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Links round up – MARKETS, recycling and more!

In these joyless neo-liberal times we’re all supposed to be in thrall to ‘markets’ but sadly not the kind you can browse round and try samples while listening to folk yelling “one paaahhhnnnd a strawberries a paaaahhhnnnd!” Well enough of that. For this weekend there’s not one but two lovely proper markets to have a look round and enjoy.

First up, a trip to Cobden Chambers who host the Bird in Borrowed Feathers handmade mini market. 14 – count them! – handmade designer makers each day and a shedload of lovely things to buy. I don’t like to point out that it’s now less than 6 months till Christmas but I will so you may as well get shopping – just remember where you put the presents.

Next, over to the Park on Sunday for a foodie fest. There will be pies. There will be cheese. Need I say more? OK, I will. It’s the monthly Park Market in Newcastle Circus and will be full of tasty treats for all. Producers include Brockleby pies, RealGoodCheese and Rutland Charcuterie, plus The Small Food Bakery, who I discovered this weekend when they catered for the Fortnight closing party. Lovely lovely food.

 

Handmade books by Helen Makes Paper

Handmade books by Helen Makes Paper

If markets aren’t your thing, pop over to the Malt Cross before their latest exhibition closes will you? Showing till Sunday, there’s a moving and informative photographic exhibition downstairs in the Henderson Gallery which looks at post-natal depression. Supporting Open House charity, which supports and raises awareness of this condition (1 in 7 families are affected by PND) the exhibition tells the stories of women who have gone through gallery picPND and emerged on the other side. The pictures are striking (often in poses in domestic situations that suggest support, yet they look so alone) and the stories, all bound in beautiful handmade books are devastating to read. Do take some time to find out more – it’s a really moving exhibition.

Sherwood Art Week comes to an end this weekend and the climax is the Remarkable Recycling Gala. The gala is family friendly and will use art to highlight the issue of waste, recycling and generally trying to not to cock stuff up more than we have already. But obviously more fun than I’ve managed to make that sound.

And finally, we don’t normally venture beyond the city boundaries but if any of you are venturing out north this weekend, Rufford hosts the Earth and Fire pottery exhibition. So many lovely pots, and a walk round the grounds at the same time – how can you resist?