THERE was a time when artisans in the Havant area were struggling to find a place to show off their work.
Well, not any more.
Every month St Faith’s Church Hall, in The Pallant, is buzzing with creativity as 20 stallholders show off their wares.
The event, called Handmade in Havant, was the brainchild of Jacqui North, from Chidham.
The 49-year-old, who works at Chichester Harbour Conservancy, ‘upcycles’ old clothes and also paints pieces of driftwood she finds in the harbour.
She said: ‘The reason I set it up was there are so many talented people out there, but a lot don’t have anywhere they can sell what they are making.
‘People can’t always afford to own a shop. It’s not big money we are making, it’s mainly for the love of it.’
Four markets have been held this year.
Mrs North said St Faith’s Church Hall was the perfect venue.
‘The hall was not being used very much,’ she said.
‘Having the market there, the church have been able to open up their charity shop because there are so many people coming.The hall is a fantastic place.’
Delicious cakes and refreshments at the market are provided by Teresa Atkinson.
Mrs North added: ‘We wanted to create a really friendly, welcoming atmosphere.’
The next markets are on November 10 and November 17 from 10am to 3pm.