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Market at The Oak pub in Castle Camps goes from strength to strength




The landlady at a pub in Castle Camps which has set up an outside market on Saturdays for local businesses said she’d seen people there who she hadn’t met in the 15 years she’d lived in the area.

Lesley Clark, landlady for The Oak, closed her doors and went into lockdown a few months back, but came up with the idea to set up the market to offer local businesses support while keeping the pub familiar with residents in the area.

“I’ve got a building doing nothing. Possibly we could get together and work something out. So I contacted a few people,” she said.

Lesley Clark, landlady of The Oak Pub sells some cheese. Picture by Mecha Morton
Lesley Clark, landlady of The Oak Pub sells some cheese. Picture by Mecha Morton

Lesley said it had been a great way to reconnect with people in the community and to forge new relationships.

“Some of the people I have seen here I have not seen in the 15 years I have lived here,” she said.

Lesley said she hoped to carry on with the market day on for the foreseeable future as it was a great way for people to gather and chat when they would not have before.

Michael Prentice from MJ Prentice Butchers with his granddaughter and daughter Phoebe Butler, left and Deb Butler. Picture by Mecha Morton
Michael Prentice from MJ Prentice Butchers with his granddaughter and daughter Phoebe Butler, left and Deb Butler. Picture by Mecha Morton

Some of the market stall owners have spoken of their surprise and amazement at how well the Saturdays have been going.

Michael Prentice, from MJ Prentice Butchers, who has had his stall set up most weeks and has been in the butcher trade since he was 10, said he had heard from customers they would carry on shopping more locally from now on.

“The view from the public is that things will not go back to how they were before and I have heard that from everybody,” he said.

He said it was ‘like how it used to be’ back when people used to shop more locally and relationships were nurtured, and said everyone involved had been helping each other out.

Victoria, Brian and Emily Kiddy from Olmstead Home Harvested Honey. Picture by Mecha Morton
Victoria, Brian and Emily Kiddy from Olmstead Home Harvested Honey. Picture by Mecha Morton

Adrianne Powel,l from The Wild Flour Kitche,n said the market on Saturdays had been a really good opportunity to meet suppliers and customers.

She said when she first agreed to setting up her stall, she didn’t realise how popular it would become and that she’d had people queueing up waiting for her to open.

“It’s been great, it really has been great. I could not believe how well supported it’s been,” she said.

Adrianne Powell from The Wild Flour Kitchen. Picture by Mecha Morton
Adrianne Powell from The Wild Flour Kitchen. Picture by Mecha Morton

She said she thought it had been an ‘eye-opener’ for a lot of residents.

She said: “People do not realise quite the quality of produce that’s there.”

Rachel Mayes with her baked goods at the market at The Oak. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Rachel Mayes with her baked goods at the market at The Oak. Picture by Mecha Morton.

For more information on the market, visit the Oaks Facebook page on: https://www.facebook.com/TheCockInnCastleCamps/