The first Thamesmead Community Market was held on Saturday 7 April at the Thamesmead Information Hub on Yarnton Way. It was a great success, attracting nearly 200 people with 20 stalls selling various goods from jewellery to food to gifts.
The market was organised by local resident, Catherine Molnar, with help from Made in Thamesmead – a local initiative set up by Peabody to help local businesses get off the ground.
Along with the market, the team ran a picture competition won by 5-year-old Lily for her depiction of what her favourite part of Thamesmead is; her family.
Catherine said: “We are so pleased with how our first event went. We have a large amount of stalls selling a wide range of products. Our future events are expanding and it is exactly what South Thamesmead needs. We are urging everyone to come down and visit our May market.”
Dave Bussey, from Peabody and lead for Made in Thamesmead added: “Thamesmead is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and this market sums up what we’re trying to achieve; residents leading the way with our support. The first event was great and we are looking forward to many more successful events.”
The next market is on Saturday 12 May from 12 - 4pm at the Thamesmead Information Hub, 216 Yarnton Way, Thamesmead DA18 4DR. Entry and car parking is free. The market will have more stalls including football merchandise, face painting and candles. We will also be running a free rock painting stall for children of all ages supporting Thamesmead Rocks, where people in Thamesmead post their pictures of painted rocks on a facebook group page.