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’.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!