A really splendid weekend Arts and Crafts Fair organised by the Northern Fells Group (NFG) was held at Mungrisdale Village Hall at the end of November (26th – 28th inclusive).
There were fabulous displays from local artists and craftspeople and an amazing choice of crafts and unique presents. The hall was crammed with fabulous things including gorgeous wreaths, delicious food and was a lovely chance to catch up with friends old and new.
The preview evening was well attended, the hall was buzzing with chatter and the buying started early. Those who came were given voting slips for the most attractive stall and NFG rosettes were presented to the winners by Peter Huntington Trustee of NFG and Philippa Groves, organiser and NFG Village Agent for Castle Sowerby & Mungrisdale. First was Carol Hine with a delightful display of gifts for Christmas and animals made from fabric and felt. Second was Robyn Vaughn, a local schoolgirl who was raising money for a school trip to Ecuador to help the local community and third was Andrew Teasdale whose delicious Christmas fare was very attractively wrapped and displayed.
There were over thirty three different artists and craftspeople and eight sides of display boards showing local artists work. There were also colourful Nepalese goods from our locally based Community Action Nepal charity run by Doug Scott and a very cheerful display of Fairtrade goods. Despite the bad weather on Friday throughout the weekend over 299 people attended the event.
Philippa Groves, NFG Village Agent for Castle Sowerby and Mungrisdale said
“Nothing successful can ever be achieved without hard work and it was amazing to see the community spirit overflowing and people helping with all sorts of jobs. Volunteers and stallholders served wine and canapé’s on the preview evening and the whole fair was tidied away as if by magic on Sunday afternoon. Jay Maclean, Anne Studholme and Barbara Stoddart manned the door all weekend selling raffle tickets which raised over £300, a gorgeous hamper was first prize, bottles of whisky and wine and other lovely prizes donated by exhibitors.”
Delicious soups, bacon and sausage butties, home-made scones and cakes were served all weekend by volunteers.
Helpers included Michael & Sally Bohling, Jay Maclean, Barbara Stoddart, Ann Studholme, Trisha Acland, Pat Shaw, Audrey Johnson, Ilona Furrokh, Diane Thornton, Lesley Phillip, Penny Sutton, Libby Graham, Simon & Sue Braithwaite, Jennifer Stevenson, Diane Barraclough, Gillian Skillicorn and Helen Sturges..
Baking by Anne Robinson, Gail Dewis, Judith Kent, Sue Braithwaite and Philippa Groves