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Best Stand Award 2017The winner of this year's Best Stand
Award at Beaumaris Festival craft fair was Nick Ashby of Welsh Slate
Jewellery. Runner-up was Keith Jones of Box-Bocs.com
was by a panel consisting of Vice-Chairman of Anglesey Council, Co.
Dylan Rees, the Mayor of Beaumaris, Co. Frank Carr and Chairman of
Beaumaris Festival, Co. Clay Theakston.
Nick Ashby receives the winner's certificate
Anna Hicks InterviewThe Politics And Style blogspot at http://politicsandstyle.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/celtic-treasures-theresa-mays-welsh.html?m=1
carries a brief interview with Association member Anna Hicks under the
title "Celtic Treasure: Theresa May's Welsh Wardrobe" following the
Prime Minister's purchase of rings by Anna while on holiday in Wales
Good Things Come In ThreesAs Jane Beachell pointed out on our
Facebook group page, good things come in threes. First of all, Anna
Hicks's jewellery was in the news after her rings were bought by no
less than the Prime Minister when she popped into a craft outlet while
on a walking holiday in Wales. Then Tony Vine's work features on ITV
News, then Dilwyn Jones gets interviewed about our fairs for Anglesey
TV (it's a local news and features site on Facebook)! All great
publicity for the Association and its members.
Events 2017We are now able to confirm most of our event dates
for this year, including a new event at Venue Cymru, Llandudno in July.
Details on our Fairs Calendar page.
Applications will only be accepted from paid-up members for the current
year, and provision of proof of insurance. Should space remain two
months before the events, we may consider applications from
non-members, subject to terms.
Best Stand Award 2016This
year's Best Stand Award at Beaumaris Festival Craft Fair was won by
Association member Verity Pulford from Coedpoeth, near Wrexham.
has only been a member for a little over two years and to say that she
was rather surprised to receive the award is possibly an understatement.
Verity works with fused glass to create her craft products.
the winner's framed certificate, the panel of judges said that they had
made the award to Verity on the basis of saleability, uniqueness and
quality of her products.
Runner-up this year was Caron King of
Mayfly Mosaics in Bryngwran, Anglesey. Caron works with mosaic glass
and recycled crockery.
The judging panel was comprised of Cllr.
Gwen Evans-Jones (Mayor of Beaumaris), Cllr. Bob Parry OBE (Chairman of
Anglesey Council) and Cllr Clay Theakston, Chairman of the Beaumaris
Festival committee. We are very grateful to the judging panel for their
time and deliberation.
Click on the picture to see an enlarged
version. From left to right in the photograph, Cllr. Bob Parry, OBE,
Cllr, Clay Theakston, Verity Pulford, Cllr Gwen Evans-Jones and the
New Event-OswestryOn 24-25th September 2016, we will be
holding a craft fair event at “Trucking Live Shropshire”, a large truck
show held at Oswestry Showground, Shropshire. Considered "the
friendliest truck event in the UK", it attracts thousands of visitors
to the Oswestry Showground each year. Booking forms have just gone out
to members for this brand new event in our craft fairs calendar for the
The Annual General Meeting
Association's AGM was held in Penmaenmawr on 22/02/16. Sheila Garlick
was voted as new Chair of the Association. New committee members Sue Hayton, Deborah Roberts and Bryn Jones were
welcomed, and three long serving committee members (Hilda Whitfield
-Jones, Wendy Edwards and Rosalie Davies) retired from the committee
after many years of service to the Association. They were thanked for
their service and presented with bouquets of flowers. Lin Osborne takes
over from Hilda as the new Membership Secretary. A new date was
announced for the Grosvenor Garden Centre fair (see below), and a new
fair will be held in Oswestry in September if negotiations are
successful. Several new members of the Association were welcomed and
thanked for helping to make this summer's fairs so successful that they
are almost all fully booked already.Hilda Whitfield-Jones, Wendy Edwards and Rosalie Davies
Grosvenor Garden Centre FairTony Vine, organiser of the
Grosvenor Garden Centre fair, has announced that this year's event will
be held from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November. Full details and
Application Forms will be sent out to members immediately
following the AGM on 22nd February. Note: at the AGM on 22/2/16 it was announced that the dates for this fair have now changed to 7-9 October 2016.
Fairs 2016The Association is pleased to announce its list of
fairs to be held in 2016. Booking forms have gone out to members
towards the end of January together with the Annual General Meeting
papers and our annual dinner booking forms. This year, we will again be
able to offer stalls at our fairs to non-members who live in North
Wales provided that the usual criteria are met and that space remains a
couple of months before the event. Stall holders must have insurance
for their stalls and portable electrical equipment such as lights must
have a valid PAT test certificate where relevant. Goods sold must have
been hand made wholly or substantially by the stall holder, i.e. ready
made no bought-in goods may be sold at our fairs. Further details - see
the Fairs Calendar page.
