MARKET TRADER, APRIL 12 - 25, 2019


NORTH YORKSHIRE: Pigeon problem in market square

Bird feeding in Ripon Market Square has been banned until further notice, due to a growing number of pigeons causing problems for local businesses. A notice has gone up in the Market Square which reads: “Prohibited bird feeding

until further notice – in the interest of environmental health, the feeding of birds in the Ripon market place area is not permitted.” City council clerk, Paula Benson, told local media: “The

number of pigeons in the Market Square has increased, and it’s causing a problem for some of the shops and some of the market traders, so we are looking at what we can do to deal with it. “Pigeons are flying into shops and

obviously there’s the problem of pigeon poo around the Square – it’s just not very nice.” The city council has mentioned the possibility of looking into flying hawks to deter the pigeons.

LANCASHIRE: New market square will open in May

Darwen’s new £1.5m market square, boasting an area big enough to hold large scale outdoor events, will be officially opened on Saturday May 11. The work includes a landscaped area, seating and the potential for new retail units

under the town’s Railway Road. A new piece of art made of woven copper and depicting a majestic peregrine falcon

will provide the centrepiece. Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s regeneration boss, told local media:

“Darwen market square is looking really good and I’m looking forward to seeing it completed. “We are keen that the space is used by people day to day and for community groups and organisations that want to hold larger outdoor events.”

Cirencester market place (Photo: Istvan)

CHESHIRE: First supper club for indoor market

Knutsford Market Hall is holding it’s first ‘Supper Club’ on Thursday April 25. Ollie and Steph Chadwick of the Market Café

have used Ollie’s background in French cooking and devised a menu with a Gallic slant. The meal will be complimented with wines specially selected by Morgan Edwards and available to purchase on the night. The menu uses fresh ingredients sourced from fellow traders in the market hall making

(Photo: Nik Stanbridge)

the ‘club’ a true team effort. Ollie Chadwick told local media: “We have some top quality traders in our market and this menu makes use of everything we have to offer the community.”

GLOUCESTERSHIRE: Biggest youth market to date

Last month the market place in Cirencester town centre came alive with young entrepreneurial talent as it played host to its largest Youth Market to date. Held on Wednesday March 20,

shoppers were able to choose from 24 stalls hosted by under 30s from across Cirencester. The prize for the stall with the Best

Business Concept was won by first year Royal Agricultural University student Elizabeth Bohr, with her stall, BE Country Ltd, selling tweed coats. Ms Bohr told local media: “The youth

market was the perfect place for me to learn what works and what doesn’t. It was very rewarding and motivating to see that my efforts have been recognised and the feedback has been invaluable.”


FRIDAY, MAY 31st & SATURDAY, JUNE 1st, 2019. Fabulous crowds. Sorry no catering.

Contact: Hughmark – or By phone 01189 451799.

Regular market list:

Basingstoke Top of the Town Market – every Wednesday and Saturday Cheap rents. Require: footwear, sweets, swag, cheeses and catering.

Ramsgate Town Centre Market – every Friday and Saturday Require: menswear, children’s wear, kitchenware, bedding and meat.

Tadley Country Market – Sunday Require: catering.

Kempton Park Market – every Thursday Require: most lines considered. In season Kempton Market is the largest midweek out of town market in Southern England.

Bracknell Town Centre Market – every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday Very busy. Food only.

Didcot Broadway, Oxfordshire – Friday Market Require: butcher, fish, farm shop and cheeses.

Folkestone Town Centre Friday’s and Saturdays Very busy all year round. Require most lines including butcher and fish.


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