Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Fire

We are really sorry to have to inform everyone that on the evening of 14th December a fire broke out at the craft units at Tredegar House, and Busy Bees Patchwork was destroyed.

As you can imagine both Sue and I are in shock and no plans have been made for the future yet. We met with the fire investigation officer earlier today and we were able to take a few photos to show you exactly what is left.


We will keep you informed through our website, and we are hoping to have the phone transferred to our mobiles in the next few days. There are still six months of workshops that have been booked, we will be looking into what is possible over the festive period. If you were booked onto a workshop, please get in contact with me or if you have any questions for Sue, send her an email.

24 comments:

  1. Very sorry to see your hard work gone up in smoke, but keep positive. The knowledge you used to create what you had is still yours and yours alone, you created it and you may recreate it. If funding is an issue, I'm sure a crowd funding campaign would help, and that your followers would be willing to support you.

    New locations can be found, materials may be replaced.

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  2. So sad to hear this news, only visited a couple of times and the creative talent was evident throughout the shop - however, I'm sure the Phoenix will rise again in another guise. Sending lots of positive vibes to you - hoping that you will find a way to continue the great work.

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  3. I am very sorry to hear this very sad news. xxx

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  4. Was so sad when I heard the news have become a regular customer this year and have been to a few workshops. Devastating, Like above - I hope you rise again xx

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  5. So very sorry to hear this news. One of my favourite quilt shops and places for workshops, all that hard work you had both put in to building up Busy Bees. Hope you stay positive. Both Pauline and I are in shock but send you our love and best wishes.Carys

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  6. One of my students has just phoned me with your terrible news. I can't believe the photos. I am so sorry this has happened. I guess you must both be in shock and it's going to take time to get your heads around what has happened. I hope that in due course you will find a way forward for Busy Bees. The shop has been such a valuable part of quilters' lives in South Wales, both in terms of your gorgeous fabric and the courses you have run. There will be a lot of people "rooting" for you when they know what's happened. All the best, Alison Holmquist

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  7. Sue and Sandra can't imagine how devastated you must be. When you can take it all in and want any help, with anything, please do not hesitate to ask - I think I speak for the majority of people who love Busy Bees! My thoughts are with you. Natalie Watkins

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  8. What a shock! Please don't give up; I love coming to Busy Bees......

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  9. I am very sorry, I love coming to visit you ( and your fabric). I hope your loyal customers, you have lots, can help you through this.

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  10. So sorry to hear the news. This is devastating. I know that Steve has tried to contact you to see what we can do to help. Of course, if you can get through to the office in among everything else you have on your plates, please let me know how we can work with you - whatever it takes. Good luck.

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  11. Devastating!! So sorry to hear about the fire but I'm sure you'll bounce back. Janice Henderson

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  12. I was really sad to hear the news and now that I have seen the photos !!!!
    I wish you all the best whatever decision you make about your future and the future of Busy Bees. Without you and your wonderful shop I wouldn't be able to quilt at all.
    Judith

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  13. From one business owner to another! I can only imagine how you feel at this sad time! Our thoughts are with you! Best of luck with the rebuild upwards & onwards! keep positive! Claire - Coopers, Caerleon

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  14. Rise like Phoenix from the ashes, better and more beautiful! Good luck with what ever you choose to do, xxx

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  15. So very sorry to hear the news today at my quilt group. You must be absolutely devastated. I will be thinking about you and wishing you well. Pauline Charlesworth xxx

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  16. Sandra, Sue and Marian, I was so very sorry to be told this awful news. I wish you all well, and hope to hear you are riding high again soon. The very best of wishes to you all, Judy Rowse.

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  17. We are all so sorry to hear the devistating news of the fire. We all send our best wishes and hope you are able to rebuild as we all love Busy Bees, its wonderful fabrics, workshops, and people. Good Luck. From us all at Dyffryn Quilters, Mountain Ash.

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  18. So very sorry to see the devastation.Always feel welcome at the shop.
    Very best wishes to you all.

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  19. So sorry to hear your news it was always such a brilliant place to visit when we visit Wales welsh mary in yorks

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  20. so sorry to see this news. I loved visiting you everytime we came down to newport. Your shop had everything, not just beautiful material and threads, but friendly helpful advice, smiles, warmth and expertize, a feast for the eyes and the heart. I am so sad. I do hope you will rise again. Thinking of you, eva Laugharne, pembrokeshire

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  21. OMG! I had heard through the grapevine about your shocking news but didn't expect to see this. I do hope you are able to get everything up and running very soon. Wishing you luck and looking forward to visiting you in your new home.
    Sam - Crickhowell

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  22. Gillian in Wales2 January 2014 at 08:58

    I am in shock just looking at the pictures, so I can only imagine what it must be like for you. As previous people have said, you have a lot of support behind you for whatever you need.

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  23. Only just heard about the fire today, devastated, so sorry.
    My favourite shop for my quilting fabric.
    All the best for getting sorted and running again. Always willing to help if you need it.
    Emily - Risca

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