Elsenham Christmas market will help raise funds for village projects
Christmas gets under way in Elsenham this weekend with a festive fair to raise funds for village projects.
Saturday's Elsenham Christmas market will see 50 business and charity stalls set up at locations across the village, with Elsenham Choir entertaining the crowds with carols, a food market and mulled wine served by the Scout group.
Stalls selling great gifts for Christmas, ranging from dog collars to pottery, paintings and bags, will be spread between the village hall located at Elsenham Primary School and the Memorial Hall at the Recreation Ground, where the tennis and bowls club are opening up to welcome visitors. The event runs from 2pm to 9pm.
Organiser Victoria Farrell said: "The village has really rallied behind us again as we try to create a very festive feel.
"The 1st Henham and Elsenham Scout Group are coming up trumps fundraising again, providing mulled wine on the day along with a seating area for people to eat their food. Coco Fleur are running a pop-up café with festive cakes and refreshments.
"The bowls club is opening its bar and the tennis club is offering a free hit around for a few hours in the afternoon. Elsenham Choir is coming to both sites in the afternoon to sing us all festive carols.
"We’ve also asked the village to put up their Christmas lights a little early to make it all feel festive as bunting isn’t weather appropriate for this time of year."
Funds raised will be split between the village hall and Elsenham Community Association (ECA), which owns the memorial hall. The ECA has plans to build new toilets on the Recreation Ground.
Refreshment vans include Waffle + Co, The Noodle and Dumpling Bar and Serve vegan, and will form part of the outdoor food market, which is open to the whole village, not just market customers.
Money will be raised from stall holder pitch fees, the entry fee (£1 adult only pay at one venue), the raffle and the Scouts' mulled wine sales.