KVM June 15 Newsletter

First things first

It all began with an appeal – a call to arms to anyone interested in starting a community market in Kew Village. Thanks to the energy and enthusiam of those pioneer volunteers, KVM was soon established as a much-loved local institution (an award-winner to boot) which has raised nearly £25,000 for local charities and a similiar sum in council fees. Now, time and personal lives having moved on, we’re sorry to have to say goodbye to some key committee members, and are looking for new recruits to the team to continue the market’s success. We especially need someone with a financial background – who’s perhaps retired, with time to spare and experience to share? Helping to organise the market is enjoyable and rewarding (not financially of course – we’re all volunteers) so if you’re interested please let us know at the organiser’s stall or click here to contact us through the website. We’d love to hear from you!

And now to Sunday’s market… Among our 38 stalls (see the complete list here) we’re delighted to welcome a good handful of newcomers:  Fair Dinkum Fare will be selling their own home-made chilli sauces  and Our Bread a range of Hungarian baked treats; there’ll be craft beer from local brewer David Scott at Kew Brewery and The Coach and Horses are coming from Kew Green to fire up their famous barbecue. And Jane Faulkner Arts & Crafts will be offering original artworks and framed prints of her flower paintings.

Also we’ll be handing out £1,700 in cheques to local charities – all with a youthful theme this month: The Rotary Club will again receive a donation (of £500) towards buying dictionaries for all year 5 Kew schoolchildren; Friends of Strathmore School for pupils with special needs get £600 towards sensory educational equipment; and we’re giving another £600 to Off the Record to fund confidential counselling sessions for young people.

The weather’s looking good for the weekend so the market’ll be a great place to meet up with friends and hang out for lunch and listen to the band – this month those great local favourites The Elastic Band.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday 7th June from 10am to 2pm!

PS     Our friends at The Good Wine Shop tell us they’re holding a free wine tasting on Sunday (from 12 noon to 6pm) so once you’ve visited the market why not drop in for a drop or two? Call 020 8940 4482 or email kew@thegoodwineshop.co.uk to confirm your place.

PPS   And if it’s not already on your calendar, highlight Saturday 20th June  to make for the Green and Kew Midsummer Fete. This year it’ll be bigger and better than ever with  a festival atmosphere from 11am t0 6pm with all-day entertainment, over 100 stalls, the Victorian fairground. the dog show, the tug of war and so much more. Visit www.kewfete.org for all the details.

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