Christmas bazaar at Monkton Wyld Court today

PUBLISHED: 09:49 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:46 15 June 2010

Monkton Wyld Court is holding a Christmas bazaar in conjunction with St Andrews Church today (Friday) from 11am until 8pm.

Monkton Wyld Court is holding a Christmas bazaar in conjunction with St Andrews Church today (Friday) from 11am until 8pm. The event will take place in the beautiful and historic Victorian house and grounds with a variety of local crafts and produce available The organizers of the event hope that it will be an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the high street with a calm atmosphere and a focus on supporting local crafts workers. The event is a chance for visitors to experience the house in the heart of winter with a warm welcome of roaring fires, stunning views and home cooking. Local crafts include hand made jewellery, pottery, woodwork, bags, knitwear, clothing, photography and many other home crafts in addition to the church stall and Monkton Wyld Court's craft shop. Light lunches, home bakes, teas and coffees will be available during the day. In the evening there will be mulled wine and mince pies for guests to enjoy as they wander about the stalls. It is hoped that the event will attract a wide variety of visitors throughout the course or the day and provide an opportunity for those working to join in the festive fun in the evening. Monkton Wyld Court and St Andrews Church, both designed by Richard Cromwell Carpenter (a pupil of the renowned architect Pugin) and built in 1848 recently collaborated to host the annual parish Christmas Meal. Guests arrived to a welcoming open fire at the Court entrance and enjoyed warm apple juice by the wood-burning stove in the old library before their meal. Members of the parish church council elegantly decorated the dining room with beautiful garlands of ivy and clove-studded oranges, providing a traditional and natural atmosphere for the three-course meal of mainly local produce. The dishes themselves were cooked by both Monkton Wyld Court and the Church and were enjoyed by the forty guests. A raffle to raise funds for the Church, and a fun quiz followed by coffee and tea ended the evening pleasantly for all concerned. It is hoped that further parish meals will be held throughout the year.For further details please contact Monkton Wyld Court on 01297560342 or visit our website at

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