Local comes first for us
We are an entirely volunteer-based organisation and our local community means everything to us. Our stallholders, organising team and volunteers are all locally based and dedicated to creating a fantastic monthly event for the local community.
We encourage and support our most local businesses to get involved with the market as much as possible. So far we have created money off vouchers for market days, introduced a market partnership scheme, handed out flyers for businesses and are looking at introducing some sponsorship opportunities too. And we're always keen to hear any ideas and suggestions for future markets.
Every month we choose a local charity to take a free stall at the market, which we promote and support as much as possible over our social media platforms.
A not-for-profit Community Interest Company was set up to run the Farmers Market. Any money raised during the year from stallholder rentals and other sources, over and above our costs in operating the market, is donated to local charities. In 2020 we donated £2,000 to Cherry Trees, Horsley and Bookham Riding for the Disabled and the Horsleys Community Fund.
Cherry Trees: provides specialist short-break respite visits for children and young adults aged 0-19 with a range of complex disabilities including learning, physical and sensory impairments.
Horsley and Bookham Riding for the Disabled: provides therapeutic riding sessions for children and adults with disabilities.
Horsleys Community Fund: awards grants that help build a stronger community, supporting local causes that can make an impact and that will empower the Horsleys to help themselves both now and in the future.
Our November market in the new location was a great success and we loved being in the heart of the village. The businesses made us so welcome and Quaich was even kind enough to distribute vouchers to our all volunteers, offering a free cup of coffee - thanks Quaich!
This month we will remain at this new location at the car park behind Station Parade.
Being here will allow us the opportunity to be more involved with the heart of the village and really support the local businesses that serve our fantastic community.
Don't forget, there will be free parking at the village hall and in addition, the train station, courtesy of South Western Railway. For anyone who finds the walk a little too much after a successful shop at the market, there will be plenty of volunteers on hand to help carry bags back to your car. Plesae just ask at the entrance for assistance.
What do you know about rum?
The three Watson brothers grew up in West Clandon and their distillery is based in Wormley. Ripping Yarns Distillery showcased their amazing rum for the first time at the April market. Our resident rum expert, Phil couldn't make it on the day so the co-owner here filmed a little piece to camera for him, to remind him what he was missing!
Look out for Ripping Yarns at the next market.
New stalls to the market...
This month, as well as a new location, we had some new faces join us.
If you visited the market, you will have seen both S&S Patisserie, and CRA Artisan Laser Design there.
They will both be joining us again in December so if you didn't see them on Saturday, make sure you find their stalls in December!
From the very first market, we have supported our local charities. We do this by offering a complimentary stall to a different charity each month. So far the charities we have supported are:
Horsley and Bookham Riding for the Disabled
Horsleys Community Fund
Surrey Wildlife Trust