The new Velmore Centre held its first Christmas Craft Fayre yesterday, 15th December.
Stalls selling an assortment of festive products were located in the main hall of the building and a side room, with refreshments available in the new cafe area at the front of the building. With Santa indisposed, dealing with some troublesome Elves, a rather attractive looking Mrs Claus popped in to see some of the children and hand-out presents.
One of the stalls, pictured above, contained a colourful selection of items made by members of the Friendship Group that meets at the Velmore Centre on a Tuesday afternoon. The craft activities have helped give members of the group a real sense of purpose and has kept them occupied over the last few months. Some of the materials had been provided by members of the group, others had been purchased with the help of a small grant.
The other stalls were provided by members of the Church and by commercial traders, but some were disappointed with the number of visitors to the event. Business was too slow compared to other events that they go to.
A similar problem had been experienced the previous weekend, when a children’s party at the new Community Centre was lightly attended, though one member of the community observed that this was partly due to a “what’s-on” listing publicising the wrong date…
Speaking to some of Velmore’s residents and other passers-by outside the Falkland Road Co-Op, Eastleigh News found that most knew of the Velmore Centre, now a recognised landmark thanks to the Doves that adorn the building, some had seen the publicity for the Craft Fayre including the leaflets that had dropped through their letterbox, a few had already been to the Craft Fayre [all of whom said it was great], but many passers-by had either not noticed the leaflet [lost amid all the other flyers dropping through their letterbox] or had simply forgotten that the event was happening.
Nobody actually said that they were reluctant to attend because the Community Centre is connected to the Church, though Eastleigh News has had that feedback indirectly, via other sources…
Velmore’s Christmas activities continue next weekend, with a Christmas Extravaganza. This will comprise Christmas Carols outside Matts Bakery (11am), a Christmas Bazaar in the Velmore Centre (midday) and the Velmore Church Nativity (3:30pm).