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  • The Fairground Craft & Design Centre Studios
    to the Tea Room and you will find a warm welcome from Meg and her staff We are Patchwork Quilting specialists and have over 2 000 bolts of cotton fabric We have one of the largest ranges of decorative sewing threads available in the UK including Aurifil Superior YLI Madeira Gutermann and more Also a complete range Schmetz sewing machine needles John James hand needles notions patterns wadding and quilt

    Original URL path: http://www.fairgroundcraft.co.uk/newthreads.asp (2016-04-28)
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  • The Fairground Craft & Design Centre CIC
    Craft Centre was called Blissimore Acre and was the area of the fair where hops were sold Booths open fronted stalls with chalk walls and slated roofs were arranged around the perimeter of the site for traders and buyers to agree their terms within the confines of the cob walls Thomas Hardy used the Fairground as the setting for his novel The Mayor of Casterbridge the fair at Weyhill was the location where as Weydon Priors the drunken Michael Henchard notoriously sold his wife and child to a sailor By 1950 the Fair had greatly reduced in size and finally ceased completely in 1959 For some years the site was used for agricultural machinery and pig rearing before falling into disuse in the 1980s after which it steadily deteriorated Latterly thanks to the drive of the parish council at Penton Grafton the Fairground site has been imaginatively restored and redeveloped The appearance of the area today reflects a programme of careful restoration and a fresh vitality now abounds at The Fairground with the injection of new enthusiasm and determination Nowadays a variety of high quality craft studios a superb gallery an excellent tea room chocolatière and florist not forgetting the

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