Shirehampton's first High Street Market was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Jos Clark on Thursday 5th September at the Tithe Barn.
It didn't take long for the crowd waiting outside to investigate what market stalls were on offer.
Jewellery, perfume, cushions, bags, women's clothes, specialised teas, honey products, vegan and free from cakes, jam, pickles, chutney, chocolate, hot food from Jamaica, Italy and India for the lunchtime, and favourites were fish, shellfish and cheese. All the stalls were popular with some selling out of particular items. Cockles were snapped up, not a surprise with our history of the cockle lady.
The market exceeded all expectations and more besides. Tea, coffee and cake were sold throughout the day. Customers chatted at tables with a cuppa on hand and lunch catching up on each others news. Many said the High Street Market brought the community spirit back to life and many had a happy shopping experience. People from the four villages came along to show their support and we had people travelling from Pill and Easton In Gordano doing their shopping.
The cheese was the bee's knees, the gorgonzola was strong in taste and thoroughly enjoyed. Said Sandra, whilst Katie said
the chilli jam is absolutely gorgeous. I'll be going back next month to stock up. Wendy said
I really enjoyed the chicken curry at lunchtime. Congratulations to all involved.
One dad added.
My children loved the chocolate stall. Really enjoyed the market.
All the stalls were good value and the fish stall was brilliant said Jayne.
Roxy and Evie concluded
What a truly wonderful market. We've had such a nice morning, met some lovely people, eaten some delicious cake and bought some great presents. It's reinforced the strong sense of community. We'll definitely be back, and I'll be telling everyone I know about it.
Thank yous for the day go to Tracy Zehtabi, Sherralee Parton, Ash Bearman, Katherine Birth, John Hastings, Jess Martens, Renee Slater, Dianne Frances, Colin Godfrey, Vick Crane, Jess Collard, Peter Vincent, Pat Gardiner, the Lord Mayor, our markets traders who took that chance, believed in us and what we wanted to achieve. And you, the community of the four villages and beyond for supporting the markets now and in the future.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 3rd October at the Tithe Barn for the High Street Market from 10am ‐ 3pm.
We will also be running a Health and Wellbeing Market on Saturday 5th October at Shirehampton Public Hall from 10am ‐ 3pm.