Would you like a stall?

Unfortunately, one of the foodie stallholders booked for our market on 8th June has had to cancel at short notice. We do have a waiting list of people who’d like to take a stall, but at the moment none of the food-related people can make it.

We are of course happy to allot the stall to a craftsperson, but as we’d really like to keep the existing balance between food and crafts, it would be great to find another foodie stallholder for this market, if we possibly can.

If you are a local food producer and would like to book a stall at our market, in Piddington, on 8th June, please contact me at hazel@piddingtonvillageoxfordshire.org.uk

Thank you!

We’re still here!

Anyone driving around Piddington in the last few days can’t fail to have noticed all the road closure signs that have sprung up like weeds after rain. Not to mention the barriers across the roads into the village, which are often held by stern road workers who stop nervous travellers, asking fiercely where they’re going before allowing them to pass.

The reason for this quarantining is, fortunately, not plague but road resurfacing. We villagers are starting to feel a bit cut off from the rest of the world – and sometimes from the rest of the village, as we’re unable to leave our house when the work is being done in front of it.

But if you’re deciding that venturing into the lost world of Piddington on 8th June will just be too nerve-wracking, please don’t worry. There will be access to the village hall on the day, and in any case, the road works aren’t happening at all in Ludgershall Road, where the hall is located, so even in the worst case scenario, you could still reach us easily by coming via Ludgershall.

We just have a couple of details to finalise, and then I’ll post a list of who’ll be coming to the market and what products we’ll have for sale.

And don’t forget, you can preorder from Bucksum, Debbie’s Home Cooked Food and JM Walman, and collect your goods on the day. (Contact details are in the previous post.)

Advance orders

Some of our stallholders would like customers to know that goods can be preordered from them for collection on the day of the market (8 June). We don’t have the resources to take orders ourselves, so please contact the stallholders directly.

Here are the details for stallholders who are offering this service:


David Newman provides local, high-quality salad and vegetables to restaurants, including Waddesdon Manor and Le Manoir. He also has a small farm shop open to the public near Long Crendon. As a special for The Pantry, David is offering the opportunity to preorder mixed bags for £5.

Tel. (mobile no.): 07784 333977; email: drb.new@virgin.net

Debbie’s Home Cooked Food

Debbie Grant produces ‘proper’ home-cooked food using local ingredients with no additives, E numbers or preservatives. She sells at farmers’ markets and will deliver to customers’ houses. She offers a bespoke service to her clients, including catering for special dietary requirements and providing smaller complete meals. She can also organise and cater for private parties, from fork buffets to hot meals.

Website: www.debbiesfood.co.uk; email: debbiegrant@fsmail.net; tel.: 01296 770196

JM Walman (Quality Butcher)

Located in Launton and owned by John Walman, whose passion for his craft and enthusiasm guarantees award-winning meats and homemade products.

Website: http://www.walman-butchers.co.uk/; tel.:  01869 252619  mobile no.: 0759 328 7284

Piddington Bakers at the Pantry

This is a call for bakers!

We villagers have always known just how good the bakers of Piddington are, and the recent Great Piddington Bake Off revealed even more local talent.

Inspired by the success of the Bake Off, an exciting idea grew to have a village community stall at the next Pantry market, selling a host of delicious homemade cakes and bakes, sweet and savoury, with all proceeds going to the village groups whose members undertake to run it. The Pantry will not charge for this stall, and the hope is that the Piddington Bakers community stall will be a regular feature of the markets, raising money for village ‘worthy causes’ on an ongoing basis and benefiting the whole community.

The first community stall will be at The Pantry Summer Market on 8 June and will be run jointly by members of St Nicholas’ Church and the Piddington Village Hall Management Committee.

The theme of the market is ‘The Great British Picnic’, so be as inventive as you like – quiches, pies, interesting breads and picnic rolls, biscuits, buns and cakes to take on a ramble or a fabulous gateau for that alfresco tea in the garden.

Bakers of Piddington, can you rise to the challenge?


Latest poster

Here it is, going up on noticeboards in Piddington and surrounding villages. The note about the road closures refers to the recent surprise we had when our local council informed us that village roads would be closed for a period including the day of our market!

On further investigation, it became clear that, despite the official notices warning the public of the closures, this should not affect access to the market on the day, as the road where the village hall is, is not one earmarked for closure.

So the market will definitely still be happening – please come along and enjoy the summery delights on offer!

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The Pantry sets a trend

Just as we were finalising arrangements for our new community stall at the summer market, I read yesterday (here) that in Thame, a nearby town, ‘South Oxfordshire District Council has provided £1,545 to the Thame Market Co-operative to allow the group to buy a new market stall for local community use. The stall … will provide a permanent area for local producers, community groups and nearby entrepreneurs to display and sell products to the general public.’

Well, how cutting edge are we, then? We just thought it would be a terrific way to make sure that all parts of our little village benefit from The Pantry project, and suddenly we seem to be in the vanguard of a whole movement. Well done, Piddington!

Anyway, the discussions about the community stall were in full flow last night, at the village hall AGM, so it should be a really tempting table. Piddington bakers are renowned for the deliciousness of their cakes – I have no doubt that several villagers are already earmarking their favourites: W’s delectably moist ginger cake, maybe, or M’s heavenly almond cake … you know who you are, ladies! And, of course, there may also be contributions from participants in the Piddington Bake Off.

So, if you want to be in the trendiest spot this summer, forget Wilderness and Cornbury – just head to Piddington, and feel cool and ever so slightly smug.

Pantry tote bags

Pantry bag 1

If you came to the spring market, you’ll have seen our brand new 100% cotton tote bags, printed with The Pantry logo, for sale at the very reasonable price of £2.

Buying a bag is a great way to show your support for this village project. The bags are a talking point, when you’re out and about, and, of course, they help to spread the word about our local market. They make good gifts too, especially when filled with a selection of local produce!

We’ll have the bags for sale at the summer market, but if you’d like to buy one before then, please contact Francesca.