New community market in Marlborough
A new market is set to start in the High Street Marlborough on Sunday July 1st 2012. Championing local produce and sustainable, ethical micro-enterprise’s, Marlborough Communities Market is a social enterprise that aims to put all profits into local projects.
In July of last year, Marlborough lost the Farmers’ Market that had been operating out of the Town Hall for thirteen years and members of the Town Council and Transition Marlborough were concerned that links to alternative food networks in the town and surrounding villages would be harder for residents and businesses to access. Since February they have been working with Ellie Gill of Wessex Community Markets to establish a new market for the town that aims to provide these vital links to farming and the wider countryside.
In the early stages of this process it soon became clear that while the new market would have a farmers’ market section, the criteria for farmers’ markets does not always support other local business such as Ramsbury Tea, who supply a range of Fairtrade products. In addition Ellie and the folks from Transition Marlborough were keen to create a market that provided as wide a product range as possible, so local arts and crafts have been included leading to the Community Market name.
Following an initial launch at St John’s School at their annual Science Fair to gain public feedback and to promote the new concept, a range of traders have come forward to take a stand at the first of the monthly markets that shall be taking place on the first Sunday of the month from 11am till 4 pm.
Ellie from Wessex Community Markets says, “I am truly astounded by the high level of products being put forward. I always knew that the countryside in Wiltshire hid some talented artisans, food producers and artist’s as I am a regular customer at farmers’ markets and craft fairs but to have so many in the immediate vicinity of Marlborough as come as something of a surprise”.
Signed up already, Marlborough Market shall be showcasing produce such as ales and tea from Ramsbury, bread, honey, cooked foods and middle eastern mezze from Calne, textiles and sculptures from Marlborough and there will also be cut flowers, herbs, perennials, beautiful hand-woven shawls and handmade soaps from producers on the Marlborough Downs.
What will become quite a signature of the market is an unmissable 1934 Routemaster bus with red and white livery chosen for the Golden Jubilee. Known as the Routemonster, it has a kitchen fitted on the lower deck that shall be making fresh food all day, sourced from the markets producers. You will then have a choice whether you would like to eat your meal in the upper deck café for a birds-eye view of Marlborough or whether you would like to eat in the Market Café located in one of three marquees.
New businesses are encouraged to get involved under the markets Table for a Tenner Scheme and they are still looking for producers selling eggs and preserves. Another initiative that has been set up by the coordinator are the services of the Ramsbury Flyer. For a donation, the community bus will be visiting outlying villages on market day to take people into town who have to rely on public transport, or simply for those wishing to reduce their carbon footprint. Or even, so that they may have a drink at the Routemonster’s licenced bar while having a Sunday lunch in the Market Café.
There will be lots of educational events taking place at the markets and for children there will be a Flag Making Workshop taking place in the Market Cafe at 12 o’clock on an Environmental Theme. Places are limited to 12, so do book early.
If you would like to know more about the market, would like to become a stallholder or want the Ramsbury Flyer to come and pick you up from your village, get in touch with Ellie on mobile no. 0797 1184723 or through the website: Marlborough Market