Small is Beautiful – A Celebration of Local Craft

Craft Fair 2017Craft Fair 2017Craft Fair 2017Didn’t the church look lovely at this year’s Littlehempston Craft Fair, packed with such a variety of craft stalls and filled with a happy buzz? Part of what makes this event special is that it is surrounded by beautiful expressions of local craft over the centuries – the medieval rood screen, stained glass windows, Norman font, barrel roof and sculpted masonry, for example. Another special feature is Tracy’s Cafe with an enormous variety of yummy cakes and delicious homemade soup and bread.

This year, we welcomed two new faces – Kim from Broadhempston with original handmade cards and Chloe from Staverton with her crochet work. Lots of gasps at her stall as people spotted her tiny baby, Ona, sleeping peacefully, nestled amongst the woolly hats! Another smash hit was the puppet show, Red Riding Hood, with a star cast of Anna and Eleanor Tredinnick, Gracie Gatehouse and Anna Ash, who startled all with her amazingly gruff wolverine voice! Anna had handcrafted the stringed puppets and the scenery. Well done to all and hopefully this will become a permanent fixture!

Though this is not a craft fair to rival Crux, these comments from the stallholders say it all: “Thank you for a great event! So well organised and friendly.” “Small is definitely beautiful.” “There was a sort of a cosy feel to the whole atmosphere.” “A lovely lot of folk, great food, an interesting mix of stalls – very enjoyable.” All helped to raise a record total of £601.46 after expenses had been deducted – a major contribution to keeping our beautiful church and Space open for all. A big thank you to the many people who helped make this such a success.