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PICTURES: Hadleigh starts Christmas shopping early at annual craft and food fair




With less than two months until Christmas, shoppers in Hadleigh got their festive shopping started early on Sunday, with the return of the town’s annual craft and food fair.

Organised by the Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, the event at the town hall drew more than 700 visitors, who perused a wide variety of food, drink, crafts and Christmas items from local producers and creators.

Among the stalls – run by vendors from Hadleigh, Sudbury and the wider area – were sales of clothing, artwork, jewellery, textiles, stained glass, bird boxes, dolls and accessories, while food items included wild boar, jams, marshmallows, teas and coffees.

HADLEIGH: Craft and Food Fair,.Hadleigh Town Hall, The Guildhall, Market Pl, Hadleigh.Craft & Food Fair 2019.Organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, Angel Delights Helen Golland with Simon and Charlotte. Picture by Mark Westley. (20754773)
HADLEIGH: Craft and Food Fair,.Hadleigh Town Hall, The Guildhall, Market Pl, Hadleigh.Craft & Food Fair 2019.Organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, Angel Delights Helen Golland with Simon and Charlotte. Picture by Mark Westley. (20754773)

Stallholders’ fees raised approximately £2,600 for the feoffment charity, to go towards the ongoing maintenance of the town hall and guildhall complex, while proceeds from sales went directly to the vendors.

Sue Munson, of Hadleigh Town Council, told the Free Press: “It was very well attended and well supported. There was a variety of stalls selling all sorts of things.

“We hold this event every year in November. A lot of people start to do their Christmas shopping at this time of year.

HADLEIGH: Craft and Food Fair,.Hadleigh Town Hall, The Guildhall, Market Pl, Hadleigh.Craft & Food Fair 2019.Organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, Helen Rio-b button jewellery and accessories. Picture by Mark Westley. (20754776)
HADLEIGH: Craft and Food Fair,.Hadleigh Town Hall, The Guildhall, Market Pl, Hadleigh.Craft & Food Fair 2019.Organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, Helen Rio-b button jewellery and accessories. Picture by Mark Westley. (20754776)

“We get a lot of regular stallholders who come back every year; they do a lot of the markets during the year, so they must do quite well here,” added Mrs Munson.

HADLEIGH: Craft and Food Fair,.Hadleigh Town Hall, The Guildhall, Market Pl, Hadleigh.Craft & Food Fair 2019.Organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, Stephanie Gosling wildlife art. Picture by Mark Westley. (20754775)
HADLEIGH: Craft and Food Fair,.Hadleigh Town Hall, The Guildhall, Market Pl, Hadleigh.Craft & Food Fair 2019.Organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, Stephanie Gosling wildlife art. Picture by Mark Westley. (20754775)
HADLEIGH: Craft and Food Fair,.Hadleigh Town Hall, The Guildhall, Market Pl, Hadleigh.Craft & Food Fair 2019.Organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, Melissa Chaplin Mel's Shabby Chic. Picture by Mark Westley. (20754777)
HADLEIGH: Craft and Food Fair,.Hadleigh Town Hall, The Guildhall, Market Pl, Hadleigh.Craft & Food Fair 2019.Organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, Melissa Chaplin Mel's Shabby Chic. Picture by Mark Westley. (20754777)
HADLEIGH: Craft and Food Fair,.Hadleigh Town Hall, The Guildhall, Market Pl, Hadleigh.Craft & Food Fair 2019.Organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, volunteers supply tea and cake.Picture by Mark Westley. (20754779)
HADLEIGH: Craft and Food Fair,.Hadleigh Town Hall, The Guildhall, Market Pl, Hadleigh.Craft & Food Fair 2019.Organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, volunteers supply tea and cake.Picture by Mark Westley. (20754779)

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