Medieval Christmas spirit in the Old Quarter of St Peter Port

December 9th, 2011 by Richard Lord

In spite of strong gusts of wind and the occasional downpour the Medieval Christmas Street party filled the Old Quarter of St Peter Port with merriment and community spirit in the early evening of 8 December 2011.

Festive fun in the Old Quarter of St Peter Port, Guernsey at the Medieval Street Party on 8 December 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

There was much on offer from food and drink to homemade and artisanal Christmas presents.  Dave Morgan displayed a variety of jewellery.

Dave Morgan selling jewellery at the Medieval Street party in the Old Quarter of St Peter Port, Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Andrew Woodward of Ster One1 sold t-shirts of his own design (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Andrew Woodward is on [email protected] and on the web.

Sarah Breton of the Clos du Valle WI displayed a wide variety of handmade gifts (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Sarah Breton presented the Clos du Valle WI and sold many products made by its members.

Philippa of Rousse kiosk with a variety of homemade Christmas gifts (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Philippa came with a wide variety of Christmas gifts from the Rousse Kiosk.

Maurice Redvers Sangan sold his 'Take My Word' book of short stories and poems, which is for sale at The Guernsey Press shop (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Maurice Redvers Sangan was selling his recently published book ‘Take My Word – short stories & poems’ which is also available from St Peter Port bookshops.

Lynn Graham, seated, painted children's faces (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Lynn Graham was the Medieval Christmas Street Party’s resident face painter for the evening.

Deputy Gloria Dudley-Owen and Deirdre Dudley-Owen at the entrance to The Gallery (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deirdre Dudley-Owen worked with Genevieve Langford to organise the Medieval Christmas Street party.

Having a good laugh at the Medieval street party (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Athene Sholl selling the jewellery she makes (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Athene Sholl creates beautiful jewellery and headwear.  Athene provides a bespoke service supplying galleries and jewellery retailers throughout the UK. Some of her jewellery is photographed on Facebook.

Abbie Baker of Mrs Bakers Cupcakes at the Medieval Christmas street party on 8 December 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Abbie Baker and Tamryn Scott sell lots of cupcakes.

Mrs. Baker's cupcakes (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Charlotte Jenkinson (left) of Sew Charlotte produces a variety of textile designs including pillows and napkins, and Hannah Godwin of Lovelypop displays dolls and other fabric products she designs and creates (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Charlotte Jenkinson of Sew Charlotte produces bespoke pillows, napkins, bunting and place mats. Sew Charlotte is also on Facebook.

Hannah Godwin owns Lovelypop Creations.  She makes a wide variety of fabric dolls. Lovelypop Creations is on Facebook

Medieval street party in the Old Quarter of St Peter Port, Guernsey on 8 December 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Emma and James Meller from The Guernsey Cider Company produce Les Rocquettes Cider. They sold cider and Rocquettes cider clothing (click image to expand- ©RLLord)

James Meller regularly attends street parties and community events to sell his famous Rocquette Cider. He has developed and promoted Rocquette Cider for many years.

He has planted more orchards in St. Andrews to greatly increase cider production. The Rocquette Cider appreciation Society is on Facebook.

Reasons to be Merry (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Selling Sloe gin at the Medieval street party (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Jewellery and woolens sold at the Medieval street party (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Alice Carre and Genevieve Langford of The Gallery (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Alice Carre runs the children’s craft workshop at The Gallery on Saturday mornings, and designs and runs the creative children’s party workshops. Genevieve Langford created The Gallery and organises the Old Quarter of St Peter Port street parties a number of times each year.

The Medieval Christmas street party presents lots of opportunities to buy Christmas gifts.

The opportunity still exists at The Gallery Makers, which is a collective of creative individuals who share The Gallery to make and sell their artisan creations.

The collective currently includes Round Chimney Pottery, Athene Sholl, Mooch, The Gallery, Lovelypop and SewCharlotte.

The Gallery Makers produce a wide variety of Guernsey hand-made products (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Gallery Maker items for sale in The Gallery (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Gallery Makers Workshop produces a wide variety of gifts (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A wide variety of wonderful items produced by The Gallery Makers (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Katie owns Round Chimney Pottery. She decorates jugs, plates, mugs, heart hangers and makes quirky sculptures from clay.

Sew Charlotte creations hang from The Gallery ceiling (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A number of people from Guernsey Museum dressed up for the Medieval Christmas street party to perform a mummers play.

Josephine Dowding of Guernsey Museum entertaining visitors to The Gallery (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Josephine Dowding explained “we performed a Guernsey-themed Mummers Play. A Mummers Play is a seasonal folk play, traditionally performed around Christmas and New Year.”

Costumes at the Medieval street party (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Father Christmas was particularly well-dressed.

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In character for a Mummers play at the Medieval street party (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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Making a point (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

In Any Event at the corner of Mansell and Back Street (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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