Just a quick note to let you know that we have the following confirmed stalls for the Spring Market:
Zena Ashdown (Bespoke handbags and baskets)
CiCi-CoCo - NEW
Debbie’s Home Cooked Food
Avon (Local representative: Jackie Cooper-Smith) – NEW
Aurora Jewellery – NEW
Little Shop of Cheese
Polkadot of Winslow
Waddesdon Deli Company
JM Walman (Quality Butcher)
Tony Pearce – Plants
In addition to these, we’ll have the General Store and Beer Stall, with products from:
Islip Mill Honey – NEW
Jacobs Field Lavender
Jim and Jules Big Adventure
The Littlecote Soap Co.
Vale Brewery Co.
XT Brewing Co. (XT 9 – Black IPA is new for 2014)
And, of course, there’ll be our popular
And our special event for children:
Mad Hatter’s Corner (Creative craft table for children – with competition to design a mad hat or mask)
As it’ll be Mother’s Day soon (on 30th March), we’ll be putting together some gorgeous little Mother’s Day gifts featuring products from the Littlecote range in jute gift bags.
By the way, if you’re in Piddington in the morning of 3oth March, the Village Hall is opening for another Lazy Sunday. The breakfasts are delicious – bacon or mushroom baps, croissants, egg or beans on toast, and plenty of tea and coffee. There’ll be Sunday papers to read too. Why not come along (with or without an accompanying mum!) and see what’s happening? You might even hear some gossip!
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Another Pantry meeting last night, and the ideas were coming thick and fast for our Mad March Market – some slightly madder than others, it has to be said.
Only the Coffee Shop volunteers know (and they’re not saying) just how they’ll be interpreting the theme of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
But one idea we did put some thought into was having an activity at the market that would interest children. So we came up with …
Mad Hatter’s Corner
A space where children can get crafty making their own Mad March hat, or mask, or whatever their imagination comes up with.
Craft materials and equipment will be provided, and there’ll be a competition to find the best creation.
Children can enter on the day – all entrants will get a small prize – and there’ll be two age categories: Under 11 and 11-16.
The judging will take place at 1.30 pm – at the same time as the raffle draw.
So you can shop the stalls and have a coffee break in the knowledge that the youngsters will be happily occupied with scissors and glue – and someone else will be clearing up after them!
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Here it is.
By the way, when my mother-in-law saw this yesterday, she read ‘Special Offers’ as ‘Special Otters’. I can’t promise these at the spring market, but I do hope to spot a few March hares.
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Despite the almost constant rain and general greyness, you can sense a faint stirring of spring in the village. Snowdrops are sprinkled in gardens, primroses brighten up the bare earth beneath trees and the earliest daffodils, beside the stone walls, are pressing upwards urgently and will soon be bursting into flower. It’s lighter a little earlier at the two ends of the day, and, after the rare glimpse of sunshine yesterday, I’m sure I wasn’t the only person to feel a lightening of the spirit and the step. The earth has turned on its axis once more, and everything feels poised to hurtle into the turmoil of spring.
At Pantry HQ, we’ve had our first planning meeting for the spring market. I don’t know whether it was the satisfaction at starting on our second year, the pleasure of getting together again and throwing around lots of new ideas or the two bottles of wine that mysteriously disappeared over the course of the evening, but I’m afraid by the end of the meeting we were all a bit overcome by laughter. Hence, probably, our theme for the next market – Mad March.
Posters will be going up on noticeboards soon – to replace the last ones, which mentioned the spring market, but gave the wrong year. Oh dear. My (not very convincing) excuse is that it was still 2013 when I did them. And it was still the festive season …
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It seems hardly any time at all since my last post, but here we are at the beginning of another year, only slightly soggy in Piddington. If you’re reading this in a part of the country that has suffered more serious flooding, or if you’re battling ice storms or searing temperatures (yes, amazingly we do have followers in the USA and Australia!), I hope things get better for you soon.
After the excitement of the Christmas Market and our first anniversary, we’ve all had a well-earned rest here at Pantry HQ, but it’s time to come out of hibernation and start getting things ready for the Spring Market. This will happen on 15 March, between 10am and 2pm.
Spring officially begins on 20 March – so hang the spring cleaning and come and have some Mad March fun at The Pantry.
We can always use more help, so if you’d like to be involved, we’d love to have you as part of the team.
To volunteer, contact Maggie Pearce (tel. 01844 237688; email email@example.com).
If you’d like to run your own stall, or share a stall with someone else, contact Ken Howard on 01869 320950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details to follow as things begin to come together. Stay warm – it’ll soon be spring!
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The Pantry Christmas Market, December 2013
Well, the market was certainly buzzing on Saturday. It was great to see some new faces – I do hope the stallholders for whom this was their first Pantry did well and enjoyed the day.
The fact that we ran out of bacon and beer perhaps says a lot about the numbers of marketgoers. It’s a good job our local breweries are so very local, as there was some dashing out at lunchtime to replenish stocks!
Thank you, everyone who came and supported The Pantry’s second Christmas Market – all the volunteers, who worked so hard and so cheerfully, the stallholders, who brought such a variety of great products and made the market so interesting, and of course our customers, who came to buy, to sample the wares in the coffee shop, to chat with friends and neighbours, and without whom there’d be no point to The Pantry!
We’re currently sorting out some suitable dates for next year’s markets, which I’ll post as soon as they’re finalised.
Finally, you may like to read The Pantry – One Year On, written by one of the instigators and main driving force behind the project, Francesca Darby. We put the notice up on Saturday, but it was easy to miss in the general bustle, so I’ll post it here too. I think it says what we all feel about it, really. It’s been hard work, but we’ve gained a lot from it, and we hope other people have too.
The Pantry Christmas Market, December 2013
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This is the last post before the market, just to let you know about another stallholder who is new to The Pantry.
I’ll let Alison Court introduce herself:
GladBags – handmade bags for all occasions
In order not to clutter up this Earth any more than it already is (or to use any more of its dwindling resources), I make my GladBags entirely out of recycled, reclaimed and rescued fabrics – they have all been found in my own and friends’ cupboards and attics, charity shops and remnant bins. Only the snappers are new. Even the threads have been inherited.
Minimal transport costs; no slave labour!
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