Tag Archives: Craft

Free Family Fun Day

Come and have some free fun this half-term!

Everyone is welcome at our free Family Fun Day with a free lunch which will take place on October 27, 10.30am-1pm at St Mark’s Church.

There will be crafts, music, games, table tennis and a lunch with vegetarian and meat options. There will also be a quiet area for those who prefer this and an adviser to talk to families about special needs if required.  Free of charge, donations welcome. For more information email Michelle.

Come to our Christmas Market!

This Saturday, 18th December, we will be holding our Christmas Market at St Mark’s, from 10am-2pm, with loads of great stalls, Father Christmas in his grotto, refreshments, live music and lots of Christmas cheer! What’s more, there will be a Christmas Fayre and Christmas Tree Festival across the road at the Hale Community Centre, with more stalls, family fun activities, a live Nativity with real animals, live music, refreshments and a Hale’s Angels Scavenger Hunt between the centre and St Mark’s.

We are putting Covid measures in place to keep everyone as safe as possible, and ask that you wear masks inside.

Come and join us and have a Happy Hale Christmas!

Artz @ St Mark’s – This Weekend!

There will be a celebration of art, craft, music and dance this weekend when the first Artz @ St Mark’s takes place from Friday, July 30 to Sunday, August 1 at St Mark’s Church, Hale.

Cllr Alan Earwaker, Mayor of Farnham, will open Artz @ St Mark’s at 6pm on Friday, July 30 and over the course of the weekend there will be an exhibition of painting, quilting, needlework, knitting, even a prom dress, along with music and dancing which includes the band Cajun Boogaloo, Northumbrian pipes, saxophone, the organ and Appalachian dancing. 

Refreshments will be served and there will be the opportunity to see the newly restored Kitty Milroy murals.  The opening times will be Friday 6-8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 2-4pm.

Rev’d Lesley Crawley, Rector of the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale, of which St Mark’s is a part, said: “I am awed by the creativity of the people around us here in Farnham and grateful to them for sharing their work and talent with us. We saw a lot of it during lockdown when we held our online Lockdown Art Club and we are so looking forward to being able to show the work in person now. 

“We hope lots of people will come to see the work on display and enjoy the music and dance, and also take the opportunity to see the beautiful murals painted by Kitty Milroy 100 years ago and now restored. Please do come and join us over the weekend.” 

St Mark’s is on Alma Lane, Hale, Farnham, GU9 0LT. There is a small amount of parking at the church. 

Art and craft fair – shop Now for Christmas Gifts

Welcome to our online art and craft fair, displaying the talent of individuals and small businesses. There’s a huge range here, from illustrations to felt booties, cards to crochet, jewellery, candles, t-shirts, knitting, cushions, bunting, jam, decorations, flowers, ceramics, mosaics, frames, gin…

It’s an ideal way to do your Christmas shopping and support small businesses. Just browse through the pages here – click on the links to take you to the ones you want – and contact the maker direct. There are contact details on every page.

Thank you to everyone who is taking part here. Happy shopping!

All Sorts

Gorgeous knitwear for children


Anna Londei

All that sparkles is Anna Londei with customised clothing


Ash Brockwell

Multimedia Art from transmasculine artivist Ash Brockwell


Aspen Crafts

Cards, coasters, bags, prints and more with an animal theme


Badshot Lea and Hale

The parish’s own stall with Christmas craft and tasty treats


Cartref Crafts

All things fabric from bags to bunting


Chris and Co

Mugs, coasters and greeting cards, all made locally


Crafty Marvel Boutique

Upcycled bowling balls, mosaics and ceramics, sold for charity


Csilla Bedy

Crochet creations and essential oils for happiness and wellbeing


Dannie’s Christmas Crafts

Handmade Christmas cards and decorations plus personalised gifts


Finn and Fern

Nordic boho-style macrame home decor and jewellery


Gifts with Bethany

Creativity and colour from a young Textiles graduate


Gloímoí Skin Care

A solution to dry skin with these soft, soothing creams

20% off until December 30th.


HD Watercolour

Pet portraits, family keepsakes, lovely watercolours and acrylics.


Honey Badger Prints

Custom clothing for you and your little ones


Joyful Makes

Handmade craft from recycled material. All for charity.


Kat Giannini

Animal art and pet commissions, cards and bio-friendly wrapping paper.


Kittoo Crafts

Beautiful handmade craft from Kitty.


Mews Gin

Local gin distiller Mews Gin has a range of exciting new gins including London Dry, Rhubarb and Honeyberry Gin. 



Felts and soaps and stunning creativity


Mind Your Bonce

Hats, made in Farnham but worn around the world


Nibbs Gin

Small batch artisan gin from the Surrey/Sussex borders


Popolo Ceramico

Personalised ceramic gifts and keepsakes


Pretty Practical

Personalised gifts and practical items


Pure Glass

Handmade glass and sterling silver jewellery made in Farnham.


QF Designs

Handmade jewellery made with love, fire and a lot of hammering.


Rene’s Blankets

Not just blankets but bags, decorations and gifts, crocheted and knitted for charity


Resin Expectations

Using the versatile material resin to decorate boxes, clocks, keyrings, and jewellery


Sarah Metcalfe

A Minecraft duvet set to thrill any young fan


Sherlock & Sons

Artisan gins from a quintessentially English distillery


Shirley Watson Design

Individual pieces from a local lino printmaker


The Squirrel Collective

With colourful gloves and letters from Father Christmas, Christmas is covered.


St Clare’s at the Cathedral

Beautiful gifts and cards, innovative worship resources and church supplies.


Steph Lovell Flowers

Contemporary floral designs from a young florist


Susie Lidstone

Local scenes and floral art from one of Farnham’s most popular artists



Vegan, cruelty-free make-up and skin care products which support education across the globe.


Usborne Books

Plenty to keep the children occupied with a huge selection of books for youngsters.


Share Farnham community store now open

The new Share Farnham community store opened on Tuesday, May 12 and will be open Monday to Friday, from 10am to noon, at Hale Community Centre, GU9 0JH, and Farnham Maltings, GU9 7QR.

Share Farnham is full of free-to-borrow activities and equipment to help keep you busy and active and has been stocked thanks to the generosity of local people who have donated scores of books, games, puzzles, DVDs, toys and craft activities. Those who dropped off their donations at St George’s Church Hall have accounted for five tables’ worth of items, so thank you so much!

How to borrow

Simply visit the store at either venue between 10am and 12pm Monday to Friday, or if you cannot because you are shielding or self-isolating at home, please call the Farnham Coronavirus Helpline helpline on 01252 745446.

How to donate items

More donations are welcome and can be dropped at the Farnham Maltings or Hale Community Centre during store opening hours.

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Some of the donations at the Hale Community Centre.


Pictured top: Enjoy puzzles and games. Picture by Debby Hudson on Unsplash.

Lights, craft, action – Christmas kicks off in Badshot Lea

The Christmas lights are being  switched on in Badshot Lea on the evening of Monday November 18th, in preparation for celebrating the coming of God to earth in the form of Jesus, born some 2000 years ago but ever relevant and transformative.

Come and join us at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, from 4.30-7pm. Not only are the lights going on, there will be a craft fair in the church and, outside from 5-6.30pm, community singing and entertainment by the Sea Cadets and the children of Badshot Lea Infant School.

There are still some craft tables left. If anyone would like one, let us know by email. And come along and do some Christmas shopping, have a sing and get into the Christmas spirit.


Picture by Markus Spiske on Unsplash.