Monday, 27 September 2021
MORE than 750 people attended a Christmas craft fair at Goring village hall over the weekend.
The event, which was organised by the village’s twinning association, had 26 stalls selling greetings cards, jewellery, knitted items, clothing, cakes and preserves, cuddly toys, photographs, homeware, artwork and festive decorations. All the stallholders were from within about 10 miles of Goring and had made their wares themselves.
There was also a café selling hot dogs, cakes, teas and coffees and a raffle with prizes donated by estate agents Davis Tate and Jackson-Stopps, the Ferry Lane florist, Goring Village Butchers, Inspiration gifts, Pierreponts café, Ruby Pepper women’s fashion, SwiftClik printing, the Goring Grocer, the John Barleycorn and Miller of Mansfield pubs and the Swan at Streatley.
Tim Schulz and James Dawe, former landlords of the Catherine Wheel pub, were outside the hall selling a hot mulled version of their cider BumbleBee, which they launched earlier this year.
Proceeds from the event will help keep up the twinning link between Goring and Bellême in Normandy and may go towards an exchange visit to France next year.
Organiser Sue Lyons said: “We were a little bit busier than in previous years and we had a lot of positive feedback from the stallholders.”
Association chairman John Farrow said: “We’re hoping to get more young people involved next year.”
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