Monthly Market Round Up
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.
March 3rd 2017
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.