It all started about 9 months ago when we were asked by the creative group to come up with ideas for a creative activity within the church, & I suggested a proper craft fair might be worth a try.
The idea was accepted and the work started to bring it into fruition and priority was given to the many creative people we have regularly attending The Triangle.
9 months later, on 14th November we opened the doors to our craft fair, we had 17 stalls of handcrafted items, a band of happy musicians to entertain the crowds, 2 free craft workshops planned & a crew of volunteers to man The Triangle Coffee Lounge, all praying that some customers would turn up. Our prayers were answered, hundreds of people turned up to support our craft fair, there were crowds in the building from 10.00am when we opened until 4.00pm when we closed.
The workshops were a success both developing the skills of existing crafters & introducing new people to the world of crafting, The musicians had fun throughout the day using their creative skills to entertain the crowds, the coffee lounge staff went home exhausted after selling a weeks worth of food in a day, and the stallholders went away very happy and several e mails have been received since with comments such as:-
“what an excellent event this was in terms of organisation, venue and atmosphere.”
“People commented on it being a 'proper' craft fair - ie: not filled with stuff made abroad.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed having such a positive response to our work and have a list of people interested in joining and exploring textile art with the group, which was in danger of folding. We also sold well which was an added bonus.“
“Could you pass on my congratulations to everyone who worked so hard (including yourself) to make Saturday such a resounding success.”
“I have had many years experience of booties, craft, art fairs and exhibitions and this event was by far the best I have attended.”
“My thanks to all the lovely people who helped unload, load, erect and dismantle, bring lunch and drinks etc etc, everyone involved was very friendly, helpful and interested.”
“Please count us in on the next one!”
To sum up, I think we had a success on our hands, we proved that The Triangle is a creative place, we were a place where all the community could come for a pleasant day out, and as a bonus we made £1000 for the church. I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who helped to make the day such a fantastic one.
Kindly provided by Chris Brooks