Phew!

Well, our spring market is over, and once again it was a really enjoyable day. It was great to welcome back some stallholders who’d come to our first market, and to meet new faces, who we hope will return at some point.

The Pantry People would like to thank everyone who helped make the event such a success – not least our amazing group of volunteers, who worked hard all day and yet always had smiles on their faces. It’s so wonderful to see villagers all pulling together to create something special like this. Friends who had come from elsewhere, and new residents of the village, all commented to me that what they were experiencing here was quite remarkable – ‘What a magical place to live’ said one of them, looking around in amazement. Well, maybe a little bit of magic is involved, but mostly it’s the realisation that unless we Piddington people work together to keep our little community thriving, the danger is that there’ll no longer be a community left to work for. Our village could just become a collection of separate dwellings, where no one looks out for their neighbour.

So even though putting up the marquee in the rain (twice – the second time with the poles in the right places!), sweeping up puddles of rain from the marquee floor the night before and hoping for no more rain before doors open, tearing round the countryside chasing up orders at the last minute, endless hours, days, weeks of organisation, etc., is incredibly exhausting and time-consuming, it’s well worth it all when you see just what can be achieved.

We’re already looking forward to the summer market on 8 June. In the meantime, thanks again to everyone who helped and to everyone who came to buy goods, have a drink and a chat, sell some of their lovely produce or gifts, and in doing so helped support Piddington. We couldn’t have done it without you all.

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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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