Does Middlewich artisan market get your vote?

Does Middlewich artisan market get your vote?

Denise Valente and Vicky Jackson

Does Middlewich artisan market get your vote?

First published in News by , Entertainment Editor

SHOPPERS have one last chance to throw their support behind the Middlewich artisan market before a decision is made on its future.

Denise Valente and Victoria Jackson have brought the event to the town on a three-month trial basis and discussions are taking place to determine whether it becomes a permanent feature.

The trial ends this Saturday with the third and possibly final market in Wheelock Street between 10am and 4pm.

Denise, who also runs the award-winning Wilmslow artisan market, said: “Over the previous two markets, this community event has seen outstanding support from the local people and businesses.

“We've been delighted that the artisan market has fulfilled its aims.

“Increasing footfall for Middlewich, bringing the community together into the centre of town and showcasing the town’s retail offering alongside a mixture of specially chosen food, drink, art and craft stalls.”

The artisan market has been welcomed by Middlewich Town Council but negotiations are still taking place with Cheshire East Council for its future.

The focus of the discussions is on traffic arrangements.

Denise added: “This is your last chance to throw your support behind the artisan market before a decision is made.”

Saturday will see Wheelock Street transformed into a bustling market of more than 60 stalls.

Another first for the event is that John Dwyer, the Conservative candidate for police commissioner, will be on hand to talk to the public.

The election for Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner takes place on November 15.

John said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know and talk to the people of Middlewich.

“The post of police and crime commissioner gives the public a real opportunity to influence the way in which policing is delivered in their areas and the artisan market gives me the opportunity to better understand what their needs are.”

The Love Food, Hate Waste team will be showing visitors how they can reduce food waste and save money on bills while Middlewich Dancercise and X Factor contestant Marie Clare Scott will entertain the crowds.

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1:21pm Thu 23 Aug 12

MiddlewichMan says...

I for one really hope it continues. I hope the bank holiday has a positive impact on turnout as this will be the first one I'll miss due to being away for the weekend.

Have the dates for September onwards that I saw on the http://www.theartisa
nmarket.co.uk website not been confirmed as yet?

I've seen mention of this being an experiment for pedestrianising the high street, but whilst I think it's excellent once a month for the market I don't think doing that permanently is a great idea. But that's another story ;)
I for one really hope it continues. I hope the bank holiday has a positive impact on turnout as this will be the first one I'll miss due to being away for the weekend. Have the dates for September onwards that I saw on the http://www.theartisa nmarket.co.uk website not been confirmed as yet? I've seen mention of this being an experiment for pedestrianising the high street, but whilst I think it's excellent once a month for the market I don't think doing that permanently is a great idea. But that's another story ;) MiddlewichMan
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5:04pm Thu 23 Aug 12

david.morgan says...

Hi MiddlewichMan, the dates are subject to confirmation, yes. Fingers crossed we'll have some good news very soon.
Hi MiddlewichMan, the dates are subject to confirmation, yes. Fingers crossed we'll have some good news very soon. david.morgan
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5:38pm Thu 23 Aug 12

Middlewichresident says...

It gets my vote. August Bank Holiday not meant to be great weather wise so might not be the best turnout but I really hope it's able to stay. It can only be a good thing that it stays, it's a breath of life blown down the High Street.
It gets my vote. August Bank Holiday not meant to be great weather wise so might not be the best turnout but I really hope it's able to stay. It can only be a good thing that it stays, it's a breath of life blown down the High Street. Middlewichresident
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8:43pm Fri 24 Aug 12

DaveRoberts says...

It's a great asset to the town. I hope it can continue.
It's a great asset to the town. I hope it can continue. DaveRoberts
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7:28pm Mon 27 Aug 12

uMickey says...

At long last found a date that we were at home and could visit the market last Saturday.

As a residents we were so proud of what we saw. Middlewich buzzing on a Saturdau afternoon, even despite the heavy showers! - great to see.

We spent a couple of hours touring the stalls and chatting to the very friendly stallholders. We bought a number of items - both edible and household. We loved every minute of it and want the opportunity to do it again many times.

We believe that there is some doubt about the future due to the £700 cost levies by Cheshire Easy for closing the road. NOTHING LESS THAN OUTRAGEOUS! - do the right thing and keep this market alive - best hting in Middlewich for years!!
At long last found a date that we were at home and could visit the market last Saturday. As a residents we were so proud of what we saw. Middlewich buzzing on a Saturdau afternoon, even despite the heavy showers! - great to see. We spent a couple of hours touring the stalls and chatting to the very friendly stallholders. We bought a number of items - both edible and household. We loved every minute of it and want the opportunity to do it again many times. We believe that there is some doubt about the future due to the £700 cost levies by Cheshire Easy for closing the road. NOTHING LESS THAN OUTRAGEOUS! - do the right thing and keep this market alive - best hting in Middlewich for years!! uMickey
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8:14pm Mon 27 Aug 12

Middlewichresident says...

£700 for closing the road!!! How do they justify that. We should have a breakdown of costs to see how they reach this figure. Yes it is outrageous.
£700 for closing the road!!! How do they justify that. We should have a breakdown of costs to see how they reach this figure. Yes it is outrageous. Middlewichresident
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3:25pm Wed 29 Aug 12

R B Taylor says...

We need things like this in Middlewich, hope this continues, if we're paying councillors £80,000 golden handshakes/sick pay it's easy to see where they get the £700 cost of closing the road.
We need things like this in Middlewich, hope this continues, if we're paying councillors £80,000 golden handshakes/sick pay it's easy to see where they get the £700 cost of closing the road. R B Taylor
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