Market to thrive with £10k grants

On The Market: Mayor of Wirksworth Andy Pollack officially opens the new stalls at Wirksworth Farmer's Market with Shirley Mann, Cllr Alison Clamp and Chris Springall (cutting the ribbon) of the Exton Trust after they secure permanent ownership of the market stalls.
On The Market: Mayor of Wirksworth Andy Pollack officially opens the new stalls at Wirksworth Farmer's Market with Shirley Mann, Cllr Alison Clamp and Chris Springall (cutting the ribbon) of the Exton Trust after they secure permanent ownership of the market stalls.
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A TOWN is bucking the trend when it comes to markets by ploughing £10,000 into the future of their stalls

With plans to ditch Matlock’s Saturday market, and a 12-month stay of execution for Ashbourne’s, businesses-minded people in Wirksworth are investing in the future by buying gazebos and tables for their monthly farmers’ market, held next to the memorial hall.

They were bought through two £5,000 grants awarded by Wirksworth Town Council and the Exton Trust.

It was successfully engineered by New Opportunities Wirksworth (NOW), the town’s regeneration and development board, and town mayor, Cllr Andy Pollock was on hand on Saturday to unveil the equipment.

Alison Clamp, chair of NOW, said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled. We have been using stalls from Uttoxeter since the market began three years ago and now we have bought our own so we are completely self sufficient.

“We are incredibly grateful to the town council and to the Exton Trust for their belief in what NOW is trying to achieve to ensure Wirksworth continues to be a very special place to live, shop, and visit.

“We’re proud of our full programme of outdoor events” said Alison Clamp. “These colourful, robust stalls will be a recognisable, attractive feature that will mean that, yet again, there is something exciting happening in Wirksworth.”

Town Mayor Andy Pollock said: “We’re delighted to help NOW to buy these stalls, they’ll be a real asset to the whole town.

“The market is a highlight of the month when visitors and locals alike come to browse and buy.

“Visitors to the market and other events always take the opportunity to use our wonderful independent shops, the famous Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and take time to explore the beautiful little nooks and crannies of our very special town.”

Trustees of the Exton Trust, Chris Springall and Lewis Rose, added: “What impressed us about the request for funds was the fact that it was an exciting project that will bring new business to the town and generate local activity for the benefit of Wirksworth and the surrounding rural area.