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New Sherborne Independent Market comes to Town!




New Sherborne Independent Market comes to Town!

A new market is coming to town in Sherborne, Dorset this midsummer. Taking place on Sunday 16 June, the Sherborne Independent Market will be based along the lines of the hugely popular Frome Market. It aims to provide the first curated, "destination" market for Sherborne with an eclectic mix of artisan stalls running down Cheap Street, a profusion of Sherborne "Indies" on the Abbey Green and the introduction of the highly acclaimed Eco Pop Up supermarket staged in the Digby Hall, Hound Street.

Particularly interesting for small micro or start-up traders will be the offer of stalls for just £5 giving an opportunity for these businesses to showcase a variety of different offerings whether this be homemade jam, pickles and chutneys; home-grown vegetables fresh from the allotment; tasty cakes and pastries or hand-crafted jewellery; vintage clothing or wood-turned bowls and pots.

It will also be the first time residents and visitors to Sherborne will have had the chance to sample the Sherborne version of The Pop Up Eco Supermarket which already runs at Odcombe, just outside Yeovil, on the first Saturday of every month. Claire Ashton and Gaynor Soulsby are delighted to bring their pop up green supermarket to Sherborne.

Based in Digby Hall, The Pop-Up provides all the convenience of a supermarket shop - bakery, dairy, fruit and vegetables, store cupboard, washing and laundry products, personal care, pet care, baby care, fresh flowers, eco sustainables, hemp clothing, stationery, gifts and of course local cider! 

A recycling area will take care of items not taken at the kerbside, so people are encouraged to bring beauty and dental packaging, bottle lids, pump and trigger sprays, biscuit and crisps wrappers, batteries and lightbulbs. There will also be an area featuring local repair experts and a cafe alongside.

Claire Ashton says, "Eco shopping is an experience - be a part of the Eco Community and work out what suits your family and budget.  Many switches are cheaper than traditional purchases, and by buying non-packaged food you only buy what you need, so you save money and reduce waste.  Remember to bring your own bags, containers, jars and bottles to stock up.

"Our stallholders will run a number of Eco themed workshops and activities throughout the day, and love to offer advice about their areas of expertise. So come along and see how we can help you on your Eco journey."

The new Sherborne Independent Market is run by an independent group formed from members of the Chamber of Trade and Sherborne Indies. The funding has come from The Sherborne Chamber of Trade and The Paddock Project. Jane Wood, Chair of the Sherborne Chamber of Commerce explains, "We are hoping the market will feed into the fabulous Discover Sherborne Project and increase visitor numbers to the town by introducing a new experience for those who appreciate a curated, artisan market." If the new market is a success for both visitors and traders, there are plans to roll it out once a month from March through to October 2020.

The Sherborne Independent Market has been launched as a result of a feasibility study on the Frome Independent Market that was jointly funded by Sherborne Town Council and the Sherborne Chamber of Trade.

All pictures courtesy of The Pop-Up Eco Supermarket

For more information on The Sherborne Independent Market and to apply for a stall E/:

For further information on the Eco Supermarket, images and interview requests please contact founders: Claire Ashton E/: T/:  07996 620189 or Gaynor Soulsby on E/:  07961 743776.

Further press information and images: Jane Adkins, A Head for PR, T/: 01935 813114 or E/:

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