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High teas and arts at student's Crafternoon

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

By Craig Blackburn

  • Six-year-old Erin gets a temporary tattoo from Michael Bennett at the Gyllyngdune Gardens craft fair.

  • TRTW20140511B-002_C Princess Pavillion, Gyllyngdune Gardens Craft Fair. Pictured 3 year old Ayla with balloons.

  • Jay Kinnear.

  • Jill Hedge, left, and Ella Cai on the cake stall.

  • TRTW20140511B-005_C Princess Pavillion, Gyllyngdune Gardens Craft Fair. Pictured, left Jo Rawlings and Caroline Kelly-Foreman rug hooking.

  • Natalie Coe and her daughter Tilly on her stall.

  • Margaret and Edwin Deady on their weaving stall.

  • TRTW20140511B-008_C Princess Pavillion, Gyllyngdune Gardens Craft Fair. Pictured, Keri Valentine from Humble Cottage artists Cooperative.

  • Event team organisers of the Gyllyngdune Gardens craft fair, from left, Jill Hedge, Jess Rawlings and Andie Charalombous.

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STUDENT event managers practised their new skills by combining the idea of a craft market with a picnic to create an afternoon of high tea, crafts and music.

Artists, musicians and stewards gave their time for free at the 'crafternoon picnic' in Gyllyngdune Gardens, which was organised by three creative events management students at Falmouth University.

The work that went into the event, which was jointly created by second-year students Jess Rawlings, Jill Hedge and Andie Charalambous, will count towards their end-of-year grades.

"We wanted to create an event that showcased a number of different crafts from local makers, including both new and established traders," said Miss Rawlings.

"We wanted to use this event as a platform to support other students, local traders and musicians.

"We were overwhelmed with the interest and support the event received and would like to thank everyone involved."

The students had no budget to work with, so most of the help on the day was voluntary, including event photographers, face-painters, musicians, sound technicians and event stewards.

"What a fantastic day," said the students. "We hope everyone enjoyed the event and found something lovely to buy.

"Massive thanks to all our stallholders, musicians, volunteers, helpers and face-painters; we couldn't have done it without you.

"We had a few unexpected last-minute changes to proceedings but we hope you all agree it was a brilliant day nonetheless."

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