#Wolseleyza - A Thousand things to do and then ..
Tell us who you are!
In 2005, Paul and I were offered the opportunity to buy a small piece of ground adjoining the farm we were then farming - White Bridge Farm on the R43. This piece of ground was an abused piece of mountain with few prospects other than its location. In its past, it was a stone crushing business with mining rights and the mountainside was eroded away as the clay was used to make bricks, leaving dreadful scars. Our idea was to turn this piece int a community development project, which would involve our staff. Our son, a newly qualified Chef started training ladies how to add value to otherwise waste fruit, making jams, jellies and preserves. We turned an old building into a kitchen and were relying on government funding to get this project underway. Unfortunately our dreams were too big for any backers to see and we were possibly ahead of our time, so we had to pull the project and for many years the land lay fallow.
Some years ago Peppi decided to turn the training kitchen into a studio to enjoy her mosaic crafts and invited many ladies in the valley to join her and for a number of years they met every Tuesday, sharing skills, inspiration and a morning of creativity.
Paul and Nick turned the existing shed into a wood crafting station and so the creativity started flowing.
In 2016, Peppi decided to add a shop to what is now known as the “Creative Hub” and things really started to happen.
We still have a dream to involve the community with mini workshops involving the “Township Creatives” and developing the “Hub”.
What makes you special or unique?
What sets us apart and makes us different to the usual farmstall / craft shop is that focus largely on recycling and up cycling, making bespoke gifts form exotic bottles, drift wood, broken plates, kettles and numerous other items. Everything has a story and an interesting history, making us quite unique.
To enhance these unusual gifts, we offer fruit, vegetables and home made preserves, jellies and products from the valley.
Who is your ideal guest?
Our ideal visitors are guests to the valley who want to explore our area and take something unusual back with then after the weekend. We are able to take card payments and are open on Sundays.
What is your favourite part of The Creative Hub?
It is extremely special to us to see the expression on the faces of people who enter our shop. They are pleasantly surprised by unusual, and unique items that are on display.
Name one thing other than your establishment that you would recommend other people to visit/do in Wolseley?
I would highly recommend the more adventurous visitors to our area, to enjoy one of the Horse About activities with Jo and John Lister. They offer a wonderful experience on horseback supported by a wealth of knowledge on the fauna, flora and the beautiful horses available to ride