Christmas Fair

Photographs of the Christmas Fair

Saturday 19 November 2016,   from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

at the  Minton Centre, Hartshill Road

All still photography by courtesy of

Richard Redshaw LRPS

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Hartshill Christmas Fair 2016 

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Images from the Hartshill Christmas Fair 2014 

The HAHO Christmas planning group has been working on several events for November and December this year, and on a longer-term project to raise funds for Christmas lights and Christmas trees on Hartshill Road and Hilton Road.

 

The Hartshill Christmas Fair this year was at the Minton Centre, behind Holy Trinity Church on Hartshill Road, on Saturday 22 November, with Christmas cards, books, and decorations, gifts made by local craftspeople, festive food and drink, colourful plants for the home and garden, Fairtrade goods and seasonal music. The Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent, Councillor Majid Khan, visited the Fair between 10.30am and 11.30am, together with our local Ward Councillors Shaun Pender and Randy Conteh. Christmas-themed demonstrations of cooking, gift-wrapping, floristry and decoration ran throughout the day.

 

Amongst other things, the fair was in aid of our four local charities, and over 500 items in total were donated to them. These charities are:

 

The Stoke on Trent Foodbank which helps local individuals and families in crisis throughout the year; Arch North Staffs, which helps local women rebuilding their lives after escaping from domestic violence, and their children, from babies to teenagers; The Salvation Army in Stoke which provides accommodation and support for homeless men aged 18 to 65; The City Dogs Home which has been rescuing and caring for abandoned and unwanted puppies and dogs for over 30 years, and finding loving homes for them locally wherever possible.

 

There was also information about festive meals in local restaurants, as well as from our public services will be available about keeping safe, well, warm and healthy over winter, plus advice on who can help with money worries.

 

The Fair also saw the launch of the sale Cards for good causes, which HAHO was again supporting for the second year. We sold Christmas cards and Christmas goods this year on behalf of about 30 national charities and our very well-known local charities Douglas Macmillan Hospice and Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. This not only supports these good causes but also raises funds for the Hartshill and Harpfields Christmas trees and Christmas lights appeal. Apart from at the Fair, cards were sold at local churches, workplaces and other venues. All in all we raised over £1,300 this year, of which HAHO retains 10%.

 

For the first time HAHO was able to deliver on another Christmas activity, Free collection and delivery of local Christmas cards, while plans are now well underway to launch our Community carol singing project in 2015.

 

HAHO thanks all those involved with the Hartshill and Harpfields Christmas events for 2014; the individuals, businesses and services who have helped, advised and supported us; the great band of volunteers who make it all happen; and Ward Councillors Randy Conteh and Shaun Pender for their generous Ward Budget funding.