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Mrs Christmas comes to Old Foundry Chapel

11204020_1808951655998559_7098480987047167849_nWell now, my dears, I’ve been asked to write a message to you all, for the lovely people at Foundry Chapel to put on their blog.

They wanted me to tell everyone how much fun we had on Saturday at my storytelling sessions.  And we did have a lot of fun, didn’t we!

I had my own little grotto to meet you all in – it was almost like my home at the North Pole, but a lot warmer, and there were fewer of those naughty elves here too.  I rather liked it – I’m certain I’ll be back next Saturday, and the Saturday after!

I thought I would explain to the grown ups what we did, to make sure they understand. So, what did we do children?

Well, I told some stories, and we all sang some Christmas songs.  It was lovely to sing and play my guitar with such wonderful singers to join in!  Then all you children were given a little wooden reindeer to take home specially made for me in Restronguet in Cornwall.  All of you were given some delicious chocolate from Chocali, to take home with you, and a little package of magic Oofle Dust.  I know some grownups haven’t heard of Oofle Dust, so I should probably explain – it’s shimmery magic dust, to help the reindeer find their way.  A bit like sat-nav, but a lot more reliable!

So, all in all, we laughed a lot, and had a lot of fun!

Bookings are being taken for Storytelling with Mrs Christmas on Saturday 12th & Saturday 19th December.  Sessions run for half an hour  from 10am, every half hour until 3.30, and cost £6 per child. Adults and babies under 1 are free. Places are limited to six children per session and some sessions are booked already, so please be flexible.  Please book by messaging us on or phoning us on 01736 755543

Christmas cards & pinecones workshop by Gaelle – 5th Dec

A wonderful workshop for you to make festive cards and decorations held in the Foyer throughout the afternoon. £5 per person to include materials. Suitable for Children and Adults. Contact us to book for the 2.00/ 2.30 / 3.00/ 3.30pm slots up to 8 people per session or just drop in.

Session 1 

conesTo me, the magic of the winter is the glistening of the snow. So when I think of Xmas it is only one tiny steps to think about nature covered in a white coat. In this workshop you will be able to decorate pinecones with paint and glitter (all very smart). This is what simple pleasures are, bringing something you remember doing as a child and bringing I home and if your own children have not done it yet, come and join us for this session that last 30 minutes. Some are tiny and still on branches some bigger. All will look wonderful around your home.

Session 2

christmascardsMaking Xmas cards is much more fun than buying them. Punches, embossing, natural elements, stamps, buttons, come and have a go with us. There will be materials to play with and you can do as many as you can in 30 minutes. From beginners to passionate, come and join us. There will be plenty of examples to get you started and inspiration but you can go free flow if you prefer.

These sessions are all suitable for children but you can also do them as a family. Book a space to avoid disappointment but by any means drop in and join us if we have spaces left. Each session costs £5 per person and will give you access to a lot of materials to create with.

Your Tutor, Gaelle Penhallow is a mixed media artist working with many techniques and materials. When she is not running workshops, she is creating bespoke lampshades but she is never far from a craft group and she loves sharing skills. You can know more by visiting her blog on

Christmas programme of events

901A8079-2If you’re a family with diverse interests and likes, The Old Foundry Chapel’s Christmas programme of events may be just the ticket. The beautiful old building is full of historic features, making Christmas shopping a truly interesting as well as festive affair. It will be decorated in plentiful traditional greenery and fairy lights highlighting the natural stained glass windows and decorated masonry. Mince pies  and christmas cake in the ever popular Duckies café will be reason enough for a visit but in fact we have so much more to offer !

For the ladies, there are shops full of beautiful things to buy and a retreat in the form of a relaxing beauticians where you can get yourself a pedicure after a shopping. There are jewellery and wreath making workshops where you can customize and personalize beautiful artisan created items. You can write your traditional Christmas wish list in store allowing us to contact your loved ones to ensure you get what you actually want for Christmas or for those more comfortable with social media, take a photo or a selfie with the item you want and tag #ofcwishlist via twitter or instagram. You may be the lucky person to win your item !

For the men, there are interesting second hand book, collectables and antiques shops with tools, manuals and other interesting things and plenty of places  – similarly the #ofcwishlist Christmas competition is open to them and a photo tag will relieve the pressures of buying gifts for men. A truly up to date way of organising the gifting season. There will even be an exclusive men only shopping experience on Christmas Eve for certain key shops including a free bacon sandwich and coffee for spends over £50 and free gift wrapping service.

IMG_3570For the kids, From 29th November, your children will be able to post their “letter to Santa” on site and if you include the senders address, you will receive a special reply from father Christmas himself.  There are children’s Christmas workshops  and a Christmas Grotto with a difference as Mrs Christmas steps up to take the helm this Christmas time. A beautiful Cornish made gift will be included in the experience.

There will be late night shopping on Thursday 26th November and 10th December with musical entertainments, mulled wine and some pop up market stalls featuring special local products.

Pretty Useful and Ula will be offering hospitality on Fizzy Fridays throughout December where we offer a glass of Fizz with shopping between 5-7pm.

Our Mrs Christmas Storytelling experience will be for a 20 minute storytelling experience – 5th / 12th / 19th December Tickets available on 01736 755543 or mail

In addition we will be running Children’s Workshops

  • 5th December 2-4 – Make your Christmas Decorations – Pom Pom Animals and Robins run by Ewe Knit or Make your Christmas Cards run by Gaelle
  • 12th December – 2-4pm Wreath Making workshops run by Twigs and Greens Florist, Jen Simpson & Silver Jewellery Gifts Workshop run by Lucy Kemp
  • 19th December – 2-4pm Make your Christmas Decorations using pine cones recycled materials run by Gaelle & Pom Pom workshop

There may be additional ones added nearer the time