Kings Cliffe Christmas Fair 2016
Sunday 27th November - The Village Hall - 11am to 4pm
Come along to the ever popular Transition Kings Cliffe Christmas Fair. Ditch the multinationals who churn out the same boring Christmas stuff year in year out, and get down to the village hall where you’ll be able to buy original quality gifts and
support many local small businesses. The Transition team have been working hard to bring you a fantastic Christmas Fair this year. You’ll see a wonderful selection of stallholders including local Artists and Craftspeople, Musicians, and expert Food and Drink producers, all of whom take great pride in their work and use local materials and ingredients wherever possible.
All profits raised this year will go towards various Transition projects, such as the new community orchard, minibus, wildplaces.
As well as enjoying browsing and knocking items off your Christmas list you can satisfy your hunger pangs at our upstairs café (this year run again by the Peterborough Green Backyard), or outside at the Little Soup Kitchen and Stanley St Eats. Downstairs the Kings Cliffe Brewery will be selling delicious hand-crafted ales in the parlour bar. The Yarwell and Nassington Brass Band and Steel Union will be entertaining us on the stage.
And on top of all that you could win a hamper full to bursting with hand-made Christmas goodies donated by the stallholders.
Avoid the Mall, Come to the Hall!
The Yarwell & Nassington
Britannia Brass Band Facebook Page
Every year the band thrills audiences from across the region with its diverse range and enthusiastic approach to making music that is part of a quintessentially British tradition. They will be entertaining us upstairs on the stage from 1.30 to 2pm and 2.30 to 3pm.
Steel Union are an acoustic blues playing authentic traditional acoustic blues; that being acoustic blues mostly from the period 1920 through to 1945-ish. They play the songs by the great Delta Blues and Country Blues players such as Son House, Robert Johnson, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bukka White and many more. Steel Union comprises Richard Gibson on Vocals & Harmonica (Blues Harp) and Richard Turner on Vocals, National Bottleneck/Slide Guitar & Acoustic Guitar. They will be playing from 12.30 to 1.15pm on the upstairs stage.
Food & Drink by:
New to the fair Stanley St Eats are an international street food Caterer offering authentic dishes from around the world, from mezze to tagine, Caribbean curries to raclette, using seasonal fresh local ingredients. They will be stationed outside the Village Hall. Can’t wait to try whatever’s on offer!
The Little Soup Kitchen will once again be stationed outside the Village Hall. Rachael and Pete aim to
provide healthy 'takeway' food, with ingredients sourced through local suppliers.
Pudding and Pie love local products and baking. This year they will be offering a mouth-watering selection of goodies: Christmas, sticky toffee, chocolate and assorted fruit steamed puddings, as well as mince pies and filled tarts.
Food & Drink by: (cont.)
I’m Georgie, creator of the crumbled biscuit, in fact many crumbled biscuits. And broken biscuits. And burnt biscuits. And biscuits which spread too far… The list goes on but all in all it’s got better over time. Thank goodness I love to bake, really love it. My dream is to bake and build a gingerbread mansion and to share all my recipes with you. This year I’ll be bringing you delicious homemade gingerbread and shortbread biscuits, gingerbread house kits and traditional biscuit decorations.
The last Kings Cliffe Brewery (called the Kings Cliffe Brewing Company) ceased brewing exactly 100 years ago. The village is fortunate that owner Jez is passionate enough about beer to have set up a micro-brewery so once again beer is produced in the village. The Parlour will have a license so you will be able to sample and buy his lovely local ales.
We are delighted to announce
that this year the upstairs café will be run by The Green Backyard, a
vibrant community growing project in central Peterborough. Their group
of dedicated volunteers have transformed a once derelict former
allotment site into a beautiful and productive community garden that is
open to all. From fruit and vegetable growing to habitat creation and
composting, or working in their Backyard Food shop, there’s something for everyone!
I enjoy making small batches of jams and chutneys, using fresh seasonal ingredients where possible, foraged fruit and veg are the best! This is a hobby I can share so my prices are reasonable and I love getting feedback from people who have liked one of my magic pots of goodness.
Kings Cliffe Christmas TreesFacebook Page
Beautiful Christmas Trees and wreaths available right here in Kings Cliffe.
Pure Aromatherapy by Kate MossVisit Website
I’m Kate, a Holistic Massage Therapist based in Kings Cliffe, and one of the things I love to do is to make lovely aromatic lotions and potions, so you can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy in your own home. My experience has contributed significantly to the design of my products, as I work with many clients who have differing needs, both physiological and psychological. The result has been gorgeously therapeutic hand-blended products, including creams and lotions, shower gels, massage oils, and essential oil blends, as well as a wide range of pure essential oils, oil burners, and candles. My products use natural and sustainable ingredients as much as possible, and are fully safety-tested.
Kate can also be found on her Facebook page.
Arts & Crafts by:
Have you ever struggled to find exactly what you want on the high street? Do main stream products seem a little too similar and mass produced?
With those same views and a passion for design and textiles, we set about producing and sourcing items that were more unique, desirable and "nice to have".
