What a difference a year makes

Heskin Hall
Heskin Hall
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A building which was transformed from a run-down barn into a thriving business came to life as people celebrated its one year anniversary.

Owners Sarah Speak and Angela Davies opened Heskin Hall Farmer’s Market and Craft Centre in Spring last year, and there are now 25 businesses there.

They held a fun day for the anniversary on May 30, with a barbecue and appearances from two baby pigs.

Angela said: “Our first year has been a whirlwind.

“There have been highs and lows and many obstacles to get through, as there is with any business, but we are so pleased that the centre has become so successful so soon.”

Sarah added: “Since the age of 14 I worked in a retail environment, and my first job was in a local farm shop.

“I went on to manage a clothing store, and also gained a management degree.

“I always aspired to have my own business one day, so when me and Angela decided to set up the Farmers Market and Craft Centre, I

jumped at the chance.”

The pair decided to take on the challenge in 2008, after being friends for years.

They wanted to create a new visitors’ centre comprising of a full time farmer’s market with fresh local produce, a craft and gift centre and a tea room.

The venture has exceeded their expectations, and Heskin Hall now hosts an art gallery, children’s wear and toys, celebratory cakes, craft studios, country home furnishing, ladies and men’s fashion and accessories, photographers, a sweet and ice cream parlour and a food shop.