Happy New Year!

We had a great year holding some really good markets in 2016, culminating in the Christmas Market, which for sheer variety was one of the best we’ve had. It was wonderful to have a stall featuring the beautiful work of the Piddington Patchers – what amazing skills we have in the village.

We’re beginning the new year by planning how we can make The Pantry even better.

For starters, we’ve decided to hold four markets in 2017 rather than three, as we have done in the last couple of years. So far, for every market we’ve always had more stallholders who’d like to attend than we’ve had tables available. We don’t like turning people away, and we do like to have a variety of goods on offer, so we always need to do some last-minute juggling to fit folk in. In the hope that we continue to be in this fortunate position, we thought having an extra market date would mean that anyone we couldn’t squeeze into one market wouldn’t have too long to wait till the next.

Next, I’d like to ask you to think of The Pantry when you’re out and about, and let us know if you spot anyone you think would be good to have at a forthcomking market. You may remember I wrote a blog about this last year – ‘Pick your own Pantry‘ – and supplied a flyer containing the 2017 market dates and contact details to give to potential stallholders so they could get in touch with us. Please think about doing this – we find that word-of-mouth recommendations often result in excellent stalls.

Finally, hot off the press, here’s the poster for the Spring Market in March. Not long now!