Time for wholefood lot of fun!

 Woodbridge wholefood shop Poppy's Pantry - which has just reopened after refurbishing - is holding a Christmas Market at the shop in Wilford Bridge Road this Friday (4th December).


Mulled wine and mince pies, as well as Christmas music, will provide the festive accompaniment to the event which is free to attend and takes place between 4pm and 8pm.


Enterprise manager Vicky Norris said: "We wanted to create a festive event to bring people together and to show our newly-refurbished shop. There will be something for all the family including activities for children, such as biscuit decorating, from 4pm to 5pm. It's free and will be a lot of fun."


Stalls will feature crafts and gifts from local businesses, including handmade cat and dog collars, bags and knitted toys, Christmas cards and decorations. There will also be calendars on sale called Men in Pants being sold in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support by Bredfield Parish Council, which has set up a Facebook page to promote them.


Staff from Realise Futures other social enterprises, Growing Places, in Claydon, and Nowton Park Nursery, in Bury St Edmunds, will be there selling Christmas wreaths and decorations and Christmas trees.


After being based at Melton for the last seven years, Poppy's refurbished its wholefood and eco-friendly household products shop to offer a more diverse selection of goods, including gluten-free and dairy-free products.


Eight staff work at the shop and they are also involved in work for Realise Futures Fulfilment, which packages and dispatches items for local businesses. They also support enterprise team members to pick, pack and dispatch Poppy's Pantry snack boxes which go out to businesses as a healthy alternative to vending machine chocolate and crisps.  


As a social enterprise, Realise Futures runs its business with a social mission to help people who are disabled and disadvantaged with careers advice, learning and development and employment opportunities.