Love is in the air

Valentines Craft Fair at Holme Street Arts Centre, Hebden Bridge. Pictured is Helen Greenwood, from Handmade With Love.
Valentines Craft Fair at Holme Street Arts Centre, Hebden Bridge. Pictured is Helen Greenwood, from Handmade With Love.

The upper Calder Valley has been getting all loved up for Valentine’s Day.

Special events including craft fairs, cabaret shows and even a display of specially made heart-shaped cheeses have been getting people in the romantic mood.

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre hosted The Frou Frou Club’s burlesque and cabaret show.

The Valentine’s themed spectacular titled Sweetheart Soiree featured burlesque performances from Sherry Trifle, Dave the Bear, Sukki Singapora, and local artists Nova Cane and Lady Wildflower, who also produced and compered the show.

Eva Fox sang classic jazz songs including “Cry Me a River” and “At Last”.

It was Eva’s first performance after a year off on maternity leave but organisers said she performed as though she had never been away.

Sherry Trifle, who performed acts based on making a perfect trifle and another based on “The Judderman” from the 1990s Schnapps advert, was appearing for the last time in the UK before she moves to Cambodia to run an arts centre with her husband.

Lady Wildflower’s “Fire Imp” routine was a UK debut having created it for her tour of China in December.

Prizes were awarded for the best dressed guy and gal, and there were audience games and a raffle.

Candy vendors sold cupcakes and vodka jellies.

After the show, DJ Mikey Wong played vintage tunes while audience members danced and socialised in the bar.

One audience member said: “I had a fantastic time. It was a brilliant show.

“Thank you to all who made it a great night and the performers were awesome.”

Individual gifts for lovers were on sale at the Valentine’s Craftaganza at Holme Street Arts Centre, Hebden Bridge, on Saturday.

Romantics rummaged among the range of stalls which included hand-made jewellery, brooches, cushions, soft toys/textile dolls, recycled/painted/distressed shabby chic furniture, greeting cards, prints and original paintings.

Unique pottery by Ken and Hilary was a new addition to the regular gathering of crafters and the most popular stall of the day with customers and stallholders alike was newcomer Marion with her ‘Be Happy Bakery’ stand. Her chocolate brownies were snapped up by eager customers.

Co-organiser of the fair, local artist Michelle Campbell - whose first sale of the day was a new piece called The Love Bug, said: “The fair was a great success for all the stallholders. They’re all lovely people and the fair gives them an opportunity to network with each other. We now have a large group of crafters and the next two fairs are fully booked with people on a reserve list.

“We are considering having an extra fair in May for new people who have never been before. They must be selling their own work, hand-made products or original art and priority for places will go to local artists.”

Potential applicants should e mail

The next fair on Saturday, March 9 will give customers a chance to pick up some unique gifts/cards just in time for Mother’s Day.

The fair is on Saturday, April 20 and coincides with the Hebden Piano Festival.

To keep up to date with details go on Facebook and join holmestreetartscentre group and LIKE hebdencraftaganzagroup.