Hilly is inspired by nature, natural textiles and vintage designs to make truly unique items. Her items include: Cushions, table runners, bunting, kitchenella, storage, individual home accessories and personalised gifts for all ages.
Lucy's greatest inspiration for her products is the world around her particularly
nature, a walk in the woods is the perfect time for her to generate new ideas. Lucy designs and creates unique items and she also develops
alternative lives for old or unloved items. Look out for her treasures, they include: patchwork cushions, bags, boxes, coasters, pin pots,
picture boxes, shelves and much, much more.
Sam will be displaying her collection of greetings cards as well as new products: mugs, jugs,
wrapping paper and bags - everyday items that are made more loveable when they are decorated with a Sam Purcell Design!
The inspiration for Sam's items comes from everywhere - from walks with my dog to the urgent need for a child's birthday card. Many of the animal
designs you see are pets belonging to family and friends or are commissions I've undertaken. All the designs are available as cards or
prints and some come on my new products too.
Richard Rhodes Lewis, Yoink EngineeringVisit Website
Wrought iron fireside furniture and log grates.
Crispin Heesom, Fine Artist Visit Website
Crispin is a painter who works with interpreting landscape in an abstract way. Mainly oils and prints.
Richard makes domestic earthenware pottery for people to use at home, in the kitchen and at the table.
Glyn Mould Woodcarving SchoolVisit Website
Hand-carved relief pictures, key names, and breadboards with carved motifs. Carving course vouchers.
Jeni Cairns - Juniper House EmporiumVisit Website
Jeni Cairns is an award winning artist and garden designer who creates decorative artwork from recycled metal for the home and garden inspired by the flora and the wildlife that surrounds us.
Hand thrown pots with sponged glazing, sgraffito decorated earthenware, small hand built novelty sculptures.
Jody Kirk Photography
Photographs inspired by local landscape. Jody also enjoys photographing people's horses, commissions taken: 01780 470876
P.J. Ryan, Wood Turning
Patrick is a self-taught Wood Turner, and has been at it for 16 years making a variety of beautiful bowls, platters, boxes, and fruit from a wide variety of English and exotic woods.
Bob the Lobster
Sue makes a beautiful selection of handmade cards and gifts including, cookie mix jars and boxes, Doggie Biscotti, Lavender Sleep Sheep and jewellery.
Sue grows her own willow in Kings Cliffe and creates a beautiful range of baskets and sculptures. She also runs a series of Willow workshops, which make fantastic Christmas gifts. Sue can also be found on her Facebook page.
Jane will be showcasing her amazing ceramic bead jewellery, delft
style tiles and oil paintings. She loves making things that are unique
using natural resources with inspiration from the countryside past and
Rob Bibby Woodnewton PotteryVisit Website
Rob makes functional earthenware pottery, most of which is decorated with hand painted designs inspired by the local landscape.
Bespoke picture frames, hand-made to suit the artwork. A tailor-made frame enhances and preserves any artwork, from original paintings and prints to needlework and collage. Special frames can be constructed to display memorabilia including sports shirts, wedding mementos, or any unusual or special object you want to keep safe. Choose from hundreds of mouldings and mounts on display in my workshop, or browse catalogues for even more ideas. I can also hand paint frames to any chosen colour or combination of colours, so you can be sure of the perfect frame for your picture.
Dot produces handmade cards and gifts inspired by nature. Fabrics are carefully chosen and stitched into highly individual designs. She loves using colour and textiles creatively in her designs, and taking great pride in her finished pieces. Dot also has a Facebook page.
Individual and unique ceramic piggy banks. Every pig is created individually from clay and decorated in a range of colours and styles before being fitted with a perfectly sized cork nose.
Kelly specialises in bespoke, handmade lampshades. A perfect way to add some patterns and colours to any room in your home. Kelly also does furniture makeovers. Kelly also has a Facebook page.
Local rep Sharan Pick will be showcasing her favourite selection from Phoenix greeting cards and gifts.
Nisha produces fine art photographs of flowers, landscapes, and cloudscapes. She will also be selling 100% raw honey kindly donated by her bees. Nisha also has a Facebook page.
I make my pottery in a similar way to a swallow building a nest: I stick pieces of clay together to make the form, using a mould or free hand. Where swallows use twigs or leaves to get the surface patterns I use imprints of leaves, sea shells, twigs or bark. Sometimes I use a garlic press to get twiggy hair-like decoration, or I use man made shapes when I need a regular pattern. I hope you like the results.
June will be showcasing examples of her upholstery as well as selling cushions, door stops, draft excluders, bags owls and lavender bags.
From an early age June watched her Grandfather making items for local country houses and hotels.
Crockery Creations by Karen O’Sullivan
From Karen of Kings Cliffe Bakery fame come soya wax candles made in modern, vintage, and antique cups. Plus bird feeders made from cups/saucers/plates/jugs.
I create ceramic items using earthenware and stoneware clay, and am inspired by nature. Currently I have a woodland and seashore range.