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I’m sorry, I really didn’t mean it when I joked about the likelihood of extreme weather at the summer Pantry. But here we are YET AGAIN, with weather warnings of gale-force winds, damaging gusts and squally showers, worrying about the marquees, the stallholders, the customers, and driving ourselves to distraction trying to think what to do for the best, to make sure that rain (and wind) doesn’t stop play tomorrow.

We must have angered the weather gods really badly, because in nearly five years, we’ve only had one market with decent weather – look, it was of such note that I wrote about it here!

But whatever disasters befall us, The Pantry always seems to come up trumps – thanks to our fantastic volunteers, our amazing stallholders and all the loyal customers that come along, through rain, wind, hail or snow, to support us and make sure we all have a brilliant day. And of course, there’s always the coffee shop, sending out those tempting aromas of mushrooms and bacon.

So think of us this afternoon, decorating the hall in the first rain we’ve had for weeks, and make sure you come and see us tomorrow. Here’s the coffee shop menu to get you in the mood.

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Calling all allotment holders, gardeners, smallholders!

We’re hoping to make this market a truly local one, featuring Piddington-grown produce. We already feature Piddington cakes and apple juice (and of course our own village cider is now very popular at the Pop Up Pub), but at this time of year we should be able to offer some home-grown veggies too.

So if your veg crop allows, we’d love to receive donations of surplus produce to sell at the market on Saturday 20 August.

Please bring any contributions to the village hall on the day after 9.30 am.

We’ve put up the notice below on the village noticeboards, but if you know of anyone who is struggling with a glut of produce, please spread the word!

 

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OK, here’s the roll call of stallholders who’ll be at this year’s Summer Market. There are several new people as well as your old favourites, so come along and say hello.

Carrie Crafts: Cas Mortimer’s retro sweet inspired jewellery, soaps, candles & shabby chic gifts NEW

Flooseymoo Jewellery: Caroline King’s handmade silver & semi-precious gemstone jewellery

Forever Living: Jennifer Ratcliff will be selling aloe vera products NEW

GladBags: Handmade bags for all occasions, created by Alison Court entirely out of recycled, reclaimed and rescued fabrics

Horton Accessories: Chris Cox’s fine-quality accessories for ladies, gentlemen and the home

Kim’s Jewels: Jewellery, scarves and accessories

Made in Wendy’s House: Wendy Sommerford’s handcrafted items

Nana Bebe: Simone Schumann’s handmade baby headbands and hair clips NEW

Paul’s Cards: Phoenix Christmas and birthday cards, stationery and gifts

Piddington Bakers: Village community stall selling delicious homemade cakes and bakes in aid of St Nicholas’s Church

Piddington Cottage Garden Plants: Plants grown by Maggie and Tony Pearce, mostly propagated from plants in their own garden

Usborne Books at Home: Amanda Corking will be selling a range of children’s books NEW

Waddesdon Deli Company: A Pantry regular, Sandy’s stall selling delicious home-cured and home-smoked produce, cheeses and more is always buzzing with customers

We also have the following regular attractions …

Beer Stall: Local ales from Vale Brewery Co. and XT Brewing Co.

General Store: Including products from the Cornfield Bakery, Jim and Jules, Shaken Oak Mustard and our own ‘Piddington Blend’ apple and apple-and-pear juices, made from villagers’ fruit

Pantry Raffle: Fantastic prizes! Make sure you buy a ticket

Secondhand Book Stall: You never know what gems you’ll find. Have a rummage, and see if you can identify what the book group have been reading recently

And last but certainly not least, it’s the …
Coffee Shop: Homemade cakes from the Piddington Bakers, croissants and pain-au-chocolat from the Cornfield Bakery, legendary bacon and mushroom baps and more, all served up with frightening efficiency by the Queen of the Coffee Shop, Maggie, and her crack team of volunteers

If you haven’t been to The Pantry before, come and see why it’s so popular. If you’re a Pantry regular – I’ll see you at the Coffee Shop!

Keen-eyed villagers will have noticed the posters that have suddenly appeared on the village noticeboards – yes, the Summer Pantry will be upon us soon. So batten down the hatches, search out your wellies and rainhat and mend that hole in the shed roof, for if past performance is anything to go by, 20th August will bring us floods, tempests, tornadoes and plagues of frogs.

