Each year during the last week of October, more than seventy small business owners ‘set up shop’ in the beautiful gardens of Glenshiel to highlight their carefully chosen products. Stall holders travel from as far afield as Cape Town, Plett and the Natal Midlands to offer Jozi residents some of the most stylish and ‘on-trend’ products only seen on the pages of local style and fashion magazines. Luxury offerings include beautifully crafted bags, shoes and belts, clothing and scarves, gorgeous linens and jewellery, bespoke stationery and ceramics as well as handcrafted Christmas decorations, cakes, cookies and crackers.
With all that shopping you’ll have surely worked up an appetite. Head on over to the Food Lawn where you’ll find a selection of delicious treats, as well as a chilled glass of wine or an artfully crafted gin or beer.
We haven’t forgotten about the Little Ones – there’s an activity area just for them to enjoy too.
The Glenshiel Christmas Fair is not your ‘everyday market’ and is probably the only fair in Johannesburg to host a Gala Preview Evening for its loyal supporters before opening to the general public. Tickets will go on sale via Quicket in early October.
It’s not just about shopping. There is an enormous ‘feel good’ factor in attending the ‘Glenshiel Christmas Fair’. All profits raised from the hosting of the event are used by the Order of St John in South Africa (NPO 000-814) to further its health care community work in partnership with the internationally renowned Phelophepa Health Care Train operated by Transnet, ensuring that rural communities receive emergency first aid training and training in community health work.
Many of the local villagers visited by the ‘Phelophepa’ trains consider themselves part of a ‘forgotten South African’ but with the necessary skills training, they are taught how to provide emergency first aid or to look after sick or terminally ill loved ones at home in the absence of formal medical facilities.
The training offered by St John – South Africa goes hand-in-hand with additional services provided by other Phelophepa Partners such as access to general practitioners and medicines, eye care, dentistry and psychological counselling should it be required.
* Phelophepa means good, clean health.