Time to start your Christmas shopping! Sophie Davis from Seres Gifts takes a very personal look at this event and its unique setting.
Save the Date
Friday, 9th November is a date for your diary. Between 9am and 1pm the beautiful village church of St Mary the Virgin in Little Hallingbury opens its doors for a morning of Christmas shopping in support of St Clare Hospice. Artisan stallholders wait to greet you and help you tick things off that shopping list, along with members of St Clare Hospice.
A Very Personal Setting
St Mary’s is a beautiful old church that has been cleverly adapted for modern day use. The replacement of the traditional set pews several years ago allows the space to be utilised in many different ways. The 9th of November is a perfect example. The seating is removed and the church is used like a hall. The setting is magical for a Christmas sale. The vestry is equipped with kitchen facilities, so refreshments are never far away (as well as a welcome loo!).
This setting is very personal to me because it is the church where I was married and where my daughter was Christened. So many family events have happened here that I still consider it my family church And it’s always lovely to go back!
So what can you expect?
A warm welcome awaits you! The church is filled with stallholders selling a wide variety of gifts. There’s everything from fragrant candles and room diffusers from Imogen’s Luxuries to the latest in ladies’ fashion from Mandy’s Heaven. All your card and wrapping needs are covered by Flamingo Paperie and, of course, Seres Gifts will be there to tempt you with some beautiful silk, silver and leather gifts. These are just a sample of the many fabulous, friendly stalls that await you!
Shop to Give
Doing your Christmas shopping at the Little Hallingbury Christmas Fayre does more than just help with your Christmas shopping. It also raises invaluable funds for St Clare Hospice. St Clare offers palliative care throughout West Essex and the East Hertfordshire border. It supports both adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families and carers.
Choosing to shop at the Christmas Fayre means that you are helping this wonderful charity to continue their invaluable work. Thank you!
Be Inspired, Get Involved
The Little Hallingbury Christmas Fayre has been running for many years now. However, it origins were rather humble. Local resident, Clare Birch, used to hold a small shopping morning in her home, donating a percentage of takings to charity. The day became more and more popular and soon Clare realised that she needed a different location. Still in the village, St Mary’s is the perfect choice.
This is a wonderful achievement in itself. But this year Clare went one step further – or rather, 26 miles further! Along with other supporters of St Clare, she completed her first ever London Marathon!
Now, you may not want to run a marathon like Clare, but there are loads of ways that you can get involved and help St Clare raise awareness and money of their cause. Full details can be found online at the St Clare Hospice website.