Tuesday 29th of May 2012

A Carlisle wedding, a Penrith awards ceremony and a Caldbeck summer party have combined to make it an amazing week for The Wool Clip.

First, youngest member, Ellie Rowell, got married in Carlisle on Saturday 19 May and the ceremony and reception were attended by several members of the Wool Clip.

"It was a beautiful wedding but also a slightly sad occasion for us," says Pam Hall, a founder member of the cooperative. "Ellie's new husband is based down in Surrey so she's now left Cumbria. We'll miss her and her fabulous felt work in the months to come but Ellie is hoping to join us at Woolfest at the end of the month and we're looking forward to welcoming another local felt artist, Debbie Lucas, as a new member too."

Then Thursday night (24 May) saw the announcement of the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2012 and members of the Wool Clip were at Rheged to hear the results of the Tourism Event category. Woolfest had been shortlisted alongside Holker Garden Festival and C-Art and it came as a surprise when Woolfest was announced as the winner.

Tourism Award presentation

"We were all thrilled when Woolfest won its category," says Marion Woolcott, one of the organisers of the event. "We've had lots of great feedback and some lovely congratulations since we won so it is wonderful that so many people were rooting for us. The trophy now has pride of place in the Wool Clip shop and will also be on display at Woolfest later in June."

To round off the week, The Wool Clip organised a summer party (27 May) to mark the opening of a new extension to the cooperative's Caldbeck shop at Priest's Mill. Wool Clip members and their guests enjoyed a drink and the evening sunshine in the courtyard as well as seeing the new Inspiration Gallery, which has been created by extending into the next door shop unit at the Mill.

Jean Wildish is the current chairman of the cooperative: "We have always wanted the space to have a gallery area as part of the shop and this extension gives us that extra room and light. I hope that it will be an inspiration to create, an inspiration to learn and, of course, an inspiration to buy!"

After such a busy week, the focus for Wool Clip members is now on Woolfest 2012, which is happening at Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June. Last year's event attracted 140 stallholders and over 5000 visitors and all the signs are that this year's event could be even bigger, making the most of new space at Mitchell's with over 160 stalls.

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