Appeal to support market

Blair Denwette (far left) and Karen Purves (far right) with Buckhaven Beehive volunteers
Blair Denwette (far left) and Karen Purves (far right) with Buckhaven Beehive volunteers
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A community arts group has appealed to the residents of Levenmouth to support local crafters at a monthly car boot and craft fair event.

The Buckhaven Beehive set up the event, which takes place on the last Sunday of each month, in January, but there are worries about its future after poor attendance.

The event takes place at the group’s premises on College Street, Buckhaven, in the former Free Gardeners Hall.

But a lack of front entrance, and quiet streets, especially on Sundays, mean footfall is much lower than the group had anticipated.

Karen Purves, a local artist who is heavily involved with the Beehive, helped to set the market up. She said: “We really need to let the local community know that it is there.”

The event has been well attended by independent traders and crafters all keen to sell their wares, with all of the tables fully booked over the last few months. However, the event is still struggling to pull in the public.

Blair Denwette, from the Beehive, said: “We have a number of crafters, and the stuff is absolutely beautiful.

“But we have had some who have complained about the footfall. We have given out posters to each of the people who have stalls and said ‘You need to advertise too’. We can do it to a certain extent, but we can’t do everything. I have to say, most of the crafters who have been have booked to come back, but one or two have said it wasn’t big enough.”

He added: “Last month, there was a reasonable amount of people, but for people, it’s like they need to see it to believe it. We’ve been in this economic slump for so long that people wonder how long it will be until we’re out of it, so we want people to see that there is something happening.”

The organisers are hoping that this month’s market will attract more families, as a group from Fife College will be there providing a number of activities for children, including face painting and games.

The crafty market and indoor car boot sale takes place on Sunday, April 27 from noon until 3.00 p.m. Any traders interested in taking on a stall for next month’s market should call Karen on 01592 650246 or email to book.