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Country markets, crafty badges, and catching-up with the Belles

For our November meeting we were pleased to welcome Tessa Mitchell from Country Markets.
Tessa talked to us about how Country Markets started, how she became involved with the organisation and how the Blue Belles could become producers.
Country Market stalls can be found in towns and villages across England, Wales and the Channel Islands. They have been selling homemade cakes, preserves, plants and handmade crafts for over 90 years. Tessa runs the weekly stall in Cambridge, which is held every Thursday on the market square.
Tessa explained how easy it is to become a producer and membership costs just 5 pence. Stalls are run as a co-operative – members normally help run the stall – and all goods must be homemade. There were lots of questions for Tessa who kindly stayed on after her talk to meet several of the Belles, despite having a 6am start the next morning for the Cambridge market stall!

After tea and cake, we spent the rest of the evening getting crafty, making our very own name badges. Our lovely events officer, Jennie, came armed with fabric, glitter, sequins and glue and we spent a very enjoyable hour chatting, cutting and sticking – we were all pretty pleased with the results, which we will be wearing with pride to our next members’ meeting.

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