Barley braces itself for a feast of Christmas market bargains

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Bigger and better than ever – that’s the proud boast of Barley’s popular Christmas Market, which will be aiming to solve a few seasonal shopping headaches on Saturday – and support the historic parish church.

The annual market will run from 11am to 4pm at Barley Town House in Church End, and it’s free admission to tempt as many customers as possible.

The Town House is one of the oldest village halls in the country and has had many uses in its time, including fire station and school.

Organisers promise lots of new stalls this year as well as some old favourites.

They include craft offers, charity stalls, wooden wellie stands, bunting, wood turning, natural skincare for teens, amazing African artefacts supporting schools in the Gambia, tombola, designer bags and scarves, handmade dribble bibs, aromatherapy oils, insect houses and lots more.

There will be plenty of Christmas gift ideas plus the church’s homemade cakes and produce stall and a wonderful raffle with prizes donated by our stallholders. Refreshments will be simple, wholesome and very reasonably priced.

Co-ordinator Alison White said: “Come along, enjoy chatting to our stallholders and help us to keep the church open for future generations to enjoy.”

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