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Working together to make Market Rasen a better place to live, work and visit.
STOP PRESS – We can now confirm that this Saturday’s Summer Lovin’ market will have FIFTY STALL HOLDERS! Is this a record for Market Rasen? Please join us in congratulating the MR BIG Market Team for putting this together, headed by Market Director Jackie Smith – and all of them volunteers! Scroll down to find out all the treats lined up…
It’s all happening in Rasen this Saturday
On Saturday September 1st Market Rasen Business Improvement Group (MR BIG) is throwing its biggest and best ever market yet, as part of their Portas Pilot promise to “put the market back in Market Rasen”. Billed as the “Summer Lovin’ Market”, and fully embracing a 1970 theme, visitors of all ages are invited to “get their groove on” and arrive in 1970 fancy dress, with £10 spot prizes for the best! There will be 50 stall holders, a pop up indoor craft market in the high street, seaside style bingo, Market Rasen themed peep boards, free face paining for children, a host of offers and freebies from the high street to enjoy, buskers performing the best summer songs and an after market party with live music too! Or for those feeling more adventurous there’s a late afternoon race meeting at Market Rasen Race Course, with the first race at 4.45pm. If that wasn’t enough – after the racing, Rasen will see James Morrison performing live for race-goers. Starting at 9am and with things to do until late into the evening, visitors from across Lincolnshire, and beyond, are invited to see summer out in style in Market Rasen, making use of the five free car parks in the town, or by coming into town by train or bus!
MR BIG invites everyone (stall holders, shop owners and visitors) to join in with a Summer of Love fancy dress, with £10 spot prizes for the best outfits seen by MR BIG’s judges.
And to give a fantastic old tradition a new twist, MR BIG has commissioned three seaside ‘peepboards’ for people to photograph their friends and family peeking through.
“We all know the classic peep boards from the seaside,” says MR BIG’s volunteer director for social media Angela Montague, “where you pop your head through a silly picture to have your photo taken looking like the people in the picture. Well, we’ve created three boards with some very Market Rasen themes so people can bring this tradition bang up to date by taking photos of family and friends with the boards to share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! And we want to say a huge thank you to local artists Emma Brown who created this brilliant artwork for free and Jackson Building Supplies who donated the materials.”
The 40 plus Summer Lovin’ market stalls will offer gifts, plants, health and beauty, local honey, cakes, and the artisan and specialist food Lincolnshire is rightly so well known for. MR BIG will have a stall too, selling their ‘Heart Market Rasen’ t shirts, bags, mugs and umbrellas. They’ll also be collecting entries for the design a T shirt competition, click this link for full details.
MR BIG has also arranged for a pop up craft market indoors, at the CG Partnership rooms (located off Queen Street in the passageway next to the former Arena Cafe).
Discover our Pop Up Craft gallery down the passage to the left of this high street shop!
For the children there will be candyfloss, popcorn and rock (for summer themed treats) and free face painting.
There will also be family Bingo under the auction shed in the market square, and throughout the market the soundtrack of the 30 best ever summer songs performed live by local buskers.
Starting at 9am in the town’s Georgian market place, there will also be an After Party at local pub The George, with live music from ‘Stark’. Or for those feeling more adventurous there’s a late afternoon race meeting at Market Rasen Race Course, with the first race at 4.45pm. If that wasn’t enough – after the racing, Rasen will see James Morrison performing live for race-goers.
Jackie Smith, MR BIGs Market Director said, ‘It’s great to see Market Rasen putting itself on the map as a great shopping destination and events venue. This weekend there really will be something for everyone – young and old, local people and visitors from further afield. We’ve pulled out all the stops to make this market the best one yet, and ask anyone who’s wondering how things are going in our Portas Pilot town, to come and see first hand!”
And to get an idea of what a BIG market looks like, have a look at this video from the first one:
Click this image to open a printable version, or pick one up in the high street
Calling all creative kids and arty adults! Get your Heart design made into a T shirt by local company Smudged! Click this link to get your printable entry form: T Shirt Competition
MR BIG is gearing up for a bumper market on Saturday the 1st September, with more stalls than ever before. Coming at the end of the summer holidays the theme is ‘Summer Lovin’ – with a nostalgic 70s vibe, a seaside flavour and summer entertainments including Bingo under the Auction shed, seaside-style peep-through boards for family photos, rock, candy floss and traders and visitors being invited to raid their wardrobes for some flower-power outfits.
