Celebrations after works building is transformed

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An old engineering works that had stood empty for three years has been transformed into a great business facility with a real community feel.

No 7 Martin Street was opened by the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy and his wife Janet, and hundreds of people paid a visit to view the complex which includes offices, a music room, art gallery and a bakehouse.

The LoveBread bake-house,a community bakery, sold out of homemade loaves within an hour of opening.

Founding member Carole Roberts said: “It has been great. I thought we might be busy because we had had a lot of interest from people but it was amazing.

“We sold out of our 120 loaves within the hour and the children have been making their own bread. There were a lot of people who seemed keen to volunteer and subscribe where they can arrange to pick up their loaves once a week.”

Carole is also running workshops to teach people how to make the bread themselves. The bread can be bought locally from Ryecorn Wholefoods in Bethel Street, Brighouse.

Carole attends the Totally Locally markets and will be making wartime bread at the bakehouse for the 1940s weekend.

Also in the premises are Castles Electrical Services, DDME web and graphic design, Andrew Lee small business advisor, John Hardstaff, business development, and Stella Hutson, Simply Changed Me hypnotherapist.

There were pictures from members of Brighouse Art Circle on the walls and performances from Lee Bowater of LBO Drum Tuition.

Details of all the businesses can be found at www.number7martinstreet.co.uk

For more information about the LoveBread workshops visit www.lovebread.org.uk email baker@lovebread.org.uk or follow them on Twitter @LoveBread_