Market returns to village with high hopes for success
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. duckpondmarket.com, 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.”