Crowthorne's 'mini-market' proved a hit with shoppers and is planned to return later this month

Published: 14 Apr 2014 09:300 comments

A POPULAR spring attraction in Crowthorne returned last Saturday as the village’s mini market opened in the High Street - and is set to return.

Laura Wolfenden, from Crowthorne Cakes

Laura Wolfenden, from Crowthorne Cakes

Stallholders filled the plaza outside Crowthorne Library with a wide range of goods including food, handicrafts and much more, on Saturday April 11.

The weather was overcast but did not stop shoppers gathering to browse the tents to find themselves a treat.

Helen McCarthy, from Crowthorne, spent part of the morning browsing the stalls with husband James Linton.

She said: “It’s nice to support local traders and especially because so many towns just have the same chain shops. It’s nice to have something different.”

Kathryn Ticehurst, from Crowthorne-based Farmers Kitchen, had fine cuts of bacon, free range eggs and more for sale.

She said: “It’s been a bit quiet but not too bad. We were here last year and it brings more people into the village. We could do with more support and it’s a nice thing which lets people come and meet each other. We will be here throughout the summer.”

Two stallholders were particularly happy as their food helped to fill the stomachs of passers-by.

Laura Wolfendon, who owns Crowthorne Cakes, said: “It’s going well. It’s not been incredibly busy but there’s been a slow and steady trade and the weather’s stayed sunny. It’s really nice to chat to people and it’s nice to show what I can make. Everyone is really friendly and it’s nice to support the village – it’s good to be a part of it.”

Tamsin Butcher, from Simon’s Pies in Easthampstead, had her three-year-old daughter, Florence Freeman, offering her help.

She said: “It’s lovely and we always try to do the local markets. We’ve nearly sold out and we always do well locally.

“It’s good to talk to people and to be supporting the community.”

The mini market – which is organised by Crowthorne Traders Association – is due to be held at the same venue on April 20 and May 18, between 10am and 2pm.

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