The first 'pop-up shop' in Hayfield was held in March 2013 at 1 Church Street (this property was an empty front room right beside the bridge in the village) by two local bakers (Pennie Roberts of Glorious Gluten Free Foods and Margaret Cartland of Cartland Cakes). After planning the event for what was hoped to be a typical Spring morning, Pennie and Margaret woke up to find the village cut off by snow and ice! However, this turn of bad weather worked to their advantage as everyone shopped locally that day and they sold out of baked goods very quickly.
Later that Spring, the group grew from two bakers to five members (the additional three being local craftspeople who in turn make soaps and creams, jewellery and textiles, and Celtic-inspired produce), and soon outgrew the initial premises. Taking on the name 'Handmade Hayfield', the group was lucky to be offered the use of Twenty Trees gallery (only a few doors away from the original venue) as the new venue for the pop-up shops. We invited other local crafters to take part in the shops, helping provide an outlet for local wares and produce, as well as inspiring residents of the village to shop locally and hence boost the village's small economy as well as provide a place for people to feel part of their local community.
Unfortunately, Twenty Trees gallery closed in the late Summer, but after a promising start to Handmade Hayfield, we managed to find a new home at The Pack Horse, Hayfield for a few months until we were kindly offered a permanent regular venue at The Village Hall, Hayfield.