Here comes the sun…?
It may be tempting fate to mention it but blue skies and sunshine are forecast for this Sunday – if so how lovely that the market will have that extra fillip of holiday feeling!
The schools are on the brink of the summer holidays right now of course, so you might look to the market to solve the timely problem of a year-end present for the teacher – a jar of spicy nibbles from The Nutty Lady would be very welcome, for instance. Or perhaps the Kew Jam Company’s own orange and lemon marmalade or a small something from one of the craft stalls? We’ll be welcoming two newcomers to Kew this month: Clementine & Coco offer personalised bunting and bags, taggies, purses and hand-made cards; and Inspired by Phulkari have home wares made up from traditionally embroidered Indian fabrics – the vibrant colours should look even more sizzling in the sunshine. Check out all stalls that will be with us here.
Last month we had the pleasure of giving away more money to deserving local causes (as the market is run entirely by volunteers we’re able to give all the operating profits to charity). The Deputy Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Stephen Speak, presented the cheques: The Friends of Strathmore School received £1100 to buy communication aids for pupils with severe learning difficults; £1000 went to Age UK Richmond to help pay for outings for isolated elderly residents; similarly HomeStart Richmond were given £500 for a summer outing to Kew Gardens for the families they help; and with their £130 Richmond Talking Newspaper have been able to buy the recording device they needed. Since the market began we now reached a total of £11,260 in charity donations.
Another source of pride and pleasure is that Kew Village Market has been nominated in the Best Food Retailer category for the Time & Leisure Food & Drink Awards. Of course we’d love to win – but for that we need your help. If you enjoy the variety and quality of our food stalls and indeed the whole spirit of the market, please check into the website and cast your vote for Kew Village Market – the polls close on July 12th, so the sooner the better please!
Thank you – and looking forward to seeing you this Sunday, 7th July, from 10am to 2pm