First Christmas Fair Of Season Will Help Raise Cash For African Charity

phoenix galleryThe first Christmas fair of the season is taking place today.

It’s at the Phoenix Studio at Porthmellon and all the resident artists and craftspeople will have goods on sale, including prints, paintings, jewellery, glass and silk scarves.

Guest artists from around the islands will also have stalls, selling a range of Christmas gifts and cards, such as leather and felt goods, ceramics and cards.

There’s even food treats available in the form of cakes, artisan breads and chocolate.

Organiser Oriel Hicks says it’s a good time to hold the fair. It means they don’t clash with others organised over the next month and they can tempt people to buy before the rush to order online begins.

Oriel says the event is also used as a chance for craftspeople to try out new lines on the local market, before deciding whether to sell these to the visitors next year.

The event will raise money for an African charity founded by Oriel’s daughter. Erica Hicks set up Kiota, in Tanzania, to provide shelter for young women made homeless through AIDS.

As well as being offered housing, the charity trains them in skills so they can support themselves.

The cost of each stall will go to the charity as well as money raised from the sale of teas, mince pies and mulled wine. Last year, the same event raised £45.

The fair will be open from 10am to 3pm today (Saturday).