5th August 2020

We would like to let everyone know that we are working on opening the shop asap.

Also would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding.

COVID 19 update:

When we are able to open the following measures will be adopted to safeguard staff and customers.

Only 3 customers at one time in the shop unless in an established group eg family. We would prefer it if no more than 4 people in a group would come in at one time.

The Loft Gallery will not be open. All exhibitions for 2020 have been postponed to 2021. The stairs will be cordoned off.

Hand sanitiser provided to be used on entering and leaving the shop.

Face coverings are mandatory and customers without them can buy one in the shop or will be politely asked to leave.

Baskets to be used, and we are asking customers to wait until a basket is available at the door.

We would prefer customers not to handle goods unless they are buying them, and to ask for assistance.

Garments that have been tried on will be quarantined away from the shop floor for 72 hours. Similarly any textile items that have been handled will be set aside. Items with hard surfaces that can be cleaned (such as pottery, jewellery, books) will be cleaned before being put back on display .

Payment by card only please, contactless preferred.

Staff will be cleaning surfaces that customers touch frequently, eg door handle. Staff will be wearing face coverings 

There will be notices reminding customers and staff to maintain physical distance from each other and other guidelines.

As soon as we have definate date for opening we will post it here and on our Facebook page. 

We will have loads of special offers and reductions on a variety of goods to celebrate reopening and to thank our loyal local support.



7th July 2020

To our much appreciated Loft Gallery exhibitors and visitors.

Due to particular circumstances of the lay-out of the Loft Gallery within The Workshop, we are unable to ensure the safety of visitors according to Government guidelines as regards coronavirus restrictions.

It is with great regret that we have had to postpone all scheduled exhibitions for this year. We hope to reopen the Loft Gallery from mid March 2021, in the assumption that a gradual and further easing of restrictions due to Covid-19 will have taken place by then!

We have offered all artists who were scheduled to exhibit this year a similar exhibition opportunity in 2021 and we are very pleased and grateful to all exhibitors for accepting our offer, despite the unfortunate and disappointing cancellation of their exhibitions in this current year. Thank you all!

The full, expected, programme of exhibitions for 2021 will be added to the St Margaret's Hope Workshop and Loft Gallery's website in the near future and we can't wait to welcome you all back to exciting new art work in our small, but beautiful gallery.

In the meantime, we hope you all keep well and safe!



March 2020

We are very sad to say that the Gallery has been closed and Ruth Holt's wonderfull textile exhibition inspired by the Orkney landscape cannot be visited.

However, her work can be seen on her website and we urge you to have a look!





Tuesday 24th March 2020. Following the instructions given by the Scottish Government we are now closed. We will be continuing to monitor and assess the situation and will give further information probably later next week.


We would like to thank all our customers, staff, volunteers, knitters, producers and suppliers for their loyal support and we urge you all to stay safe and healthy.


The Workshop and Loft gallery will be closed on Monday and Tuesday of this week, 23rd and 24th March 2020, during which time the situation regarding Covid 19 will be assessed and the latest news and advice from the Government reviewed.

Our priority when making any decisions will be the safely of our staff, volunteers and customers.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Further information will be posted here and on our Facebook page as soon as we have it.


The Workshop will be closed from 3pm to 5pm this Saturday, 7th March 2020, for staff training.

Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause. Please do come along and see us any other day from 10am to 5pm Mondays to Saturday.


Workshop and Loft Gallery

St Margaret’s Hope


Monday March 9th 2020

at 7pm

In the Workshop

Front Road St Margaret’s Hope

All Welcome


Workshop open

The Workshop is now open again, Monday - Saturday from 10.00 to 1.00 throughout February. The Loft Gallery will reopen in March with a new calendar of exhibitions.


At present there is a vacancy on the management committee for

the position of secretary, which we are looking to fill. 

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