The joint charities Christmas Market in Chandler’s Ford last weekend didn’t disappoint. The market is now in its 46th year, but the passion never seems to fade over time. You see the same people running the market, and you see familiar faces supporting their chosen charities and informing people about the work that they do, and why they need your donation and support. More and more visitors come to the market each year as the market is such a beautiful Chandler’s Ford Christmas tradition.
I like the warmth and friendliness of the market so much that I go there each year to see old friends, and meet friends for coffee at Dovetail Café afterwards. It’s the sort of market where you have no chance of breaking the bank, and you can buy affordable thoughtful little gifts, stocking fillers, some nice pens and notebooks, little torches, storybooks, toys, and some really good quality Christmas cards.
The market this year was opened by former Eastleigh Mayor Councillor Jane Welsh. The Joint Charities Annual Christmas Market was held at the Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church Hall. These were the charities that took part.
This year my best buy was two hand-knitted scarves and two hats. This marvellous lady in the green jumper (I’m sorry I forgot her name) knitted the most gorgeous hats, and scarves with a clever design – there are two little pockets in the scarf so one end of the scarf can go through a pocket, forming a lovely butterfly effect. The wooly hat is only £6, and the scarf £4.
I later bought a large container of pre-planted spring bulbs from Jubilee Sailing Trust. It’s only £5 – where else would you get such a great deal?
Let’s not forget to mention the most organised raffle team. The raffle prizes are so excellent – many local businesses are so generous towards this Christmas market. Well done!