A METALWORKS company in Andover is looking forward to its Christmas market while celebrating the success and additions of new team members this year.

Hurstbourne Forge, in West Portway Industrial Estate, will be hosting its Christmas market on Saturday, December 2, starting at 2pm and ending at 6pm.

The business is encouraging Andover craftsmen and women to display and sell their work at the market. 

As well as metal gifts, there will also be numerous handmade crafts on offer, mulled wine, mince pies, fire pits, chestnuts, seasonal music and more.

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Hurstbourne Forge is a family team run by Jack and Lydia Swanborough creating unique, high-quality metal homewares, gifts and bespoke commissions for both the modern and traditional home. 

Andover Advertiser: The team at Hurstbourne Forge, including its forge dachshunds!The team at Hurstbourne Forge, including its forge dachshunds! (Image: Hurstbourne Forge)

The team has increased over the last year to meet local demand for a varied range of services, from 'Repair Shop' restorations of cherished items for customers popping in, to local projects, such as signage for Bury Hill Meadows and producing "Tommies" for Remembrance, some of which were donated to local churches, Enham Alamein and Hurstbourne Tarrant British Legion to raise funds.

Director Jack Swanborough said: "We have expanded our full-time team and have also been pleased to welcome skilled local boys Tom and George back after work experience during the summer to support the team as they pursue further education and gain practical experience, so important if we are to encourage these 'making' skills in the next generation.

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"We have enjoyed some challenging projects over the year including boilers for locomotive restoration at Didcot, posh steps for the Coronation VIP loos, a plinth for the first bust of the new King at Chelsea and for a statue at Royal Ascot and even a catering Argentinian BBQ for a local pub!"

Jack's mum, Paula, added: " The showroom is looking really Christmassy now, with lots of original decorations and gifts. 

"Come along to our Market on Saturday, December 2 from 2pm until 6pm and have a browse, supporting other local craftsmen and women. 

"We started off at local fairs and markets and we know how important they are for new businesses and to help people shop locally.  Andover has a thriving creative and artistic community who love to show off their wares!"

More information on Hurstbourne Forge can be found at hurstbourneforge.co.uk.