Gill’s new business venture

Gill McGarrell on her small holding in Earby. She is launching West Craven Artisan Fair.'Photo Ben Parsons
Gill McGarrell on her small holding in Earby. She is launching West Craven Artisan Fair.'Photo Ben Parsons

An Earby woman hopes to put West Craven on the map as a destination for independent producers with the launch of a new business venture.

Gill McGarrell (34), who has McGarrell’s Farm small holding off Skipton Road will launch the West Craven Artisan Fair at the New Road Community Centre on Saturday, September 7th from 10am until 2pm.

On the day, there will be a host of producers with products ranging from food to crafts and soaps to decorative home materials.

The monthly fair’s debut will also see Pendle Council offering free micro-chipping for dogs and Earby author Annette Brown signing copies of her latest novel “Escape to Africa”.

Gill’s husband Tom (34) is a freelance farmer who works across Lancashire and North Yorkshire while looking after the small holding.

The couple have been selling high quality produce from McGarrell’s Farm at similar fairs for a while in Gisburn, Settle and Skipton but Gill has decided to have a go at hosting her own.

Gill said: “I’m really quite excited about it and anticipate that it’s going to do well. Hopefully it will bring something to Earby.

“The reason we chose the New Road Community Centre is because it is in the heart of Earby. I think it offers an attractive site set in the old school and also it gives something back to the community and ensures the building stays open for all to enjoy.

“We will have a local charity of the month. This month, it will be Pendle Dogs in Need and Happa for October 12th.”

For further information, visit www.westcravenartisan.co.uk, follow the fair on Twitter at @CravenWest or like it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WestCravenArtisanFair