This week’s Christmas Fair was organized by Silver Lining Events and held at St. Faith’s Church in Crosby, Liverpool. We are now looking forward to their Christmas Tree Festival, which will be running from 6th – 12th Dec. 2015. There will be 40 different Christmas Trees on display along with the Parade Eucharist and a Toy Service.
The church also has monthly Health & Well Being days and will be holding Craft Markets in March and April 2016. Details on all these events can be found at: www.stfaithsgreatcrosby.org.uk.
For this year’s Christmas Fair the church hall was very festive with Christmas songs being played in the background, lots of amazing trees, fairy lights and of course great food and drinks. In addition to the Christmas trees on display there was a diverse array of homemade crafts including jewelry, coat hangars made of driftwood, nativity models, jigsaw puzzles and games, scarves and handbags, wooden lamp shades, bowls and various ornaments along with delicious looking cakes, jams, pickles and chutneys.
People of all ages attended the event, which attracted browsing families looking for something a little different to give at Christmas. The hall has a kitchen and dining area, providing a welcome break for visitors and stallholders alike. They served an amazing Scouse, which is a type of lamb or beef stew so popular with everyone they sold out even before lunchtime. But the ladies kindly made up some very nice sandwiches so those and a salad kept me going for the rest of the day.
If you would like to try your luck at making the Scouse, you can find the recipe here: http://aimeehall.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/cooking-scouse-like-scouser.html.
This was my first time setting everything up by myself. But the task was made all the easier with the generous help of the organisers and other stallholders who made me feel very welcome, as if I was a regular.
I featured our Christmas telegrams on the display, which proved popular with mums and our telegram from Father Christmas was a great favorite among the children.
I also offered two-for-one as part of Small Business Saturday, which occurs one day a year on the first Saturday of December to encourage consumers to shop locally and support the small businesses in their communities. For more information please go to: www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.
Back in October 2015, I found and purchased a working vintage Imperial typewriter in grey, as that appeared to be the colour of the teletypewriters used back in the 40s and 50s to type telegrams. I placed the typewriter on the table as a prop, which turned out to be a great idea as one little girl with her brother ran straight to it, spending a good 30 minutes learning to how to type a message to their mother.
Every single display was very enticing. They showed off so many handmade items created by people from all around Merseyside. The whole experience made for another great day and I loved having the opportunity to meet and talk with so many visitors as well as stallholders. Everyone shared their stories with me and showed such interest in all the stalls and I have to say I look forward to seeing them all again next year.
I offer many thanks and warmest festive greetings to all at St. Faith’s and to our online visitors who weren’t able to be there.
The Telegram Clerk