Artisans’ collection boost for foodbank

Design Platform members with one of the foodbank collection bins
Design Platform members with one of the foodbank collection bins
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The Longridge Design Platform team hosted the town’s foodbank for the first time at the latest of its popular artisan market.

Team member Sally Gorton said she and the Design Platform regulars had been really pleased with the response and the amount of food 
donated by visitors to the market.

“Our bucket was overflowing with donations by the end of the day, so I’m sure that Ruth at Ribble Valley Foodbank will be pleased.

“We’ll have the collection point again at our next market, which will be on Saturday, April 5, and we hope the response will be as good then.”

At the latest event, the Design Platform welcomed a new permanent member to the collective.

Sally explained: “Our aim as a group has always been to provide customers with the very best quality, hand-
crafted produce.

“This means that we spend considerable time and effort seeking out and inviting a limited few talented guest artists to come to our markets and showcase their work.

“Occasionally, we find someone whose ethos matches our own and whose work fills a gap in our product range.

“After she attended a few of our markets as a guest, we decided to ask Kate Peterson, of Groovy Gang Handmade Soap and Bath Treats, to join us on a more permanent basis and, happily, she agreed.”

The creative workshop at the next event will be run by the team’s Jenny Rossall, of Dolly Blue Bunting, who will be teaching people how to design and applique their own cushion.

The workshop, which is limited to 10 and is bookable in advance, will run from 10.30am to 2.30pm, with a short break for lunch.

The cost is £25, which includes all materials, and £22.50 for Friends of Design Platform cardholders. Anyone wanting to take part in the workshop can reserve their place by email to hello@

Youngsters have also enjoyed recent artisan markets and in the January art competition for youngsters Zach Trenchard won the second prize.

He picked up his award-winning entry and his prize, an original canvas by the Design Platform’s Sarah Hicks Art, while Poppy Smith was praised for the love token she made at the recent creative workshop.

The next Design Platform market on April 5 will run from 10am to 4pm at Longridge Station, and admission will be free as always.

Ribble Valley Foodbank got off to a busy start at the Longridge Centre at St Paul’s Church on January 24. It is backed by the Trussell Trust.