Nimble Fingers crafters fair chuffed to be back in action

From left: Lorna Hume, Cathie Duncan and Mhairi Reid enjoying an overdue catch-up at the craft fair.
From left: Lorna Hume, Cathie Duncan and Mhairi Reid enjoying an overdue catch-up at the craft fair.

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A group of Kintyre crafters who weren’t idle during lockdown had a bumper selection of wares to sell at their first fair in almost two years.

Members of the Nimble Fingers group spoke of their delight at greeting customers face-to-face – albeit masked – at Campbeltown Town Hall last Saturday, at the group’s first craft fair since November 2019.

To mark the momentous occasion, young piper William McLean welcomed the early birds who went along when the doors opened at 10am.

There were 14 craft stalls – many regulars and some new faces – as well as a tombola, lucky numbers and guess the weight of the dumpling which welcomed visitors until 4pm.

For anyone who worked up a drouth as they browsed the goods on offer, there was tea and coffee, as well as bacon, ham and egg mayonnaise rolls, on offer.

In addition to offering crafters a venue from which to sell their wares, the fairs benefit the community as a different local charity is chosen to receive the proceeds from the raffle and tombola-type stalls at each event.

As a small, independent group, Nimble Fingers aims to help smaller charities that don’t tend to receive big grants or lottery funding.

This time, the beneficiary was Meadows Under Fives nursery which will receive £500.

The group doesn’t approach local businesses for raffle prizes or other donations; instead they hold different fundraising events at the entrance to the Co-op supermarket throughout the year which also contributes to any other expenses.

‘No members of Nimble Fingers receive any monies made as we all give our time for the love of crafting,’ said a group spokesperson.

The crafters pay for their tables at the fair, which funds the hall’s rental cost, and they then keep any profit they make at their own stall.

‘We have so many people to thank for making last Saturday’s fair such a fantastic event,’ added the spokesperson. ‘A special mention should go to to William McLean for opening our fair by playing the pipes.

‘Also to Bobby Cairns and Willie Durnan at the town hall who really do a fantastic job and go way beyond the call of duty; they are just brilliant and nothing is too much trouble to them.

‘Thank you to the mums and staff of Meadows Under Fives for supporting our event so well and all the crafters who joined us with their lovely array of crafts and for creating such a lovely warm atmosphere on the day.

‘And last, but certainly not least, a big thank you to everyone who came to browse, buy and enjoy a cuppa with their friends. We can’t wait till the next one.’

The crafters already have their knitting needles and glue guns out ahead of the next fair, scheduled for November 13, at Campbeltown Town Hall.