And so this is Christmas …

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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.

(Jennie)

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.

(Paul)

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!

 

 

Who’s coming?

 

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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.

 

 

Who’s coming?

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The posters are all out in the village and surrounding area – you can’t miss our enormous banners on the A41 – so here’s the roll call of stallholders who’ll be at this year’s Spring Market.

Don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day on 26th March! You’ll find a selection of lovely gifts at The Pantry – from jewellery, handbags and accessories to pottery, ceramics and handmade fudge. And Paul is sure to have the perfect card!

Zena Ashdown: Gorgeous and affordable handbags

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

Flooseymoo Jewellery: Caroline King’s handmade silver & semi-precious gemstone jewellery

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

Kim’s Jewels: Fun and affordable jewellery and scarves

Colin Nicholls: Functional domestic pottery that is simple, beautiful and safe in the dishwasher and microwave

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

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

Piddington Cottage Garden Plants: Plants grown by Maggie and Tony Pearce, usually propagated from plants in their own garden

William Rolls Ceramics: Salt-glazed earthenware ceramic sculptures inspired by nature – a big hit at the Christmas Market!

Woodstock Fudge Company: Delicious homemade fudge using traditional methods and ingredients – 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 Shotover Brewery

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

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

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!

Gearing up for C*******s

I know, I know – we’ve only just had Apple Day and Halloween, and we haven’t had Bonfire Night yet!

But The Pantry People must get busy, finalising stallholders, preparing posters and flyers, and doing all those tasks that need to be ticked off so that the next market is as good and bustling as it can be.

This year, as well as the posters and signs we usually put up, we’ve decided to have a much larger roadside sign that we hope will attract passing traffic to our lovely village market. Keep an eye out for it – and put the date of the Christmas Market in your diary now! We have some fantastic new stallholders and some old favourites – can I just mention log reindeer …?

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Pick your own Pantry

We always like to welcome new stallholders to The Pantry, but potential stallholders need to know about the markets before they can ask to come.

You can help!

If, when you’re out and about locally, you spot a stall that you’d like us to have at a market next year, we’d be really grateful if you could mention The Pantry to the stallholder, and ask them to get in touch with us if they’d like to attend.

We’re particularly interested in inviting food stalls, and of course anything handmade or locally produced, but we’ll be happy to consider any type of stall as long as there’s a local connection.

We’ve produced a flyer (see below) containing all the key information potential stallholders will need. It’s small enough to keep handy in car or bag, to give to anyone who is interested in selling at The Pantry.

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Download The Pantry flyer here

 (The link takes you to a page from where you can download the file. Sorry for the faff – at the moment it’s the only way of attaching a PDF.)

The flyers are printed four to a page, like this:

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You’ll need to cut them up into four separate little flyers, ready to give to potential stallholders!

If you are a potential stallholder yourself, we’d love to hear from you!

Who’s coming?

 

OK, here’s the roll call of stallholders who’ll be at this year’s Summer Market. There are several new people as well as your old favourites, so come along and say hello.

Carrie Crafts: Cas Mortimer’s retro sweet inspired jewellery, soaps, candles & shabby chic gifts NEW

Flooseymoo Jewellery: Caroline King’s handmade silver & semi-precious gemstone jewellery

Forever Living: Jennifer Ratcliff will be selling aloe vera products NEW

GladBags: Handmade bags for all occasions, created by Alison Court entirely out of recycled, reclaimed and rescued fabrics

Horton Accessories: Chris Cox’s fine-quality accessories for ladies, gentlemen and the home

Kim’s Jewels: Jewellery, scarves and accessories

Made in Wendy’s House: Wendy Sommerford’s handcrafted items

Nana Bebe: Simone Schumann’s handmade baby headbands and hair clips NEW

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

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

Piddington Cottage Garden Plants: Plants grown by Maggie and Tony Pearce, mostly propagated from plants in their own garden

Usborne Books at Home: Amanda Corking will be selling a range of children’s books NEW

Waddesdon Deli Company: A Pantry regular, Sandy’s stall selling delicious home-cured and home-smoked produce, cheeses and more is always buzzing with customers

We also have the following regular attractions …

Beer Stall: Local ales from Vale Brewery Co. and XT Brewing Co.

General Store: Including products from the Cornfield Bakery, Jim and Jules, Shaken Oak Mustard and our own ‘Piddington Blend’ apple and apple-and-pear juices, made from villagers’ fruit

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 Queen of the Coffee Shop, Maggie, and her 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!

Who’s coming?

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The gale-force winds at the last market gave the term ‘stallholder’ a whole new meaning!

 

OK, here’s the roll call of stallholders who’ll be at this year’s Spring Market. 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.
Michelle Dee: Photographic prints NEW
Wendy Foster: Aloe vera products.
Flooseymoo Jewellery: Caroline King’s handmade silver & semi-precious gemstone jewellery NEW
Horton Accessories: Chris Cox’s fine-quality accessories for ladies, gentlemen and the home
Sarah Jackson: Fund-raising for a family member NEW
Kim’s Jewels: Jewellery, scarves and accessories
Made in Wendy’s House: Wendy Sommerford’s handcrafted items NEW
Paul’s Cards: Phoenix Christmas and birthday cards, stationery and gifts
Photopurity: Portrait photography by Phil Hawley from Launton NEW
Piddington Bakers: Village community stall selling delicious homemade cakes and bakes in aid of St Nicholas’s Church
Seriously Sweet: Shellie Gray’s selection of sweets and gifts NEW
Piddington Cottage Garden Plants: Plants grown by Maggie and Tony Pearce, usually propagated from plants in their own garden
Waddesdon Deli Company: A Pantry regular, Sandy’s stall selling delicious home-cured and home-smoked produce, cheeses and more is always buzzing with customers

We also have the following regular attractions …

Beer Stall: Local ales from Vale Brewery Co. and XT Brewing Co.

