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Summer craft fayre is hardly run-of-the-mill




A village windmill is the unique setting for a summer craft fayre, which will be taking place every fortnight during August.

The Denver fayre will be running from 11am to 4pm every other Saturday with the intention of supporting local businesses after lockdown.

Up to 25 stalls have been set up for the event in addition to the micro-pub, the Blackstone Engine Bar and Millstone Tearooms at the windmill.

Denver Windmill Craft Fayre on Saturday July 25. Jane Allen (left) (Poppies and Pearls) with Jasmine Hall (Relax and Revive by Jasmine). Pictures: Paul Marsh
Denver Windmill Craft Fayre on Saturday July 25. Jane Allen (left) (Poppies and Pearls) with Jasmine Hall (Relax and Revive by Jasmine). Pictures: Paul Marsh

Organiser Sharron Manley, who runs Modern Country Crafts and Catwalk, said they had at least 1,000 people at the weekend with villagers as well as those staying at the campsites flocking to the fayre.

She said: “I think we have got a really nice location and setting for people to chill out. Everyone says it’s a nice atmosphere and it’s helping businesses get back into trading.”

The majority of businesses at the event, which will vary every fortnight, are from Norfolk, although one stall selling crystals and gifts previously came from Essex.

Denver Windmill Craft Fayre. Jordan Pywell and his mum Ruth Pywell with the Wheely Sweet Charity Traditional Candy Cart. (All profit goes to The Jordan Pywell Appeal Fund)
Denver Windmill Craft Fayre. Jordan Pywell and his mum Ruth Pywell with the Wheely Sweet Charity Traditional Candy Cart. (All profit goes to The Jordan Pywell Appeal Fund)

Mrs Manley has previously organised fayres at the Forum in Norwich as well as Islington in London.

And the owner of Denver Windmill, John Nash has plans lined up to restore the windmill’s sails as well as starting up tours.

Mr Nash and his wife Janet were busy on Saturday running their micro-pub.

Speaking about the weather on Saturday, Mrs Manley added: “Overall we were lucky and thankful that we got a whole day of sales before the end of the day.”

For more information on Mrs Manley’s fayres, visit www.moderncountrycrafts.co.uk.

The next Denver fayre is Saturday, August 8.



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