Craft showcases prove popular with gift hunters

Listening to Derrick Barker speak at Todmorden Cancer Research UK fundraising committee's Christmas craft and chat evening
Listening to Derrick Barker speak at Todmorden Cancer Research UK fundraising committee's Christmas craft and chat evening

Two Christmas events organised and run to raise money for cancer charities have certainly pulled in the crowds this festive period.

It was literally standing room only at Todmorden C of E School when more than 100 ladies attended a Christmas Craft and Chat Evening and helped raise over £1,250 for Cancer Research UK.

Guests were greeted with a glass of wine and a mince pie on arrival, with time to chat to friends while everyone took their seats.

During the first part of the evening Carl Warburton, of Pextenement Cheese, gave an illustrated talk of the interesting processes of cheese making and handed round samples. Later on the evening he was inundated with orders of cheese, many of which were purchased for Christmas presents and entertaining, said Jean Howorth, of the fundraising volunteers.

“Then followed an opportunity to purchase a huge range of presents and gifts, many of which were made or grown locally. A few of the creative members of the committee showed off their skills: Ann sold homemade jams, chutneys and piccalillis; Bernadette sold beautifully decorated cupcakes; and Kath sold home grown bulb arrangements, all ready, hopefully, to bloom in time for Christmas.

“All during the evening Brenda and Alison, of Bd’z on Halifax Road, were making bracelets and earrings to order; many ladies took the opportunity to get them while they could as Brenda, a loyal and generous supporter of the charity, is retiring early in 2014.

“Claire and Nicky, of Woofled Feathers, sold hand made dog treats and bird feeders, made into various shapes such as wreaths and bird houses. Other stalls were selling Christmas cakes, tea light cages, bunting, fancy soaps, Christmas cards and diaries. There was also a raffle with many varied prizes,” she said. After everyone was “shopped out”, they took their seats again to listen to a talk from Derrick Barker, of House of Fraser, on the origination and processes of perfume making, including stories of his visit to the home of Coco Chanel. He explained what items went into different perfumes and during his talk his team handed out cards with various samples of perfume as examples.

He also brought along a gift from House of Fraser, worth over £200 and suggested the committee arrange a “special raffle”.

The prize is a case full of Estee Lauder make up products, brushes, cosmetic bag and holdall, worth over £200.

Tickets are priced at £1 each and are available from committee members. Anyone who would like the chance to win this prize should call Alwyn Sutcliffe on 01706 812019 before Tuesday. The draw will take place next Thursday.

“At the end of the evening, every lady went home clutching a bag of goodies from House of Fraser, which contained many tester bottles of perfumes, together with, no doubt, much of their Christmas shopping done under one roof and having had ‘a right good night’,” said Jean. “The committee would like to thank everyone for their generosity on the evening and Todmorden C of E School for hosting the event free of charge.”

Just a week earlier an indoor Christmas Market and Fair featuring craft stalls from the Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden areas attracted shoppers to Mytholmroyd Community Centre to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

More stalls than originally anticpated ensured there was a real buzz about the places as visitors were able to buy everything from clothes and jewellery to gift sets and craft gifts.

There was no entry fee but stallholders gave a portion of money they made on the night to the charity.

Refreshments were also available with the bar open and mulled wine and mince pies on offer, said organiser Linda Holden, who is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro early in January to raise money for Macmillan.