The Chamber held its first vintage, craft and artisan Market on Saturday 21st August. Despite a drizzly start, rain didn’t stop play with more than 20 stall holders giving local residents and out-of-town visitors much to explore at the St Christopher’s Green site.

The market offered something for everyone, including handmade soaps, textiles, photography, locally distilled gin and an eclectic range of vintage and brocante items from specialist stallholders. Shoppers were drawn to eco home and laundry cleaning items and there was no need for Man’s Best Friend to feel left out as hand-crafted dog collars and leads also made an appearance. Haslemere’s Rotary Club continued their fundraising efforts for local and international charities with hand-made wooden furniture and mud kitchens for children.

Chamber President, Craig McGowan said: “We are delighted with the response to our first market. Stallholders and shoppers enjoyed the experience and appreciated another reason to get out and about in our lovely town. Communal areas such as St Christopher’s Green play a key part in knitting the fabric of our retail and community areas together and it was great to see it come alive with this new event.

“On behalf of the Chamber, I’d like to thank our colleagues at Haslemere Town Council and Revd Justin Manley Cooper and his team from Haslemere Parish for their unstinting support. As a truly collaborative effort, this is up there with the best. Expect September’s market to be even better as we have plans to enhance the experience for all.”

The market is the brainchild of Chamber Committee member Kim Scillitoe of vintage homeware and furniture business Curated Living. With significant experience in sourcing unique and eye-catching items, Kim has developed the market to showcase homegrown talent and those with an eye for the unique and exceptional. Stalls and pitches are just £15 and there are several 3 metre gazebos available to rent for free on a first come, first served basis. Free parking is available opposite the Green, making the location attractive to stallholders and visitors alike.

The next market will be held on Saturday 18th September and pitches can be booked by emailing Kim at kim@curatedliving.co.uk

Image (team photo). Left to right: Craig McGowan, Chamber President, Kim Scillitoe of Curated Living, Chamber Committee member, Pippa Augur of Haslemere Town Council, Revd. Justin Manley Cooper of the Parish of Haslemere.

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