A Day at the Market

What a wonderful day was to be had by all down the Market today. The weather was glorious, the  wonderful smells wafting across the square from the various hot food stalls, To quote from a well known song…..There were friends shaking hands saying ‘how do you do’. The place was a real buzz and everyone mingled around the various stalls, people sat in the cafe area listening to the great music.

There was a great selection of stalls, Fantastic Cheeses, organic meats, locally grown fruit and vegetables, superb speciality breads from Melton Mowbray. The Sneinton Community Cafe was in residence on the square, plus all the old stalls, bric-a-brac, household goods and much more.

Many thanks to all who came especially the Nottingham Local Food Partnership, who were instrumental in arranging for all the fantastic local organic food stalls.

Lots to look forward to at the Market over the next few weeks.

See you all down the market, down Hockley.

The Market Toby.

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Taking the shine off the Market square

The Square was designed for the use of all the Community to use and enjoy, and this should mean all parts of the Community. So I ask a question: If  the use of the square by one part of the … Continue reading

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After the opening days.

Well, Merry Christmas to all! Thanks to everyone who came down to the grand opening and the Sneinton Market Christmas market,  I am very pleased to say both days were a complete success. Everyone who I spoke to was enthusiastic … Continue reading

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Market Update – Progress

Well since my last blog, the City Council have taken things into their own hands and started work on improving the look of the ‘mastodon in the room’ . So I shall eat my words and thank the Council for doing this. Some will say that this is just a cosmetic makeover, but I am hoping that this simple move will be a great benefit for the overall look of the Square.

Everything is going well for the planning of the grand opening of the Market on the 10th December 2011. We have so many enthusiastic community groups all getting involved such as the NLFG (Nottingham Local Food Group), Sneinton Alchemy to name a few.

All the Stall have been alllocated, but if you want to stand, you can join us the following week when we have a few Stalls remaining for the Christmas market.

The new web site is almost finished, this includes the new Sneinton Square Calendar so you can see when the markets are running and when special events have been planned. If a community group wishes to use the market square (on non market days) please drop us an e-mail at info@sneintonmarket.co.uk and we’ll see if we can book it for you.

The Web site will also include a listing of local businesses which will be free of charge, if any businesses which to have their own web site advertised we can add the link or if you want a full web page on our site we can do that too (for a small charge)!

Hopefully soon we can have a busy local area again, which will be great for all our local residents, our own local ‘Super Market’.

Hope to see you all at Sneinton Market, down Hockley!


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Time Capsule

We’ll we’ve just buried the time capsule under Sneinton Market Square, hopefully it won’t see light of day for a further 25 years, if it does then something has gone wrong.

Today is a further step in the renaissance of Sneinton Market. We (that is Sneinton Community Traders, most local businesses and the City Council) have all put in lots of time, effort and money into this project. I am really looking forward to the 10th December (This year) when the market resumes its rightful place on the square. Over the past months I have been greatly encouraged by the number of groups wishing to get involved in the renewal of the market. I really believe that when the market reaches anywhere near its possible growth it will become a catalyst for the regeneration of the local area.

Not only have we plans to resume the Saturday and Monday Markets, but themed markets for Wednesdays and Fridays. The square is not just about somewhere for the Market to sit on, but to become a destination point for all local people, Sneinton and St Ann’s alike.  The Square should be a shared resource for the local communities, a place for Music events, Arts, Dance, festivals, the possibilities are almost limitless.

Now for the downside.

This is what is called the ‘Mastodon in the Room’ , and yes we all know what I am talking about. Yes, the burnt out units facing the square. The Units caught fire nearly over 4 years ago (April 2007), and since then nothing (physical) has been done. There has been many, many discussions between developers, lease holders and the City Council, but nobody seems to have the will to do something, it’s as if the powers that be just ran out of energy on  the last lap and said “oh well its only Sneinton/St Ann’s, it’ll do”. All this time and effort, not wasted, but it could have been so much more, Sneinton Market deserves more,  no it demands more.

It’s now down to the developers of the Units, if you want a return on the investment you have made in purchasing the buildings, spend a little bit more on tidying up the units, I don’t expect a full repair, but make them safe, replace the glass and paint the outside. There are enough local groups and businesses more than willing to clear the interiors and start to use them, you  would even start to get rentals.

Overall its a great time to be involved in Sneinton Market and I can see a great future for it. If you think about it a market is a great place to start a business, very low overheads and we are planning lots of market exposure, that helps your business and keeps the market growing.

I’d like to invite you all down to Sneinton Market Square on the 10th December, where we will have a special event to celebrate the Winter festivals and the welcoming home of Sneinton Market!


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