Distributor profile: Erwood Station Craft Centre

Positive News chats to one of its distributors, Michael Cunningham, from Erwood Station Craft Centre in mid-Wales

Name: Erwood Station Craft Centre, Gallery and Tea rooms
Location: Erwood Station Craft Centre and Gallery,
Llandeilo Graban, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SJ
Contact: 01982 560674
Proprietor: Michael Cunningham


Tell us about Erwood Station

We support over 80 artists from across Wales by selling their art and craft – anything from jewellery and pottery to books and small gifts – as well as sculptures and paintings from internationally acclaimed artists. With a new exhibition every 6-8 weeks we are the place to see and support Welsh artists. This summer we are also doing workshops, demonstrations, walks, talks and book signings.

How does the local and wider community benefit?

We do not sell anything that has not been created or designed in Wales, keeping money in our economy. We are a big tourist pull to the area, and people will stay locally and shop locally.

Tell us about Friends of Erwood Station

This is a group that was set up in 1996 and has been renovating the station and railway memerobilia, including the Prototype Locomotive 0-4-0 which shunted Ammunitions around Britain in the war, officially unveiled by the Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan in Memory of Alan Cunningham in 2010.

How long have you been a distributor for Positive News?

Since taking over the business two years ago, Positive News is the only paper I would allow to be distributed, for ethical reasons. Why is there so much bad press? We need to lighten up! When I ask visitors, “would you like some Positive News?” they are shocked that such a publication exists. I love it.

Do you have a message for our readers?

If you would like to do a good deed in your day spread Positive News, especially to people who say that there is nothing but doom and gloom in the papers nowadays. Smiling releases endorphins which actually make you feel happy, but I have no doubt Positive News readers are already smiling and spreading happiness so just keep it up! And if you have time in Wales please do drop in at the old Railway Station, Erwood.