Alford Craft Market Centre has been chosen as one of only five community groups to be filmed for The People’s Projects Competition on ITV Calendar News.
The Craft Centre was selected by the Big Lottery fund, and will be eligible for up to £50,000 to renovate and equip the Old Bakehouse - a large building next door - as a pottery and glass studio.
The volunteer-led organisation hopes to offer classes in ceramics, glass blowing, glass fusing, and glass bead making in addition to the many craft classes they already run, for the benefit of the local community and surrounding area.
There is currently no comparable facility in this part of Lincolnshire, and it is hoped that more people coming into Alford for craft classes would use the shops and cafes, increasing the prosperity of the town.
Alford Craft Market needs to be one of the top three projects to get the most votes from the public in order to put these plans into action.
The Craft Centre’s film ‘The Bakehouse Project’ was shown on ITV Calendar on March 3, and it is also available on the People’s Projects website.
Chairman Priscilla McGirr said: “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.”
You can now vote online at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk until 12 noon on Sunday March 13.
Project updates can be found on the ‘Alford Craft Market’ Facebook page and on their website: alfordcraftmarket.co.uk.