CHRISTMAS means different things to different people, but often the exchange of gifts and cards to family, friends and neighbours becomes a key part of enjoying it all. However, finding those special gifts and cards can become somewhat of a chore! But there was no such struggle on Saturday for those fortunate enough to visit the Christmas Fair at the Alexandra Hall.
With thirty stalls decorated beautifully for the Christmas season the Fair was a pleasure to browse with many if not most of the products available made by the crafter stallholders themselves.
One such stallholder was crafter Kathleen Cable from Burstwick with her collection of decorated glass blocks. Kath turns the industrial builders’ glass blocks, that are normally used to make shower cubicles and partitions, into memorable gifts and works of art. Kath has been a crafter of one sort or another for thirty years, but has found that her recent move to glass block decoration has proved to be popular with people wanting to commission ornamental pieces of work from her as souvenirs and keepsakes for special occasions. Each block comes with its own unique decoration and can fitted with internal battery operated lights.
Kath’s Decorated Glass Blocks (Facebook page) was just one stall providing something very unusual on Saturday, there were stalls offering handmade cards, sweets, jewellery and clothes amongst a fascinating range.
If you missed the Fair on Saturday – and it was persistent rain most of the daytime which will have certainly put some people off – then never fear because organiser Christine Mathers is planning to put on a series of craft and gift fairs in the New Year. Surprisingly, Christine is not a crafter herself, but came up with the idea for the craft fairs in the summer as a way to bring together those who like to shop for unusual and handmade items with those who produce them. Christine was pleased with Saturday’s event despite the rain:
“We had some great feedback and also lots if interest online. Even though the weather was against us we did OK. The Crafters really enjoyed meeting the people who came along to support us on the day and hopefully as a regular event more and more people will attend. A big thank you to all of those who bought tombola tickets we raised £50 for the Hedon Mayor’s charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and considering the weather I think that’s quite good. A big thank you also to the Crafters for donating prizes for the Tombola.” – Christine Mathers
With others possibly to be added to the list, the following fairs are planned for next year 2016 (all Saturdays):
16th April, 14th May, 16th July, 20th August, 17th September, 15th October, 19th November, and the Christmas special on 3rd December 2016.