Bring me sunshine!


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It’s The Pantry Spring Market tomorrow. I don’t want to jinx things, but (whisper it) the forecast is looking great!

We have some fantastic new stallholders as well as all your favourites (see Who’s Coming), and you’ll find some lovely gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Entry is free, so please come along to The Pantry, on Saturday 30th March, at Piddington Village Hall, near Bicester, OX25 1PU, between 10 and 2.


If you can help in setting up the hall this afternoon (from 3.00pm) or taking down on Saturday afternoon, that would be great. For a demonstration of what this entails, have a look at ‘The Pantry – Behind the Scenes’.

Who’s coming?

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Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll find at the spring market on 30 March.


Zena Ashdown: Irresistible handbags, tote bags, clutch bags, etc. – all at great prices

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

Sarah Haydon – Sarah’s Gifts: Cards and gifts – NEW

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

Pea Green Designs: Eclectic, stylish and quirky homewares

Prime Wood Studios: Handcrafted wooden homewares and gifts

Kathy Hodge: Agate pendants, snoods, fabric beaded necklaces etc.

Kim’s Jewels: Hand-decorated wooden boxes, fashion jewellery and chiffon scarves

Piddington Church: Homemade cakes, produce and gifts, raising funds for St Nicholas Church

Bev Quarterman: Fresh flower arrangements – NEW

Angela Straker-Nesbit: Stylish homewares made from recycled Champagne corks and wine boxes – NEW


Coffee Shop: Hot and cold snacks, homemade cakes, drinks


Beer stall: Local beers from XT, Vale, Wriggly Monkey and Loose Cannon Breweries

General Store: Our own Piddington Apple Juice, Cider and Chutney plus local honey and artisan bread.

Piddington Cottage Garden Plants: Locally grown plants

Waddesdon Deli: Cheeses, meats home-cured and home-smoked produce

Secondhand books if dry

Spring Market

The weather might blow hot and cold, but The Pantry team are feeling very springlike.

We have some interesting new stallholders at the Spring Market on 30th March, including the florist Bev Quarterman, who’ll be offering some beautiful fresh flower arrangements – perfect for a Mother’s Day gift the next day.

If homewares are more your thing, you’ll be intrigued by Angela Straker’s noticeboards made from recycled Champagne corks and storage shelves made from wine boxes. (There’s a bit of a theme here, I think.)

Of course, your favourites will be there too – more details soon.

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It’s all go at The Pantry

Our first Pantry get together of the new year saw the creative juices really flowing (along with a particularly nice little Chardonnay), with lots of ideas for different things we could do.

We’re quite excited about some of them, which you’ll find out about later in the year, but for starters we thought it might be fun to hold some Book Swap Coffee Mornings, where you can come along for a cuppa and bring along a book to swap. After all, if there’s one thing running The Pantry has shown us it’s that what Piddington folk like best is to have a rummage through the secondhand book stall followed by a chat over a cuppa and a little something.

It’s free – The Pantry are sponsoring the refreshments, so come along if you’re around.


Is it spring yet?

With forecasts of snow and a general feeling that this year January is even gloomier than usual, we all need something to look forward to – and here it is! The Pantry Spring Market. A perfect antidote to B****t.

You’re welcome.

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Merry Christmas from The Pantry

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From left: Andrew, Hazel, Chris, Karen, Maggie, Ken, Francesca, Tony

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our three Pantry markets this year, and look forward to seeing everyone again next year on 30 March, 7 September and 7 December.

We thank everyone for their support and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



Thank you!



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The Pantry Christmas Market, 1 December 2018
Photos: Chris Weavers and Kim Elliott

Thanks so much to everyone – stallholders, volunteers and customers – for coming along to our Christmas Market, which our Treasurer, Chris, tells me was our 22nd! I found this so hard to believe, I counted up all the markets we’ve held since we started in December 2012 and it’s true. We really have got together as a community this many times and created something that lots of us in the village think is meaningful and important. And not just in the village. We’ve got to know several of the stallholders who have become regulars, and real friendships have grown as a result of these markets. The Pantry is part of their world now, as they are of ours.

Glancing back over the list of producers and suppliers, I was surprised by the variety of stalls and produce we’ve had. We featured more food stalls at the beginning. The idea for The Pantry had grown from disussions about the possibility of having a village shop, so our initial focus was on food, with some craft stalls – hence the name! For various reasons the balance has shifted. (Reasons include, for example, the difficulty of finding small food producers who want to attend a market as infrequent as ours, or who already sell elsewhere on our dates. Also, we can’t guarantee large sales of perishable goods and, if we buy in stock to sell ourselves, most companies will only agree to sale or return on bigger orders than we can make, and of course won’t offer sale or return on food products, quite understandably.) In recent years we’ve mainly relied for our food offering on the homemade cakes and produce sold by villagers, the fab bacon and mushroom baps freshly cooked to order in the Coffee Shop, an order of bread from artisan bakers and Sandy from Waddesdon Deli, who brings her delicious cheeses, meats and home-smoked produce. We’d love to feature more food stalls, though, so if you’re a small food producer, or know someone who’d like to come to a market next year, please contact me.

Thank you again for coming on Saturday. The hall was lively and buzzing, as usual, and beautifully decorated for Christmas (thanks Kim, Chris and Ken!). We moved the Christmas tree into the front marquee to make it more festive out there, along with lights, tinsel and a festive soundtrack, then shifted it back afterwards. I’m not sure this was enough to keep customers from making a beeline into the warm hall, drawn by the delicious smell of bacon and mushrooms, so we’ll have to rethink this next year. We’re very grateful to the stallholders in the marquee for being so good-humoured about their position this time. And we’re sorry you missed the Christmas music, Jen. We were so concerned about having it in the outer reaches (the front and side marquees), we didn’t notice that neither sound system managed to make it into the main hall! We’ll do better next year – promise!

We couldn’t hold these markets without the help and support of everyone involved – no matter how small a part they may play. After all, someone coming along to have a cup of tea and slice of cake, then spotting a neighbour they haven’t seen for ages and enjoying a good catch-up was one of the main reasons for starting The Pantry 22 markets ago. To see it happen so many times, at every market, is absolutely brilliant!

See you at the Spring Market on 30th March!