It’s that time of the year when we are all rushing around, trying to get all the gifts for family and friends. Never has it been a better time to support local traders and makers. Ashford is now a hub of creativity and, with the presence of Pop Up Ashford, the Stour Valley Arts pop up Gallery at Park Mall and the monthly happenings of Emporia Craft Fairs which see a number of local makers gather up in empty shops in Park Mall, and the opening of the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise of course, there was no shortage of choices. But it doesn’t end there …
We’ll all be back from January, doing what we do best, making. So if you would like a piece of art, a handmade with love item to give, a voucher for a creative workshop or course as a gift, then there are plenty of reasons to be, and shop, in Ashford. A simple parking fee should not even be an issue. Of course there are also networking events, business and creative workshops coming to you courtesy of Emporia Fabric and Crafts and, again, the Centre for Creativity and enterprise. Our very own Emma Jane Faulkner will be hosting crochet workshops, Jennifer Hedley and Ascension Lorente Huguet will be delivering creative workshops, and Keighley Jane will be doing more of her sewing workshops and producing amazing cushions and other sewn goodies. And there’ll be lots more other interesting things to look forward to in our town centre.
Meanwhile, let me wish you all a merry Christmas and a New Year filled with healthy choices, joyful laughter and abundant opportunities.