Monthly Market Round Up
December 2017- The end of an era!!!
This was the last New Malden Farmers Market at The Fountain Pub Car Park for the foreseeable future. Changes to our volunteer team and proposed building developments by the landowners meant that the decision was made for us to take a new approach. So Cllr Mary Clark has taken the baton and is aiming to get the Market moved onto New Malden High Street in March 2018.
The Directors: Frances, Zbig and I wish her the best of luck. We sincerely hope the market continues to go from strength to strength. The stallholders, local leaders, volunteers and of course customers have been such a pleasure for us all to work with. We wish to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the many laughs and touching moments you have given us over the years. Working at NMFM I have discovered that the people of New Malden are a truly kind and caring bunch; their concern for the built and natural environment is clearly a concern for local people and something I wish to continue working to improve locally in my new ventures with Love New Malden.
A huge THANKS this month to The New MUG’s and New Malden Voices Choir for entertaining us on our last day, The Met Police, St Johns Ambulance and KCAH for their hard work with the community and lastly Mayor Pickering who despite personal hardship and health issues still brought her lovely vibrant energy and support to the market to help us say our farewells. Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2018.
Our regular stallholders provided some lovely gifts and food for The Christmas season. Many families braved the bad weather to come along and try the Giddi-Up wheelie horse rides. The staff managed to have a go too, which was great fun. Luckily the weather wasn’t too horrendous and the new bathbomb stall; Soakster survived the deluge of rain despite their pertinent name! Kingston Bio Diversity Network also entertained families with their animal quizzes and badge making equipment. Plus we had Dr Bike and the Heritage society return again which is turning out to be very useful and interesting for local people. Lots is happening in regards to the future of the market at the moment but I feel that deserve a separate post to do it justice. Despite the rain and uncertainty it was a very good day.
We had a superb day on Saturday. The Mayor presented Kingston young carers with a cheque of £500 on behalf of New Malden Farmers’ Market. The Korean British Cultural Exchange provided fabulous activities in celebration of Chuseok (harvest day) Go Cycle brought along Dr Bike, Surrey Wildlife and The Heritage Society informed local people about their causes. Plus our stall holders provided top quality great value food and crafts! A truly excellent day.
Oh dear we had a very quiet month indeed! Despite the fact that we had this fabulous artisan coffee van offering the most delicious cookies ever people seemed to still be on their hols or taking it slow for the impending back to school chaos that would soon follow. Nevertheless we trooped onwards and upwards and raised an additional sum of £90 towards charity on top of the pitch fees, so we are happy to announce that we will be making a £500 donation to a local charity soon.
Whilst many people were away on their hols we had lots of doggy visitors today, pets are always welcome at the market. It was a day of all weathers from sweltering sunshine to a short lived hurricane. The poor Chilliman had his Nachos blown across the market. We hope this won’t put him off from bringing back his sizzling chilli sauces, salsa and dried chilli’s at future markets. Action Theatre Club came and performed a few songs from their most recent shows and dazzled us with their talent. Thanks to everyone who came by, especially our new volunteers who have offered to help run the market- without community support we just couldn’t keep going, so all your support really helps.
The Study school performed beautifully for us this month. The children clearly have great teaching staff and enjoy their school life. New re-elected MP Ed Davey came to along with his family to present a cheque to TAG youth group for £500. The money will go towards helping the group create a radio station at their club for disabled youths. We had a double whammy of Kingston council consultations from the Korean Needs assessment and The GO Cycle team who were both seeking the views of local residents. Given that our visitors love to hang around for a good old chin wag, plenty of useful discussion was had.
We had a superb month. Love Kingston provided Face fainting and games for the kids. The Epsom Spinners did a spinning demo and Sacha Puttnam played us some fabulous tunes from his album “Puttnam plays Puttnam” we all had a very relaxed and silly day each doing our own versions of slow mo running to Sacha playing Chariots of Fire.
This month we had the great pleasure of donating £500 to Chordoma UK. Chordoma is a very rare form of bone cancer. Local resident; Emma Holloway told us about her experience and the efforts she is making in the community to inspire people and raise awareness and funds to improve treatment of this condition. Please read about the New Malden running group and their work here https://www.justgiving.com/Emma-HollowayTEAMCHORDOMA
The sun shone for us all day today and considering it is the first day of the school holidays we had a fine turnout of visitors. Quite a few of us enjoyed singing along with the musicians. One of whom; Tyla has just received confirmation of her place in the Brit school, congrats Tyla. So remember folks when she is a famous singer song writer, you saw her here first!
Stall holders provided a lovely array of Easter and Spring themed produce. We welcomed new stallholders Tom cat sussex dry gin, which despite the early start was very popular on the tasting front (can’t for the life of me think why, hic!) The Healthy start scheme offered voucher for free fruit and veg to low income families and did a consultation on proposed changes to items available on prescription. The Heritage Society brought along some fantastic framed prints of local sites 100 years ago and educated us on local history. We also delighted winners of our flower basket raffle, local residents; Beth and Luis. See below. The Basket was kindly donated by Fountain Flowers and the proceeds of the raffle will go towards Groves Residential’ High St Hanging Basket project. So Many Thanks to Fountain Flowers and Groves Residential for helping our town look beautiful.
