A Great Turnout and a Great Time at the GRA Christmas Market!

14 November turned out to be a very busy day in the Greatfield diary.  Not only was our local library hosting a highly fattening cake bake to raise money for Syrian refugees, but before that – and even before the Diwali celebrations in the Flanders community garden – our residents association hosted its second market at St George’s Church Hall in Burford Rd.

After the will it (rain), won’t it fears of our September debut in Brampton Park’s Rainbow Centre grounds, it was nice to know that our new home of St George’s Church Hall meant that we didn’t have to worry what the weather decided to do (even if it went all out for our recent rain/sleet/snow shower experience).

Arriving before our 11am opening, it was cheering to find a bustle of activity – and even some customers who had sneaked in before we opened for business. Residents attending could enjoy delicious curries and wraps courtesy of market veteran Chef Manzoor; a dazzling array of jams and chutneys (I am now a complete convert to the joys of marrow and ginger); and some delicious samosas and pakoras served up by GRA member, Anita. If you were more interested in stocking up for Christmas, there were also stalls selling everything from cards and decorations to jewellery, fabulous pots and baby clothes – and for the kids, face painting and a cartoonist. We even had a visit from local MP, Stephen Timms.

For those who missed us, the market will be back at St George’s for a fabulous spring outing in March, as part of a commitment to quarterly events. Keep your eyes peeled for posters.

You can also see pics from the summer market here.

By Greatfield Residents Association Member Susan

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