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Woolton Hill village market to return next month

Woolton Hill village market (46080598)
Woolton Hill village market (46080598)

THE Woolton Hill village market will return next month after 10 months away.

The market was last held on July 25 last year between the first and second lockdown, when hundreds of eager residents turned out to visit the stalls.

As the country returns to a semblance of normality after a third lockdown, the market is set to be held again on Saturday, May 15, from 11am to 2pm in the grounds of Woolton Hill Junior School.

Among the new stalls will be artisan bakery Loaf to Your Door and a stall selling hand-carved chopping boards, as well as the usual array of tasty deserts, homemade cakes, freshly-cooked bacon rolls, seasonal produce, fresh fish, flowers and artisan crafts.

Safety measures similar to last July will be in place to ensure the market is Covid-secure, including hand sanitisers and social distancing markers, while the organisers will monitor the numbers to ensure there aren’t too many people at any one time.

Organiser Sally Fenwick said she was really looking forward to the big day after plans for a market last September had to be cancelled.

She said: “We’re so excited because we had the September one nailed down and it was going to be the biggest ever, and the fact it was pulled at the last minute was disappointing.

“This time we’re good to go.

“We love organising it but it’s for the community.

“Everything has been shut and so everybody we talk to asks when the market is opening.

“We’ve had a good response and we’ve said ‘save the date.’

“It’s an important event in the village – it’s a really nice community and people like to get together and have a chinwag.

“We’re going to have four or five new stalls which is nice, and it gives the local producers an opportunity to sell.”

Charity Swings and Smiles – which was the group’s 2020 charity of the year – will also be having a raffle after coronavirus restrictions put paid to any fundraising events last year.

Mrs Fenwick added: “We decided to carry them forward because we couldn’t raise any money for them last year.

“It should be a great morning.”

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