Sue Turner runs pottery classes for students from a studio in Hebden Bridge – a community-based co-operative. At the end of September 2011 she received a call from David. “He told me he was dying,” says Sue. “It was a shock for me. He said that he was worried about his pottery – he’d had it for over 30 years. He wanted to know if I would be interested in moving my work to Brier Hey. I agreed that I would try to keep it going. Moving there wouldn’t have been right for me, so instead I started to wonder about the students I was already teaching who would be ready for their own working space. I spoke to five people and they were excited about the idea.”

Before anything was finalised, however, David died. He would never know for sure that his beloved Brier Hey would indeed continue. “It turned out that he had spoken to his landlord about five people taking over and the landlord had agreed,” says Sue. “The five new tenants joined me and my husband and together we cleared out Brier Hey – quite an experience as nothing had been thrown away in thirty years.The new potters had moved in by April 2012. They have day jobs, but are serious about their work. They pay a rent for their spaces and go there when they want. It’s a great resource. Brier Hey continues – and I am really relived that it’s happened, that this important element of David’s wishes has been carried out.”