Hayfield pub opens pop-up shop

Hayfield craft traders, Laura Hunter, Pennie Roberts and Dorothy Waite
Hayfield craft traders, Laura Hunter, Pennie Roberts and Dorothy Waite

A group of traders from Hayfield have found an unusual outlet to sell their crafts - a monthly pop-up shop in a pub.

The five women, collectively known as Handmade Hayfield, take over the upstairs of the Pack Horse, on Market Street, on the first Saturday of every month.

Together, the artisans sell homemade handicrafts such as cakes, hats, earrings and soaps, in a room that landlord Simon Woodhall lets them use for free.

The stallholders, who don’t possess shop units, had been searching for a regular venue all year but stumbled across the opportunity thanks to one of the member’s sidelines.

Laura Hunter, of Looby Loo Textiles and Jewellery, regularly performs as a singer at the Pack Horse, and was explaining the predicament to staff who suggested they borrow space on the first floor.

Founders and budding bakers Pennie Roberts, of Glorious Gluten Free Foods and Margaret Cartland, of Cartland Cakes, originally piloted the idea of a temporary shop in an empty unit on Church Street for one day in March.

After snowfall cut the village off, the pair’s produce sold like hot cakes, and they discovered there was a demand for residents shopping locally.

After recruiting, Laura, Lorna Young, of Celtic Larder, and Gill Eustace, of Hayfield Holistics, the team found a home down the road at the Twenty Trees gallery, on Church Street, which then shut down in summer.

Laura said: “We want to boost the village’s small economy as well as provide a place for people to feel part of their local community.

“Due to a keen interest in keeping local trade sustainable and local shops from closing, we hope to make the monthly Handmade Hayfield events the place where people come to buy their regular baking, special gifts or their own little treats.

“We’re not only making shopping easier and closer-to-home but also providing unique, specially-made products which support local traders.”

The crafty quintet’s next event is a Christmas fair at the pavilion at Hayfield Cricket Club, on Market Street, a one-off change of venue to allow for guest sellers, on November 23 and 24, from 10am until 3pm.