Tuesday, 15 June 2021
MORE than 750 people attended a Christmas craft fair at Goring village hall.
Last Saturday and Sunday’s event, organised by the village’s twinning association, included 26 stalls selling a range of goods like greetings cards, jewellery, knitted items, clothing, cakes and preserves, cuddly toys, photographs, homewares, 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, 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, the former landlords of Goring’s 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, which are yet to be counted, will help keep up the twinning link between Goring and Bellême in Normandy. They may go towards an exchange visit to France next year.
Organiser Sue Lyons, of the twinning association, said: “It’s been very successful and I think we were a little bit busier than in previous years. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from the stallholders and they feel we’ve really supported and promoted them.”
John Farrow, the chairman, said: “We’re hoping to get more young people involved in twinning next year. It’s a great way for us to develop a better understanding of each other’s cultures.”
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