The Last Pantry

Pantry December 2019 KE
The Pantry Christmas Market, 7 December 2019. Photo: Kim Elliott

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make our last market such a lovely Christmassy event. So many people have said to me what a great atmosphere there was on the day, and the bustle and noisy chatter in the hall certainly seemed to signal that folks were enjoying themselves. The hall was decorated beautifully (thanks, Kim!) and, for the first time, we had festive music throughout, via the newly installed sound system.

It was, of course, a bittersweet occasion, not only because it would be the last time The Pantry would happen in this form (though it would be great if others in the village took up the challenge to do something similar at some point), but also because we were remembering those who weren’t able to be there with us this time.

Those absent friends have given great help and support to The Pantry over the years, and I hope this last event has been fitting thanks. We’ve done the sums now, and can report that the Christmas Market this year made a profit of around £600. This means that, over the past seven years, The Pantry has in total raised around £13,000. We have already donated or committed much of this money to various village projects (major works in the village hall and the church, Apple Day, the Fitness Trail, a defibrillator, etc.), but after the funds committed are accounted for, there will be a balance of around £4000. This will be used to fund future village projects and initiatives as they arise. The Pantry team are happy for villagers to contact any one of us to request a donation towards such a project. We intend to formalise our criteria as to what would make something suitable for a Pantry donation, but our main stipulation is that it must benefit the villagers of Piddington.

The Pantry team are proud of what we’ve achieved, but we wouldn’t have been able to do any of it without the unstinting help of friends, partners, cheerful volunteers from Piddington (and beyond), the brilliant stallholders – some of whom have been with us since the start – and, of course, all the people who turn up to support the markets, buying from local people and so channelling money back into the local community, at the same time as having a chat with friends and neighbours and enjoying something delicious from the Coffee Shop. Thank you, everyone, it’s been a wonderful experience!

The Pantry Christmas Market, 7 December 2019. Photos: Maggie Pearce and Andrew Coleman


Who’s coming?

The banners and signs are out, the baps and beer are ordered, and the Pantry team is getting ready to celebrate our last ever Pantry market, next Saturday, 7th December, between 10 am and 2 pm.


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There’ll be a whole host of festive stallholders, some of whom have been attending The Pantry since it started in 2012. Here are a few memories of previous markets.

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The stallholders who’ll be celebrating with us this time are:

Zena Ashdown: Bespoke handbags and baskets

Caroline Beel: Needlefelt creatures – NEW

Jennie Bosher: Handmade decorations and cards, knitted cushions and toys

Ann Cummings: Piddington photographic calendars – NEW

Claire Ferguson, Forever Living: Aloe Vera products – NEW

Fleur de la Rose: Home accessories and gifts – NEW

Sarah Haydon: Cards and gifts

Horton Accessories: Fine accessories for women, men and the home

Kim’s Jewels: Hand-decorated wooden boxes, jewellery and scarves

Liz Tagert: Handmade gifts, cards and prints

Rebecca White: Handmade soaps, lip balm and various handmade crafts and gifts

St Nicholas Church, Piddington: Homemade cakes, produce, fresh handmade Christmas wreaths and decorations and gifts

Waddesdon Deli: Cheeses, meats, home-cured and home-smoked produce

Beer and local produce: Beers from XT, Vale, Wriggly Monkey and Loose Cannon Breweries, Piddington Cider plus local honey.


We’re looking forward to seeing you next Saturday!