Working hard to get market back
Traders group set to try again in April
TRADERS will attempt to revive a struggling farmers’ market next April despite a lack of stall holders.
The monthly Chalfont St Giles Market returned earlier this year after a year’s hiatus to try and regenerate the village.
Stall holders were encouraged by positive feedback from the customers however the event did not stir up enough support among businesses and ended on a low in September.
Business and Traders for Chalfont St Giles (BAT4CSG) leader Garry Brown said: “The logic of trying to keep bashing on with the market is that we wanted to build up the momentum but it was not very well supported by other traders.
“The customers came down and the village supported the market really well but I do not think a market is the beall and end-all.
“It is just another thing that can be done to get people down and show them shops that are here. The local shops in the village do try hard to be competitive.”
Mr Brown says the market which is held on the village green attracted 30 to 35 stalls about two years ago but that number has dwindled to six or seven.
His group of 110 members backs the Advertiser’s drive to support local traders, a message which was last week’s front page.
Traders donate money from the market along with the parish council to help provide an hour’s free parking in Blizzard’s Yard car park, which they have secured for next year thanks to music events.
In another bid to boost the village, BAT4CSG challenged villagers and schoolchildren to come up with a design for a new village logo in April.
It was hoped the winning symbol would strike a chord with people and create a recognisable brand for the village however the competition faltered due to lack of interest.
Mr Brown added: “There was so much apathy and lack of response which made us realise it needs a lot more effort to try it again.”
BAT4CSG will meet next month to brainstorm ideas on how to attract business to the village and stir up support among stall holders for the market’s return.