Progress report

The Pantry is well into its second year now, so it seems a good time to issue a brief update on how things are going.

If you’re a regular at The Pantry, you’ll know how popular these markets are. We advertise them widely, and visitors come from quite far afield, many making a point of telling us how impressed they are to see such a small village put on a regular event like this.

The small group of people who organise The Pantry rely hugely on the enthusiasm and commitment of a band of excellent volunteers, without whom the markets couldn’t happen. The volunteers are mainly (though not exclusively) Piddington villagers, which is great because The Pantry is a community project intended to benefit Piddington. The goal is to provide a foundation for a permanent community shop and cafe in the village. Some of the money raised at the markets is used to replenish stock and improve subsequent markets. The remainder is put in the bank, as the foundation of a community shop fund. There have been six Pantry markets in Piddington and two ‘Portable Pantry’ stalls at other markets. So far, we’ve raised around £4,000, which we think is pretty amazing.

So thanks, everyone who has supported the markets so far – and if you haven’t been to The Pantry yet, why on earth not? The atmosphere is great, there’s always lots to look at and tasters of food and drink to try, there’s plenty for children to do, and the bacon baps are legendary. Come to the Summer Market on 7 June, and don’t miss out on something that Piddington is doing so well.