News from November 2016 (1)
Night Feast: Gazebo is now available, please apply direct to Chris!Posted by E17 Designers
Christmas Fayre on Saturday 26th NovPosted by E17 Designers
Stow Inspired Christmas Pop-up ShopPosted by E17 Designers
Poets’ Corner Christmas Fair 4th DecemberPosted by E17 Designers
Another outside one, sorry, please apply direct!
Poets’ Corner Christmas Fair 4th December
NEW LOCATION : Church Hill end of Aubrey Road on Sunday 4th December from 11:30 to 3:30.
Instead of the usual evening event, this year we’re ringing the changes and planning our first daytime Christmas Fair and we’re asking residents who would like to be involved to let us know.
There’ll be games, local shops and Santa’s grotto as well as carols
Stall holders: Free if bring own table OR rent from us for £5. We can supply some canopies.
Setting up time 10.30-11.15.
Car parking is free in the residential zones on Sundays but no parking on the approach to the location except to drop off.
Main contact is Barry - firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitation to participate: Chats Palace Makers Market Saturday 17 December 2016Posted by E17 Designers
Please use info below to apply: "After the success of the Chats Palace Christmas Makers Market last year we are delighted to announce that we will be holding our second Makers Market on Saturday 17 December 2016 from 3pm to 9pm.
We would like to invite artists/designers/makers to apply to participate, an info sheet on the market is attached, including details of pitch, what we provide, the schedule and the fee. If you are interested in participating, please complete and return to us by Friday 25 November with photos/web site links on your product. We’ll be back in touch by Monday 28 November to confirm if we will be able to invite you to be part of our market. I will then be in touch for additional details so we can start the promotional campaign.
Saturday 17 December 2016
13.00 -15.00 1st Floor traders only access and set up in Studio + Blue Room
13.15 Heath + Safety briefing for Ground Floor traders
14.00 Heath + Safety briefing for Ground Floor traders
14.00 – 14.45 Gr Floor traders only access and set-up in Theatre
15.00 market opens to public
21.00 market closes
21.00-22.00 traders close stalls, pack and depart
We provide: (per pitch/stall)
2 chairs, 1 trestle table approx. 80cm x 160cm
Pitch fee: £28.00 to be paid in advance by bacs
On-site catering is by Northern Imagination at the Library Bar at Chats Palace – we regret that we are unable to provide facilities to make your own tea/coffee or to use your own kettle.
· Email & website:
Copy (100 words):
Barbican MasterclassesPosted by E17 Designers
These are excelletn this is the next one:
Getting Your Message Across
Tue 15 Nov, 7 – 9pm
Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HG
Learn how to package your marketing message to different audiences but still hold onto the core of what you do. This session will be led by marketing expert Jo Sealy who will explain how to develop a communication style that is consistent and adaptable and help you understand the best ways to communicate with your audiences.
Jo Sealy is the Creative Director of To Market, a marketing services agency. She has extensive experience of working with community interest companies to plan and create creative marketing that builds their brand and engages their communities.
Applications now open for Central Parade units:Posted by E17 Designers
Applications now open for Central Parade units: Antonietta has one now, she is in the new Facebook group if you want to ask her experience:
TimeOutPosted by E17 Designers
Christmas special market on Friday 9th December 5pm - late.Posted by E17 Designers
SPECIAL REQUEST FOR TRADERS ON FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER::::
Please contact Chris direct: as he suggest, if you share a gazebo, you could make a horseshoe from 3 pasting/camping tables?
November newsPosted by E17 Designers
Toy Safety: if you are selling your products as TOYS, here is a useful blogPosted by E17 Designers
Toy Safety: if you are selling your products as TOYS, here is a useful blog about how a designer had to make her “sock toys” conform to Toy Safety. This blog is to help you to be aware, not to scare you:
· In June 2011 the law regarding toy safety changed when the Toy Safety Directive 2011 came into force.
· This stated that: any product (mass produced or handmade) that looked like a toy or was a toy that had play value should be tested to ensure it was safe for any child (under the age of 14) from birth and should carry the CE mark to show it is safe.
· A sign saying not suitable for under 3s is no longer allowed, unless there is a factor in the toy that means due to dexterity or developmental levels a child under 3 couldn’t manage to play with the toy (e.g. a doll with clothes that can be removed). There are many products that this applies to that aren’t necessarily ‘toys’ such as cushions that are shaped and are obviously for children, pencil rolls and even children’s ‘taggies’. There are some exemptions such as memory bears, where the clothes are supplied by the customer and the finished item is not a toy and art dolls aimed at adults with a high price tag to indicate that they are not a toy. Christmas decorations do not need to be tested.
To ensure toys meet the directive and the supplier doesn’t get caught with a £5000 fine or even a prison sentence:
· toys must be tested to ensure they are safe.
· the company Comformance supplies self-certification packs that provide the necessary information to being able to test from home.
· In this instance the maker carries out the tests (weight, flammability, small components), obtains certificate for the fabrics used, and keeps on file a record of the tests.
· This file (the technical file) must be kept for 10 years. I was very nervous when I first started testing and was amazed at how strong socks can be – the weight test stretches seams with 7.2kg of weights (see photo of a little tail being pulled on a Rudolph!). Burning the animals to make sure they are safe is slightly alarming though! Being part of a ‘sock toy group’ on Facebook was invaluable in helping me better understand the various tests I had to do and to help buy the certificates to show the socks were safe to use and passed ‘chemical migration tests’. These certificates were bought after the socks were sent to testing labs.
No toys should be sold without the CE mark and I do know of makers that have had their businesses shut down after trading standards have either found them selling online or at a market. Trading standards have been helpful to me when I wanted to try a new product and didn’t know if it was classified as a toy. However, I have heard that trading standards in different areas have differing views about what needs to be tested so it’s always best to check with your own trading standards.
To start the ‘CE’ journey I’d recommend contacting Conformance (http://www.conformance.co.uk/) and the facebook group CE marked soft toy support network. Finally, while I have tried to simplify soft toy testing anyone looking to do this should look into the issue themselves as knowing the legal requirements is necessary and trading standards give different information depending on where they are. For more in-depth information regarding the law and testing I’d recommend reading the section on ‘Handmade toys – CE marking’ here http://oddsandsoxlets.co.uk/blog/