New Hunstanton craft fair boosts Norfolk Hospice
A monthly craft fair is giving Hunstanton residents a new way of raising funds for the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House.
And it proved to be an instant success when it brought in a constant stream of visitors to the Town Hall on Saturday.
Stalls enticed potential customers to buy a wide variety of crafts from jewellery, knitted toys and sumptuous quilts to hand-crafted items made of wood, ceramics, modelling clay and even cement.
The fair also had a new organiser, Marian Whichello, who has taken over from retiring Hospice supporter, Ian Macey.
She said: “I felt it was important to continue the fair so I stepped in to support such a worthy cause.”
Stalwart Hospice volunteer, Val Smith, manned one stall selling both re-cycled jewellery and separated and re-made items.
She raised £1,500 last year at no cost to herself purely from donated items.
The wide range of crafts on display also included Carla Willson's use of modelling clay, instead of precious stones and precious metals, to produce a range of attractive miniature adornments.
By contrast Denis and Linda Honour offered remarkably high quality crafted wooden ornaments of all kinds on their stall. They also displayed what appeared to be cast iron images of large leaves, such a rhubarb, gunnera and fig, but which were actually made of cement.
Louise Davis, from Pentney, preferred to work in soft fabrics to produce hand-made novelty gifts including tiny pin cushions and padded coat hangers.
The Hospice which offers palliative care to patients with life-shortening illness, was started in 1984 by a group of enthusiasts led by the late Heacham GP, Dr Hugh Ford, when a small bungalow in Snettisham, was bought mainly with part of the legacy of one of his patients, Muriel Tapping.
The charity moved to larger premises on the opposite side of the Snettisham to Dersingham bypass in 1998.
The charity, re-named The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House, moved to brand new custom-built premises in Hillington in 2014.
The importance of its work was soon amply proved by the referral of over 1,000 patients within the first two years.
The next fair will be on Saturday 13 April with further events planned monthly until November.