The countdown has begun to the launch of a brand new Ruddington Village Market – which is set to start in February 2019.
As reported previously on RUDDINGTON.info, the idea of an outdoor market began to gather pace following the formation of the Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP). This is a joint group of Ruddington traders, Parish Councillors and residents, brought together to pursue ways to promote the vibrancy and prosperity of our village centre in the wake of a number of retail closures, not least Glyn Thomas’ Greengrocers. The original idea for a Farmers’ Market has now been widenened into an outdoor market with a broader range of stallholders – designed to attract residents and visitors to come and shop in our village centre.
RVCP, in collaboration with The White Horse Inn (where the outdoor markets will be held), have also launched a website – http://www.ruddingtonvillagemarket.co.uk – to support the initiative. As well as providing details of the market, it provides an online form for prospective stallholders to apply. The first market will be held in the grounds of the pub on Saturday 2nd February, from 9am to 1pm, and hopes to attract a variety of stallholders – including sellers of fruit and vegetables, meats, dairy produce, street foods and crafts, plus performances from local talent.
The RVCP has already enjoyed great success this year with the “Ruddy Good Loyalty Card” promoted by RUDDINGTON.info: now with 34 businesses offering discounts on a range of products and services, and also had great fun producing the “Twelve Days of Traders” Christmas promotional video, which featured on BBC Radio Nottingham and in the Nottingham Post.
The group now hopes to capitalise on this momentum with the first Ruddington Village Market, and is asking residents and businesses to show their full support for the event. Mark Pinks, Ruddington Parish Councillor and founder member of the RVCP, said: “We really hope this is the first of many Ruddington Village Markets, and that it becomes something the village is known for. We’re appealing to all Ruddington residents to get behind it and make it a big success”.
The group is also looking for sponsorship from local businesses to help promote the event by assisting in the production of flyers, posters, vinyl banners and printed canvas bags. To apply for a stall, download and complete the form >>HERE<< as soon as possible. To offer sponsorship please use the contact form on the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly.