Who’s coming?

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Here’s a roll call of who is coming to The Pantry Spring Market!

Common Leys Farm: New to The Pantry, the farm shop of this well-known local working farm with accommodation and restaurant is selling home produced pies, sausages and burgers.

Gaia Products: If you sampled Vasiliki Ntavertzani’s mouthwatering Greek food at last summer’s Pantry, you’ll know how wonderful it is. If not, you really do need to try it, including her fabulous homemade Greek pastries and health-giving pine and thyme honey, from bees kept by her family in Delphi. And this time, she’ll be selling delicious homemade moussaka, baklava, tzatziki and ‘Greek delight’. Vass is happy for people to order items in advance and collect at the market. Contact her on 07772454411 or gaia.products@outlook.com

GladBags: Handmade bags for all occasions, created by Alison Court entirely out of recycled, reclaimed and rescued fabrics. Only the snappers are new!

Horton Accessories: Chris Cox’s fine-quality accessories are always very popular at The Pantry.

Needle & TED: Vicky Hedger’s handmade tablet and ereader cushions.

Open Air Foods: Another first-timer at The Pantry, this specialist artisan food retailer and catering company champions the handmade and homemade over machines and mass production, and will be offering artisan cheese, home-marinaded olives and other unique items.

Piddington Bakers: Village community stall selling delicious homemade cakes and bakes. All profits are in aid of St Nicholas’s Church fabric fund.

Alex Simmons: A Piddington resident, Alex sells an eclectic variety of home accessories and gifts, from ceramic tea light holders to reindeer hides.

Tony’s Plants: Beautiful plants propagated by Maggie and Tony, who live in the village.

Waddesdon Deli Company: A Pantry regular, Sandy’s stall selling delicious home-cured and home-smoked produce, cheeses and more is always buzzing with customers.

Jenni Walker (The Hat Hire Company): Jenni’s is another stall that people really love, with her range of beautiful and affordable jewellery and accessories. Jenni is married to …

Richard Walker Photography: Richard is a photographer who will be selling mounted and framed prints, cards and calendars featuring his work.

Ann Winsome Crafts

In addition, we’ll have two stalls offering information:

Gigaclear: An Oxfordshire-based company who have brought high-speed fibre optic broadband to several villages in the area. They are keen to do the same for Piddington and will be able to answer your questions in an informal setting.

Piddington’s Community-Led Plan: What is it? Why are we doing it? How can I get involved? Find out everything you wanted to know about our new CLP but were afraid to ask.

As well as all these stalls you’ll find the …

General Store: All your favourites, including products from Just Biscuits, Little Shop of Cheese, Cornfield Bakery, Jim and Jules, Rosemary’s Jams, and more.

Beer Stall: Local ales from Oxfordshire Ales, Vale Brewery Co. and XT Brewing Co. Tasters available. Make up your own case of ales. Or just come and say hello to Andrew and Ian.

Secondhand Book Stall (if we can fit it in!): Have a rummage and see if you can find that modern first edition that’ll make your fortune. Or ponder over just how many John Grisham fans there can be in one village.

Pantry Raffle: Fantastic prizes! Make sure you buy a ticket!

And last but certainly not least …

The Coffee Shop: Homemade cakes from the Piddington Bakers, croissants and pain-au-chocolat from the Cornfield Bakery, legendary bacon and mushroom paninis and baps and more, all served up with frightening efficiency by the dazzling duo of Maggie and Karen and a crack team of volunteers.

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Oh, to be in England …

Well, April’s not quite there, but it won’t be long before we see ‘the lowest boughs … in tiny leaf’*. With spring definitely in the air, we’re turning our thoughts to The Pantry Spring Market.

With the market date this year falling so close to St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s birthday (both on 23 April), we’ve decided to celebrate all that’s special about England.

The posters and flyers are now out – see below.

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Everyone has their own take on Englishness, and their own ideas about what gives England its character. Is it our sense of justice and fairplay? Our willingness to stand up for the underdog and be a place of refuge for those that need it? Our ability to queue? Morris dancing? Or our certainty that absolutely anything can be made better with a nice cup of tea?

The English are particularly proud (if that’s not too strong a term for people who tend to distrust such emotions) of their sense of humour – the drier the better. We are experts at laughing at ourselves while at the same time fiercely appreciating all that we consider good and valuable in our country. And it’s that spirit we want to celebrate in the next market.

So do come along to the Spring Market on 18 April. We can’t promise Morris dancing, but we can offer you an array of local produce, some proper home-made English cakes, a nice cup of tea and a sit down.

Can’t say fairer than that, now, can I, guv?

* Rupert Brooke, ”Home Thoughts from Abroad’