Saturday 5th December brought a whole new wave of activity to our virtual Christmas fair with the quality of local business products really hitting a high point and once again setting the bar incredibly high for the remainder of the weekend. We have had some fantastic vendors showcasing their incredible skills and ability so far with plenty more still to come on what has so far been a packed weekend of activity despite the current difficult circumstances. Below is a list of all of our talented partners and businesses taking part in the Christmas fair today...

Jamie Harvey - Wax Appeal

If the smell of mulled wine hasn't already got you in the festive mood then pop along to Jamie Harveys Wax Melts business page, you won't be disappointed. Jamie has only recently started this business up and we are delighted to welcome him onboard as part of our Christmas fair this year for the first time. We are all particularly hooked on the gorgeous Candy Cane Snap Bar, it's absolutely spectacular and clearly highlights some of the unbelievable creative talent around this beautiful part of the world. Light on postage but strong on aroma, it is such a beautiful gift for any family, friends or loved ones. Please pop along to Jamie's page and support this local business.

Wax Appeal

Matt and Pauline - Beer Biere 

Welcome to Beer Bière’s offerings for The Old School Virtual Christmas Fair. A regular partner of ours, you can't beat a nice pint of English beer, our French friends and family are curious and delighted to get acquainted with the taste. Perfect gifts for family, friends and neighbours. Get your orders in quick guys! On their page, you will find a summary of the gift options available, or you can simply Pick n Mix the items you require for your (responsible) personal enjoyment. There is also a two page order form, listing all of the available varieties - some may of course run out over time, in which case we can discuss alternatives. All 500ml bottles and pint glasses are priced at €3 each, so you simply multiply this out at the bottom of the page. The branded gift boxes are free with the appropriate contents, whereas the reusable jute bottle bag is €2 extra. Adnams Ghost Ship is available in 5L Party Kegs at €25 each - equivalent to €2,50 per bottle. The order form can be emailed to you in pdf format if more convenient, or you can simply phone your order through to +33 (0)6 13 70 51 63 or email it to Delivery or collection will need to be agreed according to order size, location and mutual availability. No delivery or collection will be possible between 8th and 15th December due to a scheduled surgery appointment and collection from the shop in Caubon-St-Sauveur will be necessary for a few days after. Payment will not be taken until it is certain you can get your order. Thank you to customers old and new in this very peculiar time. Season’s Greetings from Beer Matt and Pauline.

Sophie Charles - Knitting and Wool Products

Please take a look at another fabulous local artisan in Lalandusse. Using top quality Merino wool tops, Sophie makes her items using wet and pin felted techniques. Wet felting is a method of binding the wool fibres, and silks in scarves, using water and soaps, rubbing and rolling for several hours, thousands of times over. Pin felting is a method of binding the wool fibres with special pins that knit the wool together allowing Sophie to transform it into 3D form. Christmas decorations, stocking fillers, scarves and lots more content is available on the website and the instagram page below. Commissions are welcomed and special offers are available. A big thank you to Sophie for joining us this year for our virtual Christmas fair demonstrating her fantastic creations and showcasing her incredible talent. Please browse through anytime to see silk and wool felted scarves, precious and non precious jewellery, greeting cards and other handmade accessories. There are so many gorgeous creations to choose from, something for every budget.

Clare Newton - Christmas Decorations and Creations

We are completely in love with Clare Newton's Christmas creations! Another regular partner of our school community. From scrumptious smelling candles that give such a gorgeous and lovely warm light, to limited edition beeswax 20cl candle tins, to top quality polish made with lavender essential oil. These are all handmade decorations at brilliant prices which you'll be able to treasure forever, they would be a much welcomed gift for your family and friends. Clare has since stated that the products are made by herself and the etchings are made by some friends closely associated to the business. Some of her fantastic work includes 20cl tins beeswax candles, made with natural wax with lavender and linseed oil, handmade felt Christmas decorations, lavender fish, mini concrete succulent pots, fabric masks, sanglier fabric tote and many more fantastic products. Please take a look at Clare's page and website for more information, contact her directly for  further stock and commissions.

05 53 83 09 69

Wendy and Wally - Christmas Cards, Crackers, Tags and Wrapping Supplies

Wendy and Wally have been with us at the Christmas fair forever and are our most regular partners of anybody here in France. They're our regular Christmas cracker, cards, tags and wrapping paper suppliers and we take an enormous amount of pride in our continuous long partnership together. We're missing their company, bopping away to the Christmas tunes, with Royston entertaining us with his compere duties We will all be back together next year though. All of their products are incredibly well priced, excellent quality and you are always serviced with a smile, this is one not to miss for Christmas preparations this year. Please contact Wendy and Wally directly to place your order. The Christmas crackers go incredibly quickly, don't hang around. All of their products can be ordered and collected from The Old School, just mention 'click and collect' to Wendy and we will arrange a date that orders will be ready for collection. 

06 04 46 08 51

Tina Bates - Textiles

Let's welcome Tina Bates from Villereal to the online Christmas Fair. Tina is the head creator over at Cadeaux Insolites and she has always enjoyed textiles but since her daughter was born 9 years ago and the desire to make more pretty things, she's heavily expanded her productivity. We are delighted to present her products to you during our Christmas fair. Tina sews, knits and crochets, so hopefully she will be able help you with all of your soft purchases this Christmas. Please get in touch directly to buy, ask questions or commission a unique make for family or friends. 

07 67 56 18 89

Melanie Zimmer and Laura Medioni - Soaps

Please welcome our next wonderful artisans to the Christmas Fair, Laura and Melanie. They have been trying to live in a more sustainable way for some years, doing their own cosmetics and laundry liquid. Because they love them so much, they have decided to share them with us and start what promises to be a great partnership. They are all brewed and produced in their kitchen and they are using only plants, essential oils and organic ingredients, so the quality is high and the result is amazing on your skin and also for your clothes. The soaps are produced with cold saponification so that all the properties of the vegetal oils are well preserved. All the soaps are 7% oil-enriched. They use a base of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive & Colza Oil and essential oils. The soaps all cost the same amount per piece and there are 5 different types to sell. Maybe you want to try one of each type and they are just perfect as a nice little Christmas gift, either solo, or in a nicely wrapped gift package of three or five. You choose! You will love them as much as we all do, because they have a lovely scent, they give a nice foam but not too much and they leave you with a wonderful soft feeling on your skin. The deodorant is created with coconut oil, baking soda, starch and  Palmarosa essential oil. It has a creamy texture and you need to use only a tiny bit. A pot will last you for up to 24 months and the Laundry liquid is all natural with no chemical additives or preservatives, only plants and essential oils. You can use it up to 2 months, after this you can use it to clean the floors. If you order it, it needs 24 hours production time so it is always ready the next day and always freshly brewed. If you are looking for something more personal and special, you can also book a massage session as well as a foot reflexology session or a naturopathy session with Laura. Melanie is a bodywork practitioner and massage therapist and she offers holistic and ayurvedique massages, breathwork and rebalancing sessions. They can also make you a beautiful gift voucher.

Tel: 06 65 05 32 08 (Melanie) and 07 67 27 09 47 (Laura) 

That concludes day two of our virtual Christmas fair with one day to go on Sunday with the bar being set even higher once again with some more brilliant businesses and partners looking to showcase their creativity to all of us here at The Old School.