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The University gets arty and crafty for Christmas

Published: 17 November 2004

Unique and stylish Christmas presents will be on offer later this month at the University of Southampton.

The University's Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Fair will take place on Sunday 28 November at the Staff Social Centre on the Highfield campus from 10.00am-4.00pm. Admission will be £1.50 with a donation from the proceeds going to the Mildmay charity for people with HIV and Aids.

More than a hundred different stalls will feature work from the Wessex Guild of Craftsmen and other exhibitors. Items on sale will include clothing, beadwork, silk paintings and flower arrangements, toys, silverware, paintings, pottery and ceramics. There will also be demonstrations of pyrography (wood burning) wood turning, cane weaving and other traditional crafts.

Charity Christmas cards will be on sale.

Entertainment will include modern and Dixieland jazz from the Highfield Jazz Quintet and Mardi Gras Band. The bar will be open for drinks and food and roast dinners will also be available.

Staff Club Manager Eileen Richmond said: "Our annual fairs have become a tradition and the Wessex Guild of Craftsmen has been exhibiting here for almost twenty years. I'm sure this year's event will be as popular as ever."

Guests at the fair will include the Deputy Vice-Chancellors Paul Curran and Caroline Thomas and the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Dennis Harryman.

Notes for editors

The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University has around 20,000 students and nearly 5,000 staff. Its annual turnover is in the region of £270 million.

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