A new look market will be launched in Bovingdon on Saturday.
Bovingdon Village Market is being run by former members and producers of the former Country Market with plenty of local support.
Villager Gary Cullum, who is part of the market team, said: “The village market is exactly that. It is village-run for villagers and it deserves to be supported by the good folk of Bovingdon and surrounding villages. “The aim initially is for a monthly market, but it could be held more often if there is demand from both producers and craftmen/women for a more regular market.”
The market, running from 10am to 12.30pm at the High Street’s Memorial hall, is non-profit making and any surplus will be invested back into the village.
Lynn Storey, also part of the team behind the market, said: “We are aiming for a truly local shopping experience offering genuinely home-produced foods, plants and crafts.”
Local clubs, groups and societies are being invited to promote their organisations at the market’s village information desk where leaflets and literature will be displayed.
Mr Cullum said: “There is a great community spirit in Bovingdon and we are aiming to promote this closeness with a regular meeting place for everyone. People move to the village and don’t always know what’s on offer. Now’s the chance to come and find out.”
The Market also has the support of Councillor Richard Roberts, who said: “Community and a sense of belonging is vital in any village and I’m delighted a small group of villagers was not prepared to let the old market die.“
After 30 years of trading the former Country Market was running out of steam. It was launched under the Women’s Institute banner but for the past decade moved from the WI to be run under a national Country Markets organisation.
The need for a committee, treasurer and chairman - with full annual accounts having to be filed back into a national organisation was starting to become onerous.
The first of the new-look markets runs on from 10am to 12.30pm at the High Street Memorial Hall. There is additional parking available at Bovingdon Primary Academy next door and at the rear of Bateman’s Solicitors in the High Street.
For more information on table bookings, contact Lynn Storey on 01442 834213.