General Store: Including products from the Cornfield Bakery, Jim and Jules, Shaken Oak Mustard and our own ‘Piddington Blend’ apple and apple-and-pear juices, made from villagers’ fruit.

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!

 

The Pantry Spring Market

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The Pantry – market dates 2016

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The Pantry is bursting into life for a new year

The Pantry group’s first meeting of the year is always a buzzy occasion.

It’s a chance to debrief after the previous market – to mull over what went well and what was less successful, and think about how we can improve things next time. And it’s also when we look into our crystal balls and pick what we hope will be the best dates for the coming year’s markets.

Of course, we have to make sure that key people won’t be otherwise engaged – the date for the spring market was finalised only after a quick phone call to a rather startled parent that began ‘I’m in a meeting … when are we on holiday?’ But we also try to pick dates that, from previous experience, will encourage the most people to come along.

The Christmas and spring markets are always well attended, the summer and autumn ones less so. We’ve therefore decided that, like last year, we’ll just hold three markets this year, on the following dates:

16 April

20 August

3 December

Any changes to these dates will be posted in this blog.

We look forward to seeing you!

First look – who’s coming?

At last we have the definitive list – barring any last-minute surprises – of who is coming to The Pantry Christmas Market.

Drum roll … we have (foodies first):

Brill Organic Vegetables: Kevin is currently selling organic produce bought in from Sandy Lane Farm and North Aston Organic and offering veg boxes and home deliveries, but hopes to progressively sell more of his own organic produce grown on land he cultivates in Brill.

Debbie’s Home Cooked Food: Debbie produces ‘proper’ home-cooked food using local ingredients, selling at farmers’ markets and delivering to customers’ houses. She offers a bespoke service, including catering for special dietary requirements and providing smaller complete meals. To order in advance and collect at the market, email: debbiesfood@outlook.com; tel.: 01296 770196.

Orchard View Farm: We’re delighted to welcome Orchard View Farm to The Pantry. In 2009 Jim and Helen decided to build a farm which encompasses their core values of raising happy animals and showing people how their food arrives on their plate. Their sausages and pies are award-winners: they have recently been awarded a Great Taste 3 Gold Star Award for their free range pork – the equivalent of 3 Michelin stars for a restaurant – and last week were crowned winners of the best innovative sausage in the south east & London! The farm shop and cafe (at Little Meadle, near Longwick) is lovely – do go and sample some of their delicious food and see all the animals. Free-range bronze turkeys are available to order. To order in advance and collect at the market, contact them on 01844 273387 or via their website.

Waddesdon Deli Company: A Pantry regular, Sandy’s stall selling delicious home-cured and home-smoked produce, cheeses and more is always buzzing with customers.

Zena Ashdown: Everyone makes a beeline for Zena’s gorgeous range of reasonably priced handbags and baskets.

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

Michelle Bridges: Michelle’s handmade quilts, cushions, draught excluders and door stops were a big hit at the last market.

Kathy Chalk: Individually designed decorative glass pieces. Offering unique gifts and decorations, Kathy’s stall is a favourite at our Christmas markets.

Avon: Jackie has been Piddington’s Avon representative for many years, and will be offering a range of toiletries, cosmetics and gifts.

Kim’s Jewels: Kim, who recently moved to Piddington, will be selling handmade glass jewellery, along with other costume jewellery, scarves and accessories, all reasonably priced.

Horton Accessories: Chris Cox’s fine-quality accessories are always very popular at The Pantry.

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

Pea Green Designs: Alex, who lives in Piddington, offers an eclectic variety of home accessories and gifts, from ceramic tealight holders to reindeer hides.

Rustic Homemade Decorations: Gorgeous Christmassy decorations made by Milly (aged 11) and Bryn (aged 7) from Brill. How could anyone resist those reindeer?

Liz Tagert: Liz, another Piddington resident, is selling kitchen wares and home goods.

Jenni Walker (The Hat Hire Company): Jenni’s is another stall that people really love, with her range of beautiful and affordable jewellery and accessories. She also sells her photographer husband Richard Walker’s mounted and framed prints, cards and calendars

Piddington Bakers: Village community stall selling delicious homemade cakes and bakes. All profits are in aid of St Nicholas’s Church fabric fund.

As well as all these stalls you’ll find the …

Beer Stall: Local ales from Oxfordshire Ales, Vale Brewery Co. and XT Brewing Co. Tasters available. Choose from our selection and make up your own mixed case of ales – for yourself or as a gift. Or just come and say hello to Andrew and Ian.

General Store: All your favourites, including products from the Cornfield Bakery, Jim and Jules, Shaken Oak and our own ‘Piddington Blend’ apple and apple and pear juices, made from villagers’ fruit.

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

Secondhand Book Stall (if we can fit it in!): Have a rummage and see if you can find that modern first edition that’ll make your fortune. Or ponder over just how many John Grisham fans there can be in one village.

And last, but certainly not least, the …

Coffee Shop: Homemade cakes and Christmassy goodies 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.