Superb support and great crowds were seen at last week’s Christmas Fair at Norman Court School, West Tytherley, just outside Stockbridge, Hampshire.
The morning showcased some the most innovative and inspirational local businesses from wine makers to fashion for ladies and children. The morning started bright and early at 8.30am and finished just before lunch, however we believe the last few attendees left slightly later. With so much to see and peruse we can see why.
We meet Diana Hill a young graphic designer that was celebrating her work with personalised wall art for all the family. Other wall art providers were K for Kate and Love this… Personalised artwork for the family make such great presents for children or even utilise a design to send as Thank You cards after Christmas. Fashion styles came in the form of Devizes based PJ’s company that supply colourful, cool cotton pyjama’s and recently launched kitchen table business Dabble which is run by two families with a keen passion for beachwear for children and Mums. Louise Ellison with new business Lulu’s from Andover offered various items of casual and formal ladies wear and accessories whilst Pink Advocet had a range of beautiful Toscana Sheepskin and Cashmere hats, gilets and more. Homeware companies were there too with Nicky from La-Di-Da and her sell out Stag decanters and VaseWorks stylish storm vases to name a few. The array of Christmas food and drink was championed by the area’s very own winemakers Cottonworth to the Hampshire based handmade chocolates from Michelle Mason chocolatier. Parents and children were entertained with the hugely popular Michael King consistently pulling tricks out of the bag and the onsite café facilities were fantastic with their selection of cakes, biscuits and coffee.
There was certainly a lot to see and do and if you have not attended a school fair before then please do not miss another. Not only does it help local schools, it also supports the local economy and the ever increasing start-up companies just launching. You never know you could pick up the next big thing at a bargain price!
If the last two year of continued success from Norman Court School is anything to go by then there can only be more to come. The Christmas Fair was the first the school has provided for a number of years since the school continues to rebuild itself.
In 2013 the ‘not for profit’ school opened its doors with the introduction of a Montessori nursery and Infant School, with this year’s term seeing the alignment of a new Junior School (years 3-5) lead by Headmaster Hamish McKeown who attending the school in his youth.
Plans are for year 6 to join the juniors, the nursery school to achieve forest school status and eventually grow to cater for 300 students up to the age of 18.
For more details visit: www.normancourt.org.uk