Children (and grown ups) are being invited to get involved early with a colouring-in competition. Using the distinctive heart from the ‘I love MKT RSN’ t-shirts and shopping bags, MR BIG is inviting budding artists to create their own heart designs, depicting what they love best about Market Rasen. Entries will be collected at the MR BIG stall on the 1st of September, displayed in town. Winners – chosen ahead of the October market – will have their designs converted into their very own t-shirts.
Competition templates will be available from retailers along the main street, or can be printed off by clicking this link: T Shirt Competition
MR BIG volunteer director of Community Arts & Culture, Sarah Lamballe
MR BIG volunteer director of Community Arts & Culture, Sarah Lamballe popped down to Market Rasen Primary School on Thursday, 9th August to present medals at the local MORE THAN GOLD Holiday Club run by volunteers from New Life Church.
50 youngsters, aged 7-11 were enjoying Olympic themed fun and games and having a fabulous time learning new skills and team work, whilst enjoying the sunshine at long last.
In addition to presenting bronze, silver and gold medals to the teams on the ‘Olympic
podium’, Sarah presented six I LOVE MARKET RASEN mugs, from MR BIG, to children
chosen by youth worker, Rhona Shepherd, for their fantastic artwork created that day.
Sarah presented 6 I LOVE MARKET RASEN mugs, from MR BIG, to children chosen by youth worker, Rhona Shepherd, for their fantastic artwork created that day.
Sarah said: “It was a fantastic atmosphere, with Chariots of Fire playing in the background as the torch bearer ran in from the field and selected one of the teams to ‘light’ the cauldron – the kids themselves were operating the sound system and came up with a fabulous crackle sound, to help Paul Hiley, as master of ceremonies, add to the drama of the occasion!”
Sarah added “I was delighted to be invited to represent MR BIG and take the opportunity to tell our young people a bit about what we are trying to achieve as business owners, working with the community and town council to make Market Rasen a better place, to live, work and to visit. It was a pleasure to thank them for their help and support. In true Olympic spirit, I hope together we can inspire a generation.”
Photos from the event are now on display in the former Arena cafe, and looking fantastic!
Fixed Term – 12 months, with a view to extending subject to funding.
Location: Market Rasen [office tbc]
Purpose: To manage and co-ordinate activities of Market Rasen Business
Improvement Group that will:
Improve the appearance of the town
Increase shopper footfall
Develop the Town’s public profile
Encourage inward investment in Market Rasen
You will work with the elected Board of Market Rasen Business Improvement
Group CIC to drive forward a programme of town transformation, with funds
secured as one of the first 12 winners of the government’s Portas Pilot Scheme.
This role offers challenges of project management, communications management
and event management in equal measure. It is a unique opportunity to drive
forward an innovative initiative that will enjoy high public profile, in a town
where your impact will be both visible and valued.
Role & Responsibilities
To co-ordinate Town Tidy-up activities
To liaise with members in person, by phone and email on all initiatives
To administer BIG Markets activities (currently 1 per month) including distribution of promotions, trader booking management, answering queries, collecting payment and collating proof of insurances
To act as ‘Market Manager’ on BIG market dates, allocating pitches, trader support, H&S, ensuring compliance to market rules and regulations
To lead Apprentices / Admin support as required by Market Rasen Business Improvement Group.
To maintain BIG database including details for: members, supporters & volunteers, media contacts, general enquiries
To liaise with Market Rasen Town Council on Markets and meetings as required
To co-ordinate member and trader training and development programme, including events bookings, catering and management, promotions and hosting duties
To field incoming MR BIG media enquiries, distribute press releases and organise media events as required
To support MR BIG fundraising activities, including letter writing, attending meetings and liaising with commercial partners and other sponsors
Attendance and minute taking at MR BIG meetings (out of hours)
Basic financial management and reporting against budget, including tendering of services and PO management. (All spend to be approved by MR BIG board director)
Oversee day to day management of MR BIG retail units and supporting young entrepreneurs in development of their businesses
Hear ye! Hear ye! Market Rasen Town Centre Manager vacancy now open!
Accomplished administrator with skills including Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel
Experienced manager of people and processes with an approachable and helpful style
Comfortable managing outcomes where multiple stakeholders are involved
Hands-on on experience of managing finances
Articulate verbal communicator with good writing skills
Confident presenting ideas in a group situation
Ability to work to a brief, even when challenged
Experienced in marketing and communications management
Exposure to the demands of retail trading
Knowledge of the Lincolnshire economy
This is a part-time role with some flexibility on working patterns