East London's only ethical & fundraising community market
The Winter Market is bringing some festive joy to St Margaret's House with our range of stalls including vintage clothing, hand-made jewellery, christmas cards, bathroom products, candles and much more.
Happening in our hall on December 9th from 11AM-4PM, the market is also supporting the charity WISH, with the £2 entry fee going towards this national, user-led charity that works with women with mental health needs in prisons, hospitals and the community.
Paying your entry fee is not the only way to donate to this great cause either. If you want to donate more, just choose your amount and follow the 'Text Giving' information here: Text 'MRKT17 + amoun't to 70070 (e.g. MRKT17 £3, MRKT17 £10 etc)
It's also a Winter Market with a difference as all our sellers have an ethical approach to their craft. The products are also affordable, with a large amount being priced between £5-£10.
As well as all our amazing stalls, we've got some brilliant classes happening that day. At The Create Place, there will be a Herbal Blessings Clinic run by Rabiah Mali from 10AM-12:30PM. Join Rabiah to learn how to make your own medicinal herbal balm and tea blend, which makes a perfect gift for your loved ones - or a pamper present for yourself! Book on to the class here.
There will also be a Botanical Illustrations workshop run by Joanne Roberts from 2-4PM. Take the chance to focus on natural plants that come alive in the winter in this calming workshop. Bookings can be made via email.
You can also pop down to Yoganest to take part in a Structure and Flow yoga class from 1-2PM. Get to know your body and how it works as you learn to let go and connect with your breath in this calming class. Then stick around as we've got a Hatha & Yoga Nidra workshop happening just after at 2:30-3:30PM, where you can stretch, ground and relax for the holidays.
Or, if you want to get in the festive spirit, settle down in our Gallery Cafe with a mulled wine.
With so much happening, we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of our amazing stalls:
EK Bakery specialise in seasonal cakes with naturally beautiful decorations. They develop new and interesting flavours such as lemon & rosemary, chocolate halva, and blackberry & bayleaf to serve alongside well-loved classics like ginger, vanilla bean and chocolate. They also stock a range of seasonal preserves and our popular bespoke brownies.
Piki Dear is an independent illustration and design company set up by serial doodler Sophia Maria. Sophia creates custom portraits, illustrated greetings cards and postcards. Hand drawn cards and postcards are printed with trusted printers, MOO.com, on sustainable card using sustainable ink. The jewellery is hand moulded, painted and gilded with real gold and silver, the designs themselves are completely unique, no two pieces the same, so they really are an ideal gift for someone special.
WeMakeBooks deliver bookbinding and book arts workshops and courses across London and the UK, including at our very own Create Places. Their aim is to promote the craft of bookbinding and the book as an art object in its own right. They'll be selling their handmade notebooks as well bookmaking sets for anyone that wants to learn how to create from scratch.
Ayoka is St Margaret’s House charity boutique and can always be found just next door at 23 Old Ford Road. Luckily their treasure trove is expanding and will be selling even more, cheap as chips designer and vintage clothes inside the hall at our market, as well as in the shop as normal. Why not visit both?
Moody Bright Designs was founded by Milou Stella and is a project that focuses on the customisation of second-hand items. Drawing influences from 70s hippie and psychedelia aesthetics, floral and abstract designs, Moody Bright Designs upcycle and sell textiles with unique, colourful folk-inspired motifs. Come pick up one of her creative designs, or order a unique gift through her embroidery service, or even buy someone a Moody Bright Embroidery Kit so they can join the re-use revolution.
Soapy Fairy is an eco-conscious and eco-friendly brand. All of their soaps are handmade and organic, made from natural ingredients, and no chemical are added. They also want to raise awareness among people by using soaps which are good for their skin, but for the planet as well. They are also a vegan brand, so cruelty free for animals, and all of their packaging is recyclable.
Scentimental Jars is a London based, independent candle company that creates vegan-friendly, scented, soy wax candles. They hand-make all their wax products and offer a wide variety of scents in a range of sizes at amazing value prices. The business was founded in 2016 by Luke Bevis, who came up with the idea while recovering from a heart operation, and then decided to start the company due to his love and passion for candles.
Pick up some beautiful scarves, handmade cards, vintage clothes, jewellery and accessories. With all the proceeds going straight into the WISH charity. They provide independent advocacy, emotional support and practical guidance at all stages of a woman’s journey through the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems.
Alleyhats have been creating quality, traditional cycling caps since 2005. Their classic four piece, cycling caps are all designed, made and hand finished by Kate in South London, who has over ten years' experience of pattern cutting and, as a cyclist herself, understands the importance of a comfortable, machine washable, and durable cap. Alleyhats cycling cap is the perfect addition to your kit and, for those with a little cyclist at home, Alleyhats also make children's caps which are available in two sizes.
Tomartacus is the moniker of Tom and Jess Jones-Berney who exhibited their beautiful London prints in our cafe this summer. The brother and sister design duo from Hackney collaborate, with Jess taking photographs of the pairs’ favourite spots in London and Tom sketching them using a Wacom tablet, resulting in a unique brand of hand-drawn digital prints. This was one of our favourite exhibitions of the year and this is your chance to pick up a print for your home or even as a gift for a friend.
Hand-painted, printed and designed in North West London, this colourful clothing is inspired by nature and patterns. It is designed to bring fun and happiness into your wardrobe, meaning it's the perfect gift to make someone smile.
Morewalls is a small local business run by South London based artist Gabriella Rosenau. As well as selling her own original works and limited edition prints, she specialises in portraits, landscapes, hand painted furniture, murals and almost everything and anything else painting or drawing related!
CHAPEL CINEMA: PONYO (BABY FRIENDLY SCREENING)
11.30am - Free Entry
As well as our stalls we are showing two of our favourite films in a baby friendly environment, inside our Chapel (next door to the hall). Starting off the day will be Studio Ghibli's 'Ponyo':
A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him. (run-time approx 90 minutes)
CHAPEL CINEMA: The Illusionist (BABY FRIENDLY SCREENING)
1.30pm - Free Entry
As well as our stalls we are showing two of our favourite films in a baby friendly environment, inside our Chapel (next door to the hall). Finishing off the day will be Sylvain Chomet's 'The Illusionist':
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (run-time approx 98 minutes)
Structure and flow Yoganest Workshop
Get to know your body and how in works in this Structure & Flow workshop. Connect in with your breath and learn how to let go. Happening from 1-2PM, this workshop is a £7 drop-in class.
HATHA & YOGA NIDRA YOGANEST WORKSHOP
Stretch, ground & relax for the holidays in this calming yoga workshop. Happening 2:30-3:30PM, this workshop is a £7 drop-in class.