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January Opening Times

by Ruth Hayden | December 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

 Happy 2024 All!

We are closed on New year's Day,also the 2nd and 3rd January.

Open Thursday to Sunday for the month of January.

Thursday and Friday 11am-4pm 

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 11 am-4 pm


Winter Opening hours

by Ruth Hayden | October 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

Monday               11 am-4pm

Tuesday               CLOSED

Wednesday         11am-4pm

Thursday             10am-5pm

Friday                  11 am-4pm

Saturday             10am-5pm

Sunday                11am-4pm

New stock for summer!

by Ruth Hayden | May 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Festival time is here again in Hay on Wye-this has come around quickly after the endless long dark months -and suddenly, here we are in the thick of the first week.

To embrace this occasion, we have some old favourites back in stock.

We're thrilled to have more stock from Craftworks Cambodia again.Andrew and Louise, were among the first UK stockists and this is a cause dear to their hearts. Cambodia was hit horribly by the pandemic.This country is still recovering from 30 years of war and is striving to regain economic stability. By purchasing and buying these products, you can help people to train and get work.Many artisans are disabled either through polio or land mines.By working for a Fairtrade organization, workers can access education, training and healthcare and many can work-from-home .Wallets and bags are made from Recycled cement or fish food bags, and earrings are made from bomb casings and bullets.Repurposing articles of destruction into beauty!

We have new Earth Positive tee shirts -fair trade and sustainably made from Indian organic cotton in Bangladesh using solar power and eco friendly dyes -still so soft and easy to wear.
Then,the tiles are here,all bright and beautiful from Mexico-just the thing to brighten up the dull days -although hopefully we won't have many more of them now that summer is finally here.
Closer to home
Boodle Tees are back -a lovely selection of endearing animal T-shirts made by Beth from across the Bristol channel in Somerset.The collection includes Lobsters,Bees,Foxes ,and more.
We have some gorgeous new glasses from Hey!remade,recycled bottles which are now glasses jugs and vases -the cobalt and emerald look beautiful together.
Lots to see so come on down while you are in Hay and have a welcome browse in the cool of Eighteen Rabbit :)

Opening Hours Easter and Onwards

by Ruth Hayden | March 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

Spring Opening Hours

Monday       11am-4pm

Tuesday      11am-4pm

Wednesday  11am-4pm

Thursday     10am-4pm

Friday         11am-4pm

Saturday      10am-5pm 

Sunday        12pm-3pm –



(We will be open most Sundays over the summer but perhaps not every single one-best to check-Thanks !:))

Fair Trade Hay Coffee Morning

by Ruth Hayden | March 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

It is the snowiest day of the year ,and it is time for the Fair Trade Hay coffee morning at Eighteen Rabbit.This is to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and the farmers who work hard to produce and supply  bananas coffee ,chocolate and other foods.
Today is a special occasion.We have stocked Jenipher's Coffi for a while now in the shop,and Jenipher herself is coming to our coffee morning with Elen,the founder of Jenipher's Coffi. Jenipher is here in the UK to celebrate Fairtrade fortnight.They have a tightly packed schedule so we are delighted that she can drop in to see us.This is although the schools are closed because of the snow,and the roads into Hay are terrible! Elen drives up from Cardiff undeterred along with Jenipher who has never seen snow before and has to sit by the fire to thaw out . Despite the weather,people come .

We are treated to a cup of delicious coffee made by Elen who gives us instructions on how to make the perfect cup (water 88-92 degrees not boiling,very important)
Then Jenipher speaks-we learn how she and her family have farmed coffee in Uganda on the slopes of mount Elgon for generations. Changes in climate in recent years mean that farming is adversely affected therefore they live in times of unpredictability. Erratic rainfall ,fluctuating temperatures, a corresponding increased growth of pests, along with general global economic uncertainty are taking a toll on coffee farming .there is an excellent video on youtube ( type in jenipherscoffi Cop 26) which explains this further.
Jenipher and Elen discuss how Fairtrade works , its many benefits and ,how it improves life in farming,and trade, through education, and training. Jenipher is the chairperson of her local co operative of three hundred farmers .She is the first woman to hold this position which is a great step forwards for women in a traditionally male-dominated area. Jenipher says this is not easy!
Jenipher and Elen discuss the Fairtrade Premium given to farmers by Fairtrade -Jenipher is particularly enthusiastic about the solar panels they use.they are cheap to manufacture and can provide power meaning people can start to replace the dangerous old kerosene lamps they previously had to use.What a fantastic idea!
For £25.OO you can buy a bag of 227g coffee (ground or beans) AND either 25 trees for the farmers to plant,or one of these brilliant little solar panels-it is a win win situation-you get delicious coffee and get to help the coffee farmers all in one go -result!:)
These bundles and more are all available on www.jenipherscoffi along with much more information.The website makes for fascinating reading,there is much to learn and a great way to help - keep buying Jenipher's Coffi -and drinking it of course
Thank you,Diolch yn Fawr to all who attended and specially to Elen and Jenipher for making it happen!

Ruth :)