Are you a reader in South Yorkshire? Or even closer, Sheffield? If so, you need to take note of Forge, an amazing contemporary art, design and craft fair that my WI is curating – our first fair is on the 23rd June and it’s all to raise money for our charity Roundabout and our WI group.

We’ve found a fabulous space at the Workstation (which is right next to the train station) and we have some amazing stall holders lined up – I’m genuinely a little in awe of the talent we have lined up to come and join us – I mean, look at some of the things they’re making and doing (click through to Pinterest for the full board). I am going to be so poor by the end of the day as I think I want something from pretty much every stall.

Our WI, Hallam Roses are having a cake stall and trust me, we have some great bakers amongst us, and Roundabout will be there to tell everyone about what they do too. And we’re also pulling together a very special ‘Made in Sheffield’ raffle to showcase some amazing prizes from around the city, including a beautiful skateboard by Lives and Levels, and a load of tasty treats from Sheffield foodies. 

I can’t even apologise for the amount of times I’ve mentioned Forge on twitter and facebook and now here, because I am so proud of what we’re doing here and it’s amazing to see how hard everyone involved it working to make it happen. I’ll be honest – I didn’t realise that it would be so time consuming (and I’ve not been anywhere near as involved as some of the other ladies) but I didn’t know how amazing it would be to see this grow into such a cool event. And now we’re in June, and the fair is in a few week, I will admit that it’s getting slightly scary. A good scary, but terrifying none the less.

So, will you be popping down to see us?

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