Llandudno Pop-Up ShopMonday 26th October 2015 sees the
Association open its popup craft shop in unit 7 of the Victoria Centre
in Llandudno. This is the shop unit next to Mothercare. The Association
has taken an 8 week option on this unit up to Christmas with about 18
members displaying their craft products at various times during this
period. Pop in and see us - the place will be full of hand-made crafts,
ideal for that unique gift! More news and pictures from time to time on
our Facebook page.
Grosvenor Garden Centre EventNewly announced for this year's
list of events is a pre-Christmas fair at the Grosvenor Garden Centre
near Chester. Last year's event got cancelled due to the road works
nightmare etc in the area - this year's event is a little later than
previous years, making the event more attractive for those looking for
that unique hand-made Christmas gift. The number of outlets on site
coupled with close liaison with the Centre over advertising the event
should ensure a good footfall for the fair. This year we will (subject
to terms and conditions) also be able to offer stalls to makers of
hand-made crafts who are not currently members of the Association
(although there are definite benefits in joining!). Contact Tony Vine
at Stone Tones for details and booking forms.
Best Stand Award-Beaumaris Festival Craft FairThe winner of the Best Stand Award at the 2015 Beaumaris Festival Craft Fair was Bethan Jarvis of Fingerprint Jewellery Studio
in Rhostryfan, Caernarfon. Bethan is just finishing a college course in
Applied Art & Design, so this award is timely for her. She was not
in the marquee when the winner was announced and was very surprised
when she was applauded as she returned a few minutes later!
Stand Award winner Bethan Jarvis receives the winner's certificate from
Beaumaris Mayoress Sarah Zalot, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Gwen
Evans-Jones and Councillor Jim Evans, Chair of Anglesey County Council
Runner up this year was Tom Vousden
from Llanddona, Anglesey, who has only been a member of the Gwynedd
& Clwyd Association of Craft Workers for a little over 12 months.
Working from Llangefni, Tom designs and manufactures furniture using
the highest quality materials, designed not only with beauty in mind
but also functionality and comfort. All pieces are hand-made to order,
keeping a keen eye on attention to detail.
Runner-up Tom Vousden with some of his products
New Event - EglwysbachThe Association is pleased to announce
an additional event for our Fairs Calendar for 2015. At the invitation
of Eglwysbach Show, we will be hosting the craft marquee at this year's
Eglwysbach Show. A one-day event in the Conwy valley, close to the
famous Bodnant Gardens, with a great footfall of several thousand, over
70 trade stands, show ring, cattle, sheep, light and heavy horses,
horticulture, classic tractors, fairground etc, the Eglwysbach Show
describes itself on its website as "the finest village agricultural and
horticultural show in North Wales". Now you can see the finest
hand-made crafts from across North Wales too. We are sure this will be
a very popular event. Booking forms are being sent to our members as of
the 19th May.
Further details about the Eglwysbach Show itself plus pictures at http://www.eglwysbachshow.co.uk/
Betws-y-Coed Fair CancelledWe regret to have to announce the
cancellation of this fair planned for September. Having booked the site
some time ago, we received a message from the local Council in April
saying that "I regret to inform you that the Council at its meeting held on Wednesday evening
the 8th April, resolved not to allow the sale of goods on Cae Llan with the
exception of local businesess." Emails/letters have been sent to members who had booked a stall at the fair and refunds will of course be issued.
Carol Allen On TV!Well
done to one of our members, Carol Allen of Llanvalley Natural Products
near Llangollen on appearing on the BBC1 program Escape To The Country,
talking about keeping goats. Carol makes goatsmilk soaps with fresh
milk from the goats she keeps above the Vale of Llangollen in North
Wales. You can see more about her products at http://www.llanvalley.co.uk
2015 Committee ChangesFollowing this year's Annual General
Meeting, several changes to the committee have occurred. John Langley
becomes the new Chairman, while the former Chair Joan Bakewell becomes
vice-Chair. Karen Collett takes over from Sarah Anderson as Treasurer
and Tony Vine returns as Newsletter Editor. Some new committee members
were voted in: Lynn Turnbull, Carol Allen and Sheila Garlick.
Those present held a minute's silence to mark the death of our Fairs Organiser, Ann Evans, who passed away in January this year.
