Crafty shoppers have fun at fair

Jane Duty with her 1934 Singer sewing machine at the St Mary's Church craft fair
Jane Duty with her 1934 Singer sewing machine at the St Mary's Church craft fair

Crafty shoppers flocked to St Mary’s Church, Banbury’s only Grade I-listed building for a popular craft fair.

About 1,000 visitors attended the church’s ninth craft fair where 45 stalls offered everything from woodturning to chocolates, photography, jewellery and hand-sewn items.

The Hobbs family looking for a bargain

The Hobbs family looking for a bargain

The twice-yearly craft fair, which boosts church funds, has grown so popular there is now a waiting list for stalls.

Parishioner Giles MacDonald said: “It’s really grown. We’ve done two a year for the last four or five years and people really look forward to it.”

Banbury Pulse blogger Michael Dale wrote: “The hustle and bustle brought to mind an earlier era, when churches would be the hub of the community...

“There was an easy going, relaxed atmosphere, enhanced by the comforting light streaming through the many impressive and colourful stained glass windows.

St Mary's church craft fair

St Mary's church craft fair

“Here you could find one-off handmade jewellery, wonderful hand-sewn clothing, cushions, and blankets. There you would see crocheted lip balm holders, or carved wooden ornaments. In the corner were locally crafted chocolates to die for. ”

The next St Mary’s Craft Fair is on November 14.

Julie Hucker in amongst children's clothes and buggy wraps

Julie Hucker in amongst children's clothes and buggy wraps

Jem Hawkes from Jem's Gem Box

Jem Hawkes from Jem's Gem Box