'Made in Briston' stamp of quality

Shoppers at a craft fair in a north Norfolk village can be certain they won't find any labels on the goods saying “Made in China” - because everything has been made by local residents.

Shoppers at a craft fair in a north Norfolk village can be certain they won't find any labels on the goods saying “Made in China” - because everything has been made by local residents.

The Made in Great Snoring sale takes place on October 12 at the social club in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance and was the brainchild of resident Sue Pannell.

She realised she had so many talented neighbours in the village near Fakenham that she could use their skills to bring a unique touch to their latest fund-raising attempt.

She said: “Last year we had a MacMillan coffee morning and it was very successful with the usual stalls but at the last minute I decided to have one table of things for sale made by people in the village which went down really well.


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“When we decided to have another event I put it to a few people that we could do a sale with only locally made items and everyone was really enthusiastic. There are lots of people round here beavering away at things.”

TV presenter Helen McDermott will open the event which will have a huge range of items on sale from jewellery to Christmas decorations, knitted toys, patchwork, bird boxes, a wishing well, cakes, preserves, vegetables and eggs.

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Even the carrier bags for people to take their goodies home will be homemade.

“I saw bags made from newspaper when I visited India and when I came home I started making them out of magazines,” said Mrs Pannell. “It's quite easy and a friend who designed our sale logo, Jenny Fifield, is printing that on all the bags.”

The craft sale will be open from 11am to 4pm, entrance is £1 including a tea or coffee.

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