Whilst Andy Payne has run a green grocery stall at West Clewes (Welton Rovers) for over 25 years, the actual Thursday market goes back almost 800 years to when Hugh De Vivonia was granted a Royal Charter for a Thursday Market in 1242 by Henry III.
Andy gets up at 3am to bring fresh produce to Midsomer Norton and offers a wide range of vegetables. It’s easy to just pull into the newly tarmacked car park off North Road, and select your own veg just like in a supermarket, pay and be on your way
“With all the recent concerns over food safety, traditional markets are really making a comeback with personal service being the main advantage rather than the comparative anonymity of a large supermarket organisation”, said stall holder Andy Payne.
The plan is to re-launch the market after Easter 2014 with an increased number of stalls offering a range of goods and services. At the same time a new market traders’ organisation is being set up to run the Thursday Market.
“Overall not only will the market offer a service to residents and draw people into Midsomer Norton, it will also give a start to new businesses which may over time grow and take a shop unit in the town”, said Cllr Richard Robertson who is heading up the team working on the project.
With the West Clewes site being run by the Midsomer Norton Recreation Ground Trust, there will also be the additional spinoff that any proceeds from the market can be used to improve recreational facilities on the site for the whole community.