Britain’s festive markets have already started opening their doors. Warsop was one of the first holding their Christmas Market on 15 November at the John Fretwell Centre.
At a market you would expect to find a wide range of stalls, which is what you get at Warsop. Each year the Club has their traditional favourites such as Pluck a Duck and the Bric-a-Brac stalls. They also try new stalls, such as the £1 bag stall which was such a success in 2016, that it has been adopted and will be back each year.
DID YOU KNOW: Christmas Markets originated in Germany, and the tradition goes back to the late Middle Ages. One of the first known records of such Christmas markets was recorded in 1384. A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt, Marché de Noël, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, Christkindlimarkt, and Weihnachtsmarkt are usually street markets associated with celebrating Christmas during the four weeks of advent.
The night before the market we were able to get in to the venue and set up some of the more complex stalls with many items on them such as the Bric-a-Brac, Sue’s Boutique and Christine’s arrangements. A few of the committee members came to lend a hand, oh and try on a few items from the boutique.
Did you know Santa has three gardens?
Yes, he loves to ho ho ho!
The day dawned and was full of surprises and people setting up before the doors opened. There were so many stall holders this year that we almost ran out of tables. We had a few new faces to welcome from East Midlands Labrador Rescue and The D Boutique. Once everyone was settled President Helen opened the 2017 Christmas Market at 10 o’clock.
What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?
A mince pie and a hot drink were available with the ticket price of £3 and a steady flow of Inner Wheel members from District 22 started to come through the doors.
Who hides in a bakery at Christmas?
A mince Spy.
There were also people from the local area, friends and family who came to support the event. At the end of a very busy, cheerful and festive morning, the doors closed. Treasurer Anne announced that we had made a record amount in the Club’s history, since we started holding this event. President Helen was delighted as all the proceeds will be going in to the pot for this year’s charity Autism East Midlands.
What is Santa’s favourite pizza?
One that’s deep pan, crisp and even.
Well done to all who helped set up, volunteered on the day, turned up to support and bought on the day. We could not do such great work without you all.
Why is a foot a great gift at Christmas?
It makes a great stocking filler.
From President Helen and everyone at the Inner Wheel Club of Warsop, we wish you all a happy, healthy Christmas and prosperous new year.