2015 Craft FairsThe Association is pleased to announce its
list of fairs for 2015. At the moment, we have five fairs and may add
more later. Dates are on the Fairs Calendar page. Booking forms are being prepared and will go out to members with the AGM paperwork later in January.
the Snowdonia Arts Festival is not likely to take place this year, we
will be holding an independent fair of our own in Betws-y-Coed in early
Discussions are ongoing regarding a further two fairs - details will be announced later if they come to anything.
Non-Member Stalls At Association Fairs
year we will be able to consider applications for stand space from
non-members, provided space remains two months before the date of a
fair (member bookings only before then).
Some rather strict
insurance restrictions mean we have to ask for rather more information
than we did in the past in order to maintain a paper trail to satisfy
insurance requirements - in particular, the fair organiser may need to
see a sample of a non-member's work, the crafts sold must have been
hand-made wholly or substantially by the stallholder (no "bought-in for
resale" goods may be sold - we take pride in the "hand-made" aspect of
our fairs), the stallholder must have insurance for their stand
(photocopy of insurance certificate will be required with application)
and any electrical equipment on the stand such as lights must have the
appropriate PAT-test pass documentation, as checks may be undertaken.
other words, the non-member has to be granted a temporary membership in
the same way as a new member would for the duration of the fair to
satisfy insurance requirements. All this causes the fair organiser and
the non-member some more work, but it is the only way for us to offer
stand space someone who is not a member of the Association.
get a reduction on stand cost and priority on bookings compared to
non-members, so that in itself is a good reason to apply to join the
Grosvenor Garden Centre Fair CancelledDue to major road works in the area at the time, we regret that we have had to cancel this fair.
Snowdonia Arts Festival Craft Fair 2014
Perfect weather meant ideal conditions for the Snowdonia Arts Festival
and our craft fair in Betws-y-Coed on 13th-15th June 2014.
Two dozen stallholders came together in a large marquee on
Cae Llan for a feast of hand-made crafts and art on show.
from the event in our Gallery (click on the blue Gallery button in the frame on the
Best Stand Award - Beaumaris 2014
Ian Davies (Mayor of Beaumaris) and Jim (Cr. Evans, vice Chairman of
Anglesey Council) present the Best Stand Award to Dave Wright of
Mockbeggar Wharf at the Beaumaris Festival Craft Fair on Saturday 24th.
Dave produces mirrors, sconces, lamps and other artefacts made from
Davies said it had been an extremely difficult task to select a winner
due to the extremely high quality of the stands and products on display
at the fair!
(Click on the picture to see the larger version).
Association on Facebook and Twitter
to member Anne Arkle, of the company Jaspersparkle, the Association now
has a presence on Facebook. Just search for 'Gwynedd Clwyd
Craftworkers' or the group 'Gwynedd & Clwyd Association of
Craftworkers'. And remember to Like or Share this website too!
We also have a Twitter presence - https://twitter.com/GCACraftworkers
- please follow us!
now have a picture gallery on the website which I hope to use for
pictures taken at craft fairs, for example, and possibly craft photo
albums where members can show a small selection of photos of their
work. Just click on the Gallery button in the blue box on the left of
the main page. Apologies that it's in English only at the moment as
there is no Welsh version of the script available.
Fairs Calendar 2014
Our list of fairs for 2014 is now complete and
booking forms will go out to members in the new future.
year, we will have a new fair at the Porth Eirias centre on the
promenade in Colwyn Bay, organised by Association member Bill
Jones. This will be a two day indoor event in July, hopefully ideally
timed for the tourist season on this popular promenade. The Porth
Eirias venue has plenty of car parking space plus parking on the
June also sees the return of the popular craft fair at the Snowdonia
Arts Festival in Betws-y-Coed.
Regrettably, like last year, due to insurance restrictions, stands at
our fairs can only be booked by Association members
Association Member On TV
to our member Ray Brook from Rhosneigr, Anglesey, on his TV appearance
on ITV1 Wales recently, where he discussed his business supplying
flutes and didgeridoos from Anglesey.
He revealed that he had
sold didgeridoos to an Australian band a while back, although he didn't
know if they actually ended up in Australia or not (that would have
been a real case of "selling coals to Newcastle"!)
at teaching his interviewer to play the instruments were apparently not
quite as successful, however! See Ray and hear his instruments at some
of our craft fairs!
Best Stand Award 2013
An annual feature at the Beaumaris
Festival Craft Fair is the judging of the Best Stand Award. Winner this
year was Sue Hayton of Rhos on Sea, Conwy, whose Just Sue stand had a
large selection of recycled vintage clothing, brooches and accessories.
