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New market defies ‘Storm Hannah’ to be ‘huge success’

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THE first Melksham Makers’ Market has been hailed a ‘huge success’ despite a last minute venue change to avoid the wrath of ‘Storm Hannah’.

The market was intended to be held in the Market Place last month, but was moved inside the Town Hall to avoid the high winds and rain. 

Organisers of the market Sarah Hillman and Nicola Coleman have said that they were ‘overwhelmed’ by the hundreds of people who braved the weather to support the new event. We were a little worried when we saw the weather forecast, but that didn’t stop people from coming out to see us,” said Sarah. “The market was extremely busy, with lots of visitors coming to look at the talented makes from our local crafters, but there were also lots of people spending their pennies too!  

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to the market on Saturday, as well as everyone who engages with us on our Facebook page to help spread the word.  A special thank you to Debbie Bentley at Melksham Town Council for sorting out our alternative venue on the day and for all her help in getting our market up and running.”

Nicola added, “Sarah and I are so pleased with how the market went. We had lots of positive feedback from shoppers on the day about the variety of makes on offer, as well as interest from other local crafters hoping to be part of the market next month. We had a great bunch of stallholders with us for our first market who kept telling us how much they were enjoying themselves!”

The next Melksham Makers’ Market will be held on Saturday 25th May, from 10am-3pm, and will be held outside in the Market Place (weather permitting!) 

For more information on having a stall at the market please contact Nicola or Sarah at themelkshammakers market@yahoo.com.

Picture, top: Town crier Peter Dauncey and mayor cllr Adrienne Westbrook (far right) help organisers Sarah Hillman and Nicola Coleman launch the first Melksham Makers’ Market.

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