Despite it feeling like the first day back at school after the holidays, today was a fantastic day. The Sun came out, stall holders, (as always) provided us with gorgeous fresh quality, good value produce. We had interesting information from the Kingston pound. Southborough boys youth enterprise initiative impressed us with their selling techniques. The local councillor Terry Paton and MP James Berry were there talking to their constituents after doing a clean up in the Blagdon park with students from Burlington School. Lucy Mayer from Radio Jackie took some sound bites for a news update on us. All in all it was a very successful start to the year and a great day for the community of New Malden. Thanks to everyone who made it happen.
The last Market of 2016 was a great success. We were entertained by St James Players who came dressed up in their panto gear and The MUG’s who played several Christmas tunes. The children took part in a 12 days of Christmas treasure hunt with chocolate coin prizes, while the adults drank free mulled wine and chomped on mince pies. SERV emergency blood bikes were a great addition to the market as well as a cheeky sense of humour they brought along a mini bike and a lucky dip for the kids to try. Our local MP James Berry helped us to donate to a local homelessness charity and SERV. In addition to the money raised by the MUG’s busking we donated over thousand pounds on the day to local charities. Local resident and Great-grandmother Mary was delighted to have won the big hamper in the raffle. The hamper had several items generously donated from all the stallholders, it truly made Mary’s day. Finally we said a fond farewell to one of our longest standing Volunteers Paul Wright, Paul is moving house in 2017 and we will miss him a great deal. Not least because we haven’t found a replacement yet! So if you’d like to volunteer please do get in touch. All in the year ended with a bang and we hope to come back with more energy and enthusiasm for March 4th. See you there
It was a bitterly cold day but we warmed ourselves up with singing and bopping along to the entertainment provided by Guy Padfield and friends and the New MUG’s We were bursting at the seams with stallholders- spreading out a little bit further than usual into the car park. We welcomed newcomers: Cantinni Panforte who’s delicious Italian sweets still make my mouth water just thinking about them. We were very lucky to have a few new volunteers this month: Nathan, Claire and Chris. I do hope they come back again as they were a great help in the set up and put away. Volunteers are a vital aspect of the market, ensuring that much of the money raised from pitch fees goes towards charity, providing local info and support to community organisations. For instance this month we collected for the Royal British Legion and local PCSO’s came along to provide crime safety info regarding an increase in burglaries aimed at Asian families following Diwali. We also had a very interesting stall held by the RSPB.
NMFM really is much more than just a place to buy food.
We were really quite unlucky with the weather in October. There were some huge downpours interspersed by lovely sunshine. So whoever braved the outdoors was lucky if they didn’t get a soaking. Nevertheless we did our best to brighten the day. We entertained and amused ourselves by splashing in the puddles with our little visitors. Paul and Tim stayed and played some great classics on the guitars to lift our spirits. Lynda Rook started us off in the Christmas shopping spirit with some beautiful bunting and personalised gifts. Many people hung around to chat and learn about the history of New Malden from members of the Heritage Society who held a stall selling booklets and beeswax candles.
The highlight of the day was the presentation of a charitable donation from New Malden Farmers Market to the Blind Association for the sum of £500. NMFM has given over £7000 to charity over the years and given numerous opportunities to local organisations to raise more money from holding free stalls at our Markets. We are proud and delighted that we can support our community in this way and so the bad weather had little affect on us!
Loads happened at our September Market.
Helen Overton stepped in at the last minute to make sure we had an Aloe Vera stall because Silvana was poorly. So many thanks to Helen who is such a bundle of positive energy. We can see why your local business group for Worcester Park is such a great success https://www.facebook.com/groups/788298184629651/
Customers were treated to some new culinary delights provided by Areppa South American gluten free wraps. It was great fun seeing our pensioners enjoying the music and tasting new things.
I used the time to make tissue paper flowers and prepare for NMFM’s contributions to the Greenzone in Kingston carnival the following day. I am pleased to say the carnival was a great success and NMFM did us proud by providing food, drinks and workshops to over a thousand of people.
Finally a special Thanks to all our visitors who contributed to The Rotary Clubs campaign for literacy around the world. This public awareness campaign showed people the importance of literacy in developing parts of the world as well as at home in New Malden. The Rotary very kindly gave away free children’s books, pens and other goodies to our customers which a lovely treat for us too.
It was one of the hottest days of the year so far and lucky for us Surrey Ices joined us for their first Market with us.
The Market was buzzing with discussion and debate regarding the local development plans for Cocks Crescent and The Fountain Roundabout. Kingston Council and the Futures groups both held stalls giving people information about these important proposed changes to our town. If you haven’t filled in your survey yet please do. Not long to go!
Some of our usual stallholders took a well earned holiday while we also had the benefit of a new face in town; Joe who joined Hayden to make quite a dynamic duo selling local honey and amazing homemade sauces.
