Festive Family Market – Shreya Valera, Bancroft’s School

On 16th November, the heroic organisation, ‘Epping Forest Baby’ held a festive family market at St. John’s School in Epping.

Epping Forest Baby was created by Aimee Turner-Green, Liz Napthine, Natalie Goldsworthy, Karen Laing and Charlotte Crook in 2015 to bring small businesses, charities and local parents together for baby shows. They also branch out into different events including ‘Mums, Bumps and Babies’ and an annual baby show. They do this in aid of local mothers who suffer from common and devastating issues such as domestic abuse.

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Two of the EFB mothers.

From 1-4pm on a Saturday, many were invited to enjoy a family friendly fair, for just a £1 entry fee (all money was donated to safer places). As you entered, you felt immediately welcomed by the smell of a barbecue, and as well as this you were able to see Christmas lights hugging the entrance into the school. Christmas ornaments were of the essence and although we were in early November, it was difficult to not feel a surge of Christmas spirit rush through you! Upon entering, you were greeted by the friendly faces of the mothers who organised the event.

Around the hall there were tons of stalls, all set up by local businesses. The businesses included: Bens Bakery, DeerBlooms, Nell& Digby, LucyBoo Wax Melts, TheChocolateLollyLady, Hattie& Me, White & Gray, Quinn’s Keepsakes, JoJo Maman Bebe, Oak + Whistle, Happy Hands Pottery, Fairweather Photography, Bespoke Mirrors Design, Bassett Pets, Mrs B’s Preserves, Designs for Woodlife, Wiccaknitta, Claire Blackie Aromatherapy, Baby Beads UK, Shut Cute, Raw Kind, LittleStitch&Me, Handmade Personalised Gifts , #glam and a books and knickknacks stall. These stalls offered great variety and made the event even more exciting. On the way out, there was a box to donate to Safer Places Domestic Abuse Support Services, reminding us all of the cause behind the event.

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In the future, Epping Forest Baby (EFB) hopes to launch a Newly New Sale and begin networking events amongst local businesses. Although small, EFB is a budding organisation; they do altruistic work and are only growing whilst also supplying great events for families and local residents to attend and enjoy.


Shreya Valera