The original founding group of stall holders have slowly decreased over the past 3 years and from the end of 2013 the task of sole organiser and owner of the SCN fell to Claire Hilton of Austerlands.
In December 2016 the decision was made to take the SCN back to its networking roots and the 2016 Christmas Handmade Festival was the last SCN fair to be held in Uppermill.
Much more than just craft markets, these events included a selection of stalls with local creative and craft products, a teashop style food and drinks, workshops and free demonstrations by craft people and entertainment and seasonal competitions for the children.
We managed to raise money for a different small charity at every event, through the generous donations each of the stall holders make to the tombola.
With an impressive number of over 800 different creative people and stall holders listed with the SCN, we are in the unique postion of being able to offer a select few local events and organisers a service which can help them get applications for their events.
The Saddleworth Creative Network began in early 2011, when local people meeting at various fairs, events and farmers markets got chatting about how Uppermill used to be a well established craft centre, and how it was a shame that there were no longer regular craft events in Saddleworth.
A small group of people who produce handmade goods, recognised a resurgence in the creative scene, so began looking at ways to set up a network of local people who could support each other, share information and resources, and manage their own events.
Starting under the name 'Saddleworth Handmade and Vintage Network' they transformed in September 2011 to 'Saddleworth Creative Network' to be more inclusive to creative people.