The competition was judged by the Mayor and Mayoress of
cllr. Dan Jones and Olwen Rees Jones, with Warren Greveson of the
This year's Beaumaris Festival Craft Fair
(organised by Ann Evans of the Gwynedd and Clwyd Association of Craft
Workers) is one of the biggest ever, with a massive 33m (110 ft)
marquee on the green, holding no less than 35 stalls with a wide
variety of stands showcasing the best of all sorts of hand-made art and
craft products from all over North Wales, from Celtic Jewellery to Wood
Turning, from Baby Knitwear to Art, and Goats Milk Soaps to Pottery!
The craft workers themselves are there to meet you and discuss their
work and everything is hand made and pretty unique. Watch as William
Jones demonstrates repairing caned chairs, for example.
The fair runs until 5pm on Monday 27th May and admission is free.
The Mayor of Beaumaris
presents the Best Stand Award to Sue Hayton
The winning stand
year at our Conwy venue, and another pretty successful event under our
belt. This year we had a larger marquee offering more members the
opportunity to take stands there, even if the extension to the marquee
was a bit disappointing in terms of usable space. That said, most
people seemed reasonably happy with the event. Here are some pictures
from the event - as you'll see, the best-dressed of people attend our
Anglesey Arts Weeks
A number of our members are taking part in
the Anglesey Arts Forum's Open Studios and Galleries 2013 event, where
those taking part open the doors of their studios to visitors. The
event starts on Saturday 23rd March and runs to 7th April 2013. Further
details (including a downloadable 48 page brochure) from the Anglesey
Arts Forum website at http://www.angleseyartsforum.org .
Members taking part include Jayne Huskisson, Andrew Southall and Irene
Beaumaris and Conwy craft fairs fully booked
spaces at our two most popular craft fair venues, at Beaumaris Festival
and Conwy sold out within a few weeks, proving the popularity of these
events. Some spaces remain available to members at Erddig, Grosvenor
and Anglesey Show fairs. Sadly, there is no Snodwonia Arts Festival in
Betws-y-Coed this year, but that event will return in 2014.
2013 Fairs Calendar
A provisional list of our craft fairs in 2013 is now available on the Fairs Calendar
page. The list is subject to change of details until we receive the
final details from some of the venues concerned. Due to insurance
restrictions, only Association members can book stands at the fairs
At last year's Easter fair at the Bulkeley Hotel in
Beaumaris space was a bit restricted and we had more requests for
stands than we could accommodate. So this year we are trialling two
events over the same weekend, one at the Bulkeley Hotel in Anglesey and
a second event at Erddig, near Wrexham, the opposite side of North
Wales. This should help ensure we can meet the demand for stand space
and members can book whichever venue is nearest or best for them.
are getting a large number of requests from members for booking forms.
Please be patient - forms will be sent out to all members at the same
time, as soon as we are able to get them printed once all details have
finally come in. Ann and Tony are doing their best!
Fairs Coordinator, Ann Evans, has gone shopping. Literally. She has set
up her own crafts shop in Llangefni, Anglesey, under the name "A'dele"
Visitors to our craft fairs will know Ann from her large stand of
children's knitwear she has at these events.
shop is situated in the courtyard of Canolfan Cefni, a small arcade
just off Llangefni High Street, just behind the Oriel Daniel gallery
and tea room.
The shop will initially sell a selection of
hand-made crafts from North Wales, including knitwear, painted glass,
jewellery, local watercolour art and prints, cards, wooden toys and
decorative wooden keepsakes. If the shop proves to be a success she
hopes to widen the range of crafts stocked.
Having opened on 3rd November, she will be open for business initially
from Thursday to Saturday and occasionally on Mondays.
not drop in to see her at the shop? There's plenty of Christmas gift
ideas there! She says that "reaction from visitors so far has
very positive, with many visitors saying how nice it was to have a new
shop of this nature in Llangefni, bringing something new and different
to the town centre."
Regarding the "A'dele" name, she claims it comes mostly from the Welsh
"Ah, del!" ("how nice"). So now you know.
members and craft fair visitors will be relieved to hear she has no
intention of giving up her Fairs Coordinator work as far as I know!
Beaumaris Festival Craft Fair 1-4 June 2012
some horrible weather on the Sunday, the latest Beaumaris Festival
craft fair was a great success, with huge numbers of visitors,
especially on the Monday. With the backdrop of the Beaumaris Eye wheel
and a busy weekend in Beaumaris, 32 stalls were set up in a 4000 square
foot marquee on The Green in Beaumaris.
morning saw the Best Stand Award judged by the Chairman of Anglesey
Council (Councillor and Mrs Robert Llewelyn Jones), Mayor of Beaumaris
(Councillor and Mrs Jason Zalot), and Beaumaris Festival Administrator
After a long deliberation, the award was
presented to Carol Allen of Llanvalley Soap from Cefn Mawr. Carol's
company makes natural goat's milk soap and she was absolutely delighted
with winning after only being a member of the Association for about a
year. The picture on the right shows Carol and son Joe proudly holding
the Best Stand Award framed certificate.
