If you live in the Ray Valley area, you may just have received the February edition of Parish Matters, in which The Pantry Spring Market features several times. You can’t say we’re not enthusiastic!
And if you live in Piddington, you also get a free gift – a lovely spring green flyer.
This loose sheet is meant as an additional reminder, in case you miss the advert and notice in the magazine itself (I almost said ‘In case you don’t read the magazine’, but surely no locals would be so remiss). However, we’d like you to put your flyer to even better use.
It would be great if you could pass it on to other people. Perhaps you have access to a noticeboard at work, school, gym or golf club – please pin up the green flyer, so the word gets around that Piddington is the place to shop for all your springtime essentials.
We’re meeting this week to start drawing up a list of goodies we’d like to offer this time. It’s really hard, as there are so many wonderful local producers and suppliers out there, and Piddington Village Hall is only small. Well, it’s not that small, but it’s not Harrods Food Hall! But we’ll cram in as many lovely things as we can, to tempt you to buy.
The website has had a revamp recently, and contains quite a few more photographs of village life as well as other information. It’s simply another way of bringing the village together as a community – a different sort of noticeboard, maybe, but that kind of thing. It would be great if people used it as easily as they pin up notices on the village noticeboards!
A few more pics from the Christmas market, showing some of the stallholders. We’d like to say a big thank you to the people who took space at our first market. You helped make the event just that little bit different from anything the village had done before.
A few more photos taken at the Christmas market. These ones show just how busy the General Store was – and give a glimpse of some of the lovely things we were selling.
As none of us had any experience of running a market like this, we’d found it quite hard to decide how much of anything to buy. It was interesting to see what sold well and what was less popular. The speciality bread from the Cornfield Bakery sold very well, as did the cheese from Crudges. We had a late delivery from the Oxford Cheese Company, and that sold out too, so clearly people are keen to buy good-quality local staples, even at a Christmas market, as well as luxury items.
Our volunteers were so friendly and enthusiastic, they made the day really enjoyable.
The Christmas Market on Saturday was more successful than any of us had dared to hope. After a nail-bitingly slow start between 9.00 and 9.30, when there seemed to be a few too many red-pinnied Pantry volunteers in relation to the number of customers, people began to come through the doors … and kept on coming. There was a terrific buzz of interest around all the stalls, the coffee shop was packed throughout the morning with people chatting, reading the papers and eating (such was the demand for bacon baps, we had to send out for more bacon!), and the General Store did a roaring trade, selling out of most of the gorgeous things we’d bought in – though not until nearly the end of the market, so the stall stayed attractive and enticing the whole time.
The stallholders who attended all thought it an excellent turnout for such a small village, and said they’d be happy to attend another market here, which is great news. The quality and variety of the stallholders’ products made a great contribution to how successful the day was, and we appreciate their support very much.
We also appreciate hugely the tireless efforts of all the volunteers, who worked so hard and with such enthusiasm. To see the village coming together like this is really wonderful.
Feedback we’ve had so far from villagers has been overwhelmingly positive – essentially the message is that people want more of it! So that will spur us on to even greater efforts next year.
I’ll post more photos of the market over the next few days, so keep checking back to see if you can spot yourself!