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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Grant means crafty market idea can go ahead

CLEATOR Moor Town Team has allocated some of its £10,000 government grant to a new venture, Moor Made.

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Getting ready: Nigel Goddard of Moor Made with exhibiting artist Shelagh Fitzwilliam

Moor Made will be an artisan craft market held monthly in Cleator Moor Civic Hall at which people can come together and sell their home-made wares.

Town team chair Dave Farrell said: “This is such a great opportunity for the town, with a lot of hard work from the team we now have some concrete plans which will help take this town forward.

“We need to build up Cleator Moor as a shopping venue and this project fits in with our vision for the future of the town.”

The money was given to the team after it was unsuccessful in the £1million Mary Portas Pilot Town Scheme.

Mr Farrell said: “Our area is blessed with many skilled arts and crafts people who deserve our support. What better way than to provide regular monthly markets which everyone can come to and enjoy?”

The market will feature hand-made jewellery, clothing and other craft items.

The town team has donated about £2,500, which will be used for underwriting the cost of the hire of the hall for six months and marketing.

Another Town Team member, Nigel Goddard, said: “Lots of people have ideas of doing crafts but don’t know how to start selling them and making it worthwhile. This is where we are stepping in. We are providing people with a regular venue to get their name out their and get recognised.

“This government grant is the start of the Cleator Moor regeneration. Moor Made will show just how much talent the area has.”

Those interested in having a stall at the markets can register an interest at www.moorbiz.co.uk or call Nigel on 07518 793 752.

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