The Pumpkin Patch in Hailsham has been voted ‘Best Independent Local Store in the South East of England 2021’.

The award for the popular fabric and haberdashery shop was announced on 2 December 2021 following a vote by readers of The Craft Business Magazine which saw it triumph over tough competition across the region.

Eight awards were announced across the UK as part of the annual competition which recognises quality and ingenuity within the crafting industry.

Julie Ellis, owner of The Pumpkin Patch said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award and so grateful to our many wonderful customers for taking the time to vote for our shop. This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole Pumpkin Patch team, for whom the last couple of years have been particularly challenging. I offer my sincerest thanks to all of our customers and staff and look forward to celebrating this fantastic win together.”

The Pumpkin Patch has been in business since 2002 offering a wide range of patchwork and craft fabrics, knitting yarns and haberdashery. The shop is located on St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AF and is open from 9.30am to 3.30pm from Monday to Friday and until 3pm on Saturdays. There is free parking nearby and customers are encouraged to pop in for a browse and a chat with their friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Orders can also be placed via the shop’s website