Well, I suppose it wouldn’t be The Pantry without some freak weather event.
Last time, we lost the village hall’s big marquee in the gale-force winds, and the outside stallholders had to hang on to their replacement garden gazebos all day, to keep them from flying away.
On Saturday, market day dawned with an interesting combination of rain, sleet, hail and snow – a little more than we’d bargained for in the middle of April! Combined with the power cuts that happened at odd moments, conditions were a bit challenging.
Mind you, it’s not the first time The Pantry has battled with snow at a spring market. You may remember a few years ago we took The Portable Pantry to Studley Wood Golf Club through a heavy blizzard in mid March. All I can say is don’t book a holiday on 20 August, when we’re having The Pantry Summer Market.
I’m pleased to say that Great British pluck and spirit prevailed and the day turned into a great success – a very big thank you to everyone who helped and who came on the day. Despite the atrocious weather – which naturally changed to bright sunshine while we were dismantling the brand-new big marquee – there was a steady stream of people coming through the doors all the time, which was great. I do hope all the stallholders had an enjoyable and profitable day.
Best of all, the Coffee Shop ran out of baps, and had to use the loaves from The Cornfield that were for sale in the General Store. Well done, Maggie, Karen and the rest of the team for making the Coffee Shop such a popular destination!
Finally, I have to say a big thank you to Bella (also known as Lula) and her friends who ran a stall selling items they had made themselves to raise money for Cancer Research. They were fantastic fundraisers, and their gorgeous stall was the highlight of the market. Well done, girls!
OK, here’s the roll call of stallholders who’ll be at this year’s Spring Market. There are several new people as well as your old favourites, so come along and say hello.
Zena Ashdown: Gorgeous and affordable handbags. Jennie Bosher: Handmade decorations and cards, knitted cushions and toys. Michelle Dee: Photographic prints –NEW Wendy Foster: Aloe vera products. Flooseymoo Jewellery: Caroline King’s handmade silver & semi-precious gemstone jewellery –NEW Horton Accessories: Chris Cox’s fine-quality accessories for ladies, gentlemen and the home Sarah Jackson: Fund-raising for a family member –NEW Kim’s Jewels: Jewellery, scarves and accessories Made in Wendy’s House: Wendy Sommerford’s handcrafted items –NEW Paul’s Cards: Phoenix Christmas and birthday cards, stationery and gifts Photopurity: Portrait photography by Phil Hawley from Launton –NEW Piddington Bakers: Village community stall selling delicious homemade cakes and bakes in aid of St Nicholas’s Church Seriously Sweet: Shellie Gray’s selection of sweets and gifts –NEW Piddington Cottage Garden Plants: Plants grown by Maggie and Tony Pearce, usually propagated from plants in their own garden 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
We also have the following regular attractions …
Beer Stall: Local ales from Vale Brewery Co. and XT Brewing Co.
General Store: Including products from the Cornfield Bakery, Jim and Jules, Shaken Oak Mustard and our own ‘Piddington Blend’ apple and apple-and-pear juices, made from villagers’ fruit.
Pantry Raffle: Fantastic prizes! Make sure you buy a ticket
Secondhand Book Stall: You never know what gems you’ll find. Have a rummage, and see if you can identify what the book group have been reading recently
And last but certainly not least, it’s the … Coffee Shop: Homemade cakes from the Piddington Bakers, croissants and pain-au-chocolat from the Cornfield Bakery, legendary bacon and mushroom baps and more, all served up with frightening efficiency by the dazzling duo of Maggie and Karen and a crack team of volunteers
If you haven’t been to The Pantrybefore, come and see why it’s so popular. If you’re a Pantryregular – I’ll see you at the Coffee Shop!