Among the biggest draws at every Graffham St Giles Christmas Fair are amazing craft stalls. And although the event is not taking place in its usual format in 2020 – and we all know why! – there will still be the opportunity for you to peruse and purchase some of scintilating wonders created by a number of the village’s talented artists.
Instead of offering their artwork for sale at Empire Hall, as usual, they will be opening the doors to their studios (COVID-19 restrictions allowing) enabling you to browse the breath-taking delights they produce.
UPDATE AFTER THE EVENT: Very many thanks to all of those who took part, gifting £500 to St Giles.
Joanna Morris’ pottery with Christmas cards by Sue Hill – Topleigh Stables, Sunday 6 December 10 am to 12.30 pm
Graffham potter Joanna Morris will, subject to COVID-19 restrictions, open her studio at Topleigh Stables on Sunday 6 December from 10 am to 12.30 pm where you will be able to browse some of her latest stunning produce, all made on site.
Joining her there will be renowned watercolour artist Sue Hill, another Graffham resident, selling her own beautiful Christmas cards.
And as if that was not enough, the roving home produce stall (see above) will be pitching up from around 11 am, with cakes and other bakes for you to scoff or take home, all donated by some of the village’s best cooks.
The pottery will also be available, again subject to COVID-19 restrictions until 20 December by prior appointment – call Jo on 867184 or 07990 072872 to make your own private booking.
Christmas wreaths by Lucie Haworth – Appletrees, Saturday 5 December
Graffham-based florist Lucie Haworth wowed 2019’s Graffham St Giles’ Christmas Fair with her beautiful door wreaths and other festive arrangements – and she has donated another wonderful wreath as a lot in this year’s auction. But if you miss out on that, don’t despair…
She will be making more to pick up from the driveway at Appletrees (on The Street opposite the turning to The White Horse and Heyshott) in return for a minimum £25 donation to St Giles. She stresses that 100% of her takings will be passed on.
And if they are all sold out before you reach her, she is happy to take a private commission for delivery to you later. Just contact her at email@example.com, on 07866-427590 or on Instagram at @handmadesussex
Paintings and cards by Richard Davidson, Brookdene House, 11 am – 4 pm, Friday-Sunday 4-6 December
Renowned Graffham oil painter Richard Davidson will be opening his studio at Brookdene House from Friday to Sunday inclusive, 4 – 6 December, 11 am – 4 pm, and by arrangement at other times and on other dates.
In addition to new paintings large and small, there will be no less than 15 designs of greetings cards available – and a ‘bargain bin’ of old artwork he says he would like to clear out.
To comply with government coronavirus restrictions for galleries, all visitors musts wear facemasks, and it would help if you called in advance on 01798 867232 to discuss the timing of your visit to ensure social distancing can be observed. If you cannot commit to a time or date, then you will still be welcome but you may need to wait your turn – under cover!
Watch for more updates here!
Don’t miss out on the auction, raffle and home produce!
Don’t forget that there are also lots of amazing treats and goodies to be snapped up in the Graffham St Giles Great Virtual 2020 Christmas Fair Auction, Raffle and Home Produce Mobile Stall, too. Click on the links below to find out more.