The local Newbury Market is open for business throughout lockdown and is open every Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm in Newbury’s Market Place.
Run by Newbury Town Council, Newbury Market has a long history and it is believed to have been around since Anglo-Saxon times. It has a wide variety of goods; fresh produce, free range eggs, olives and olive oil, fruit and veg, fresh coffee beans and artisan bread.
Currently, in line with government lockdown guidelines, the Market can only offer ‘essential goods’, therefore it is only food and drink items at this time. Lockdown is due to run until 2nd December.
We spoke to well-known regular trader, Pascal Creach from the popular stall, Johnnie Onion Man, which sells fresh tomatoes, onions and more direct from France. He reported that trading was quite busy, but down on normal numbers, as many people do not realise the market was still going during lockdown. Traders in Romsey had reportedly seen the same effect, but expect it to build back in coming weeks as word spreads.
The market has a strong following on its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NewburyMarket with 1293 followers, and regular updates from the market and its traders.
A post on their Facebook page reads, ‘Please come and support the Market and shop for your essentials in the fresh air in the large open space we have.’
So why not pop along on Thursdays or Saturdays and support our local market through this time?
The photo above is by Philippa Harper