Are you aware there is a Produce and Craft Market in Chandler’s Ford?
It’s held at the Age Concern Centre on Brownhill Road (to be precise – just next to the Co-op and the Fryern Arcade).
Yes – the market is where you get to buy special gifts from crafters who make the gifts themselves, and buy fresh fruits and vegetables without the plastic packaging.
It’s where you still pay with real money (well, such as coins), and you can leave your contactless cards or credit cards at home.
It’s where you ask the makers questions like: “Mmm, I wonder how long it took you to make this lovely fairy door?” “Wow, what inspired you to learn to make stained glass?”
A market is where you share moments of joy and relaxation on a Saturday morning.
Chandler’s Ford Produce and Craft Market has run successfully 4 times since last autumn. The upcoming market is on Saturday 30th April 2016, from 10am to 1pm, at the Age Concern Centre on Brownhill Road.
Like any new project, this market needs local support. It needs local people spreading the word, and visiting the market to make it more vibrant.
I hope you could visit the market, not mainly to support the stallholders, crafters and artists who share their work with you, but to pick up something nice for yourself or your family too.
On my visit last weekend, I bought a few plants and some fruits from Tom and Tris. The lovely couple is from Gosport.
Eastleigh College students also came to sell some handmade woodwork and a variety of crafts.
Wendy Newman learnt to make decorative stained glass from Eastleigh College. She uses the copper foil technique for her lovely stained glass.
Wendy makes a variety of household items. This little hat that she decorated for Easter makes this little girl happy.
Jill make candles in espresso cups, and photographic greeting cards. Her antique or vintage cups are filled with eco-friendly soya wax and lightly fragranced with essence of Vanilla Rumball or French Vanilla.
Jeff makes high quality creative wood decorations and toys. Jeff was a soldier for 22 years and a truck driver for 23 years, and now he indulges his passion for woodwork.
I have bought a few items from Jeff before, and can highly recommend his work.
Jeff talked about his passion For woodwork in this article for Chandler’s Ford Today.
Jeff told me that this stunning scene in this Fairy Door that he made was captured during one of his walks in Bishopstoke woods.
Jason Butler is a talented fashion designer. He showcased some of the bags he made.
I first met Jason at The Sorting Office in Eastleigh during their Winter Open Studios last year.
Jason Butler, who has now left the Sorting Office, specialises in bespoke bridal, evening wear, swimwear and exquisite evening attire for female bodybuilders.
Jason also designed for the famous body builder and power lifter Marina Cornwall. He also offers alterations and repair service.
There are a few more interesting stalls in this indoor market.
Chris Rennalls sells useful household bags and has also started making delicate ‘prick and stitch’ cards, a form of paper embroidery.
Diane Allen specialises in handmade soap and jewellery making.
Upcoming Chandler’s Ford Produce and Craft Market
Come on, Chandler’s Ford people (or do some people call us Chandler’s Fordian?), we could make this market work, make it successful, and make it our pride.
Do come along to support this fledgling local Produce and Craft Market in Chandler’s Ford, on Saturday 30th April 2016, from 10am to 1pm, at the Age Concern Centre on Brownhill Road.
To find out more about the Chandler’s Ford Produce and Craft Market, visit its Facebook page: Chandler’s Ford Produce & Craft Market. Contact the market organiser Stever Allen on email@example.com.
- Chandler’s Ford Produce and Craft Market – Saturday 12th March 2016
- Christmas at Chandler’s Ford Produce and Craft Market 2015
- NEW! Chandler’s Ford Produce and Craft Market
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