First craft fair is runaway success for Ballantrae

The village of Ballantrae set its stall out on Saturday with its first ever craft fair.

Organised by Ballantrae Community Association the popular event was held in the village Community Centre.

Victoria Randlo from The Tori Tree with handmade gifts and art

Victoria Randlo from The Tori Tree with handmade gifts and art

The fair brought in many people from Ballantrae and the wider Community with a great variety of stalls from jewellery, hand knitting, jams, homebaking, wood work, rope crafts and much much more.

There was also face painting, spray tattoos, candyfloss and hairbraiding on the stage for the children.

A Ballantrae event wouldn’t be complete without it’s famous teas and homebaking, which was up to its usual fantastic standard and many people commented that for the entry fee of £2 for the Craft Fair and the teas, that they had great value for money.

Again the committee would like to thank the wonderful “Gala Girls” who organised and ran the teas and to the many people who donated the homebaking.

Sharon Robertson said: “We are also proud that the younger members of our village are keen to be involved in the fundraising and would like to thank our younger Gala Girls Lauren Bradshaw and Erin Stevenson, both aged 12, who sat from before 11am until 4pm and ran the raffle stall.

“There are so many people who help with gala Fundraising now that it would be impossible to name them all but they all know who they are and Ballantrae Community Association are overwhelmed and very thankful to every one of them. What a Community we live in!”

All the funds raised, totalling nearly £880, will go towards Ballantrae’s ever growing and hugely successful Gala and in particular the Annual Fishing Competition’s impressive firework display, which will be held on Saturday 23rd May this year at 6pm on Ballantrae beach.

The Gala in turn raises funds for the Community Centre and enables the Committee to keep affiliation fees for the many groups who use the centre to a minimum, as well as buying anything the hall needs, which was a cooker last year, as well as stage curtains and many other things in the past few years.

The Association would like to thank Secretary Fiona Roper who worked hard and pulled the whole Craft Fair together.

The association will be hosting another Craft Fair on 28th November and already many of the stall holders from Saturday have booked their table.

The Gala Dance tickets which will be held on 4th of July after our Gala Day, with music by Destination Anywhere also went on sale on Saturday and sold out!