A New Year, a New You?

A new year, a new you?

We hope your holidays were fabulous and that you have begun the year with amazing goals and plans for self growth and business growth.  So how about taking up a new hobby or doing something that’ll change your life?  We have a number of great workshops coming to you from this month.  All materials and refreshments are included and you’ll be learning from professionals with lots of experience. Here are some of them:

From the 13th January, 10am to 1pm, we start our Sewing Lessons for Men. So if you’re stuck with holes in your socks, have ripped your trousers and don’t know what to do, or you simply want to learn to make your own cushion covers and mend your own tears and holes, we will teach you just that and a lot more in 5 weekly sessions. Continue reading

Hidden arty gem in the heart of town

The Centre for Creativity and Enterprise

The Centre for Creativity and Enterprise

In the centre of Ashford, Kent, there is a quaint gallery that houses amazing pieces of art by local artists.

Although it is a little hard to find – placed in the alley way between Mecca Bingo and the Spar -, it is one of two galleries in Ashford and houses over a hundred pieces of art, a number of sculptures, glass and wood carvings.  But it isn’t just a gallery.  The Centre for Creativity and Enterprise – a social enterprise – is also a craft shop which sells items such as dolls, handbags, jewellery, cushions and all sort of lovely crafts by either local makers or produced at the Centre.  It is a business hub and offers help to individuals who are planning to start their own business or are already operating a business.  On offer are workshops, courses and a room to let, advice, networking opportunities and a whole host of services to the community, be it business, creative or anyone needing a helping hand. Continue reading

Rebels with a Cause

Giving to a good cause need not be a hassle in this technological era.  Yet not enough people engage with the tools on offer because we think it is perhaps not time best used.  With good causes struggling to survive, especially the smaller and more local ones, there are ways to give that reward with special gifts and others that don’t involve money at all.  So why aren’t we signing up to them? Continue reading

ArtiGras

ArtiGras @Centre for Creativity and EnterpriseWell, it’s the New Year and time for festivals and fairs fast approaching.

ArtiGras is a new festival coming to Ashford High Street – Kent – in May (16th and 17th May, Lower High Street).  It will be delivered by the Centre for Creativity and Enterprise and an army of volunteers, creatives, artists and makers.  The concept is somewhere between Mardi Gras and a street festival and will bring to town live music, arts and crafts stalls, street artists and performers, and a whole host of amazing and dazzling colourful displays.

To make this happen we need help! We’re looking for crocheters and knitters, makers, designers, volunteers to man the festival, local artists to display their work and, most importantly, Ashfordians and visitors to come and enjoy the event with us.  So if you have any ideas you would like to discuss, if you are a voluntary organisation or an individual in Ashford and would like to contribute or you would like to help in any other way, do get in touch by emailing us at info@cce-ashford.org or join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/creativityenterprise or Twitter https://twitter.com/info_cce.

Let’s just hope that the weather Gods favour the event. We’ll have fun in any weather anyway so let’s get started …

The Team at the CCE

Supporting Local Business

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.

Betsy