Falling support from traders leads to closure of farmers’ market

February 28 2016

CHIPPING Sodbury farmers’ market has closed due to dwindling support from traders.

CHIPPING Sodbury farmers’ market has closed due to dwindling support from traders.
Sodbury Town Council said efforts had been made to make the market viable and it was now reviewing future options.
At its height, when under the management of Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, there were 15-20 stalls at each market, with more than 30 stalls involved in feature markets and festivals.
It is not clear whether the new weekly market held in Hatherell’s Yard played any part in the downfall of the farmers’ market.
Initial efforts to integrate the two were unsuccessful when Hatherell’s Yard first launched.
Lianne Abbott, manager of the yard, said: “It’s very sad that the farmers’ market has come to an end. It takes a lot of time and effort to achieve and create a great market and atmosphere.
“Fingers crossed that someone comes along with the energy and enthusiasm to bring it back.”
Anyone interested in reinstating the market should phone 01454 321336.