THERE is a buzz of excitement in Ropley village as final preparations are made for the annual Victorian Christmas market.

The festive fun takes place in the village hall on Thursday, November 30, from 6pm-8pm.

According to the organisers, this is “a real community event” where local groups join with a wide range of craftspeople to provide “a place where all your Christmas shopping problems can be solved under one roof”.

This year, there are some exciting additions to the Yuletide offering, including handmade fabric items created by 11-year-old Emma Farrell, “the most delicious biscuits you will ever taste” made by schoolteacher Milly Richards, and the opportunity for children to make a candle as a Christmas gift.

Other stalls will be offering traditional favourites in the form of jewellery, bags, books, handcrafted cards and decorations, alongside Mike Bush’s pottery, gifts from The Winchester Soap Company, glass by Karen Jones, cakes and sweets, and a chance to sample the goods on offer at the Local Courtyard Shop.

Hot chestnuts will be on sale and there will be complimentary mulled wine and mince pies for all adult visitors, along with soft drinks and treats for the children.

The Brownies will add to the festive mood with some carol singing, and their will be an opportunity for children to visit Father Christmas in his grotto.

Entry to the market is free and there is ample parking at the hall.

The market will be followed on Saturday, December 2, by Ropley School’s Christmas fair, which will offer a second opportunity to visit Santa in his magical winterland grotto.