Runners up receiving
honorary mentions were Sue Hayton of Rhos-on-Sea, who makes vintage
clothing from recycled materials, and David Thomas, whose company Querx
makes Welsh stick chairs and slate topped tables.
Holyhead Craft Fair 16th May 2012
learned too late that the cruise ship had failed to dock at Guernsey
the day before due to the weather there, so it arrived earlier than
planned in Holyhead. With the fair timed to open from 10am, we found
the first visitors entering the craft fair before some of the
stallholders had even arrived!
With a room decorated with Welsh
dragon bunting and even flags (it was eventually decided that Wendy
Boden's Welsh flag was bigger than Ann Evans's!) we had a busy morning
and the number of visitors tailed off towards late afternoon. Mixed
fortunes for the stall holders, some did very well, others not as well
as expected, but there seemed to be nothing but praise all round from
the mostly American visitors. The months or so of planning and hard
work had paid off and hopefully our craft fair has done its bit for
Holyhead and Welsh crafts in general. Now to see if further such events
can take place in the future.
Holyhead "Cruise Ship" Craft Fairs
steam ahead for this next craft fair at Venue Walkway in Holyhead on
Wednesday 16th May. With the arrival of the Caribbean Princess cruise
liner bringing a few thousand passengers to Holyhead and the
surrounding areas, many other activities are planned on the day in
Holyhead too, making it a perfect day out for the family. The craft
fair will be held in the function room of the popular Venue Walkway in
Market Street, Holyhead (at the junction of Market Street and the
Celtic Gateway footbridge). Venue Walkway has a cafe and bar too. We
will have 18 craft stalls, with hand-made crafts from our members from
all over North Wales.
We look forward to this unique opportunity to present hand-made crafts
from all over North Wales to the world!
Crafts On The Quay - Conwy Craft Fair
inside of marquee, courtesy of Digby at Wicanspirit
what a start to our first event at this location! To say we were
surprised at visitor numbers to this event is probably an
understatement. Saturday and Sunday saw hundreds come in each hour most
of the day, although Monday's weather dampened things somewhat. Such
was the success of this event, though, that we are already talking of
repeating it next year if we can!
It was so nice too to hear the
kind comments from so many visitors during the three days. "So nice to
be able to meet the craft makers and talk to them." "So nice to see the
hand crafted items not available in shops." "So nice to see all the
quality products made here in North Wales." And "so nice to be able to
visit the marquee for free!" Just some of the comments heard during the
weekend, which made all the hard work beforehand so worthwhile, and
proving that our rather unique policy of promoting quality locally made
crafts from Association members from across North Wales combined with
free admission to our events is paying off in these times of economic
In particular, the Association would like to thank local member, the
artist Charles Bell
from Rowen, near Conwy. It was Charles's original idea to have a craft
fair here on this purpose-made events site on the quayside, and the
hard work put in by Fairs Coordinator Ann Evans, plus committee members
Dave Garlick and Tony
Vine to bring it all together is greatly appreciated. A special thanks
to Tony Vine for the
hard work he put in at short notice to secure publicity for the event.
Following a suggestion by one of our members, we
are trialling a new page which lists non-Association fairs taking place
in North Wales which we have been told about. There is a link to a
contact form on the page (which is accessed via a link at the bottom of
to allow you to let us now about your local craft event. We hope that
this page will help to promote craft events in general in North Wales,
as well as offering another way for our members to get to know about
Fairs Full Up! (early April)
The good news for us as an
Association is that most of the fairs earlier in the year are already
fully booked! Somewhat unexpected perhaps, given the economic
situation. Our fairs at Beaumaris Bulkeley Hotel, Conway quay, Holyhead
cruise ships fair and Beaumaris Festival are fully booked, and the
other fairs at Anglesey Show and Grosvenor Garden Centre are filling up
fast! The fair in Betws-y-Coed (Snowdonia Arts Festival) is currently
full, but we are waiting to hear if we are able to have a slightly
larger marquee which would allow us to offer a small number of extra
stands once we know if this is possible or not. A small number of
stands are available at the time of writing (early April) at
Anglesey Show craft fair in August (contact Ann Evans to
and at Grosvenor Garden Centre (near Chester) in August and October -
contact Tony Vine to book . Contact details on the Fairs Calendar
two fairs at The Plassey (in Eyton, near Wrexham) in July and December
have now been transferred to The Plassey centre themselves, who will be
rebranding and expanding the fairs to become the "Plassey Country Foods
And Craft Fair". The 2012 marquees will be held in a marquee on site,
allowing The Plassey to offer more stands and at ground level, along
with food stands, rather than the smaller fair we were able to put on
in the first floor function room there last year. Existing bookings by
our members (apart from any jewellery stands, to prevent conflict with
a jeweller's shop on-site) will be honoured by The Plassey centre.
