Huge thanks to everyone involved in making The Pantry’s 5th anniversary the biggest and the busiest so far. You may already have seen us beaming out from the Oxfordshire Guardian’s article about us this week – the third time we’ve hit the news. (We even made the front page, as a headline pointer to the piece!)
Actually, we were all feeling completely exhausted after having taken down and packed away after the market, which could explain the slightly glazed expressions!
As you can imagine, it’s hard work organising these markets, and we really appreciate those helpful folks who turn up the day before and come back at the end of the markets to help with the various tasks.
This year, The Pantry will hold markets on the following dates: 24 March, 1 September and 1 December. New volunteers are always welcome!
Despite the work involved, feeling the buzz on market day and knowing how much people value the events makes it all worthwhile. I’ve put some of the comments we’ve had about The Pantry here.
Happy New Year, everyone!
We’re starting to organise the Spring Market now, so you should see posters starting to appear on noticeboards in the next few weeks.
Here’s a reminder of the dates of this year’s markets:
If you know anyone who might like to take a stall at The Pantry, please contact me as soon as possible before the date. We do tend to get booked up very quickly, and often have more people who have requested a table than we have room for – but if people book early, we can assure them a spot.
Maggie, Chris, Andrew, Ken, Francesca, Hazel and Karen would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and to say thanks to everyone for all your support this year. We really do appreciate you coming along to The Pantry markets – to buy, to sell, to chat, to set up, to take down, to meet old friends and make new ones, and most important of all, just to be part of our community.
We also send you our very best wishes for 2018. We’ve set the dates for next year’s markets, so put them in your diary now. It’ll be Easter before you know it!
Market dates 2018
The Pantry Christmas Market, 2 December 2017
Photos: Francesca Darby and Kim Elliott
Thanks so much to everyone – stallholders, volunteers and customers – for coming along to our Christmas Market, and making it such a fantastic 5th anniversary.
It certainly was the busiest market we’ve had – the Coffee Shop was hectic, selling all the baps we’d bought (8 dozen of them). Maggie, Karen and the team are so well-organised and capable, I doubt anyone would have guessed that the coffee machine had broken hours before opening time, and, at the busiest market of the year, the team were having to improvise with other urgently sourced equipment. Talk about ‘a well-oiled machine’! (As a matter of fact, some of us did collapse afterwards with a large glass of something calming, but that’s another story.)
The raffle took more money this time than at any previous market – all of which will go towards various village projects. Special thanks go to Lucy and Pam for running it, and to the stallholders who generously provided some superb prizes.
The Church stall, with its extra table laden with Christmas wreaths and gifts in addition to the delicious cakes, looked beautiful and raised a goodly sum for refurbishment projects.
As I was going round chatting on Saturday, I had some lovely comments about The Pantry from stallholders and customers. It’s always interesting to hear what stallholders think about us, because they attend a lot of markets and events, and it helps us identify where we can make improvements. I’ve asked some of them if I can share their comments with you, 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 on Saturday 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.
I’ll let you know next year’s dates as soon as we’ve fixed them.
Have a lovely Christmas everyone – and we hope to see you next year!
Here’s a quick rundown of who will be at The Pantry Christmas Market on 2nd December.
There are more stalls than ever before, offering a fantastic variety of local products and handmade items, so you’re sure to find unique gifts for all the people in your life – and maybe a treat or two for yourself!
Zena Ashdown: Bespoke handbags and baskets
Bicester Party Shop: Balloon decorations for all occasions and more
Duns Tew Pottery: Functional stoneware pottery
Jennie Bosher: Handmade decorations and cards, knitted cushions and toys
Horton Accessories: Fine accessories for women, men and the home
Kim’s Jewels: Fun and affordable jewellery and scarves
Paul’s Cards: Phoenix cards, stationery and gift
Pauline Pinney: Hand made cards and hand knitted goods
Prime Wood Studios: Handcrafted wooden gifts
RiffRaffs: Handmade gifts, textiles, bespoke products
William Rolls Ceramics: Salt-glazed ceramic sculptures inspired by nature
Liz Tagert: Christmas gifts, decorations, small artworks
Topstitch: Handsewn items
Waddesdon Deli: Home-cured and home-smoked produce, cheeses and more
Rebecca White: Soaps, lip balm, etc. jams & chutneys, handmade gifts, homemade dog treats
White Wick Candles: Hand-poured soy candles
Woodstock Fudge Company: Homemade fudge using traditional methods and ingredients. Flavours include: Christmas Pudding, Chocolate Orange, Vanilla, Baileys, Gin, Vanilla, Salted Caramel & Rum and Raisin
As well as all these, you’ll find Andrew and Ian in the Beer Tent, offering you tasters of XT and Vale favourites – and possibly a surprise guest beer …
The Raffle, with great prizes …
And, new for this market, but destined to be a favourite stall at The Pantry, the amazingly popular Church Cake Stall is expanding! From now on, they will not only be selling delicious homemade cakes and bakes in aid of church funds but will also be offering local and homemade produce, and seasonal items, in place of what was the General Store. We’re really hoping this will go from strength to strength, and be a regular source of much needed funds to help St Nicholas’s Church with its new projects.