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Extracts from our newsletter December 2019
The Association's Foire Noel at the Salle Polyvalente in St Martin de Landelles on Sunday, November 3 was a great success. As stallholders, selling our homemade crafts, including handmade Christmas crackers, and tree decorations, table decorations, knitted teddies, babywear and handpainted watercolour cards and pictures, it was gratifying to have so many visitors through the doors. There was a festive atmosphere and the complimentary croissants and coffee for stallholders was a nice touch and much appreciated. It was encouraging to see how many gifted people there are out there in our corner of Normandie. Thanks to Emma and her band of helpers for making it such a success -
Pat, Margaret and Pat
Being new to the association, it was a great pleasure to be part of the associations 1st ever Christmas Fayre. The super new hall in St Martin de Landelles was the perfect venue, and all the volunteers pulled together to create a very well organised event. The turn out was good, despite the foul weather and the atmosphere in the main hall was one of a bustling christmas market. It was well received by all who visited, all that was missing was the mulled wine! (but I guess a licence is required for that). I am sure with `the word' now out, this will become a very popular annual event for both exhibitors and visitors alike and I look forward to being part of it for many years to come! Kate
Gardening club visit to Jardiland in Avranches
A group of gardening club members visited this garden centre on 13th Nov. to look at the Christmas displays.
There were several large scenes on show, featuring a Reindeer with Polar Bears, Wolves and a rotating tree with owls perched in its branches. The Father Christmas mannequin was dressed in white, sitting in a swan chariot and there were a couple of displays with aircraft as centrepieces, being piloted by large teddy bears. They were all beautifully and creatively designed and I am sure would appeal to young children's` imaginations.
There was also a tiny illuminated village scene with a lake and a clock tower which was quite charming. Every conceivable type of decoration is available to buy and Christmas lights galore in every style and colour you could possibly wish for.
There were plenty of ideas for gifts on sale , fantastic orchids at fantastic prices and a plethora of plants as usual. Assorted furry pets looking for new homes and even gift hampers for pampered pooches.
A few purchases were made then we met up again at a new shopping complex called L`Avenue (near the Decathlon shop) for refreshments. It was a delightful surprise inside and the florist shop (Anne Freret) in the entrance was enchanting, quirky and artistically designed. There were several other boutiques such as the fancy chocolate counter, the fresh fruit and veg. market, unusual homemade meals in Kilner jars , a cake and bread patisserie and a bar and restaurant. All exquisitely set up for trade.
However the final unit was still being constructed so we watched as workmen drilled, hammered and used power tools while we tried to chat. There was even an impromptu fireworks display when the cutting disc hit metal ! But the place will be lovely when it is completed as it is being finished to a high standard to reflect the wares on sale
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