of the oldest continuously running craft markets in Britain, holds several events throughout the year, and last year opened a shop and Craft Centre in what used to be a butcher’s shop on the corner of Alford Market Place and West Street. Their film ‘The Bakehouse Project’ will be shown on the 3rd of March on ITV’s Calendar 6 o’clock evening news, and will also be available on the People’s Projects website from 9am 29th of February.
Chairman Priscilla McGirr says ‘Our mission to ‘Keep Handmade Crafts Alive’ is proving very popular with local people and classes are filling up fast, which shows that there is a real need for what we do. We are asking everyone to vote for the Bakehouse Project and help us to put Alford on the map as one of the major art and craft centres in Lincolnshire!
Every vote is important and could make the difference between us winning or losing the Lottery money.