Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle to The Old Foundry Chapel. George grew up in Hayle so is no stranger to the area and knew the Old Foundry back when it was Pratts Market some years ago. We invited George to come and see the changes that have been made, and to meet the vast collection of over 20 independent businesses calling the Foundry their home; the newest of which being Chocali, whose opening day was only last Saturday.
George meeting Alison Barlow, owner of Chocali
George hadn’t visited The Old Foundry Chapel for several years and commented on the large improvements that had been made, especially aesthetically. He chatted to everyone about their business, even buying a gift for his wife. He met Bill Martindale from Cornish Bookworm who dug out several old books about MPs in cornwall, there used to be 44! And discussed with Kirsten (owner of The Old Foundry Chapel) the challenges facing new businesses.
We’d like to thank George for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come to visit and meet us all, and hope his wife Katy enjoys her salted caramels!
Everyone will be pulling all the last details together this week for our fabulous Charity event on Saturday 10-5 (as well as making some fairly significant changes to the shops themselves):
The activities will include a day full of workshops, music, good food and pop up shops in aid of CHSW:
- Make a pretty flower vase – with Jen,from Twigs & Greens
- Make a handmade craft card with Julie from Hobby Crafts Cornwall
- Children’s stamping workshop with Lucy Kemp Jewellery
- Make a designer notice board with Vicki from too chy chy
- Try out Camera-less photography (using different photographic paper) with Paul from Foundry Gallery Art & Antiques, Hayle
- Dress up in Vintage and partake in a pop up photo booth with Daisy Potter Vintage Clothes
- Entertainments / busking throughout the day including the Whippletree Ceilidh Band.
- Duckies Cafe Food, Coffee, Tea and Lunches and a strawberry and cream stand
- Local chocolate makers Chocali are joining us for a Pop up shop and we will be selling lovely cupcakes from Rustic Cakes.
- A secret auction, guess the number of sweets and win a cuddly toy.
All in all – A fantastic line up – a wonderful day assured. Parking in the car park opposite or 3 hours free at Asda. Please Share, share, share.https://www.facebook.com/events/100252516980918/
I would like to introduce myself as the new owner and manager of the Old Foundry Chapel. I know that by making this investment I am taking on a huge responsibility to this wonderful historic building, the businesses within and the wider community in Hayle.
As a local girl, brought up in Carnhell Green, Praze and Carbis Bay, I am aware of the challenges facing the community with big businesses moving in and the pressures of housing, but since opening my first shop in the building in 2011, I have always felt that this building offered something very special, but it also needed to move forward and improve as our customers expectations and needs change with time.Continue reading