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Harburn Village Hall - Craft Fair Archive 2009




Fortunate we were in many ways that it was a not unpleasant November morning, dry and bright and with little if any breeze. Having run the gauntlet of David McDonald selling raffle tickets in the foyer, a goodly number of folks turned out in search of that special something for that someone special’s Christmas. Others browsing, looking for inspiration among the items fashioned with exquisite workmanship.


Photograph: Ray's stall with, to the right, Peter West's interesting wood-turning


craft 98 Morag Lorimer had an asrtonishing display of hand-made soaps. Most popular were the herbal and goatsmilk varieties.


There were some 14 individual craft stalls, brightening the hall with their colourful wares, all exhibitions of the products of many hours work; displays of wood turning, crook and stick making, cards, decorative jewellery, ceramics, woolen hats, hand made soaps, pyrography and fabric products both indigenous and foreign. Some of the displays were crowded but no one seemed to mind. Some of the exhibitors were new to craft fairs but most had already exhibited this year.

Not only could one buy presents or sosmething personal but also something delicious to take home from the Harburn WRI Baking Stall. Then a welcome reviving “cuppa” of tea or coffee accompanied by (at a most reasonable cost) a plethora of snacks from hot bacon rolls, a selection of filled rolls , hot soups to mouth watering cakes. It was a bit of a squeeze to find a table to sit at and to eat but somehow somewhere there was a seat. The parking area opposite the hall among the trees is a boon on these occasions though it helps if it is daylight – we know of one vehicle which when trying to park was hit by a tree!

Ray's stall, eye-catching and expert as ever.

The arrival of the rain after 1 pm did quieten things considerably. All in all it was a very successful and enjoyable day for stall holders and visitors alike. Many of whom caught up with old acquaintances and made new contacts.
Well done everyone.
s George S