5 Helpful Tips For Early Christmas Shopping

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They say that the most wonderful time of the year is Christmas. That may be true, but the festive season can also be one of the most expensive times of the year. As we slowly approach the Christmas shopping season, many UK consumers are likely to be focused on ways to save money on the […]

2021 Raffle Prize Winners

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Congratulations to all the winners of this years Early Early Christmas VIRTUAL Fair raffle. We are so grateful to all our stallholders who gave so generously to this raffle where all profits go to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Please see list of winners below and we will be delivering or posting these out over the […]

Early, Early Christmas Fair 2021 – A Thank You

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Thank you all so much for making this year’s event such a huge success. It was great to see so many of you again coming through the door – smiling faces full of excitement at being out and about and doing what we always do! The atmosphere was incredible: the energy and enthusiasm were fantastic […]

How I have loved being part of The Early Early Christmas Fair

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I have been an enthusiast, a volunteer and a devoted customer of the EEC Fair for many years and I am just delighted that Caroline has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by making this year’s Fair a virtual one. I am also an ardent supporter of ABF The Soldier’s Charity, whose work reaches […]

Wiltshire Life – The Early, Early Christmas Fair is on


Caroline Cary explains how with sheer determination and creative thinking, this popular charity event is taking a different approach to fundraising this year we have all had to cope with so many different challenges on every front and have had to adjust, work hard, work on ourselves and dig deep. The hospitality, events and charity […]

Colin Thackery

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There are times in your life when a seemingly unconnected series of events begins to align in a fortuitous way, and this was what happened when Jenny Snowball, with whom I was organising a charity Carol Concert, along with Major General Patrick and Melissa Cordingley, in December 2019 last year, called me one morning.  “You […]

Pinkster Gin – how we met.

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You know when just before you taste something you are going to love it! In 2014 when I was chairman of the Charity Fairs Association, we held our conference at The Elvetham for members and new stallholders. I was intrigued – this guy stood in front of a pink stand ( love it!) with a […]

How it all began

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I have been very fortunate to be involved with a variety of small businesses over the years. I started many years ago in Germany, when my husband and I were posted to Detmold with the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards. It was such a shock to the system – leaving London and living the army life […]

Curry for The Soldiers’ Charity and Tuk in Foods

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The Big Curry for The Soldiers Charity is a little like the Coffee Morning is to Macmillan.  As someone who is married to a soldier, now retired, I have had my fair share of curries in the Mess and at dinner nights – I love them.  My grandmother used to make them – she lived […]