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

We’re ready for our close-up


Exciting news! The Pantry Easter Market is going to be filmed!

As part of her college course, Tirion Ashton (whom many of you will know) will be filming the whole event – from setting up the marquee (cue the Laurel and Hardy soundtrack there) to taking everything down and packing it away afterwards. During the market, she will be filming on different cameras, and so will be able to capture a well-rounded impression of what our lovely little market is like.

We hope that from the hours of film Tirion will be shooting, she’ll be able to produce a short promotional video that we can use to publicise future markets.

Tirion has helped with many community events in Piddington, and we are very grateful to her for choosing to make our market the focus of her project. We aim to give her all the help and support she needs to get the best outcome. If you don’t want to be filmed, have a word with one of the organisers either before or on the day (Saturday 24th March), and we’ll make sure you’re not included in the finished film.

Needless to say, The Pantry team are already choosing their outfits, booking their hairdressers and getting ready for their close-ups. Here’s looking at you!

Gearing up for the Spring Market

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Looking back, looking forwards

Huge thanks to everyone involved in making The Pantry’s 5th anniversary the biggest and the busiest so far. You may already have seen us beaming out from the Oxfordshire Guardian’s article about us this week – the third time we’ve hit the news. (We even made the front page, as a headline pointer to the piece!)

Oxfordshire Guardian, 11-17 January 2018

Actually, we were all feeling completely exhausted after having taken down and packed away after the market, which could explain the slightly glazed expressions!

As you can imagine, it’s hard work organising these markets, and we really appreciate those helpful folks who turn up the day before and come back at the end of the markets to help with the various tasks.

This year, The Pantry will hold markets on the following dates: 24 March, 1 September and 1 December. New volunteers are always welcome!

Despite the work involved, feeling the buzz on market day and knowing how much people value the events makes it all worthwhile. I’ve put some of the comments we’ve had about The Pantry here.

2018 market dates

Happy New Year, everyone!

We’re starting to organise the Spring Market now, so you should see posters starting to appear on noticeboards in the next few weeks.

Here’s a reminder of the dates of this year’s markets:

24 March
1 September
1 December

If you know anyone who might like to take a stall at The Pantry, please contact me as soon as possible before the date. We do tend to get booked up very quickly, and often have more people who have requested a table than we have room for – but if people book early, we can assure them a spot.

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