following the transfer in April 2012. Enquiries for any new stand
bookings should now be made directly with the Plassey themselves -
contact Sarah Brookshaw, email "sarahbrookshaw AT btconnect DOT com
(replace AT with '@' and DOT by '. ' - anti-spam
or tel 01978 780277
Cruise Ships Craft Fair, Holyhead
This one day craft fair to
coincide with the visit of the Caribbean
Princess cruise ship to Holyhead on Wednesday 16th May 2012 will take
place at Venue Walkway, Market Street, Holyhead (at the junction of
Market Street with the footbridge joining the town centre to the ferry
terminals). Fair also open to the public. Booking forms will go out to
Association members a few days after this was written on 28th February
2012 and it is hoped that about 18 single stalls will be available.
Ayone wishing to register an interest in taking a stall
contact our Fairs
Coordinator, Ann Evans. This fair is currently open to
members only. (Fair now fully booked)
the Association's 2012 Annual General Meeting, Joan Bakewell (right)
was voted the new Chairman. Joan was Treasurer of the Association for
several years, and is perhaps better known as one half of jeweller JM
She is also a keen golfer. Sarah Anderson - also a jeweller (Sarah
Anderson Jewellery) - becomes the new Association treasurer,
and Rosalie Davies the vice-Chairman.
Fairs Calendar 2012
A list of the fairs being planned for 2012 is available on the
Calendar page of this website. Not all of the event dates
confirmed yet. We hope that the application forms will be sent out to
Association members early in 2012, and available to non-members closer
to the date of the event.
New Craft Fair In Conwy
the Bank Holiday weekend of 5th-7th May 2012 we will be hosting a new
3-day craft fair event on Conwy quayside. Located in a dedicated events
area with a small parking area for stallholders alongside it, less than
minute's walk from Conwy high street and easy walking distance of
attractions such as Conwy Castle and the Smallest House In Britain,
this new craft fair will be in a marquee with a beautiful view
out over the harbour and river, in a busy area. With it being
bank holiday weekend and Conwy always busy on Bank Holidays this event
should be popular and successful.
Booking application forms
should be with members by the end of January and as with all our events
will be opened up for non-members who make their own crafts to apply to
book two months before the event.
We are very grateful to local
Association member, the marine artist Charles Bell for locating this
new event venue for us. Charles has, of course, hosted his own events
here using small marquees last summer, so knows the site well. Sadly we
have to report that the Erddig craft fair held on this weekend in
recent years has been cancelled this year, but we remain in contact
with them with a view to other possible fairs there.
Plassey Fairs 2012 News
Great news regarding the Plassey craft fairs for 2012
fairs in July and December will now be marquee-based events. This
upgrade allows us to offer the following benefits:
- More room for more stalls
- No need to carry goods upstairs
- Much more visible presence for visitors to The Plassey
(marquee will be in the car park by their shops and Visitor Centre).
- Everything at ground level with the Plassey's own
outlets, more accessible for the elderly and disabled (no more
At the time of writing (22/01/12), final costings were being
ready for application forms to be sent out to Association members in
the near future!
Plassey Christmas Extravaganza
Sarah Brookshaw - (2) Inside the craft fair - (3) Santa's carriage
Our second event at this prestigious craft and retail village
ahead on Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th December. The Extravaganza
had been organised by Sarah Brookshaw of The Plassey centre and
extensive publicity for the event ensured a good number of visitors to
After all, who could resist coming to meet Father Christmas himself
arriving in a carriage drawn by two white horses. Santa had set up his
grotto near to the garden centre and even came to visit the craft fair
more than once during the weekend. He was also accompanied by Mrs
Claus on this occasion. Sadly for us, the number of visitors to the
craft fair on the Saturday did not really reflect the number of
visitors to the site. On the Sunday, Ann brought an
Association banner to be placed near the entrance to the craft fair
which improved the number of visitors for a while, although the rain on
much of the Sunday contrived to keep the number of visitors down.
