Would you rent-a-pew?


A NEW ini­tia­tive at a church is turn­ing tra­di­tion on its head.

That’s be­cause the pews of King Ed­ward Street Chapel aren’t just be­ing filled by the con­gre­ga­tion, they’re also host­ing an as­sort­ment of peo­ple sell­ing crafts and wares from be­tween the seats.

Rent-a-Pew lets traders pay to place their stalls in the church for the day, and sell to res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

All of the rental fees go to­wards the up­keep of the build­ing, and the event takes place on the last Sun­day of ev­ery month to co­in­cide with the town’s Trea­cle Mar­ket.

At­ten­dees can also take a load off as they get pam­pered in the re­lax­ation zone.

Clare Reavey, a mem­ber of the church who started the event, said: “We started it last year and it is go­ing re­ally well.

“Peo­ple have been pack­ing into the pews.

“We used to have a book stall on Trea­cle Mar­ket.

“But then I started mak­ing my own goods so the idea to do some­thing at the church just came to me.

“Hope­fully we can go from strength to strengthto-strength now.”

●● Tracey Mills gives ‘Top to Toe’ treat­ments from a pew at King Ed­wards Street Chapel; top, vis­i­tors browse the crafts set out along the pews

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