A merry Tannery Christmas . . .

Hipperholme christmas fair raffle prizes at The Tannery with, from the left, butcher Brian Powe, Geraldine Berry from Ludberry, Tom Rawnsley from Rawnsley's Hog Roast, councillor David Kirton, licensee Robert Greenwood, Dawn Haigh from the Little Bun Company, Pauline Shaw from Rah Rah Boutique and organiser Alison Rose.
Hipperholme christmas fair raffle prizes at The Tannery with, from the left, butcher Brian Powe, Geraldine Berry from Ludberry, Tom Rawnsley from Rawnsley's Hog Roast, councillor David Kirton, licensee Robert Greenwood, Dawn Haigh from the Little Bun Company, Pauline Shaw from Rah Rah Boutique and organiser Alison Rose.

THE Tannery at Hipperholme plays host on Sunday to the village’s first ever Christmas market.

The idea came from Tannery manager Robert Greenwood and, worked on by a small working group, the event has snowballed.

“There will be around 30 stalls in the car park and they will be under a huge marquee to ensure the event will take place come rain or shine,” said Robert.

Stalls include Slaithwaite Vintage and Craft Emporium, Swanky Bride, The Tannery, The Yorkshireman, Rah Rah Boutique, The Veg Shop and Buttercream Cupcakes to mention but a few. There will also be a stall from West Yorkshire Police with the local bobby on the beat for the villagers to meet. Mulled wine and mince pies will also be served as well as a hog roast.

It will start from 11am and will officially be opened at 11.30am by Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker and the district’s three councillors.

Councillor David Kirton said he hoped it would be well supported. “Local businesses have all contributed towards it and I hope people have a fantastic time. A big thank you goes to Robert and organiser Alison Rose.”

There will be a raffle with almost 30 prizes donated by local businesses which include meal vouchers, beauty treatment vouchers, hampers, a VIP brewery tour, champagne, cakes, soft toys, clothing vouchers and many more. Money raised from the event will be divided and donated to Overgate Hospice, Help for Heroes and the elderly of Hipperholme.

The Tannery will open at noon.

“This will be our biggest event since taking over the Tannery six months ago and I hope we can make it an annual event. There has been a lot of thought and planning gone into this,” said Robert.