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New drop in centre opens in Walkerburn

Published: 31 Dec 2012 07:300 comments

A THREE year dream finally became a reality when the Walkerburn Community Craft Centre 'Crafts4u' was officially opened this month.

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While lots of people have ideas and dreams not everyone can make it a reality, but Christine Hogarth and her merry band of crafters saw their wish come true.

'Crafts4U' began nearly three years ago with only five members. It is a non-profit organisation run by its members. The idea of a permanent home for the organisation was a result of the popularity and demand for the resources which now have over 50 users.

With the help of a grant from Awards For All 'Crafts4U' was able to adapt three portacabins, gifted from SBC's old Caddonfoot school, obtain planning permission and building warrant to create a purpose built workspace for all members and visitors at The Old Mill Car Park on Galashiels Road, Walkerburn.

Christine said: "I never realised that when the club began three years ago it would become the hub it is today and I have been overwhelmed by the support from local businesses, and the hidden talent of our members. I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to them all."

Christine's husband, Allin, officially opened the Craft Centre and without his sponsorship and help the Craft Cabin would not exist.

'Crafts4U' has a team of volunteers who can teach or run daily two-hour workshops on any crafting subject including quilting, tapestry, embroidery, clay modelling, drawing, sewing basics and many more crafts.

All requirements are supplied and there is a special sewing room set up with five workstations. There is also a library with over 100 craft books covering a wide range of subjects. Hundred of sewing and knitting patterns are available for loan to all members.

As a non-profit organisation the rent and all outgoings are covered through membership subscription and donations from the public.

"Crafts4U" is a drop-in craft centre for the community and is open Tuesday to Thursday, from 10am to 4pm, or by request. If you would like more information visit the website - www.crafts4u.vpweb.co.uk - or contact Christine Hoggarth on 01896 870 431.

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