Bumper Christmas Market

Wow what a fantastic day we had on Saturday! The effort from everyone involved was stupendous, thanks so much!! Here’s a few pics we managed to take of the day 🙂 See you on 24th March 2018!

Bird of Happiness

At this year’s bumper December Makers Market with more than forty amazingly varied stalls, we are pleased to give you the wonderful opportunity to meet Anatole Ageev of ‘Bird of Happiness’ a traditional Russian woodcarver!

He began woodcarving at age 6, taught by his father, an engineer, to make small wooden gift boxes and simple toys, and this led to a lifetime love of working with wood. Woodcarving is a very old tradition in his home village of Novocherkask in the North Caucasus, not far from the Black Sea, where the people walk into the mountains to collect branches to take home for carving.

Anatole has travelled widely learning from many styles and cultures to become a real master craftsman. He has trained in French Baroque style and makes very ornate frames for pictures and mirrors, some even with gold leaf, on commission for many customers in France, Germany and Russia. His travels also took him to Asia, learning wood sculpture techniques in Cambodia where he made masks and Buddha’s.

However at Fakenham Makers Market he is selling something very close to his heart – intricately carved wooden birds that you suspend from the ceiling to bring good fortune and well being to your home. This tradition, dating back to the 16th century is from the Arkhangelsk region in Northern Russia, famous for all its carved wooden houses and churches. Legend tells of a woodcutter whose son fell very ill in midwinter and none of the doctors could cure him, and then one more doctor arrived and said that he would be well again when the birds came back in the spring. As it was many months to wait until the spring the woodcutter heard this, and decided to make carved birds and hang them from the ceiling above the boy’s sickbed, and miraculously he was cured!

Santa will also be attending the bumper Christmas Fakenham Makers Market which takes place on Saturday 9 December at Fakenham Parish Church. It is open between 10am – 2pm with a large range of makers, crafters and artists. Great for finding some really original cards and presents, the markets also offers delicious cakes and light lunches, as well as live music to enjoy. More information on the market can be found at www.fakenhammakersmarket.co.uk.

The Lamp Man

We are excited to have something very different at our Bumper Christmas Makers Market this coming Saturday 9th December. Rod Skerry is bring the wonderful lamps he creates from found objects. Come along and be enlightened by his many different ideas. 🙂

Saturday 9th Dec 2017 – Fakenham Makers Market – Bumper Christmas Market -Fakenham Parish Church – Oak Street Fakenham – 10 am -2 pm
Including visit from Santa, Christmas Raffle, live music, mulled wine and mince pies – free entry

Creative Chalk

We have another gorgeous addition to our market this Saturday 25th November. Tanya Mewes of ‘Creative Chalk’. She makes these wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas boxes you can buy for that special person in your life, I’e got a feeling she’s going to sell out! 🙂

MaryMary Glass

Come and see the beautiful work by Mary Hall and Mary Lancefield of ‘Marymary Glass’ at our market this coming Saturday. They always have an array of striking handmade fused glass pieces including, coasters, jewellery and seasonal work such as these festive Christmas decorations. 🙂

Moonbrush Wood Studios

This is a beautiful piece by one of our regular stall holders, Antoinette Bix of ‘Moonbrush Wood Studios’. She Joins us again this coming Saturday 28th October with more of her wonderful needle felted creations.

 

Fakenham Barnado’s Helpers Group

For our first post of 2017 we are pleased to share that during the two years that Fakenham Makers Market has been running, Fakenham Barnardo’s Helpers group who have had their free stall at the market selling traditional hand knits, has taken over £900 so far for their cause. To add to this, the Santa’s Grotto at our two festive markets raised another £50 which we presented to them last week.We look forward to supporting the group during 2017

For information about the work of Barnado’s check out the Barnado’s page on our Website.

Flint Cottage

We are delighted to have Paul Jarvis of ‘Flint Cottage’ with us for the first time this Saturday. He makes wonderful decorative Items cut from wood such as this lovely hare. Come along and see his work and the many other wonderful things for sale and Santa is paying another visit 🙂

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Christmas Makers Market this Saturday

Come along to Fakenham Parish Church this Saturday to our bumper Christmas Market. event-nov-2016Santa will be raising money for Barnado’s! 🙂