If you braved the snow last month you may have seen the mayor presenting cheques to a couple of local charities. That is because all the profits the organisers make from the Market go to local good causes.
The first two recipients are Kew Out of School Club, to enable disadvantaged children attend events in half-term and school holidays, and Kew Community Trust, so they can take some the oldest and frailest of Kew residents to lunch and entertainment at St Luke’s in The Avenue on Mondays.
They each received a grant of £500.
If you are involved with a local charity and would like to apply for a grant there is more information available here. We’ll be making the next grants after Easter.
This month we welcome back Reuben’s Bakehouse with a range of artisan bread from his home using mostly organic ingredients, no additives or processing aids and hand shapes each loaf. Igor, the baker, is passionate about producing top quality breads and particularly loves baking the traditional ones, such as the sourdough and cottage loaves, but also bakes Italian style breads.
Also returning is Holly Francesca. She made quite a impact at the markets in the autumn with her range of handmade home accessories and gifts that take inspiration from the things around her. As a Kew resident, the Royal Botanical Gardens have provided her with lots of botanical inspiration for her current body of work.
There are several new stalls to look out for.
- Carolyn Dawson is providing homemade food of an excellent quality made with seasonal produce and a varied and interesting menu.
- Sarah & Sonya offer individually designed and handmade jewellery using semi-precious stones and sterling silver. Their products are made in Kew and are, as you would expect, beautifully presented.
- Another new jewellery stall is Louise’s Jewellery, where you can buy hand crafted jewellery made from pure silver, semi-precious gems and fresh water pearl. Her inspiration comes from colour and she often design pieces based on specific tones and hues.
There will also be music during the day, Robbie Henderson will be playing his euphonium and we expect a band of flute players from Queen’s School.