Bideford market looks forward to brighter future

A BRIGHTER future is in prospect for the historic Bideford Pannier Market, which is both undergoing a facelift and adding a series of new events. Through the St Loye s Foundation, an organisation which aims to help people become financially and socially i

A BRIGHTER future is in prospect for the historic Bideford Pannier Market, which is both undergoing a facelift and adding a series of new events.

Through the St Loye's Foundation, an organisation which aims to help people become financially and socially independent, funding has been provided to employ four local young people, who were previously unemployed, to repaint the market hall.

They will work for 25 hours a week for six months to bring a brighter new look to the market, while also undergoing on-the-job training through Petroc to improve their longer-term employment prospects.

While the appearance of the market is being enhanced, a monthly initiative is being introduced by the town council in association with local artists.


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Starting on Wednesday, October 27 there will be three arts, crafts and collectables markets held in the Pannier Market Hall, with further markets earmarked for November 24 and December 15.

Richard Coombes, market administrator, said that interest had been received from some 30 prospective stallholders for the first of the markets. It is hoped that if the events prove popular with traders and the public they will become a fixture in the calendar during the New Year.

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With approaching 20 independent businesses also operating in Butchers Row this would provide a large community of traders with original shops and stalls, providing some unique opportunities for shoppers, he said.

It is from Butchers Row that the arts, crafts and collectables markets have sprung, with an already strong artistic community there, including painters and workers in stained glass, ceramics and woodwork, most of whom can be seen at work.

The Pannier Market is also offering opportunities to new stallholders at the normal Tuesday and Saturday markets, enabling them to test the entrepreneurial waters at very competitive prices. There is parking in the Honestone Street car park, with a walkway directly down into the Market Place.

Further details from Richard on (01237) 428817 or e-mail admin@bideford-tc.gov.uk

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