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Final Pilot Street Market – Now We Need Your Feedback!

Thursday 28 November 2013, 01:18
By Millie Burr

The third Wincanton Street Market, 20th November 2013

On Sunday 20th 17th November the Wincanton Town Team held its third pilot market in Carrington Way Car Park.

We were lucky enough to have the weather on our side for a change and it drew out many visitors.

During the market, the Town Team were asking customers and traders for their feedback to the market and it was great to be able to speak to the wide range of people that attended. If you have visited our market and would like to add your feedback, please fill in our survey here.

Brownies and truffles

On the day we were serenaded by the Wincanton Silver Band and Micky Little, our resident busker. We also had an amazing fire show by our stilt walker – Lizzy the fire eating lizard.

This time we had 41 pitches – the maximum we could fit into the car park while still enabling residents to park in the upper level. We were also fully booked three weeks before the event!

The Town Team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in making these pilot markets run.

  • The Friends of Verrington Hospital for the table hire
  • The CATCH River Cale guys who helped erect and dismantle gazebos
  • James from Over the Moon Tents for the hire of the teppee and gazebos
  • Shop owners who have displayed our posters and opened on the day
  • Bradsons for the stewarding of the High Street and Car Park
  • Jenny at Divine Wines for her water supply!
  • The wonderful stall holders who have traded with us

Overlooking the third Wincanton Street Market stalls

Without these fantastically supportive people the markets would not have run so smoothly.

We are already in the planning stages for re-launching in March/April next year and we would really appreciate all your feedback to help us develop it. Unfortunately, the rain is one thing beyond our control!

Thanks be to Chris Stovell, a member of the Wincanton Camera Club, for every single image used in this article, including the following extensive gallery.


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Wincanton Street Market
Reply #1 on : Thu November 28, 2013, 17:20:17
The Survey ends by asking if I would like to be contacted by phone or email with information about future Markets, but does not have a box so I can give either of them to you!

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'Don't Panic'
Reply #2 on : Fri November 29, 2013, 17:38:52
Nigel, good to see you making the effort to continue to offer your comments, I wish more people would do it as it makes the site feel more human. I do not represent the market but I suspect that, at this stage, the idea of the survey is to encourage feedback and understand how we prefer to hear about local events. Without wishing to influence anyone I would honestly say that the markets got better and better and I fully expect to see them held on a regular basis for many years to come. It was sad to hear about the news of the ending of the Town's Local Farmer's Market, I hope that a reaction is provoked and that the organizers have a look at what the Sunday Market got right and fights on. I would stress that this is a message of encouragement to the Local Farmer's Market.
Last Edit: November 29, 2013, 17:40:24 by *  
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To clarify...
Reply #3 on : Fri November 29, 2013, 17:53:23
In defense of Nigel's honour, and to clarify, I'd like to point out that while at present a look at the survey makes it seem like Nigel's concern is unfounded, the Town Team were made aware of his comment on this article and as a result they have reworded that part of the questionnaire to be considerably more clear.

When I looked earlier, it did look like it was asking for contact details but without providing the space for them.
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Re: Farmers Market
Reply #4 on : Thu December 05, 2013, 20:26:06
I have been a farmers market stall holder in the past. If the Street Market had been on a Saturday instead I may have considered joining.
The Animal
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The Animal is here...
Reply #5 on : Sat February 15, 2014, 16:22:46
Market, great idea. - i found myself a little depressed today, its Saturday, and at 2.45 i went for a walk on the hi-street. Not only is it Saturday, it is also the start of half term. I see shut shops, abandoned business and emptiness. to top it off - SATURDAY + HALF TERM + MID AFTERNOON - WHY IS THE TOURIST INFO SHUT.
I mentioned it in the pub and the answer was that "Wincanton is a sleepy little town" ... No, Sleep implies waking up at some point.

So I think a market is a great way to start to breath some life back into our little town. also, I fully agree that they chose a poor day before. maybe it would be better on a Saturday, or a Thursday or something.

Anyone have any idea as yet if the market has been approved to return???
The Animal
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Reply #6 on : Sat February 15, 2014, 16:26:17
I just wish to add, maybe they could do a little more to advertise it next time... It was near when We first moved in, and we didn't even know it was on. - Wincanton Window is a great tool, but There are other means out there which could assist it to be a success.
Last Edit: February 15, 2014, 16:26:48 by The Animal  
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The next market
Reply #7 on : Sat February 15, 2014, 16:30:01
You can see all the articles relating to the Wincanton Street Market here: (or just click Shopping/Wincanton Street Market up on the category menu).

Most notably, the one about the next one which will be on Easter Sunday (!) here:

Perhaps it'll be worth checking out the latest article, the appeal for a Market Assistant to work with the Town Team in future.
Last Edit: February 15, 2014, 16:32:12 by davidsmith  

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