12 Mar 2018
Following a winter break, Clare Monthly Products and Produce Market is back this Saturday, with plenty to attract shoppers to Suffolk’s smallest (‘but perfectly formed’) town.
The market, reinstated last year after a 20-year-absence, will include 20 or so stalls selling everything from bread and cheese to pies, organic fruit and vegetables and homeware.
Each market includes a free stall for Clare-based community groups or charities to use for fundraising. This Saturday will be the turn of Clare Baptist Church, which will be selling Traidcraft Fair Trade goods.
“We are delighted to be taking part in Clare market and hope people will come along and support us and the local businesses,” said Vivien Sargeant from the Baptist Church.
“We, at Clare Baptist Church, are committed to supporting Traidcraft, firmly believing that we all have a responsibility to support others whenever and where ever possible. We use Traidcraft goods in Church as well as selling to the public. Any surplus money raised from this goes back to Traidcraft Exchange to support the development of new Fair Trade businesses.”
The market also features a free stall for a Clare business to give market trading a try. This month sees the turn of Maison de Clements, which sells beautiful French country furniture, antiques, interior design pieces and vintage items for the home and garden.
Linda Dabbs, who runs the Market Hill sited business, said: “There is always a great atmosphere and excitement and the market has lots of independent stalls which complement the fabulous variety of independent shops that we have in the town. I am delighted to have this opportunity to trade on the Clare monthly market which I feel is becoming a great success.”
The Clare Products and Produce Market is a joint initiative between Clare Town Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
Cllr Alaric Pugh, who represents Clare on the Borough Council and is also Cabinet member for Planning and Growth, said: “Clare is a hidden gem. We have lots of lovely independent retailers and some great pubs, cafes and restaurants. The market adds to the appeal of this beautiful historic town and I am sure lots of people both from Clare and visitors will be glad to see it back after its winter break.”
Cllr Paul Bishop, Chairman of Clare Town Council, said: “We are proud to have been involved in bringing about the return of the market in the summer last year. People are passionate about Clare market. We are pleased that both the local community and people from further afield have come to Clare to support it and we are looking forward to another successful market this Saturday.
The Market takes place on the third Saturday of each month between 8.30am and 3.30pm on Market Hill.
If anyone else is interested in trading on the market, they can contact Sharon Fairweather, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s market development officer, on 01284 757093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org