Winter Fayre Takes Place At Maws Craft Centre This Saturday

People who contact a Shropshire craft centre thinking it is still a tile factory despite the fact it closed in 1970 can see what now goes on in the historic building at a Winter Fayre.

Maws Craft Centre in Jackfield still receives enquiries about the former use of the building from people who do not know it closed more than 40 years ago.

The centre, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary since becoming privately owned by a private company, boasts an array of businesses.

The event on November 23 will bring to an end the Ironbridge Gorge craft centre’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

Sabine Townend, managing director of the craft centre, said: “I am amazed when people contact us thinking we are still a tile factory and we have to disappoint them.

“Maw & Co, which owned the building, ceased trading in December 1969 and the works closed on January 2 1970.

“I recently had somebody call in at the office looking for reproduction and antique tile

“However, I would love these people to still come down and visit us and see what we are doing to preserve this historic property.

“We are a home for so many exciting independent businesses providing some great products and services to the public.

“I would urge anyone to come down and have a look at what we have to offer.”

The event, which is from 11am to 4pm, includes crafts, Christmas decorations, gifts and food and drink to buy as gifts.

Musical entertainment will be provided by members of the Jackfield Elcock Reisen Brass Band, the Travellers Barber Shop Quartet and the Jackfield Church Singers.

Children can also take part in a number of activities, including make and take workshops making Christmas decorations and Advent calendars; an Advent calendar trail; and face painting from noon to 3pm.

There will be a miniature Christmas village display and a tombola in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospices with an original Christmas Heart watercolour by artist Hazel McNab as the main prize.

The Christmas lights will be switched on by Telford MP David Wright.

There will also be food and drink stalls, including turkey baps, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.

Sabine said: “Our Winter Fayre brings to an end a phenomenal year for us as we celebrate 25 years in Jackfield.

“We hope to top it all off with a great event and a record-breaking number of stalls.

“We are fully booked for stalls but are still looking for a chestnut roasting trader who can come down on the day to take part in the fayre.”

Entry to the Winter Fayre and parking is free.

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