Ashhurst market goes into festive mode
The monthly Ashhurst Community Market promises to be a bit festive this month. There’s a Midwinter Christmas theme along with a move from the Village Green, indoors to the warmth and shelter of the Village Valley Centre.
Local Ashhurst and Pohangina sellers will be out in force alongside several special guest businesses from around Manawatu. Numerous crafts, plants, art, local produce and food stalls, as well as prizes and giveaways, should keep shoppers happy with live music from local band Ukebox. There’s also a wishing tree where non perishable food items can be donated to the local foodbank, and a play area to keep the kids busy courtesy of Ashhurst Playcentre.
The market on the second Saturday of the month, is organised by the Local Society for the Economy of Ashhurst and Pohangina (LEAP), which was formed in September 2015. LEAP’s mission is to promote the sustainability, diversity and resilience of the economy in the greater Ashhurst and Pohangina region.
The monthly market is a flagship event focused on showcasing and promoting the best of local crafts and produce by offering shoppers a chance to discover and support some of the amazing small businesses in our dynamic, talented area.
Regularly attracting around 20 sellers, the market supports local community fundraising projects, and provides a relaxing atmosphere and social opportunity for the Ashhurst and Pohangina community.
LEAP has recently introduced a local currency – LOAVES (Local Origin Ashhurst Voluntary Exchange System) into community circulation with the aim of building social and economic community connections. Many market sellers are adopting LOAVES as part of their businesses, and are reporting high community interest and curiosity.
So, for the last time until spring, the mid-winter Christmas market is on this Saturday June 11 between 10am – 1pm. Entry is free.
LEAP is looking for expressions of interest from Manawatu sellers for this market. Contact Helen King on firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 918 4855 for more information, and visit our Facebook page for the latest news.
Anyone interested in finding out more about LEAP is welcome to attend the AGM on Wednesday June 22, 7:30pm in the Ashhurst Playcentre, 118 Stanford Street, Ashhurst.
Winter has driven the Ashhurst Community Market from its regular site on the Village Green indoors to the Village Valley Centre this Saturday.