Small village, big idea
The Pantry is a community project that runs regular seasonal markets several times a year to provide Piddington with a place for people to meet and buy local products.
Some of the money raised at the Pantry markets is used to replenish stock and improve subsequent markets. The remainder is used for the benefit of the village. At each market, we offer two free tables to St Nicholas Church, where volunteers sell homemade cakes and gifts to raise funds for essential work on the building.
Since we began in December 2012, as of March 2019 we’ve raised a total of £11,814, of which £7,875 has been donated to various village causes and projects. The pie chart below shows where the money has gone.
We’re proud of The Pantry and the determination of our small community to create and sustain a new village amenity in tough times. We never forget, though, that the markets only exist because people want to come to them, and our fantastic volunteers and our stall holders continue to give their support.
Distribution of funds raised by The Pantry markets, from December 2012 to March 2019
Applying for funds
Any resident of Piddington can apply to The Pantry to be considered for a grant towards a village project or cause. To qualify, the project or cause must be located in or directly concern the village and its residents. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to find us
The Pantry markets are held at the village hall in Piddington, a village about 4.5 miles (7 km) south-east of Bicester, in Oxfordshire, England. The full address is:
Piddington Village Hall
01844 238294 or 01869 320950
Comments about The Pantry
Since starting the first Pantry market in 2012, we have had some lovely comments from stallholders and customers. I’ve asked if I can publish some here, because they suggest that, despite none of us having tackled anything like this before we started The Pantry, we seem in general to be on the right track. Organising each market is a lot of hard work, but feeling the buzz at a market and then getting comments like these makes it all worthwhile.
We at Riff Raffs Sew & Sew attended the Christmas Market for the first time on Saturday, such a wonderful atmosphere.
The organisation from start to finish was superb, we were so impressed with the variety of talent & stalls on offer.
Everybody was so welcoming & complimentary on our handmade products, we loved every minute.
A truly wonderful day of sales & meeting new customers, looking forward to the next market date in 2018.
(Jo & Sharon)
Prime Wood Studios attended our very first Christmas market on Saturday 2nd December. We were quite excited because we had been to The Pantry toward the end of the summer and knew what to expect, the happiest and most motivated group of villagers you could ever wish to meet, kind, welcoming and organised.
The Pantry itself is a lovely warm environment with a superb team of ladies serving up all manner of locally made produce, tea, coffee, home made cakes, mince pies, bacon rolls, what more could you ask for? Well actually, locally made beer, apple juice and a host of other products. There was something there for everyone, all of the stall holders were very helpful and presented some exquisite crafts.
The footfall throughout the day was extremely good, especially given the fact that the village is a little gem tucked away in the beautiful surrounding countryside, this was undoubtedly due to the advertising and hard work from the organisers.
Prime Wood Studios had a busy, productive and enjoyable day, we can’t wait for the next market and would thoroughly recommend this family friendly fun day out.
(Paul & Simon)
A lovely, friendly market with a great atmosphere.
I love coming along to The Pantry at Piddington. It’s a great atmosphere and a real social occasion for the community as well as a super market for anyone visiting from further afield. My favourite is the cake stall, I always buy far too many. I have had my Cards and Stationery stall for over 2 years now and have a keen supply of regular customers (who are greatly appreciated). Definitely a permanent fixture in my calendar.
Oh … and the bacon butties are fabulous.