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Christmas at The Cone Exchange

The Cone Exchange team would like to wish our all of our friends and customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you so much for your continued support – you have made 2022 very special for us.

We are taking a break to re-charge our batteries and re-stock ready with some new creative ideas and crafty treasure for 2023. So we look forward to welcoming you back on Thursday 5th January 2023 when we will be open between 10am and 8pm.

You can continue to reach us by email at: and we hope to see you soon.

Best wishes from Chris, Sarah, Carolyn and the Cone Crew!


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Cone Exchange Opening Hours over the Festive Season

Goodness – we are on official countdown to Christmas now with less than 2 weeks to go until the big day!

The Cone Exchange is open as normal this week and will be closing for the Christmas holidays after Thursday 15th December.

We still have lots of Christmas goodies for you to stock up on, whether it’s decorations or crafty items, either for yourself or as gifts. So please do pop down to see us between:

10:00 and 16:00 on Tuesday 13th December

10:00 and 20:00 on Thursday 15th December

We will open again on Thursday 5th January and look forward to welcoming all of our customers into the New Year. We have many exciting plans for 2023 and we can’t wait to see you and share what we will be up to.

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Parking at The Cone Exchange

Parking outside of the Cone Exchange will be limited throughout the remainder of November due to essential electrical works. Where possible, we would be grateful if you could car-share to ensure as many customers as possible can safely make use of the facilities. You might also find it possible to visit during our quieter times of day; usually between 12 noon and 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and between 5pm and 8pm on a Thursday evening.

For the safety of all visitors and their vehicles, please do not park in front of the gates used to access the warehouses to either side of our building.

Don’t forget, you can also visit us at the Knitting & Stitching Show between 17th and 20th November in the Harrogate Convention Centre.

See you soon!

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Come and join us at the Knitting and Stitching Show this November

The Cone Exchange is delighted to confirm that we will be attending the Knitting and Stitching Show in the Harrogate Convention Centre this year between 17th and 20th November.

We have lots of wonderful fabrics and crafting items to tempt and inspire you and we can’t wait to see you there. Make sure you come and find us on Stand No. A200 in Hall A. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked through the Knitting and Stitching Show website.

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Half-Term Holiday

The Cone Exchange is having a quick holiday during the school half-term week commencing 24th October. We will return on Tuesday 1st November and look forward to seeing you then. 

Don’t forget our current opening hours:

Tuesday      10:00-16:00

Thursday   10:00-20:00

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When you go down to the woods today…

…you will meet a lovely bunch of volunteers from the Cone Exchange exploring their new woodland project! Keen to learn more about the new tree planting relationship with the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust and see firsthand the difference their trees will make to the environment, a group of hardy volunteers ventured out on an unseasonably cold day to visit our recently planted trees in Woodale Wood.

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A year at the Cone Exchange

The Cone Exchange has enjoyed another successful year. At the heart of the Cone Exchange is a commitment to give waste a new lease of life and to see ability, not disability, in people.

Over the course of the year we’ve recycled our own business waste along with that of 12 other businesses, raised over £15,000 for local good causes, and hosted 800 hours of work placements for adults with additional learning needs.

More information on the Cone Exchange’s impact during the year gone by can be found in our 2017 Annual Review.

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All in a good cause

Our main work experience partner at the Cone Exchange, Henshaws, were recently in receipt of a Good Cause Award from our family business. They had applied for a little help with purchasing some new garden furniture for the community allotment that they had just taken over the maintenance of and were thrilled to be able to purchase the items from Horticap, one of the social enterprises we have worked with closely for a number of years. It’s a fantastic feeling when our partners can all work together for the benefit of the community.

Lee Gray, Work Experience Co-Ordinator at Henshaws tells us:

Thanks to Bettys & Taylors we were able to have Horticap build us a composter and some raised garden beds for the allotment. The allotment is owned by MIND and managed by The Home Group. We were able to bring together 6 local charities and businesses that are working together to make the community better for everyone. Thank you Horticap, you guys are amazing.”




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Love is in the air, part four: Mother of the Bride

One of our most regular customers wanted her daughter to have something extra special to carry down the aisle that she could keep to pass on to future generations. Using a variety of materials and embellishments from her own stash topped up with some extras from the Cone Exchange she created this beautiful horseshoe with her daughter’s name and the wedding date on the back. A truly beautiful and unique wedding gift.


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