Shop (very) locally this Christmas

Don’t forget, it’s The Pantry Christmas Market this Saturday (1st December)!

What a great year 2018 has been for our lovely market. We even broke our record for terrible weather with a hot and sunny Autumn Market in September. You can see that rare blue sky in one of the photos below.

We’ve raised lots of money for Piddington village causes (over £11,000 since we began in December 2012) and we’ve so far donated £3000 to the new village hall kitchen, £3000 to the refurbishment programme in St Nicholas Church, plus funding the Apple Day ploughman’s lunch. We also want to help with the fundraising efforts for a new children’s playground at the village hall.

Scenes from this year’s Pantry markets

We’ re now getting ready for the best one of the year – The Pantry Christmas Market. And there are even more Piddington stallholders this time!

Kim will be there, with her scarves, jewellery and hand-decorated boxes, Lynda and John will be showcasing their wonderful balloon arrangements for all occasions, Olivia will be fundraising for a new children’s playground at the village hall, Liz and Madeleine (sorry, I don’t have a photo!) will be selling handmade gifts, cards and prints and Alex will be selling her range of gorgeous accessories and gifts for the home.


As well as these, we have for the first time a stall from Piddington’s own Craft Club, featuring a variety of Christmas decorations and gifts, many made in the village hall on Wednesday mornings! And once again St Nicholas Church will have two tables, selling homemade cakes, Christmas wreaths and decorations and more.


Of course, we’ll have bottles of the new season’s Piddington Apple Juice, which has just been collected from Drover’s Hill Farm, who press and bottle the apples for us, as well as a new batch of Piddington Apple Chutney, made from Piddington apples by Jim and Jules. (The labels will be different from those shown here, but the contents will be just as delicious as ever.) There may still be some 2017 cider left (I’m not sure), but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the new season’s cider, from juice pressed at this year’s Apple Day!

Naturally, we also have stallholders who are now very much part of The Pantry family: Zena with her fabulous bags, Chris with his classy accessories, Paul and Simon with their beautifully crafted wooden items, Jen with her varied and colourful range of handsewn and knitted decorations, cushions, scarves and cards, as well as newer visitors Kathy with her exquisite handmade fabric necklaces, pendants and snoods, Shuan and Daphne with handsewn items, pictures and crafts, plus Colin‘s clean and simple pottery. Plus two very popular stallholders who are back with us: Kathy with her exquisite handmade glass art and Sandy with her fantastic range of cheeses, meats and deli treats!


Plus our lovely Coffee Shop will be in the new village hall kitchen for the first time, with the kitchen team turning out bacon (or mushroom) baps as fast as you can order them.

And of course you can stock up on your Christmas ales at the Beer Stall – come and ask Andrew or Ian for a taster. Local breweries featured include XT, Vale, Loose Cannon (based in Abingdon) and Wriggly Monkey, a brand-new artisan brewery based at the Bicester Heritage Centre.

And it’s free entry, so please come along to The Pantry, on Saturday 1st December at Piddington Village Hall, near Bicester, OX25 1PU, between 10 and 2, to get your local Christmas started.

If you can help in setting up the hall and the two marquees on the Friday before (from 2.30pm) or taking them down on Saturday afternoon, that would be great. For a demonstration of what this entails, have a look at ‘The Pantry – Behind the Scenes’.



Author: Hazel at The Pantry

I live in a small Oxfordshire village, and am writing a blog for The Pantry, a community project to provide the village with a place to meet and to buy locally made and sourced products and to raise funds for village causes.

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