Autumn Market Cancelled

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Sadly, owing to personal circumstances the team have decided to cancel the Autumn Market which was due to take place on Saturday 7th September. It is also with great regret that one of our founder members, Maggie Pearce, has announced she will be standing down. Maggie has run the Coffee Shop with great efficiency and enthusiasm and has organised the rota of regular volunteers – a complex and time-consuming job – from the beginning. She’ll be hugely missed, and certainly a hard act to follow.
Piddington products will still be available to purchase at the Book Swap Coffee Mornings that the Pantry sponsors and the Pop-Up Pub on the last Friday of the month. Upcoming dates for the coffee morning are: 22nd August, 19th September and 17th October.
The market has been running for six years and in that time has raised over £12,000, which has been, and continues to be, used for village causes. Projects The Pantry has contributed towards include: the new kitchen at the Village Hall; the proposed new servery for the Church; the Piddington Fitness Trail; the new Village Hall extension and the refurbishment of the village hall lighting and heating systems.
If any villagers are keen to get involved with the organisation of the markets it would be great to have you on board. Please contact Francesca for more information: We hope that the Christmas Market will still be held on Saturday 7th December.

Bring me sunshine!


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It’s The Pantry Spring Market tomorrow. I don’t want to jinx things, but (whisper it) the forecast is looking great!

We have some fantastic new stallholders as well as all your favourites (see Who’s Coming), and you’ll find some lovely gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Entry is free, so please come along to The Pantry, on Saturday 30th March, at Piddington Village Hall, near Bicester, OX25 1PU, between 10 and 2.


If you can help in setting up the hall this afternoon (from 3.00pm) or taking down on Saturday afternoon, that would be great. For a demonstration of what this entails, have a look at ‘The Pantry – Behind the Scenes’.

Who’s coming?

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Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll find at the spring market on 30 March.


Zena Ashdown: Irresistible handbags, tote bags, clutch bags, etc. – all at great prices

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

Sarah Haydon – Sarah’s Gifts: Cards and gifts – NEW

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

Pea Green Designs: Eclectic, stylish and quirky homewares

Prime Wood Studios: Handcrafted wooden homewares and gifts

Kathy Hodge: Agate pendants, snoods, fabric beaded necklaces etc.

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

Piddington Church: Homemade cakes, produce and gifts, raising funds for St Nicholas Church

Bev Quarterman: Fresh flower arrangements – NEW

Angela Straker-Nesbit: Stylish homewares made from recycled Champagne corks and wine boxes – NEW


Coffee Shop: Hot and cold snacks, homemade cakes, drinks


Beer stall: Local beers from XT, Vale, Wriggly Monkey and Loose Cannon Breweries

General Store: Our own Piddington Apple Juice, Cider and Chutney plus local honey and artisan bread.

Piddington Cottage Garden Plants: Locally grown plants

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

Secondhand books if dry

Spring Market

The weather might blow hot and cold, but The Pantry team are feeling very springlike.

We have some interesting new stallholders at the Spring Market on 30th March, including the florist Bev Quarterman, who’ll be offering some beautiful fresh flower arrangements – perfect for a Mother’s Day gift the next day.

If homewares are more your thing, you’ll be intrigued by Angela Straker’s noticeboards made from recycled Champagne corks and storage shelves made from wine boxes. (There’s a bit of a theme here, I think.)

Of course, your favourites will be there too – more details soon.

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It’s all go at The Pantry

Our first Pantry get together of the new year saw the creative juices really flowing (along with a particularly nice little Chardonnay), with lots of ideas for different things we could do.

We’re quite excited about some of them, which you’ll find out about later in the year, but for starters we thought it might be fun to hold some Book Swap Coffee Mornings, where you can come along for a cuppa and bring along a book to swap. After all, if there’s one thing running The Pantry has shown us it’s that what Piddington folk like best is to have a rummage through the secondhand book stall followed by a chat over a cuppa and a little something.

It’s free – The Pantry are sponsoring the refreshments, so come along if you’re around.


Is it spring yet?

With forecasts of snow and a general feeling that this year January is even gloomier than usual, we all need something to look forward to – and here it is! The Pantry Spring Market. A perfect antidote to B****t.

You’re welcome.

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Merry Christmas from The Pantry

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From left: Andrew, Hazel, Chris, Karen, Maggie, Ken, Francesca, Tony

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our three Pantry markets this year, and look forward to seeing everyone again next year on 30 March, 7 September and 7 December.

We thank everyone for their support and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!