Crafty grandma sees her dream come true

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AGRANDMA has re­alised her dream of own­ing her own wool shop af­ter 50 years.

Lynda Speak­man used to visit The Spin­ning Wheel, on Mill Street, when she was a child, and de­clared that she would one day like to own her own wool shop.

Now, al­most 50 years later, she has bought the very same shop and re­opened it as The Crafty Cor­ner.

Lynda, who is a grandma of eight and grew up in Hurds­field, said: “I would come in with my mum and look at the hab­er­dash­ery cab­i­net and say ‘I want one of those’. My sis­ter said I would need to open a wool shop, so I said I would. It’s taken nearly half a cen­tury but I’ve done it.”

Lynda has even sourced an old hab­er­dash­ery unit which takes pride of place in her shop, just like the one she longed for when she was seven.

Lynda, 53, who now lives in Con­gle­ton, opened the shop on July 31.

She worked as a gar­den de­signer, but de­cided to rekin­dle her child­hood dream af­ter re­al­is­ing she spent most of her time driv­ing around the coun­try to find good wool.

And within three months she had opened Crafty Cor­ner.

She said: “I used to travel a lot to buy wool so I used to buy in bulk. My hus­band said I had so much I should open a wool shop, so I did.

“It’s great, I’ve had some re­ally pos­i­tive feed­back.”

Lynda has taken on two part time staff and a Satur­day worker. She is also proud to sell Mi­ra­sol wool from Peru, which gives a per­cent­age of prof­its back to the vil­lage where the wool came from, and is hop­ing to source some lo­cal wool and al­paca wool.

Lynda is also a mem­ber of Ser­enty Crafts, a com- mu­nity run project which now also meets in the back room at the shop, where Lynda also holds work­shops and lessons.

She said: “Seren­ity Crafts is all about get­ting peo­ple out of their homes, shar­ing their skills, and tack­ling loneli- ness.”

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley, who dropped into the shop to meet Lynda and the mem­bers of Seren­ity Crafts: “It was great to visit Lynda and to see her busi­ness, and to meet the other vol­un­teers at Seren­ity Crafts.

“These classes are a good way to teach use­ful skills and help peo­ple to meet and make friends at the same time.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the groups and classes at the Crafty Cor­ner go to their face­book page.

David Rut­ley MP out­side Crafty Cor­ner with some of the vol­un­teers and reg­u­lar at­ten­dees from Seren­ity Crafts. Lynda Speak­man is on his left. The new shop in­cludes and old Hab­er­dash­ery Unit (in­set) just like the one Lynda wanted as a child

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