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Romford BID arranges Christmas activities at Romford Market

 Havering residents are being invited to enjoy a range of activities at Romford Market 

Romford BID has arranged for several festive attractions to take place in Romford Market this weekend.

Harold Hill Craft will be bringing master glassmaker, Jon Lewis, to the area on Friday, 9 December and Saturday, 10 December between 11am and 3pm.

He will be giving visitors the chance to make their own commemorative glass stamp, which celebrates the 775th anniversary of the market, for free. Anyone who doesn’t have time to make their own can puchase one, with all money raised going to Time 107.5FM’s ‘Give a Child a Christmas’ appeal.

Residents can make their own glass stamps at the market (Credit: Romford BID)

On Saturday, Richard Salisbury from Reforged Blacksmiths will be creating forged metalwork between 9am and 4pm. People can watch how he creates spectacular sculptures by mixing old blacksmithing techniques with modern-day fabrication. Richard will also repair items that are brought to him on the day.

An eclectic mix of Eastern European music will be played to celebrate St. Nicolas Day. Opa Rose, one of the UK’s most dynamic and virtuosic bands, will be playing live Balkan and Roma music between 11am and 3pm. Residents will be able to try traditional Romanian and Polish food while enjoying the music. There will also be Eastern European and Ukrainian Festive traditional crafts to enjoy for free.

St Nicolas himself will be making a surprise visit and taking pictures with families.

A glass stamp being made (Credit: Romford BID)

“We know people are feeling the pinch and Christmas can be a very expensive time for families – so we wanted to create something all local families can experience in the heart of Romford,” said Romford BID director, Julie Frost.

“The events are completely free and open to everyone to attend so invite your friends, colleagues and family and join in the festive fun.”

The Romford BID is working with Time 107.5FM and GBP Estates on our ‘Give a Child a Christmas’ campaign. It allows presents to be given to those in need via charities such as Women’s Aid, Salvation Army, Peabody Trust, Havering Social Services, Queen’s and King George’s Hospitals and many others on Christmas Day.

They are encouraging supports of the appeal to donate via this Go Fund Me page. All of the money raised will be spent in local Romford shops who have kindly agreed to offer discounts on the toys and gifts needed.

Visitors can watch the glass work in action (Credit: Romford BID)

“Our ‘Give a Child a Christmas’ campaign is very special and heavily supported by Romford businesses and families,” added Julie.

“It makes a huge difference in the local community so we hope everyone can support it as much as possible again – in 2021 we raised an astonishing £11,250 as well as receiving enough physical gifts for 1,250 children in the local community so I would love to beat that figure if we can!”

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