Hook Norton Craft Fair celebrates its 20th anniversary

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Hook Norton Craft Fair celebrates its 20th anniversary when the 2015 event is held next weekend.

Organiser Jan Hughes broke new ground when she persuaded vicar John Acreman to allow her to use the church for the fundraising event in 2005.

Now many churches are used for similar events and Hook Norton Craft Fair has grown from a modest 15 stalls to a whopping 40 and raised tens of thousands of pounds.

“Some folk were worried as it wasn’t the done thing in church but our rector allowed me to go ahead and now it seems every church uses their building this way,” said Mrs Hughes.

“I get all nostalgiclooking back at the first few years when the church was still full of pews and my husband Roger had to make tables to fit across them using old doors.”

Now St Peters has a kitchan and toilets and the Craft Fair is a major annual fund raising effort in the village.

On Saturday, October 31 from 10am-5pm there will be all kinds of work to see and buy as well as the opportunity for visitors to ‘have a go’ at some crafts.

There will be craftspeople and artists working and demonstrating their skills as well as exhibiting and selling.

“Our wonderful Font Cafe will be selling scrumptious home made cakes and light snacks so people can relax with refreshments,” said Mrs Hughes.

“Christmas shopping has to start somewhere and this is a great place to begin. The Craft Fair has raised us a lot of money since we started. The last few years have averaged about £5,000 per event.

“One of my crafters has attended since the second year. Many others have become regulars and several say it is the beginning of the Christmas season for them.”