Berwick arts and crafts group is folding

A group which has played a major role in the promotion of arts and crafts in the Berwick area is being wound up.

Saturday, 17th September 2016, 7:21 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:08 pm
Members of the Berwick Arts and Crafts Group

Berwick Arts and Crafts Group evolved to continue organising arts and craft events after the success of a fund-raiser for Palace Green Pavilion in 2010.

Highlights have included two very popular four-day festivals but the group has also supported other events in the area.

A group spokesman said: “The committee engaged in several ways to increase membership.  Despite the interest and support being there, membership has not increased sufficiently for festival event organisation. The committee therefore have sadly decided to disband.”

The good news is that the group’s Facebook page, which has almost 350 followers, will continue to promote events on the local arts and crafts scene. The website will also remain as an archive and link to other local groups.

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The spokesman added: “We would like to thank most sincerely everyone who has supported us over the years, whether businesses, artists or other groups. We are immensely grateful to them.

“Huge thanks is also due to the members of our small committee who have given so generously of their time and skills.”

Almost 1,000 people attended its four-day festivals – in 2012 and 2013 – which started with 60 workshops and demonstrations in its first year and then developed with children’s competitions, craft stalls, open studios and links to local galleries.

In 2014, the group supported two events at the Gymnasium Gallery: The Follow the Herring exhibition and a large-scale installation with members of Border Textile Group. It was runner-up in the 2014 Berwick Voluntary Forum awards and in 2015 organised a craft fair and helped with the Berwick 900 celebrations.

All equipment and assets will be distributed to like-minded groups who have supported the group over the last six years.