Meet the Team
TIM & BECCA CRACKNELL
Founders of The Maker’s Place
Tim and Becca Cracknell have three little people Ellie, Ben and Barnaby. Tim is a builder and runs his own limited company called New Life Building Solutions. He has also taught basic construction skills to young people and completed an apprenticeship at Westlands in Aeronautical engineering. He also has a degree in Youth Work with Applied Theology. Becca has been an adult nurse for 15 years now, she has done various kinds of nursing in between having the children, more recently working for Yeovil Hospital coordinating Craft Therapy in Cancer. She also has an AVCE in Art and Design and has completed an Art therapy foundation course.
SARAH AND DAN DUNNING
Spring Farm Owners
Dan and Sarah Dunning have two young children Lilyanna and Millie who like to be active, outdoors and have fun. Dan is a farmer and runs a DIY livery business, so there are many horses and horse lovers around at Spring Farm as well as maize growing, a few chickens and veggie patch and hopefully in time some cows. Sarah is a part time social worker but very much enjoys doing anything outdoors be it obstacle courses, growing vegetables, making dens, or just quietly appreciating the surroundings. Sarah and Dan share the same Christian faith, which motivates a desire to see the farm used in a way that is therapeutic and uplifting for others.
Meet the Tutors
The wonderful Jo is extremely gifted on all things art and craft related. She is a very experienced primary school teacher, has four children of her own and has a degree in Fine Art. We are so grateful to have her on the team as she brings such creativity and artistic talent. She is also very savvy in the garden with a tool in hand.
Jenny is a semi retired Occupational Therapist who has a love and talent for lots of crafts. She has been volunteering with Craft Therapy in Cancer since early 2019. She has a very caring and patient method of teaching crafts. Jenny is especially keen on needle felting and jewellery making. She has a love for bee keeping.
Ellie is our youngest Craft Tutor at just 11 years old. She loves colour and enjoys bible journaling and anything arty. Ellie is creative and kind and makes people smile wherever she goes.