Ash­hurst mar­ket goes into fes­tive mode

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY - HE­LEN KING, LEAP

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 ash­hurst­com­mu­ni­ty­mar­ket@gmail.com 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.

PHOTO MARGI MITCALFE/SUP­PLIED

Win­ter has driven the Ash­hurst Com­mu­nity Mar­ket from its reg­u­lar site on the Vil­lage Green in­doors to the Vil­lage Val­ley Cen­tre this Satur­day.

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