Never mind, put on your shopping shoes and come along to see some lovely new stallholders as well as your old favourites. And Maggie and Karen and the team will be there to welcome you with a bacon or mushroom bap – what could be nicer than that?

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Well, I suppose it wouldn’t be The Pantry without some freak weather event.

Last time, we lost the village hall’s big marquee in the gale-force winds, and the outside stallholders had to hang on to their replacement garden gazebos all day, to keep them from flying away.

On Saturday, market day dawned with an interesting combination of rain, sleet, hail and snow – a little more than we’d bargained for in the middle of April! Combined with the power cuts that happened at odd moments, conditions were a bit challenging.

Mind you, it’s not the first time The Pantry has battled with snow at a spring market. You may remember a few years ago we took The Portable Pantry to Studley Wood Golf Club through a heavy blizzard in mid March. All I can say is don’t book a holiday on 20 August, when we’re having The Pantry Summer Market.

I’m pleased to say that Great British pluck and spirit prevailed and the day turned into a great success – a very big thank you to everyone who helped and who came on the day. Despite the atrocious weather – which naturally changed to  bright sunshine while we were dismantling the brand-new big marquee – there was a steady stream of people coming through the doors all the time, which was great. I do hope all the stallholders had an enjoyable and profitable day.

Best of all, the Coffee Shop ran out of baps, and had to use the loaves from The Cornfield that were for sale in the General Store. Well done, Maggie, Karen and the rest of the team for making the Coffee Shop such a popular destination!

Finally, I have to say a big thank you to Bella (also known as Lula) and her friends who ran a stall selling items they had made themselves to raise money for Cancer Research. They were fantastic fundraisers, and their gorgeous stall was the highlight of the market. Well done, girls!

cancer research

 

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The gale-force winds at the last market gave the term ‘stallholder’ a whole new meaning!

 

OK, here’s the roll call of stallholders who’ll be at this year’s Spring Market. There are several new people as well as your old favourites, so come along and say hello.

Zena Ashdown: Gorgeous and affordable handbags.
Jennie Bosher: Handmade decorations and cards, knitted cushions and toys.
Michelle Dee: Photographic prints NEW
Wendy Foster: Aloe vera products.
Flooseymoo Jewellery: Caroline King’s handmade silver & semi-precious gemstone jewellery NEW
Horton Accessories: Chris Cox’s fine-quality accessories for ladies, gentlemen and the home
Sarah Jackson: Fund-raising for a family member NEW
Kim’s Jewels: Jewellery, scarves and accessories
Made in Wendy’s House: Wendy Sommerford’s handcrafted items NEW
Paul’s Cards: Phoenix Christmas and birthday cards, stationery and gifts
Photopurity: Portrait photography by Phil Hawley from Launton NEW
Piddington Bakers: Village community stall selling delicious homemade cakes and bakes in aid of St Nicholas’s Church
Seriously Sweet: Shellie Gray’s selection of sweets and gifts NEW
Piddington Cottage Garden Plants: Plants grown by Maggie and Tony Pearce, usually propagated from plants in their own garden
Waddesdon Deli Company: A Pantry regular, Sandy’s stall selling delicious home-cured and home-smoked produce, cheeses and more is always buzzing with customers

We also have the following regular attractions …

Beer Stall: Local ales from Vale Brewery Co. and XT Brewing Co.

General Store: Including products from the Cornfield Bakery, Jim and Jules, Shaken Oak Mustard and our own ‘Piddington Blend’ apple and apple-and-pear juices, made from villagers’ fruit.

Pantry Raffle: Fantastic prizes! Make sure you buy a ticket

Secondhand Book Stall: You never know what gems you’ll find. Have a rummage, and see if you can identify what the book group have been reading recently

And last but certainly not least, it’s the …
Coffee Shop: Homemade cakes from the Piddington Bakers, croissants and pain-au-chocolat from the Cornfield Bakery, legendary bacon and mushroom baps and more, all served up with frightening efficiency by the dazzling duo of Maggie and Karen and a crack team of volunteers

If you haven’t been to The Pantry before, come and see why it’s so popular. If you’re a Pantry regular – I’ll see you at the Coffee Shop!

 

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