First crafts and food fair for Heron Lodge in Wroxham

9 Jan

Residents at Heron Lodge in Wroxham will be joining in art workshops when some of Norfolk’s leading craft traders visit the nursing home.

The Kingsley Healthcare run home in Norwich Road will be hosting its first art, crafts and food fair on Saturday April 21 from 10am to 4pm.

Kingsley Healthcare operations manager Georgina Dennison said: “We are proud to be part of the community in Wroxham and Hoveton and hope to establish this event as an annual event for local people and holidaymakers to enjoy.”

Paul Williams in his workshop and at a craft fair

Paul Williams in his workshop and at a craft fair
Paul Williams in his workshop and at a craft fair

Neatishead wood craftsman Paul Williams has brought together more than 20 high quality exhibitors who often join him at such major regional events as Holkham Food Fair, the Royal Norfolk Show and the Aylsham Show.

Mr Williams, a former boat builder said: “I design and handcraft all of my products in my Broadland workshop using sustainably sourced Norfolk timbers for my Food Safe chopping boards, tapas boards, serving boards and bowls.

“I also offer a range of house and business signs made from oak; more exotic timbers are used for my gift range including fountain pens, paper weights and lamps.”

Artists who have already committed to the fair include landscape painter Bob Payne who said: “I paint exclusively in oils on canvas, often on location, and emphasise light and atmosphere, the end result being a combination of eye and feeling rather than photographic reproduction.”

Heron Lodge Craft Fair

Artists Anne Filgate and Pauline Fisher who work together under the label Off the Beaten Track will also be attending along with artist and photographer Liz Applegate.

“Some of the artisans will be demonstrating during the event at an inspiring workshop for residents and visitors,” said Mr Williams.

Other craft exhibitors will include Norfolk Art Glass, the Traditional Rope Company and printmakers Kit Calladine and Keziah Philipps who will be doing her first show.

Award winning food exhibitors already signed up include the Scrummy Pig produce shop which will be selling its handmade sausages ready to eat, a Filby cider company, Panther Brewery and Pell&Co Spirits.

Heron Lodge activities coordinator Janette Sumner said: “We are planning an event for the whole family. There will be entertainment, face painting, afternoon teas and a raffle with really exciting prizes kindly donated by local businesses.”

Proceeds from the fair will support the air cadets in Hoveton and the residents’ fund for extra activities.

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