Cruise Ship Visit Craft Fair
of the Association Committee have met with Anglesey Council's
Cruise Visit Coordinator with a view to organising craft fairs to
coincide with the visit of some of the larger cruise liners to
Holyhead. Although preparations for the first event are not yet
complete, we are hoping that a craft fair will be organised in a vacant
shop on Holyhead's high street to coincide with the visit of the
Caribbean Princess liner on Wednesday 16th May 2012. The Caribbean
Princess is a large ship, able to carry over 3,000 passengers, and it
is hoped that such an event will be attractive to the craft workers of
Anglesey and North Wales in general - an opportunity to showcase hand
made crafts from Wales to a large number of visitors as this vessel
arrives at Holyhead on its 12 day tour of the British Isles.
It will also of course be of great benefit to Holyhead locally! More
details will be made available via this website in the course of time
and the fair is being organised by Sarah Anderson and Ann Evans on
behalf of the Association, and we have asked Jayne Huskisson to liaise
with members of the former Anglesey Guild of Craft Workers, as the
Council are anxious that we should offer opportunities to Anglesey
Craft Workers to take part.
Article About Tony Vine
Our Wrexham Representative, Tony Vine, appeared in print
Wrexham Tribune Wrexham Christmas Shopping Guide published an
article under the heading 'Romancing The Stone' about how his interest
in Lapidary Wall Art came about, together with the Australian
connection! Grab a copy of this magazine and read all about him and his
interest in this craft.
Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold Craft Fair
This one day event was well booked by members, but only really
managed a moderate turnout of visitors to the event. Organiser Rosalie
Davies remarked that there was the possibility of a further event at
this venue in early March 2012.
Grosvenor craft fair
Tony Vine (picture on the right) described this as an "excellent event"
with most stallholders being well satisfied by takings and attendance
(last weekend in October). Luckily, the weather was kind and the tarmac
where the marquee was erected was bone dry despite some overnight rain.
event has been booked once more for 26th-28th October 2012, and
negotiations are under way for a new event at this popular venue early
in August next year.
Snowdonia Arts Festival craft fair
(Picture courtesy of Digby at
rain and the mud conspired against us this year, to the extent that
we weren't even allowed to take vehicles onto Cae Llan, that's how wet
and soft it was underfoot. Nonetheless, 36 hardy stallholders braved
the weather and set up stall at this event which had proved so
successful in the glorious weather of 2010. This year saw the craft
fair extended to three days, although visitor numbers on the first day
(Friday) were a bit disappointing. Those hardy souls who had
ventured into Betws-y-Coed for the Snowdonia Arts Festival found a
welcome respite from the weather in our huge 110 foot marquee, complete
with heater! Visitor numbers were up over the weekend, although the
numbers were never going to match last year's due to the weather.
Fortunately, fair organiser Ann Evans had the foresight to bring a
couple of bales of straw along which were scattered around the walkways
to make it a bit less slippery for visitors, not to mention giving a
rather nice rustic impression to proceedings! And stallholders Dave
Wright and Charles Bell went as far as to gather fallen leaves to
spread in front of their stand, which added a splash of autumnal colour.
Sunday night came, we were faced with the dilemma of how three
dozen stallholders were going to be able to get their stalls and goods
back to their vehicles a little distance from the marquee, given that
the field was so wet and muddy that there was little point in even
dreaming of trying to bring a car onto the field to load up. Into the
breach stepped Digby of Wicanspirit and his trailer, who carried
several stallholders' loads from the marquee back to the little car
park with the precision of a military planned operation! I don't know
where we would have been without Digby and his trailer, so a big huge
thank you to Digby for his hard work, along with those who stayed
behind to help until the last person (Digby!) had vacated the marquee.
Snowdonia Arts Festival itself provided a wide variety of entertainment
over the weekend and we were treated from time to time to musical
backgrounds outside and several morris dancers in their attire and
bells walking through the marquee to add a spot of colour and sound to
It was heartening to see a number of new members
taking stalls at this fair and despite the conditions we very much hope
they will continue to display their hand-made crafts at
events. Several asked me to add links to their own websites to the
Member Links page here so you can get an idea of who they are and what
We can now look forward to our next events this year -
the fairs at Grosvenor Garden Centre near Chester end of October
(organised by Tony Vine), Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold in late November
(organised by Rosalie Davies), and at The Plassey Centre at Eyton near
Wrexham in December (organised by Ann Evans).
At the time of writing, the dreaded carrier bag levy is almost
in Wales. Thinking positively, it should reduce waste and litter and
encourage people to use re-usable bags - after all the simple way to
avoid the 5p charge per bag is to bring your own re-usable bag
you to our fairs!
