Hello everyone. Hope this newsletter finds you all well. October is now here and we have to face a few facts. The nights are now closing in and we change the clocks on the last weekend of the month. (for those of you who get confused we gain an hour so clocks go 1 hour back). Good news is we gain an hour in bed, bad news winter approaches!
But this becomes a busy time of the year. Starting with Halloween. Even though it’s not been greatly celebrated in this country, it seems to be increasing in popularity. Personally I can’t get my head round Halloween, but this doesn’t mean I and my fellow crafters ignore this event. There is always a few witches, black cats and pumpkins about!
Even though it is, of course, in November, I always feel Bonfire night seems to latch on to the end of October. Probably more to do with the late afternoon, early evening daylight totally disappearing! Now this one I do like, as it celebrates part of our great British history, – or is it because I love toffee apples – probably!!
One thing we all start doing is getting ready for Christmas. Sorry I had to mention it! Christmas seems to start extremely early in the shops these days but most of us at BECCMARK only start bringing our Christmas stock out in October, with normally the full whack in November. I think most of us feel it’s better to do this as by December we are all fed up with all that Christmas brings, and that would be a great shame.
Of course the weather turns colder and we all turn to woolly jumpers, socks, gloves and other such items to keep us dry and warm. Which leads me into introducing one of our crafters. Mabel knits all manner of such items as well as baby items to keep the tiny ones warm. This lady can even put her claim to fame when she was approached by a media company to do some knitted booties to become a prop in the last series of Endeavour. She’s never let us forget this ever since!! Her stall is one of the most colourful the quality of her knitting and crochet is impeccable. Even her delightful knit wear goes to the USA and Australia to name but a few. So if you’re in need of a warm woolly hat, gloves, scarf and other such items she is the lady to see.
One of the other knitters in our collection is me. It was my Mother who was my inspiration. She had an amazing amount of skills? She was a brilliant cook, gardener and needle worker. Her self efficient skills would make Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall look like an amateur! If I had half her skills I would be a happy woman. So when I gave up work to look after my late parents I decided to turn to cross stitch for a hobby and then to knitting as well. I’m happy to say that both my parents saw some of my achievements and thought they were – in their words – amazing. So when they passed away I decided to turn my skills into a small business. I now focus on knitted toys and cross stitch greetings cards. Toys come in all shapes, sizes and colours and if customers want something more personal then I can make them to order. The same goes for the cross stitched cards. So with Christmas just around the corner come along and see if I have something different for your Christmas shopping. Just remember, I was knitting Santa in June when it was 25 degrees outside!!
Well I must go and get those needles clicking so until next time keep well and safe and hopefully we will see you all at the next BECCMARK .
FORTHCOMING EVENTS:- at the Bourne End Library
October 14th, November 11th and December 9th
Greeting to all from the BECCMARK team. Hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying, what has been so far, a glorious summer.
The summer months are just as busy as the Christmas months for us as we take our stalls to various summer fates to promote BECCMARK and what we do.
One of our stalls is with us every month. The tombola stall has donations from the stall holders at the fair every month, and is looked after by The Academy in Bourne End.The money raised goes to the chosen charity of the month. These charities are generally local ones or national ones but aimed at local branches. Some of the charities who have received monies raised are Orla’s Own Steps, Bourne End Day Centre, MS Society, Headway South Bucks And Riding for the Disabled Association. Since BECCMARK started it has raised well £2500 to £3000. This is, I think, an amazing amount since we are a small fair – although we are growing at a quick pace. If you have a charity that is special to you and you would like to see some money raised for it, please email Rosie O’Hagan at the address below. Or pop in and see us at the next fair.
Another of our stall holders, and I have got to say here that she is a great friend of mine, is Karen M’Nicol. Karen and I have known each other for near on thirty years know. Our children grew up together. We share a stall and she sells mostly items to do with paper. K’s Crafty Products started out as a simple hobby 3 years ago. Up-cycling items at home purely for fun and enjoyment. It has now developed into a small craft business making lots of pretty home items.
These include decoupaged picture frames, boxes, bangles and many other items which are decorated with cut out paper and glued to the item. The paper can be cut from many paper designs, including magazines, decoupage paper, napkins or wrapping paper. Karen prefers to use magazines and spends hours looking for contrasting colours and themes for certain items.
Recently she had also made fairy jars and doors to bring a little magic into customers homes.
Karen has also started doing origami flowers arrangements which have become very popular. These can be made to order in the colours of your choice, as can all the other items she makes.
Karen will be at the next fair in August, but if you wish to contact her her details are as follows:- email email@example.com
Well the next time I will be talking to you we will being looking forward to Autumn and all it has to offer. In the meantime I wish you all well and hope you enjoy the later part of Summer.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS:- at The Bourne End Library
August 12th, September 9th, October 14th, November 11th, December 9th
Wooburn Fete on The Green from 12 – 4pm
BECCMARK April Newsletter from Alison Smith
By the time you are reading this, we will have changed the clocks and the evenings will be lighter, spring flowers are making a welcome appearance and I’ve just spotted a large bumble bee and colourful butterfly in my garden Read more…
Weather permitting, you can visit a craft fair & have an excellent pub lunch all at the same venue.
The Falcon in Watery Lane will be hosting this event on 4th June from 11am. If you would like to book a table then call 01628 522752 for more details.
The 3rd Annual Bourne End Junior Craft Show is on Saturday 3rd October & is the brainchild of Sue & Amy Croall which started with crafts classes in Bourne End library during October 2012.
Amy, who loves to enter arts & crafts competitions realised along with her Mum Sue, that there was a need for regular classes & a competition, so after speaking with Inca at the Library, the organising began. The Bourne End Horticultural show generously offered their “Penny Walsh Cup” which is presented to the Judge’s Favourite entry each year. Read more…
Lovely day out at Henley Show, organised by the Henley & District Agricultural Association, a charity dedicated to promoting and improving agriculture, horticulture and the breeding and rearing of livestock.
The weather was good & the variety of stalls were impressive with gardening stalls, crafts, agricultural machinery, clothing, food & fun fair & I even spotted stands for a local solicitor & estate agents. At regular intervals you are able to watch displays including birds of prey, dog competitions & a sheep shearing demonstration. Read more…
I have just spent 2 & a half hours looking for activities & entertainment for you & then adding them to the Events Calendar, but there is still lots more to add.
We have quite a variety of great things to do & see around here – sheepdog trials, boat festival, Falcon Beer Festival, Pennfest, car boots, concerts, loads of Farmers’ Markets, Karaoke, Dog Shows, Classic Car Shows, live music, Art & Craft Shows…in fact this should keep you very busy over the next few weeks. Read more…