Sisters’ crafty way to support local trade

A host of businesses are waiting out there to be discovered according to two industrious sisters, who are this week backing the Wetherby News’ Shop Local campaign.

Sisters Jennifer Crabtree and Caroline Beacroft Hargreaves say they have over 20 stalls of local businesses booked for a spring fair at Long Marston Village Hall on May 4 from 10am-4pm.

“Our fair is about bringing local people to local businesses and generating an interest and support for what we have on our door step,” said co-organiser Jennifer of the free event.

“Shopping local is what keeps a place, town or village vibrant.

“It develops relationships and a sense of community that is often over powered by high street shops.

“Shopping local and using local suppliers means you are getting fresh, locally produced, handmade, homemade items which have had thought, love and care crafted into them and better value for money.

“The supply chain is short the but the results everlasting.”

Full time mum Jennifer, of Green Hammerton and nurse Caroline of Long Marston, are part of the independent Phoenix Traders network along with their day jobs.

“We had both attended Christmas fairs as Phoenix Traders and from that thought we could organise one.

“At most of the fairs we were very lucky to meet some lovely people all trading in a variety of products so naturally kept in touch with them.

“We invited them to attend our fair. We also used events finder to publicise the event and table availability which has meant a full complement of 26 tables.

“It’s an amazing selection of stalls we have on offer.”

The pair will host a wide variety of trades from home made cakes, jams and preserves to jewellery and crafts to bespoke health and well being.

“We even have a plant stall with garden enthusiasts on hand to help with advice.”

A local artist Hilary Miller will display their works and author Anne Stephenson will be launching her book and carrying out a signing.

Birds of prey will give a demonstration and there will also be a bouncy castle.

Jennifer added: “We all have these wonderful tradesmen on our doors steps but very rarely know about them or use them.”

Shop Local was recently launched by the News to support local shops and businesses.

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