Monday, 30 November 2020

Artists offer tea, cake and gifts

THE Bix Six and Friends are a group of artists and craftspeople based in the Henley area.

THE Bix Six and Friends are a group of artists and craftspeople based in the Henley area.

Their work continues to evolve.

Inspired by nature they make decorative items pleasing to the eye, including painting, photography, textiles, découpage, soaps and potions, wood sculpture, wood turning and jewellery.

You may have already met some of the Bix Six at Henley Christmas Market so please join them and their friends for a festive and cosy weekend of shopping at Bix Village Hall.

The hall will be open from 10am to 5pm over the weekend of Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1.

The unique hand-made art and craft work on display at the hall may solve your Christmas needs.

There will also be refreshments in the form of tea, coffee and delicious home made cakes.

As well as starting your Christmas shopping you will also be helping a good cause, as all proceeds from tea and coffee sales go to the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.

ON Saturday, December 7 at 1pm the doors of Hambleden Village Hall will open to visitors — and the very first Hambleden Christmas tree festival will be underway.

There will be more than 20 fantastic Christmas trees on display. Each individually decorated by local families, clubs and companies.

Some will be decorated in a fun style, some more traditional and others just plain wacky — but all are contributing to a magical event that will get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

As well as a visual feast there will be the Hambleden Choir, the Frieth rainbows and brownies and a ukulele band bringing music to your ears, as well as plenty of delicious food and drink to tickle your taste buds, including a hog roast, hot vegetarian soup, coffees and teas, minced pies and mulled wine and a fine display of wonderful cakes.

Entrance is completely free, so please come along and support the festival. The organisers would dearly love this to become an annual tradition that brings Christmas cheer to the valley as well as raising much needed funds for the village hall.

Visit www.hambleden villagehall.org for directions and more information.

IF you want to buy local and free-range this Christmas then visit Red Lion farm shop at Britwell Salome near Watlington.

The beef, pork and lamb are from fields around the village and raised by farmers you could meet any day in the shop.

The turkeys are from Aldworth across the river from Goring and the chicken, duck and cockerels are from Gubblecote, in Hertfordshire.

The beef is born and raised in the parish and is hung by them on the bone for a minimum of three weeks. The shop’s pork comes from the farm’s small free-range herd so not only the joints but the bacon and the sausages are all free-range, too. Compare the beef and pork with the supermarkets for quality and price — they hope you will find that meat from the farm shop tastes better and is the better value — and you will also be supporting traditional mixed farming in your area.

If you would like to order meat in time for Christmas please place orders by December 15.

The shop is behind the Red Lion at Britwell Salome, one mile from Watlington, five miles from Nettlebed and 10 miles from Henley.

Usual opening hours are Tuesday to Friday, from 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday until 5pm and Sunday 9am to 12 noon.

For more details or to place a Christmas order call (01491) 612070. The staff at the farm shop look forward to hearing from you.

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