A new community crafts shop has opened in Thornbury.

Castle Crafts is selling unique products made by local crafters and artists.

It is a cooperative, with crafters contributing a small amount to rent shop space and some of their time to volunteer in the shop. In return they gain a local presence and any profits they make from selling their work.

“We want to encourage people to shop locally and support local retailers,” said Karen Woodman, who also works as a chiropodist in a clinic behind the shop.

"Through the pandemic, people have increasingly turned to online shopping and are missing the pleasure of physical shopping.

"We would love to see a return of customers to the high street, not only as a social experience but to support local retailers."

Castle Crafts is also stocking a range of eco-friendly products and are working with community group Sustainable Thornbury, to find out what people would like to see in the shop.

The enterprise has been given a boost in the form of a grant from South Gloucestershire Council.

"We were delighted to be supported by the council," said Karen.

"This will enable us to increase our selection of eco products.

"We are also very keen to support the community so hope to become more engaged in local groups and even run crafting events as time goes on.”

Castle Crafts is located at 15 The Plain, having taken over the shop that was previously Loobylou Yarns and Mint Plants.

Loobylou Yarns has since become an online only business, while Mint Plants is still operating from its other shop in Wotton-under-Edge.

“We aim to keep a stock of wool and haberdashery for our loyal local customers who knew the shop as Loobylou Yarns, but whether you are a previous customer or new, please come and see us, you will receive a very warm welcome," said Karen.

Castle Crafts is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm. For more information visit castlecraftsandclinic.co.uk