By Karen Taylor
In the August of 2013, Sally Smith and her husband Paul initiated the idea of running a community market.
The initial aim was to hold the event in the Burton Joyce Village Hall for just a few months during the harvest season of that year.
Little did Sally know how big the market would grow. That very first market was held in the Small Hall with five or six keen stallholders.
These were mostly the friends and supporters of the village hall which Sally gathered together to make up the first community market.
However, it soon became clear that the Small Hall was, indeed, too small.
With a big leap of faith, the decision was made to allow the market to expand naturally by moving into the Main Hall. There it found its true home where it remains to this day.
With Sally’s unflagging drive right from the start, the community market has flourished and has now developed into quite an institution in the village.
It has become of great benefit to our community with support given to many of the varying groups and associations within the village, with any funds from the table fees going to support the village hall.
It has become a monthly focal point for both customers and stallholders, and a vibrant social meeting place too. A hive of activity indeed – and yes, we do sell honey!
So, here we are, five years on and the market has gone from strength to strength, still under the keen and very enthusiastic eyes of Sally and Paul who, although leading very busy lives, manage to always be relaxed and in control.
Now, however, Sally has decided it is time to focus her energies on her many other commitments and to hand over the reins to myself.
I know that all the people who have been involved from the beginning up to the present day will miss Sally, her smile and above all the laughter that she brought to the market.
Sally – we all wish the very best to you and Paul with grateful thanks for your initial brainwave, your commitment through the years and that the flag will keep on flying.
From everyone who has been associated with the Burton Joyce Community Market.