The shop at the entrance to the Forest Centre sells a wide variety of items on offer from local businesses, suppliers, craftsmen and craftswomen.
From jewellery and hats to earthware, pottery and paintings, the range of produce is regularly rotated to showcase the best crafts from local, talented people across the Community Forest.
Buying from the shop at the Forest Centre ensures we can contiune to promote the hundreds of specialist artists and craftspeople throughout the region with our commitment to locally-created and produced works where possible. Card payments are available for purchases over £5.
New for spring 2020
With the coronavirus restrictions in place, we wanted to bring our shop to our supporters. We will be showcasing the local artists and craftspeople you can find in our shop, with a selection of their work and details of how you can contact them for that special anniversary or birthday present.
JJF Shabby Chic Boutique is an eco friendly company who are comitted to making truly natural products. We sell a range of their natural, sustainable, fragranced soaps designed to be as kind to your skin as the environment. For more information, take a look at jjfshabbychic.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nicola on 07598989076.
Elena Elfimova is a volunteer who manages our shop stock at Thames Chase, and practises hat making, both for everyday and special occasions. She has a wide range of hats available and also makes hats to order. If you would like to get in contact to discuss a comission, please email email@example.com for more information.
Alan Hurley creates woodwork inspired by nature and wildlife and you may have seen items such as wooden bird boxes, planters for the garden, small garden tools and baskets, stalls and shelves for sale in the entrance to our forest centre. If you would like to purchase any of these please email Alan directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07702 812088.
Willow Glass Studios design unique handmade glass and hand cut pieces, to create pictures, free standing curves, panels, coasters light catchers and more. For more information, please see their Facebook page @willowglassstudios, email email@example.com or call 01702 525539.
David Hewitt is a woodturner and member of Essex Craft Guild. David makes clocks, lamps, and decorative functional items, aswell as pens from exotic timbers, natural products and acrylics. For more infromation contact him directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01268 514522.
Terry and Janet Doyle are local artists you might have seen in Thames Chase before. They paint beautiful landscapes and items from the natural environment, and Janet also produces the cards you might have seen for sale in the shop. For more information, contact them directly at email@example.com or call on 07880770324.
Pat Allen is a local honey producer, and has lots of honey available to help with hayfever season! If you'd like to purchase some directly please email Pat on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01708 220897.
Simon makes creative jewellery from recycled old cutlery and coins and his work can be viewed on his website www.Fork-Out.co.uk. For. more information please email Simon@Fork-out.co.uk or call 07771923945.
Andrea Morton creates original stoneware ceramics including wheel thrown oven and tablewares and quirky animal money boxes. Commissions are accepted. Andrea is a member of the Essex Craft Guild, Art Group Wanstead, E17 Designers and Anglian Potters and London Potters.To see more of her work visit www.usefulpots.co.uk or email for more information email@example.com.
Miss Stoneham produces jams and preserves and is another popular producer in the Forest Centre shop.
Artist of the month
Each month, we offer local artists the opportunity to showcase their work during a residency in the shop.
In March 2019, local sculptor Otis Griffith was the main attraction, with thousands of visitors admiring his metal sculptures made from recycled materials.
For more information about Otis' work please visit his website.
If you are a local artist who would like to get involved please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All tickets for events held at the Forest Centre, from our monthly musical cream teas to the jazz and music nights that take place throughout the year, are sold through the shop, as well as being able to be booked over the phone (01708 642970).
To find out what events are on the horizon, check out the events page on the Thames Chase website.
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