It’s Apple Day in the village, but it’s Christmas at Pantry HQ

I know, I know, it’s only just October and the next exciting event in Piddington is Apple Day, but here at Pantry HQ we’re organising our 6th Christmas Market. The posters will be appearing on noticeboards and in local publications over the next few weeks, and a fantastic selection of crafts, gifts and treats will be available for you to buy, so please spread the word among family and friends that the Piddington Pantry really is the best place to start your Christmas shopping.

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A taste of The Pantry

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Well, what a surprise! The sun shone brightly all day – is this a first for The Pantry?

It was an absolutely brilliant market yesterday – one of the very best, we think. There were plenty of people enjoying the various craft stalls, beautiful paintings, homemade cakes, beer and of course the delights of the Coffee Shop. I think Maggie, Karen and the team of (very) hardworking volunteers deserve a huge cheer for how they managed to cope with the crowds clamouring for bacon baps and cake.

Thank you all – customers, stallholders and volunteers – for all helping to make it such a wonderful day. And for raising more funds to go towards various village causes. I heard so many comments about how lovely Piddington is and what a great community we have here – especially from first-time visitors to The Pantry, who couldn’t quite believe how many villagers we had helping and how friendly we all were.

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Here are a few more photos to give you a flavour of the day – and to prove that we have had one day when the weather was kind!

And put The Pantry Christmas Market, on 1st December, in your diary now.

It’s win – win for our community

The Pantry, March 2018. Photo: From ‘Piddington Pantry – The Movie’, Tiz Ashton


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Play area behind the village hall, 2013. Photo: Maggie Pearce

Having fun at The Pantry raises money that will help village causes – such as refurbishing the play area at the village hall

When you have a coffee and a chat with your friends and neighbours, or buy a homemade cake or a unique handmade craft item or painting at The Pantry this Saturday, you’re not just enjoying yourself – you’re benefiting our whole community.

The Pantry is a huge supporter of village causes. Past donations have included substantial amounts towards the new kitchens in the church and the village hall as well as funds towards village events such as Apple Day. This autumn we will be promoting the refurbishment of the children’s play area at the village hall, which is being championed by Olivia Barrett. Olivia will be at the market tomorrow, getting your ideas and hoping to get some more of you involved.

As well as our stallholders selling a varied range of goodies, from handbags to jewellery to miniature gardens, we sell some very local products including Piddington cider, apple juice and chutney, local beers, Maggie and Tony’s plants and – new this time – local small-batch honey from Roger Luck, who used to live in the village. Roger sent us a little piece he’d written about his bees – read it here.

Don’t forget to visit the Art Marquee, where among the artists featured is our own Karen Joy, who started the Piddington Art Group. Karen is becoming a very well-known local artist – have a look at her work here and come and say hello tomorrow.

And finally, help is always needed with setting up (3pm today) or clearing afterwards. If you want to know what’s involved, have a look at the video ‘Behind the Scenes’!

We look forward to seeing you there…

Who’s coming?

The Pantry, March 2018. Photo: From ‘Piddington Pantry – The Movie’, Tiz Ashton

Here’s who you’ll find at The Pantry this time – your favourite stallholders plus a couple of new people.

Zena Ashdown: Bespoke handbags and baskets

Jennie Bosher: Handmade decorations and cards, knitted cushions and toys

Daphne Bray: Boxes, pictures and jewellery – NEW

Event & Party Balloons:  Brilliant balloons for memorable occasions

Kathy Buckingham: Unique agate pendants, snoods, fabric beaded necklaces and more

Flooseymoo Jewellery: Handmade silver & semi-precious gemstone jewellery

Horton Accessories: Fine accessories for women, men and the home

Kim’s Jewels: Fun and affordable jewellery and scarves

Miniature Enchanted Gardens: Tina Allen makes exquisite tiny gardens for decoration and events, as well as kits for children to make their own – NEW

Piddington Cottage Garden Plants: A lovely selection of locally grown plants

Prime Wood Studios: Handcrafted wooden gifts

Topstitch: Handsewn items


The Art Marquee: An Exhibition held by the Piddington Art Group, featuring the work of several local artists including Piddington’s Karen Joy


Homemade cake + church stall

Local beer stall


Secondhand books

Piddington Pantry – The Movie

You may remember that The Pantry Easter Market was filmed in its entirety by Tirion Ashton – from setting up the marquee to taking everything down and packing it away afterwards (see We’re ready for our close-up).

From the hours of film Tirion shot, she’s produced a great short video that really shows the business, buzz and friendliness of our markets. All the usual suspects can be spotted somewhere (except me – I can’t think how I managed to keep out of shot so effectively!), and we’re really pleased to have this video. Thank you, Tirion, for all your skill and hard work, which now enables us to showcase what we’ve achieved since we began.

On behalf of all of us who organise The Pantry, I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who turn out every time, rain or shine (usually rain – and wind), to set up, work at and pack away after each market. And another huge thank you to all our customers and stallholders. We couldn’t do it without you!

And if you’ve always wondered how the well-oiled machine that is The Pantry actually works, have a look at Tirion’s ‘Behind the Scenes’ video. It may prompt you to volunteer your services at our next market, on 1st September.

Here are the videos. Have fun spotting yourself and your friends!

Autumn Market & Art Exhibition

We’re very excited about this special joint event with the Piddington Art Group.

Put 1 September in your diary now – it’s going to be a brilliant day!

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Who’s coming?



Here’s who will be at The Pantry Easter Market this Saturday (24th March, 10-2):

Zena Ashdown: Bespoke handbags and baskets

Bicester Party Shop: Imaginative balloon arrangements and a wide range of party supplies

Jennie Bosher: Handmade decorations and cards, knitted cushions and toys

Kathy Buckingham: Agate pendants, handmade snoods and other items – NEW

Haddenham Pottery: Functional domestic pottery

Horton Accessories: Fine accessories for women, men and the home

Kim’s Jewels: Fun and affordable jewellery and scarves

Koukou Home Decor: Floral arrangements using high-quality replica flowers and foliage – NEW

Pauls Cards: the name may have changed from Phoenix to Flamingo, but it’s still Paul selling this great range of cards, stationery and gifts

Prime Wood Studios: Handcrafted wooden gifts

RiffRaffs Sew & Sew: Handmade gifts, textiles, bespoke products

Tony’s Plants: Locally grown and propagated in Piddington

Rebecca White: Soaps, lip balm, etc. jams & chutneys, handmade gifts, homemade dog treats

Plus of course there’ll be the village regulars:

Church Stall: Homemade cakes, homemade produce and Easter goodies

Beer Stall: Local ales, Piddington Cider and Apple Juice


Secondhand Books

And – saving the best for last – the

Coffee Shop: Fabulous bacon and mushroom baps made to order, homemade cakes and – using our new toaster(!), freshly made hot cross buns or toast and preserves