We started off with some brilliant weather as well but sadly it didn’t last with heavy downpours from midday onwards. After all it was Glastonbury festival time……!!. Guy Padfield provided our entertainment with some interestingly different music on his autoharp, which went down very well.
We featured the recently launched public consultation on the council draft development guidelines for Cocks Crescent and proposals to change the Fountain Roundabout into a traffic light controlled junction. Both these created a lot of interest. Further consultation will be taking place on Cocks Crescent at our next market on 6 August.
Two new stalls made quite an impact. Morish Jems with their range of gluten free cakes and chocolate creations. There was also some interestingly different to eat from Zapiekanki Polish food! Usborne Books provided a great range of lovely books to keep children happy over the summer holidays.
The end of the market coincided with the launch of New Malden Fortnight with it’s traditional opening parade.
We made a £500 donation to the Barnfield Riding for the Disabled charity. They also had a lovely stall.
We were back after our winter recess and full of enthusiasm for another great year raising funds for charity and good causes as well as promoting community feel good spirit!
We had loads of people asking us when the market is starting again, which was lovely. The Chief Executive of Greene King, the new owners of the Fountain pub confirmed support for our continued use of the pub car park. We’re very appreciative and try and give appropriate recognition of this.
All our favourite established stalls were back again with some additions as well with some foot tapping entertainment from Allotment Dave.
January and February we are closed for a winter break
We virtually had a full house with all but one of the 21 pitches taken up and over 600 visitors including our local MP – James Berry.
Our debut stalls from the last market came again – Laugan’s cakies (wonderful chocolate delicacies), Summer Rolls (Vietnamese street food) and Bantamladies (preserves, jams, marmalades cordials). My Book Bug selling children’s books made a popular debut and there was a return for Amber Glass. We are also had as our charity stalls – Barnfield Riding for the Disabled with their very tasteful stall and the Salvation Army which brought strong support from the Korean community.
We carried out the repeat of our questionnaire survey about the market and any changes people might want the market to make. The draw for winners of £100 worth of vouchers to use at the market will take place at the November market and we will be digesting and publicising the results of the survey.
We had great musical entertainment from Dave with his fantastically wide repertoire putting a smile on people’s faces……………..including old favourites such as does your chewing gum lose its flavour on the bedpost overnight.………….!!! Answers as to who sang this ditty at the next market please!
The market has been attracting new exciting additions to its stalls and the September market had three more new stalls to add to the existing interest and variety. Laugan’s cakies (wonderful chocolate delicacies), Summer Rolls (Vietnamese street food) and Bantamladies (preserves, jams, marmalades cordials).
As we are very much a community market we launched our survey with visitors to the market to find out what people think about the market and any changes people might want the market to make. All those responding were entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of vouchers to use at the market. The survey was made available online as well and will be carried out at the October market as well.
Was a really busy month, we had all our usual stalls, the hog roast, beautiful jewellery, gluten free goodies, cheese, this list goes on! We also had the wonderful Weir Archer academy with their racing bike, which as most people found was a lot harder than they thought! Thank you to everyone who came to support us, all the volunteers who give up their time to allow us to raise money for charity and The Fountain Pub who make it possible. Thank you also to the Surrey Comet for a wonderful article…..
The market is going from strength to strength. In spite of it being a Bank Holiday weekend our market on 2 May had nearly 600 visitors and our increased number of stalls did very good business. We again had a delicious hog roast provided by Real Butchers, which went down a real treat and is proving to be extremely popular as the word gets around!
Prompted by Suttles, the stationers in New Malden High street, we held a raffle in support of the relief action for the Nepal earthquake disaster. This was a bit last minute with contributions for the prize coming from stallholders and individuals. It raised £37, which added to the amount raised by Suttles.
By popular demand we also again had musical entertainment provided by the Eddie the busker.
Our next market on Saturday, 6 June promises to have even more stalls in addition to our regulars as well as another hog roast. However, even so, we do still have some capacity for more stallholders. We are still offering a cracking BOGOFF offer for new stallholders – attend two consecutive markets and get the second one free. After that attend five consecutive markets and get the fifth one free!
We rely on volunteers to run the market and carry out all the tasks that are necessary for the market to take place. If you are interested in helping us out in any way please let us know, you will be welcome. In the first instance please contact by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
At our Easter market on 4 April we held an Easter egg painting competition for children under the age of 10. This was a great success in that it was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part, with not just the winners but also every participant receiving a lovely chocolate reward! We also had a delicious hog roast provided by Real Butchers, which went down a real treat!
In addition there was a formal presentation to the Spartan Swimming Club, which is a local club for people with disabilities of £500 from the money we had raised through the operation of the market.
Again we had just over 500 visitors in spite of the Easter holidays. In addition to our regulars we had a number of additional stalls and we are expecting more new stalls for the May market. However, even so do still have some capacity for more stallholders. We are still offering a cracking BOGOFF offer for new stallholders – attend two consecutive markets and get the second one free. After that attend five consecutive markets and get the fifth one free!