If you are a craft worker and want to find out more about the
Committee member Tony Vine has drawn up a short document for members to
assist with getting used to the new system, and members can request a
copy direct from him - he hopes to publish a summary in our next
newsletter. There is an official government site with plenty of
information about the carrier bag levy, and it includes information for
both traders and customers - visit the site at http://www.carrierbagchargewales.gov.uk
- the site is available in both Welsh and English.
Jayne Huskisson Exhibition
Association member Jayne Huskisson's next solo textile art
exhibition will be held at Ger Y Fenai Gallery, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey
LL61 5YQ this September.
The opening night is on Friday 2nd September 2011 from 7-9pm.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 18th September.
Further information on Jayne's Anglesey
Textile Art website, and on the Oriel Ger
Y Fenai Gallery website.
Anglesey Show Craft Fair 2011
year for this long established event at the premier agricultural show
event in the area. The two days were poles apart in terms of weather
and (as a result) attendance. The first day brought us fine weather,
traffic jams and a packed marquee as you'll see in the picture. Sadly,
the weather deteriorated during the second day, becoming wet and windy,
although a large marquee like ours gave shelter to visitors on the
field ensuring we could at least try to make the best of a bad weather
Not having that much to do during the
first afternoon, this webmaster decided upon seeing the crowds to count
the number of visitors coming in for five minute periods randomly
during the day. From lunchtime onward, we averaged about 100 visitors
per five minutes, making that about 1200 visitors per hour of all ages
through the doors between about midday and mid afternoon. Little wonder
that the stall holders seemed to have smiles on their faces on the
Someone with a particularly broad grin by Wednesday was
Association member Sheila Garlick, of Little Gems Knitwear (see picture
on the right). Not being content with having won knitting prizes at the
show for the previous two years, she went a step further this year
when, together with her daughter, they won a knitwear and crochet award
in the craft and produce marquee. Well done Sheila - further testimony
to the high standard of work of our members.
Although we weren't to know it at the time, we had some pretty
influential anonymous (to us) visitors walking around the marquee, who
later got in touch and paid tribute to the high standards of the
products, the fact they are hand-made locally here in North Wales and
the standard of presentation of the stalls. While nothing is confirmed
as yet, these high standards could well lead to new prominent craft
fairs for us next year. Keep an eye on this News page later in the year
for more news on this subject, hopefully.
Our USP of "High Quality Hand-Made Crafts, Made in Wales" etc.
is increasingly getting us noticed and leading to more and more
membership enquiries and requests for stalls at our fairs.
The First Plassey
first craft fair at Plassey Craft and Retail Centre in Eyton, by
Wrexham, was held in the Plassey Shippon Restaurant's function rooms.
This was held over the weekend of the 23-24th of July 2011. Attendance
was better on the Saturday, probably because the sunny weather on the
Sunday sent everyone to the beach rather than to the craft fair!
The fairly small venue meant that just
under a dozen stalls (some of them quite large!) filled the two
function rooms above the Shippon Restaurant. The organiser Ann Evans
suggested limiting the maximum size of stands next year if the fair is
held again then, so that we can get more stalls in there.
The next fair to be held here on December
10/11th 2011 (as part of The Plassey's Christmas Extravaganza in the
Edwardian buildings) is already fully booked.
Below are some pictures taken at the July
craft fair, with the organiser Ann Evans in the centre.
Association Member Wins
Best Stand Award
Charles Bell receives the Best Stand Award framed certificate from the
Chairman of Anglesey Council (left), the Mayor of Beaumaris (right) and
the Lady Mayoress.
The artist at work on his latest marine watercolour on his stand at the
Charles Bell admires his Best Stand Award certificate.
Charles Bell, a
traditional marine and landscape watercolour
artist from Rowen near Conwy, scooped the Best Stand Award at the
Beaumaris Festival Craft Fair on 28th May 2011.
Having only been a member for less than two years, he was more
than a little stunned when the winner was announced and was almost lost
for words, but promptly announced he would "celebrate with a nice cup
of hot Ribena"!
The Best Stand Award was judged by the Mayor of Beaumaris,
Clay Theakston, and the Lady Mayoress, along with the Chairman of
Anglesey Council, Councillor Gwilym O. Jones.
Judging went on for much longer than expected - the judges
later explained they had some difficulty deciding on a winner due to
the very high standard of products and stands at the event. Councillor
Jones also mentioned how impressed he had been with the Association's
website, especially the fact that it was fully bilingual.
Charles's works mainly depict the beautiful coastal scenes of
North Wales. He also undertakes commissions. You can find out more on
his website at http://charlesbellart.com