Crewkerne Town Council has agreed for a Vintage & Antiques Fair to run alongside Crewkerne Farmers Market for a three month trial period. The application was submitted by Market Coordinator Hannah Palmer in January but the matter was deferred until February to enable councillors to liaise with the management committees of Henhayes Centre, George Reynolds Centre and Crewkerne Aqua Centre. No objections were raised by the neighbouring organisations and sports clubs who hold matches at Henhayes recreation field on Saturdays were agreeable, provided parking for visiting teams and match officials was not compromised in the Henhayes car park.

A majority of town councillors voted in favour of the application and Crewkerne Town Council agreed to allow the Vintage & Antiques Fair be held on the third Saturday in April, May and June from 9 am until 1 pm. Market Coordinator Hannah Palmer said: “The aim of the market is to have a vibrant space that’s brimming with local traders that attracts people from Crewkerne and the surrounding area. Antiques are part of Crewkerne’s identity and a monthly outdoor market alongside the Farmers Market will showcase what the town has to offer.”

Local food and drink producers who regularly attend the monthly Somerset Farmers Market in Crewkerne, whatever the weather held outside the Henhayes Centre, have welcomed the news and are looking forward to working alongside the antique traders. Hannah also has other plans to increase footfall on Farmers Market days and has been liaising with the trustees at Henhayes Centre to present an indoor Makers Market of all things homemade and hand crafted, which is scheduled to begin on Saturday March 16th.

The February Farmers Market takes place on Saturday 16th with newcomers O-Jas, a brand new vegan street venture making its first appearance, Taste the Wild with a fine selection of game will be returning after last month’s debut and Can I Bake You A Cake will be back with their pop-up tearoom and delicious cakes. For youngsters the popular search for Monty the Market Mouse continues, and regular producers will be back selling locally reared and produced quality meat, fruit, vegetables, cheese, honey and lots more.

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