Who’s coming?

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The posters are all out in the village and surrounding area – you can’t miss our new enormous banners on the A41 – so here’s the roll call of stallholders who’ll be at this year’s Christmas Market this coming Saturday. There are several new people as well as your old favourites, so come along and say hello.

Zena Ashdown: Gorgeous and affordable handbags

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

Kathy Chalk: Individually designed decorative glass pieces, unique gifts and decorations

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

Kim’s Jewels: Fun and affordable jewellery and scarves

Colin Nicholls: Handmade pottery items – NEW

Paul’s Cards: Phoenix Christmas and birthday cards, stationery and gifts

Pea Green Designs: Eclectic home accessories and gifts

Piddington Bakers: Village community stall selling delicious homemade cakes and bakes in aid of St Nicholas’s Church

Piddington Patchers: Beautiful patchwork and needlecraft items including cushions, door stops, draft excluders and table runners, handmade by Piddington’s regular patchwork group

Natalie Roach and Gail Church: Driftwood Christmas decorations and wooden rocking horses – NEW

William Rolls Ceramics: Salt-glazed earthenware ceramic sculptures inspired by nature – NEW

Waddesdon Deli : A Pantry regular, Sandy’s stall sells delicious home-cured and home-smoked produce, cheeses and more

We also have the following regular attractions …

Beer Stall: Local ales from Vale Brewery Co., XT Brewing Co. and, NEW THIS MARKET, Loddon Brewery and The Shotover Brewing Co.

General Store: Including products from the Cornfield Bakery, Jim and Jules, Shaken Oak Mustard, our own Piddington Village Apple Juice, and our own Piddington Apple Chutney, both made from fruit grown in the village

Pantry Raffle: Fantastic prizes! Make sure you buy a ticket

Secondhand Book Stall: You never know what gems you’ll find. Have a rummage, and see if you can identify what the book group have been reading recently

And last but certainly not least, it’s the …
Coffee Shop: Homemade cakes from the Piddington Bakers, croissants and pain-au-chocolat from the Cornfield Bakery, legendary bacon and mushroom baps and more, all served up with frightening efficiency by the dazzling duo of Maggie and Karen and a crack team of volunteers

If you haven’t been to The Pantry before, come and see why it’s so popular. If you’re a Pantry regular – I’ll see you at the Coffee Shop!

Where to start? Our new marquee?

The Pantry People got together last night to run through all the things that need doing before the Christmas Market on 7 December, and I came back home with my head spinning. (And no, it wasn’t the small glass of something we all needed to warm us up on such a cold night.)

We were looking back at last year’s market, and realised what a long way we’ve come in a year. When we formed our little group, in October 2012, none of us had any experience of putting on an event like this. We just wanted to have a community market in Piddington that villagers would find interesting, fun, social and something a little bit different. We all put in our own money to get the market off the ground, and, while we hoped we wouldn’t lose it all, we had no idea if we’d break even, let alone make a profit. Fortunately, the people of Piddington were fantastic – volunteering to help on the day, make cakes, set up and clear away, and do all those useful things that need doing.

One year on, and, while we’re never going to be a threat to Tesco’s profits, we have managed to make enough money to buy (with the help of a grant from Piddington Parish Council) our own Pantry marquee. We already make use of the Village Hall’s marquee, so, with two marquees to play with, we’ll have even more space for a variety of interesting stallholders.

The new marquee’s first outing will be at the Christmas Market on 7 December. (I originally thought we’d be using it before this, at the barn dance on 30 November, but this was just me getting my marquees muddled. But the reminder is still worthwhile: if you’d like to come to the barn dance, but don’t yet have your tickets, please email PiddingtonVillageHall@gmail.com or ring 07591 186 495 as soon as possible, as there aren’t many left.)

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So please come along and see the new, improved Pantry – now with extra space. And baked potatoes. But that’s another story …