Plenty of crafts at the an­nual mar­ket

Stratford Press - - News -

This Oc­to­ber the fifth an­nual Un­der the Moun­tain Arts and Crafts Fete will take place.

The mar­ket, which is or­gan­ised by the St Mary’s Dioce­san School PTA, will take place on the Satur­day of Labour Week­end.

With 70 stalls al­ready reg­is­tered the or­gan­is­ers are con­fi­dent they will have 100 qual­ity arts, crafts and food stalls on the day, says PTA chair Julie Lar­com.

Of the stalls al­ready reg­is­tered, just un­der 30 are new stalls, mean­ing shop­pers will find plenty of new hand­made arts and crafts on of­fer, along­side the reg­u­lar stalls, some of which are re­turn­ing for the fifth year.

Each year, the PTA spon­sor a com­mu­nity group for the mar­ket, and this year it’s TEAM HOPE. They are be­ing given a stall at the mar­ket, with the usual stall holder fees waived so they can pro­mote their work and raise some funds.

One of the things TEAM HOPE will have at the mar­ket is a range of beau­ti­ful Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions made from ply­wood. These can be per­son­alised and are sure to be pop­u­lar, says Julie.

As well as the range of food trucks on site, St Mary’s will have their leg­endary food stall run­ning on the day. Named Cafe PTA, this year it will be op­er­at­ing from the school’s din­ing room and will be of­fer­ing what Julie de­scribes as “a few sur­prises” on the menu.

Last year more than 1200 peo­ple vis­ited the mar­ket, says Julie, all tak­ing ad­van­tage of the great mu­sic, food, cof­fee and shop­ping.

● All stall holder en­quiries to the St Mary’s of­fice — 06 765 5333.

Year 9 stu­dents Poppy Scar­lett (left) of Te Kuiti and Molly Yar­rall of Eltham.

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