The Friends will be running a stall selling objects d'art and jewellery at the City of Rochester Craft Fair in the Castle Grounds on Saturday and Sunday 27th - 28th November and Saturday and Sunday 11th - 12th December. We are pitch number 10 just down from the Way In door. We hope to see you at some time over the two weekends.
Trading is from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. If you are able to help, cover is especially needed to run the stall at lunchtimes, 1-2 pm, on all four days and also for the last hour of trading on Saturday 11th December in order to give Sue Haydock a break. Stalls must not be left unattended. Help would also be useful for setting up and clearing away.
Please contact Sue Haydock 01634 811172 or by email to email@example.com if you can volunteer to cover one of these slots.
The Friends' Committee
The Council has announced that Eastgate House will reopen on Thursday 28th October 2021.
The house will be decorated for Hallowe'en and there will be a Spooky Treasure Hunt. Free Admission for up to three children from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st October who must be accompanied by at least one paying adult.
Under our EVENTS heading you will find details of our next talk. This will be the first one since lockdown, so I do hope you will want to come along and hear Claire Gapper talk about the wall painting figures on the 3rd floor. This floor is not open to the public, but there is a chance that those at the talk will be allowed up to see them for themselves. Booking starts on 28th September.
Sue Haydock, Chairman
You will have seen our article about the Friends having a stall at the monthly Rochester Artisan Market in April.
Well, it all went so well that we signed up for the rest of the summer season. We had stalls in June, July, July, August and September. May was cancelled due to bad weather.
We are booked in for Saturday 9th October 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. We are located near the entrance to La Providence. We do hope you will come along and say ‘hello’.
The stalls have been very profitable, making over £800 so far. The cost of the pitch is £30 and so far each month has been sponsored by one or more of our members, and including the current mayor. If you would like to help by sponsoring a stall, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org Providing the stall takes £100 I feel it is worth doing.
You can help in other ways, too. We sell good quality second hand jewellery, (which is where we started) but have expanded into small ceramics, decorative plates, objects d’art, and some small miscellaneous items that hopefully will attract a buyer.
With Christmas on the horizon, we will not be doing the November Artisan market as we hope to have a stall at the City of Rochester Society’s Craft Fair at the Rochester Christmas Market and Dickens Festival (TBC). These dates are 27/28 Nov ember and 11/12th December
As our items sell so well, we are always in need of replacements. If you think you have something that might be useful to us, we will be pleased to take your donation, especially if it might make a good Christmas present. I am always in need of the little jewellery boxes, as well. It does improve our presentation, and helps to sell our items. Just contact email@example.com and we will respond.
Sue Haydock, Chairman
In an update to an earlier news item, we are pleased to invite members and friends to join our Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Eastgate House on Wednesday 30th June at 6.30 pm (doors open 6.00pm. The meeting will take place at The Guildhall, Rochester High Street. Covid-19 restrictions will be in place.
The Mayor of Medway and our local Councillors will be joining us.
In addition to the formal meeting there will be a raffle and refreshments. Nominations to join the committee are also welcome.
If you would like to attend please contact us.
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