Amersham Heritage Day
11th September 2016
The group took a stall at the annual Amersham Heritage Day, and the weather was kind with
glorious sunshine bringing out the crowds. There was a funfair and bouncy castles for the
children, dozens of brightly polished vintage cars for the motorheads, and a wide range of
stalls selling food and drink, displaying handmade items, or demonstrating historic crafts.
Music was provided by street organs raising money for charity and everyone seemed to be
At our stall opposite the Kings Arms we displayed a range of stitched and textile items made
by members, together with our scrapbook for people to browse. Many passers-by stopped to chat
and some took away a leaflet or expressed an interest in attending a meeting. Let's hope that
there are a few new members amongst them.
Closer to the Market Hall, Val and Viki occupied a stylish marquee, shared with Viki's sister
It was a bright and cheerful display, dripping with fabric and crocheted handbags, and
overflowing with stitched jewellery and brooches, hand-made cards, covered buttons, metal
charms and knitted gloves. What's not to like?
Between the two stalls, the
Buckinghamshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
were also trying to attract new members. They displayed an old spinning wheel
(jealously guarded by Angus the dog) and an array of exotic yarns in luscious colours just
asking to be stroked.
Further up the road I found a stall selling an array of textile items, but what caught my
eye was a little bowl of silvery charms. I departed the happy owner of a frog, a tiger,
a flamingo and a saluki hound.
Both Eileen and I succumbed to the jams and pickles on sale at one stall, I was hard
pressed to resist the handmade biscuits on a stall just opposite ours, and somehow a packet
of macadamia nuts in dark chocolate found their way into my bag.
Thanks to Terry for organising the rota and setting up the stall, and for forming the
morning shift with Sue and also to Eileen and Liz for their congenial company in the
afternoon. We all enjoyed it, and felt that if it succeeded in raising our profile
amongst potential members, it was worth doing again. So long as the weather is kind
and the rain holds off!
All photos © Liz Smith