Social Fabric

We are currently designing a project called Social Fabric.

This is based on creating a ‘crafting cafe’ scenario to draw people into contemporary textile and yarn crafting activities, whilst sharing the stories of people who have contributed to Bradford’s textile heritage over the years. The craft activities and the cafe further the QCHAP objective of taking our textile heritage forward in a way that promotes understanding of a shared dynamic culture.

We’re at an early stage of building the project structure, so that we can write funding applications for machinery, materials and some paid staffing for the Venue. We will aim to generate enough income to cover rent and overheads in the production of textile and yarn items for sale. Watch out for pilot activities with the longer-term aim of creating a self-sustaining social business with inter-generational benefits.

Contact Norah 07882657072 if you’d like to know more!

Moving Mayhem!

We’ve been very busy over the last six months.

Moving out from our temporary space up on the second floor of Victoria Mill was quite a wrench. Lots of volunteers helped with this and we left it looking splendidly empty for its next tenant.

We are all volunteers at the Venue and we’ve had fantastic support from many local individuals and businesses. Scroll back through our Facebook page to find mention of heroes and heroines, donations small and big, and workers – also small and big – who have all contributed to creating the new Venue.

We’ve had help with joinery, electrical work, plumbing, security, rubbish clearance, painting, decorating, baking, sewing, mounting, fixing, fettling – you name it!

We’ve had the special help of members of the Black Dyke Band at a benefit concert that raised the money for our fire door, donations of fixtures and furniture and brilliant support from local contractors who have kept costs of materials and labour to an absolute minimum.

We’re all volunteers and we welcome anyone who would like to join in the fun. We’re dead serious about having fun – especially when we’re getting mucky or covered in paint! If you’re interested in textile arts and crafts, music or any aspect of Queensbury’s transport history, come along with your ideas and join us.

The Venue is still developing and we’re open to ideas about making it a happening place. Volunteers to help out at events are very welcome – we feed you!