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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Find great gifts and exciting entertainment at the Chapel Gallery Vintage and Handmade Fair

If you enjoy hunting through vintage goods or are looking for an unusual Christmas present for someone then the Chapel Gallery is the place to visit.

The Gallery will host a fabulous three-day Vintage and Handmade Fair on Friday 28 November, Saturday 29 November and Sunday 30 November.

With more than 40 stalls of handmade, retro and true vintage goods, it’s the perfect place for a treasure hunt and to buy quirky gifts. Stallholders will include Ormskirk-based Louisa Brown, whose business ‘Louisa Brown Soap’ was chosen as a Small Business Sunday winner by businessman Theo Paphitis of Dragon’s Den fame.

The theme of the fair will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and there will be warm mulled wine and artisan foods.

Stalls will be open from midday to 8pm on Friday and from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information please go to Chapel Gallery or Chapel Gallery (external link).

The Vintage and Handmade Fair will also feature  craft demonstrations, live entertainment and plenty of free fun activities, in particular chess conundrums, on Sunday, for those who feel up to a mental challenge

On Friday 28 November the choir Raised Voices will perform between 2pm and 3pm. Then from 6pm Naomi Koop will be weaving her own special brand of magic, creating wonderful music to charm and delight all who visit. Upstairs in the main hall we have a new Vintage singer Anna Beaumont singing songs form the 40’s and 50’s. If you miss Anna on Friday she is also performing on Sunday from 12 noon till 4.30pm.

Children can learn how to make Christmas decorations between 6pm and 8pm and visitors can dress up in period costumes and have their picture taken in the photo booth. There will also be games and competitions.

Cotton Town Hot Club, vintage DJ’s  will take visitors back to a bygone era on Saturday 29 November by playing nostalgic music between 10am and 4pm. There will also be sewing and rag rug making demonstrations throughout the day.

Then on Sunday 30 November, Vintage Voice Francesca Georgeson will provide the live musical entertainment, and there will be demonstrations of rag rug making and vintage hairstyling and make-up. Visitors can even have their hair and make-up done in a vintage style.

Throughout the time the fair is on Donations can be made to the Mayor’s Charities, which this year are the Skem Men-Aces football team, Ormskirk Hospital Radio and Homestart Central Lancashire.

Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “Make sure you don’t miss the Vintage and Handmade Fair as it will be a fantastic event. There will be plenty of great items to choose from on the stalls as well as some other really great entertainment for people to enjoy.”

Ormskirk’s Christmas lights will be lit on Friday 28 November, when some very special guests will turn on the new lights. The fun begins about 4.30pm with fantastic entertainment lined up for this very special occasion including walkabout Peppa Pig and Sponge Bob characters, magic show and singer Jeni Jay who will perform songs by Christina Aguilera and from the film Frozen.

The Chapel Gallery is currently hosting the annual Objects of Desire Exhibition with around 30 high-end designers and makers, from across the UK, offering items that make unique Christmas gifts. A showcase of paintings and prints by award-winning artist Judy Musselle, which evoke a magical and dreamlike atmosphere, is also on display.

Judy’s showcase and the Objects of Desire exhibition will be at the gallery until Saturday 3 January.

To find out more about West Lancashire Borough Council leisure events please visit events.

Don’t forget the Gallery is now open between 10am and 4.30pm on Mondays until 23 December.

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