Gift Ideas

Fundraising for Foodbanks

You will have seen that very soon, domestic gas and electricity bills will virtually double. This will have a massive impact on the finances of the most vulnerable in our society, and foodbanks will become even more vital in supporting these people.

Throughout the 2020/21 global pandemic and lockdowns, most of our fundraising efforts have been donated to Porch Boxes, a foodbank serving those in need in and around Bury. We plan to continue with these donations, and you can help.

JeaniusBags has never before held any kind of stock sale, but we’re about to make a huge exception, and all proceeds will be donated to Porch Boxes. While stock last, you can buy anything at all from stock at a whopping 20% discount*. So get thinking – do you have birthdays or anniversaries to plan for? Valentine’s Day is in February, Mothering Sunday will be with us in March, and if you’re really organised, Father’s Day is in June!

So have a browse or our handbags, cross-bodies, bohos, messengers, totes, backpacks, “occasion” bags, travel accessories, purses, wallets, and of course, our original denim collection.

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Remember – all of our bags have been lovingly handcrafted from scratch, and every purchase will help the vital work of Porch Boxes Bury.

*P&P costs will still have to be passed on – we are unable to absorb those additional costs without impacting on our fundraising efforts – but local purchasers can of course collect for free. Sale ends 31 January 2022.


Not the Simister Festival

I live in Simister, a tiny village nestled just inside the M60 – Manchester’s orbital motorway.

Every year, ever since time began, the Saturday nearest St George’s Day is when Simister villagers turn out in force to celebrate. After all, our little chapel -of-ease is dedicated to England’s patron saint. There is a parade up and down the village featuring children, teens, adults, elders, a marching band – and even horses! There is a short ceremony, a bouncy castle, face painting, a café selling gorgeous sandwiches and home-baked cakes, a raffle, tombola, and many other stalls selling all sorts of goods from crafts to plants, white elephants and handmade bags. Of course, we couldn’t do this in 2020, as we were barely 4 weeks into the first lockdown of the pandemic. But that was a one-off, surely?

Saturday 24 April would have been this year’s Simister Festival. Sadly, yet again, we couldn’t celebrate, due to the ongoing covid restrictions. However, I decided I could nevertheless contribute by hosting a series of four “Lunchtime Lives” on Facebook. Sincere thanks to all who dropped by and watched the videos live, to those that watched them back later, and especially to all those who purchased items from me. As always, all proceeds will be donated to St George’s, and at time of writing, that stands at £380 – and rising!

The videos are here, and will remain ‘up’ for the time being so you can continue to watch and support St George’s:

Carol P