It’s spring and we are working to get our community markets off the ground again. So grab a bag and a sunhat, and come on down to St Luke’s Church Grounds and have some fun.
Our vision for these markets is that they are for the community and as much as possible by the community. What does that mean?
The Halswell Community Project has the goal of supporting other community organisations, local businesses and all Halswell residents. We already do this with our Website (Halswellcommunity.net.nz), community E Newsletter and Halswell Community Facebook Page.
The markets are another step. At a recent meeting, some of our young people commented that there is nowhere in Halswell that is central where people can hang out and bump into other people. This is something that the HCP Committee have noted for some time, and one of the reasons why we are setting up the market. It is one way of providing a regular place for local people to get together and bump into other people. We were really pleased to see people chatting to others and having their kids playing together out the back while they did so.
|A local family business and their stall at the Market in early 2014|
We also see it as a way to support local businesses and clubs. Quite a number of local groups clubs and businesses were vendors at our markets last year, and it is shaping up that way this year. For clubs, having a stall at the market is a good way to both fundraise and raise awareness of their activities. For businesses it is mostly a good way to raise awareness of their goods and services. This is what makes our market quite different to most of the other markets around Christchurch and the reason why we call this a community market.
We want to find ways to make it even more useful for the local community. We are, for example planning to have a notice board on site where people can put up their notices. If you have suggestions then let us know below.
We DO need more stalls that sell food – cheese, fruit and veges, bread and even meats. If you know anyone who might be interested in selling any of these things then let us (and them) know!
And do come down to St Luke’s (where the playcentre is) in Halswell Road, meet some of your neighbours and support the vendors that are there. We‘d like to see this market grow into a weekly market but it needs more people coming to it before that can happen.