Handmade for Christmas at the Workhouse Chapel

Many thanks to those of you who have already visited this marvellous craft venue. Below is the latest news from Rose which I  have copied from her newsletter.  If this will be your first visit you will find so much inspiration for Christmas gifts for family and yourself!  For those who have already been there is plenty to warrant another visit with friends.    Enjoy.  Gaynor

Oh my goodness!  Handmade for Christmas at the Workhouse Chapel is MASSIVE this year!!!  Bright and beautiful, crammed with creativity, full of fabulosity – OK, I know this isn’t really a word, but ordinary words simply don’t describe the loveliness.  We have unique and totally wonderful gifts from 60 of the very best local makers and artists.

Things are going fast – new stock is arriving daily.  No matter how many times you visit, there will always be something new to see.  Every evening I’m on the phone, cracking the whip, locking makers in their sheds.  Makers, artists and elves all over Dorset and Somerset are working tirelessly to bring perfect Christmas gifts to you.

And at the beginning of December things really start to rock!!  The Christmas tree goes up and the mulled cider starts to infuse.

Fall back in love with Christmas shopping at the Workhouse Chapel!

Handmade for Christmas is open 10.30 – 4.30 five days a week (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) right up until Christmas Eve.  If you have a last minute panic, don’t worry – I’ll be open all Christmas week.

See you there!  Bring all your friends….

The Workhouse Chapel. Bath Road. Sturminster Newton. DT10 1DR



Home Farm Trust – Thank You!

Home Farm Trust Fair, Saturday 22nd November.

We are very grateful to all the kind people in North Cheriton who, following our recent appeal through Excalibur, gave us so many attractive things for the Trash & Treasures stall.   Because of the generosity of all our donors, our stall made the amazing sum of £2,435.26.   We are hugely grateful and thank you so very much indeed.

Libby Renwick and Veronica Goodenough.

Electrical Power Failure

This morning, for the second time in recent weeks, we lost electrical power.  You may not be aware that there is an emergency number to call in order to get updates on the situation.

The number is 0800-072 72 82 and, if you dial it, you are likely to get an optimistic statement as to when the power will be restored!

Today there was a new development.  Once the power had been restored I received what I thought was a ‘cold call’.  A recorded voice said that I had a message waiting and to press 1 if I wished to hear it and 9 to reject it.

The call was coming from 01159 338000 so I ran an internet check and found that it is a legitimate  answering service.  The next time I was called I pressed 1 and found a message from the Electricity Board which said that they had fixed the problem and did I have any further queries.  I assume that this message is sent to all those who called in on the emergency number.

I hope this may be useful to someone.  David Tunbridge

Handmade for Christmas 2015

Handmade for Christmas 2015 at The Workhouse Chapel.

Bath Road, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1DR

Many of my friends and contacts in North Cheriton, and elsewhere, will already have had an invitation setting out details of H4C (Handmade for Christmas) this year.  I have enjoyed taking part for the past 3 years.  This year there is even more craft displayed, with new stock arriving daily. For some the work is their life and career, for the rest, we all have a great interest and love of our crafts.. I work mainly with vintage textiles that I collect from many sources, including India, recycling vintage saris – shisha mirrors, gold metallic braid, silk fabric and much more, turning them into A4 size wall hangings. Anyone viewing them will realise that I have a fondness for elephants.  They are a symbol of Good Luck!

I really am not blowing my own trumpet here but just want to try and get across what a marvellous venue and source of Christmas presents you will find at the Workhouse Chapel. You will be made very welcome. 

To those of you that have already visited, many thanks, for the rest do go with a friend and enjoy.
Photo shows my studio with work in progress — Gaynor Tunbridge


Christmas Craft Fayre – THIS SATURDAY!

Make your Christmas shopping easy this year – come and buy from local craftsmen and women each producing top quality handmade items for all budgets.
Get in the festive spirit whilst shopping in a decorated hall to the background sound of Christmas carols – you can even lunch by candlelight on homemade soup, a cream tea or mulled wine!
Bring a friend, support these expert local Crafters and buy some truly unique gifts for your family and friends this year.

2015 blog poster