Exciting Christmas Market in Chipping Campden

Lord Mayor of Chipping Campden
Lord Mayor of Chipping Campden Michael Allchin

The eagerly awaited 2018 Chipping Campden Christmas Market took place on Saturday 1st December, in the market square and town hall. The event was opened by Town Crier Chris “Rooster” Rouse and Lord Mayor of Chipping Campden Michael Allchin.

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Starting at 12 noon, after a wet morning, the people of Chipping Campden, and surrounding villages, came out in large numbers to browse the stalls, watch and listen to the entertainment and take their young children to visit Father Christmas.

The event was run by the Chipping Campden Rotary club, with the highlight being the lighting of the Tree of Life (and all the town’s lights) at 5:30pm.

Entertainment on the stage was with some superb dance routines from Rozie T Dance Academy, and energetic keyboards/vocals from Andrew James. Andrew included a lot of classic Christmas numbers including the Live Aid record “Do they Know its Christmas” and Slade classic hit as well as numbers from one of his favourite films ‘Love Actually”. He also did a reggae mashup with songs from Bob Marley including “One World”.

Andrew James at Chipping Campden Christmas Market 2018
Andrew James performs at the Christmas Market

This became a singalong with crowd participation and he was joined on stage with some young children dancing to his tunes.

The stalls included one from the Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpicks with their first joint newspaper “The Campden Tablet” giving news and history about the Cotswold Olimpicks and Scuttlebrook Wake events which are scheduled for Friday 31st May 2019 (Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games) and Saturday 1st June (Scuttlebrook Wake).

Chipping Campden Christmas Market 2018
Robert Dover & Tom Threadgill (chair of Cotswold Olimpicks committee)

These historic events, including the world shin kicking championship, have been going for hundreds of years with the Cotswold Olimpicks traced back to 1612!. Also, in 1612 the Market hall and old Campden House were built, so a lot of history started that year.

The Scuttlebrook Queen for 2019 will be selected at an event at the Lygon Arms on February 8th, with local girls between 11 – 17 being eligible to enter. The Queen will appear at both events.

Entries for the Cotswold Olimpicks for Championship of the hill, Champion of the Hill and Shin Kicking among others are open now and for more information contact Grace at media@olimpickgames.co.uk

Chipping Campden Christmas Market 2018
Stalls at Chipping Campden Christmas Market at darkness falls

The outside stalls included several for food and drink (including mulled wine) at West Country Fare, Yubberton Chutney Co, Cotswold Fudge, Campden Rotary, Curry and mulled gin from Cotswold House and Noel Arms, The Kings Hotel, Springdale Produce, Woodchester Valley Vineyard, Cotswold Chippy, Coffee Bean, Warwickshire Creperie, Shakespeare Pig Roast, Huxleys, Nurses Cottage drinks and pizza from the Wild Oven. In the town hall lovely chocolate and fudge was available from Country Markets.

The craft stalls included candles from Faye Welford and Oil can mini based from Thomas Dunham, wreathes from Kathryn Kerr, ironwork from Lofty Hemming, Harritt Attias’s silversmith examples, ceramics from Dorcas de Marco, jewellery and paintings from Rae Barrett, handmade crafts by Einir, art and jewellery by Tracy Churchill, pukka pelts, Louise Goves illustrations, flower bouquets from Perfect Petals, hand painted glassware from Cotswold Handmade, Sara’s fairy couture, Country Master, Bespoke iron and steel, Country Styles clothing. In the Town Hall were several craft stalls including local photos from Betty Stocker.

There was also a fundraising stall from Chipping Campden scouts, a stall from St. Catherine’s Parent Action Group with raffle items, a treasure seekers gift shop and face painting from Catherine Bellew.

Now Chipping Campden and its shops will hope for a busy Christmas period before an exciting line-up of events in 2019.

 

 

Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts is an experienced Media, PR, Communications and imaging professional, based in South Warwickshire/North Cotswolds. He specialises in communications, social media, PR and imaging working with both commercial clients and local groups, working with them to maximise their publicity and visibility.He comes with extensive experience in the corporate, public sector and not for profit areas, where he managing their social media and communications campaigns and channels. He spent 10 years (2004 – 2014) working as a UK Motor racing media professional, working with clients for their social media, press releases and newspaper articles, which were supplied with my images. I was fully accredited in the UK for championships such as Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and British F3/GT championships. I also worked in Europe on the FIA GT championships at Spa Francorchamps (Belgium) and Monza (Italy).

One thought on “Exciting Christmas Market in Chipping Campden

  • 2nd December 2018 at 10:33 pm
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    Great coverage of the market Chris & some good pictures- glad it went well
    Liked your own write up- some good personal publicity
    ILR

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