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Little Hadham Christmas arts and crafts fair to boost refurbishment coffers for village hall

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The success of an arts and crafts fair to raise money towards refurbishment of Little Hadham village hall has led to a second, Christmas-themed event later this month.

On Sunday November 28, stallholders showcasing their hand-crafted wares will gather in the hall from 10.30am to 3pm, offering visitors the chance to do some Christmas shopping.

For sale will be everything from jewellery and crocheted products to watercolours and woollens, plus festive fun for children and refreshments.

Organisers expect around 35 stallholders, and with 300 visitors at September's successful fair, it is hoped even more people will turn up to support the event.

David Willett, a member of the village hall committee, said that they had planned a series of annual events for the next few years to raise money for a new roof and floor for the community building, which is used as a doctors' surgery, as a venue for village clubs and for social gatherings.

"We're becoming a hub for lots of activities. We'll have 3,000 people go through the door on four successive Saturdays for their flu jabs, and we're embarking on a series of events over the next few years to help raise a few thousand pounds each time towards the cost of refurbishment," he said.

"We've done a lot of work already, with volunteers painting inside and outside, and we're beginning the process of having new windows fitted next month. We hope to get two-thirds finished and the remaining third done next year. But we've discovered we now need a new roof and a new floor because there are issues with the foundations, which is why we have this long-term plan. A new roof and floor could cost us anything up to £40,000."

Last month's fair raised £1,040 and, with crafters keen to sell their products post-lockdown, they were happy to return. Mr Willett said the aim was to try to raise at least £1,000 with each event.

East Herts Council has provided a grant for a new sound system at the hall, including a 4m screen and speakers to facilitate presentations, talks and film screenings, while Clarion Housing has donated and fitted a new kitchen.

"It's made a big difference as we can now serve bacon butties, cake and coffee all day long, which was a real help and made up a good chunk of our profits at the last fair," said Mr Willett.

* Little Hadham Village Hall Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Sunday November 28, 10.30am-3pm.

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