A huge success

The General Store is ready for business!
The General Store is ready for business!

The Christmas Market on Saturday was more successful than any of us had dared to hope. After a nail-bitingly slow start between 9.00 and 9.30, when there seemed to be a few too many red-pinnied Pantry volunteers in relation to the number of customers, people began to come through the doors … and kept on coming. There was a terrific buzz of interest around all the stalls, the coffee shop was packed throughout the morning with people chatting, reading the papers and eating (such was the demand for bacon baps, we had to send out for more bacon!), and the General Store did a roaring trade, selling out of most of the gorgeous things we’d bought in – though not until nearly the end of the market, so the stall stayed attractive and enticing the whole time.

The stallholders who attended all thought it an excellent turnout for such a small village, and said they’d be happy to attend another market here, which is great news. The quality and variety of the stallholders’ products made a great contribution to how successful the day was, and we appreciate their support very much.

We also appreciate hugely the tireless efforts of all the volunteers, who worked so hard and with such enthusiasm. To see the village coming together like this is really wonderful.

Feedback we’ve had so far from villagers has been overwhelmingly positive – essentially the message is that people want more of it! So that will spur us on to even greater efforts next year.

Will there be enough cakes ...?
Will there be enough cakes …?

I’ll post more photos of the market over the next few days, so keep checking back to see if you can spot yourself!

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Author: Hazel at The Pantry

I live in a small Oxfordshire village, and am writing a blog for The Pantry, a community project to provide the village with a place to meet and to buy locally made and sourced products.

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