Do you have a much-loved frock you no longer wear but is still in good condition? Then you can help to raise money for charity by swapping it.
West Lancashire Borough Council is organising a Frock & Roll Vintage and Handmade Fair at the Sandy Lane Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, on Saturday 27 September between 10am and 4pm.
As part of the preparations for the event staff are collecting dresses for a stall at the fair. They are inviting people to drop their dresses off at the Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, from Tuesday 16 September to Thursday 25 September.
The gallery is open from 10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday. Dresses can also be brought to Unit 63 at the Sandy Lane Centre on Tuesday 16 September and Thursday 23 September from 11am – 3pm.
When the dresses are dropped off owners can pick up a ticket to bring to the fair, and for a minimum donation of £2 they can pick up a new frock. Money raised will go to the Mayor’s Charities, which this year are Ormskirk Hospital Radio, Homestart Central Lancashire, and the Skem Men-Aces football team.
If your dress has a special memory, then write it down and attach it to the dress, perhaps with a photo. The photo and text will be added to a memory wall to create a piece of artwork. You can if you wish do this anonymously.
Any dresses left over from the event will be sold from Unit 63 at the Sandy Lane centre on Friday 3 October and Saturday 4 October between 11am and 3pm. Funds raised going to the Mayor’s Charities. Any dresses not sold will be given to a charity shop.
The fair will provide lots of fun for grown-ups and children alike including a range of creative demonstrations, from calligraphy to making decorations. There will be a variety of stalls including true vintage items, recycled items and handmade goods.
Street entertainment will be provided by one Mad Hatter and a friend called Alice, plus the great sounds produced by the Vintage DJs, who are guaranteed to get your feet tapping. A Garden in a Shoebox competition which has been running over the last few weeks will also be judged at the fair, so don’t forget to bring your entry along.
The fair will be the final event of the superb ‘Get Creative with Sandy Lane’ programme which is part of a wider scheme West Lancashire Borough Council is looking to work on in partnership with Lancashire County Council. This aims to make the centre an even more inviting place to shop, work and visit.
Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “This fair will be a fantastic event to round off a great few weeks of fun at Sandy Lane, so don’t miss out on this great day out.”
Councillor David Westley, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “The Get Creative with Sandy Lane programme has been a great success over the past few weeks and I am sure that everyone who comes the Vintage and Handmade will enjoy it.”
To apply for a vintage or handmade stall, or for further information, please contact the Chapel Gallery on 01695 571328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.