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Annual Christmas Bazaar in Gerrards Cross

PUBLISHED: 11:28 02 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:28 02 November 2015

The baked good stall: definitely not one to miss

The baked good stall: definitely not one to miss

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Head to the Crowne Plaza at Gerrards Cross on Sunday, 8 November

It’s one of the most extraordinary events prior to Christmas, the date many fans mark off for the following year, as soon as it is set. We’re talking, of course, about the annual Christmas Bazaar organised by Chilterns American Women’s Club (CAWC).

Bazaar is hardly the word for this extravaganza where people scurry to get their hands on amazing gift baskets and select unusual or unique top quality gifts from a host of stalls.

Arts and craft, children’s toys and funky clothing, exquisite gifts and decorations, local designer wear, treats for the home, beauty items, jewellery, irresistible foodstuffs and much more can be found here. Some 60 plus artisan and specialty vendors will offer goods alongside those treasured gift baskets, a bake sale and café.

This is the 28th annual Christmas Bazaar organised by CAWC, and this year proceeds will benefit The Epilepsy Society and The Pepper Foundation, which funds hospice at home palliative care for life-limited children and young people in Buckinghamshire and Herts.

To date, the annual CAWC Christmas Bazaar has raised in excess of £225k for the club’s designated charities, including over £130k alone for the Epilepsy Society. Last year the society shared proceeds of just over £14,000 with Horizons Sports Club in High Wycombe, which supports children with disabilities so they can enjoy a huge range of sports. CAWC marked its 25th anniversary in 2012 by donating £2,500 to Scannappeal at Wycombe Hospital.

This year the 8 November event takes place at the Crowne Plaza, Gerrards Cross (formerly The Bellhouse Hotel) from 10am to 4pm. As the event occurs on Remembrance Day, there will be a special moment of silence in the late morning.

The club was founded back in 1987 through the merger of two other clubs which had operated since the 1950s. Since then, hundreds of outings and meetings have been held and, which may surprise some, you don’t have to be American to join, or British.

The main aim is to make living in the UK a wonderful and rewarding experience, and to enjoy the strong philanthropic ethos of the club. Along the way the membership has also included some men, so you can see that CAWC has an easy-going approach! Find out more at cawc.co.uk. 


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