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BECCMARK Newsletter

BECCMARK June newsletter by Alison Smith

Hi everyone. So here we are half way through the year June already. Although I must confess that of course I am writing this to you in the month of May, the 3rd to be exact and if you step outside you would probably think it to be more like the 3rd of November – Hopefully June will be warmer – a lot Warmer!

One country that has more than it’s fair share of sunshine is Africa, which neatly brings me to introduce you to one of our stall holders. Carol Whitehead has the most amazing stall selling products from Africa. I asked her about her stall and this is what she said:- “Bourne End has been my home for 35 years along with my late husband, children and grandchildren. For many years I worked as a senior career for social services. To relax, I enjoy gardening, cooking and especially jewellery making and crafts.

It was in my homeland of Kenya in East Africa, as a child, that I learnt from my grandma and then later became qualified in the intricate craft of Masai bead making as well as basketry. My brightly coloured baskets are made entirely from natural materials – sisal plants and leather – and using dyes from roots and leaves. I taught many women and children from the poorer villages so that they too could make a living selling what they made to shops and tourists. The proceeds invariably help pay the all important school fees – state education is not free as is it in the UK – as well as daily food and clothing needs.

These days I also make jewellery using precious and semi-precious stones including jade, malachite, sapphire, amethyst, mother of pearl and abalone shells. The pieces are something you will treasure for many years especially since these stones are becoming rarer due to overdevelopment and climatic change. I joined Bourne End Community & Craft Market, in the library three years ago and very much enjoy the friendly atmosphere and talking to people with similar interests. Whether you are on the lookout for a genuine hand-made gift or just enjoy a mooch around, come along to see me at our next fair.”

Africa makes me also think of safari and the wild animals there. We have our own set of wild animals and domestic ones at BECCMARK. Of course not real but in felt form.

Sally Boyce is the very cleaver lady who make these animals. She started doing crafts whilst at home looking after her young son. She was then asked to make items for her Mum’s craft stall and that’s when it all evolved and her craft experience began. Sally has tried her hand at many crafts from latch hook to sewing, eventually doing some felt dogs and cats that became very popular. Now she practically has nearly every animal you could think of on her stall and it’s a grand display. They make brilliant presents for all sort of occasions.   

      

As I write this newsletter, I find I have my three cats standing around the fireplace. No they are not waiting for the fire to be lit but for the mouse that has made its way in and has found itself trapped in the hearth with three set of beady eyes looking at it. So before total carnage takes place, I will finish and wish you all well and let’s hope for a warm and enjoyable June. Ok now to retrieve a mouse!

Alison Smith – Crafter

Upcoming dates:-

June 10th, July 8th, August 12th, September 9th, October 14th, November 11th and December 9th.

 For information visit http://www.BECCMARK.co.uk or call 07989716635 or email rosiehagan@me.com

 

BECCMARK April Newsletter

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…

BECCMARK Monthly Report

Each month we will have an updated report from BECCMARK & to start us off we have a little background information from  Alison Smith.

BECCMARK March Report

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BECCMARK (which stands for Bourne End Community and Craft Market) was started 6years ago by its co-founders Rosie O’Hagan and Julia Wooster. Their idea was to bring good quality artisan products in the form of Food and Arts and Crafts as well as other small local businesses to the community.

At the same time, by having the Market in the local library in Wakeman Road, they were supporting the funding of the Library which was, at the time, under the threat of closure.  They also wanted to support local charities, which, to date, have benefitted from well over £3000, by having a tombola where the stall holders donate items from their various tables.

The Market takes place in the public room at Bourne End Library (Wakeman Road, SL8 5SX) every second Saturday of the month and has grown considerably over the years and we now have 40 regular stall holders and also one-off stalls offering all sorts of wonderful food and crafts as well as garden produce, health, beauty and fitness specialists for the family as well as items for our beloved pets. I truly believe that you could come in and get most of the weekend shop with us! You can buy your Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner for entertaining with the choice of excellent cheeses for that all-important cheese board, lovely jams, marmalade and honey for that lazy Sunday morning breakfast, meat for your Sunday dinner. You could get that birthday present and card that you have been meaning to get, buy the plants for your garden……..and the list goes on.

So each month I will be bringing you news introducing you to the producers and crafters that bring us these wonderful products, starting with the one thing we all love FOOD. I will be introducing them to you and the products they sell.

So, if you like home-baked produce (always samples available), hand made unique jewellery, cards, embroidered, felted and knitted goods, crafts, bags and freshly brewed coffee and tea, pop along and see us at BECCMARK, for a fun and inspiring morning out. Our next fair is on Saturday March 11th starting at 10am until 1pm.

I look forward to seeing you there

Alison Smith  (BECCMARK Crafter)

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Upcoming Dates

11th March, 8th April, 113th May, 10th June, 8th July, 12th August, 9th September, 14th October, 11th November and 9th December.

For information, visit http://www.BECCMARK.co.uk or call 07989 716635 or email rosieohagan@me.com   

or go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BourneEndCommunityCraftMarket/ 

Early Spring Ball

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Message from Penny Drayton…

Final few tickets and a table available to reach maximum capacity at the hotel for the Ball! Please don’t hold back, come and join us, have a brilliant night out and support this incredibly important campaign at the same time.

Bonus prize draw on the evening for every ticket purchased, you need to be in it to win it…

Also looking for 2 volunteers for the evening to sell and fold the raffle tickets throughout the meal. The prizes are fantastic so the sales are expected to be huge! Please contact me if you can help (you get to stay and party away for the evening too..)

Just 10 days to go. Hope to see you there!

Table Top Sale for Stokenchurch Dog Rescue – Sat. 18th Feb

Tabletop sale for Stokenchurch Dog Rescue this Saturday!!….. in the warm!!

11am start  till 1pm in Longburrow Hall, Park Lane, Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, Buck.  HP143TQ

All the normal stalls raising much needed funds for our pooches and lots of stuff as we have not had a sale for a couple of months! Volunteers always welcome too. Please share!!!

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