Reindeer visited Chandler’s Ford today. Cute reindeer carved by Matthew Swan marked the Christmas shopping season in Chandler’s Ford this afternoon.
Matthew from Hiltingbury is a trainer tree surgeon, who works for Chant Landscapes. Matthew’s cheerful reindeer are popular. They remind us that Christmas is only 11 weeks away.
Traidcraft in Chandler’s Ford
Tricia Urquhart promoted Traidcraft food and craft with Liz and Elizabeth this afternoon.
Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation for 35 years. Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives.
Tricia will be running Fairtrade Christmas Market in Chandler’s Ford on Friday 17th October from 7pm to 9.30pm, also at St. Martin in the Wood Church.
Lesley: Quirky and Quaint knitting
I love Lesley’s distinctive Quirky and Quaint knitting.
Lesley showed a full knitted Nativity scene, Winchester Choir Boys, and many other themes. To order or to join her monthly knitting group in Chandler’s Ford, please contact Lesley on 07539 273 290.
Keith Bateman: Jewellery and wood-carving
I’ve met Keith a few times, but I have never realised he could multi-task.
Keith makes jewellery, wooden bowl, and clocks. I’m sure he makes other stuff too and I would challenge him to surprise me next time.
I bought a bowl from Keith, though I have enough bowls at home.
Second Chandler’s Ford Ramalley Scout Group: Lego Brick Cufflink
The Second Chandler’s Ford Ramalley Scout Group had a huge presence in Hiltingbury today. They had a huge bear, whose name you needed to guess.
They were there raising fund for a new Ramalley Hall.
Heather Callum told me that the group aims to raise £4,000 with their Lego Brick Cufflink fundraiser.
Made with real Lego bricks, these cufflinks are nostalgic, and would make a lovely, retro gift.
The cufflins are only £5.00 per pair and include a lovely cufflink box.
I’ll write another post later with more details about the Ramalley Hall fundraising.
It was great to see Carolyn Darbyshire MBE this afternoon. Lyn was in her Scout uniform. I don’t think Lyn ever retires, though she has officially retired as District Commissioner of the Chandler’s Ford Scout District on the St. George’s Day parade this year.
Introducing Reverend Sheena Williams
Have you met the parish’s new Associate Priest, the Reverend Sheena Williams? Sheena comes from Scotland. She has joined the Chandler’s Ford parish in May this year.
Meet the birds
Meet the neighbours
It was wonderful to meet new friends today in Hiltingbury.
I met sewer and dressmaker Tracy Dale, who runs Five Past Seven Tailoring. Tracy grew up in Chandler’s Ford, and she and her family have moved back in 2012 from Australia.
I also met a new Chinese friend from Beijing and her young child.
We need more community events like this in Chandler’s Ford for local people of all ages to meet.
Were you there this afternoon? How did you enjoy the event? Please share your views in the comments.
- New Ramalley Hall Lego Brick Cufflink Fundraiser
- Craft & Cakes: St. Martin In The Wood Church
- Meeting Carolyn Darbyshire MBE
- Splendid St. George’s Day Parade
- What A Wonderful Time I Have Had!
- Quirky Knitting Toys Made In Chandler’s Ford
- Christmas Flowers (With Economy And Style!)
- Divine Dining – Parish Of Chandler’s Ford Cookery Book
- How To Make An Orange Pomander
- The Pomander: A Brief History
- Arranging Christmas Flowers: What Items Do You need?
- A Fruitful Fairtrade Evening With Community Spirit