Mar­ket re­turns to vil­lage with high hopes for suc­cess

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

CHAL­FONT St Giles is set to welcome an ar­ti­san food mar­ket to its streets on Satur­day (Septem­ber 19).

Vil­lagers hope a monthly mar­ket, which is restart­ing af­ter hav­ing been shut down for a while, will cre­ate more trade and rein­vig­o­rate the lo­cal econ­omy.

It will be run in con­junc­tion be­tween Busi­ness and Traders sup­port­ing Chal­font St Giles (BAT4CSG) and the Duck Pond Mar­ket Group.

Duck Pond Mar­ket al­ready has a num­ber of mar­kets through­out Lon­don and the South East, such as at Black Park, near Wex­ham, which runs on the last Sun­day of each month, and Pin­ner, Ruis­lip, Rich­mond and High­gate in Lon­don.

On its web­site, www. duck­pond­mar­, Duck Pond Mar­ket states it is a ‘vi­brant mar­ket­place for in­de­pen­dent crafters, food pro­duc­ers and small busi­nesses to sell in the lo­cal com­mu­nity’.

Start­ing this Satur­day, or­gan­is­ers hope to run it on the third Satur­day of each month, from 10am un­til 3pm on the vil­lage green.

It will have a va­ri­ety of more than 27 stalls in­clud­ing a mini pet­ting stall for the lit­tle vil­lagers.

Garry Brown, chair­man of BAT4CSG, said: “With the ap­proval and sup­port of the parish coun­cil the mar­ket is restart­ing on the vil­lage green ev­ery third Satur­day of each month. Start­ing on Septem­ber 19 10am to 3pm.”

Gor­don Pa­trick, chair­man of the parish coun­cil, said: “Let’s hope it will gen­er­ate more trade for the shops in the vil­lage. Hope­fully it will in­tro­duce more peo­ple and more foot­fall into the vil­lage.”

Mr Pa­trick, who said he will be hav­ing a look at the mar­ket to see what’s go­ing on, is us­ing the one at Black Park as an ex­am­ple.

“The one in Black Park is quite well at­tended be­cause it’s built up a rep­u­ta­tion and it now brings trade into the vil­lage,” he said.

“Let’s hope this one has the same ef­fect. It would be nice to see a con­tin­u­ing in­crease in shop trade in the vil­lage.”

Mr Brown said: “We hope the vil­lagers will en­joy and sup­port to help make this a suc­cess to in­crease the foot­fall, raise aware­ness of all the ex­ist­ing va­ri­ety of shops. Pop­ping down for a browse, maybe a cof­fee and catch up with friends.”

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