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Community venture at Bedford Arts and Crafts Centre marks anniversary with summer spectacular

Bedford Creative Arts Centre, from left, Shan Edwards, tutor for visually impaired class,  Councillor Sue Oliver and Frances Darlow, CEO.

Bedford Creative Arts Centre, from left, Shan Edwards, tutor for visually impaired class, Councillor Sue Oliver and Frances Darlow, CEO.

A summer open day has been held at the Bedford Arts and Crafts Centre to mark its first year as a Community Interest Company.

The centre celebrated with visitors and staff with demonstrations and displays of students and tutors’ work at the venue in Ampthill Road.

The centre has proved very popular for local people with many new courses being added to the programme to meet demand.

The open day featured a jazz band, pottery, lace-making, drawing, stained glass and sewing demonstrations, and a raffle which included a prize of a 10-week course. Tutors were on hand to demonstrate techniques in creating work and offer advice on courses.

A spokeswoman for the centre said: “The atmosphere was wonderful. The new not-for-profit Community Interest Company has worked very hard to develop the new venue to establish an art and craft programme in the heart of the community. They wish to encourage people to come and develop their creativity, and welcome people to visit the venue to see the beautiful Victorian building and be inspired.”

Many local councillors attended the event including Sue Oliver, councillor for the ward.

She said: “As ward councillor I was extremely pleased to see this imposing Victorian building being put to such creative use. Every room housed fantastic displays of every imaginable type of handiwork all produced by local people.

“I was particularly impressed by the work of the visually impaired group.”

Bedford Arts and Crafts Centre, Ampthill Road (off Althorpe Street), Bedford.Call 01234 266510 or visit www.bedfordcraftscentre.co.uk

 

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