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Purple Shoots at Cardiff Christmas Market


Purple Shoots has taken a double stall at the Cardiff Christmas market again where we will be selling products by three of our borrowers and five of our self-reliant groups. Find us opposite Howells Store in Cardiff City Centre from November 10th-19th. This year we have:

Smith & Jennings Pottery

Simon has a small factory in Ton Pentre where he makes a range of pots from the smaller ones which you will find on the stall to very large ones. He makes some to order for a number of large companies, including the National Trust, but also has his own unique designs.

Morgan’s Dog Boutique


Rhys and Sian run this largely online business from their home in Llantwit Fardre, selling a huge range of dog clothing and offering personalised dog gifts, pet beds, pet carriers, a pet bakery full of doggy treats and lots of other dog accessories,  

Find them at their website

Church Road Confectionery

Based in Tonypandy High Street, this is the place to come for sweet treats and gifts: Welsh made chocolate, fudge, sweets, wedding favours, personalized chocolate bars, much of it made by the business owner Paul Stamps.  A small selection is on the stall – go to his website for more


Crafty Buddies

This is a friendly group of ladies, some of whom have disabilities with a common interest in all craft activities. The group meets weekly in the Community Space atTesco in Fforestfach 10.00am to 12.00 noon on Fridays where they work on a variety of craft projects, sometimes with a tutor and sometimes by sharing their own skills.

They are an independent, self-reliant group committed to meeting together regularly and supporting their members. They raise their own funds and use them to pay for equipment, stock and sometimes to buy in the services of a tutor on particular topics.

New Connections Group

New Connections is a group of ladies from around Ystrad who have come together as a support group, wanting to create a safe place for themselves and to welcome isolated people from their community. They make and sell their craft items want to make the group sustainable so that they can learn new skills together and earn enough funds to run activities and events in their community and to continue to welcome new members.


This group reuse, recycle and renovate to make beautiful items by hand. They are a group of women from different backgrounds who meet in Pontypridd once a week to hone their crafting skills. They have a range of specialities that they teach each other and they try to ensure that every item made is the highest quality.

Theysell jewellery, glassware, knitted toys and homewares at craft fairs around the Welsh Valleys.

Four Seasons Gifts

This is a group of pupils from Ysgol Hen Felin Special School in the Rhondda which produces handmade gifts for selected seasons of the year. This is their first season and they have made a selection of Christmas decorations, reindeer food and decorated glass.

BYC Enterprise

This is a group of pupile from Buarth y Capel Special School who are interested in enterprise. They have made wooden reindeers - each one unique

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