Monthly Archives: January 2014

Market Rasen’s award winning BIG market – 1st February

The BIG market for February is on Saturday February 1, 2014 from 9am to 2pm in the historic Georgian Market Place, Market Rasen with more to celebrate than usual, having just picked up its 2nd national market award from NABMA as Britain’s Best Social Enterprise Market 2014!

As usual, the BIG market, held on the first Saturday of the month, will be packed with local food producers.  Mr Plewes from Beasthorpe Farm will be there with his delicious double yolker eggs!

Mr Plewes

Mr Plewes from Beasthorpe Farm and his delicious eggs at January’s BIG market

Market Rasen will also be hosting regular farmer’s market favourites Jenny’s Jams; cakes from the Little Cake Company; artisan foods from Albion, Taste of Sardinia, and The West Wold Delicatessen, the own brand range of Greens of Lincolnshire which this week has been chosen as a finalist in the annual Love Food Select Lincolnshire awards in the category of best food retailer/ wholesaler.  Smoked and flavoured cheeses will be available to try before you buy from Lynne Bank Farm Cheese, with artisan bread from Greenfield Bakers.  Visitors and Market Rasen residents can also look forward to honey products from Croft Selections, sweets from Memorable Treats and and hearty pies perfect to take home as tea time treats in this wintery weather courtesy of Propa Pies.

There is such a wide variety of stalls, it’s hard to fit them all in:  gifts and food from English Rose, Toys and DVDs from the pool fundraising team, with Scouts offering refreshments and Market Rasen Church of England Primary school offering biscuits and sweets.  Tuck into Hepy’s Hog Roast, award winning meat from Redhill Farm plus fruit pies, cakes and scones from Wilcox Bakery. As always you can pick up your weekly fruit and veg from the Norths, plants from Roger  plus underwear and much more – gifts and garden accessories from Helen of J Waterman Timber Services, and natural skin care and beauty products from White Holly.  Anne Lowish is selling Forever Aloe Vera products, and there are stunning home accessories from Emma and Deborah of Sister Chic.

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Bird cages and feeders are being offered by Mr Bratley, Moroccan Handcrafts by Mr Jepson, and Lincolnshire hampers and gifts from Eaton Hampers. Designs by Lesley will be selling jewellery and silver too.

The secret of our success is YOU.  The market and Market Rasen high street needs customers to support it, and the more customers, the easier it is to persuade exciting new sellers to set up a stall and start selling locally, and the more we can support social enterprise.

Speaking of their 2nd national markets award Sara Scott, chair of MR BIG, said: “This makes us particularly proud as it recognises that the market is organised by committed volunteers.

“We’re one of just nine markets winning national awards – so really this confirms our place as an innovator and leader in markets provision.”

Come along and see for yourself every 1st Saturday of the month.

Market Rasen Heritage Tour

Launched at the end of last year, the Market Rasen Virtual Heritage Tour represents a collaboration of many groups and individuals, and it attracted funding from both the National Lottery and the Heritage Lottery fund.  The tour is accessible from your computer at home or from smart phones or tablets while walking around the town.  There are voiceovers and videos from 10 historical and architectural highlights around the town included in the tour.

Checking out the QR code at the Corn Exchange in Market Rasen

Checking out the QR code at the Corn Exchange in Market Rasen

Taking about 30 minutes to complete, it has been publicized in the local press, leaflets and posters around the town, and has awakened an interest in the history of Market Rasen.  Mr BIG did the project management and administration for the project, Rase Heritage society did the research, sourced pictures and gave help in production.  Some of those involved from the Heritage Society were Hazel Barnard, Brenda Overton, Mal Jones, Brian Ward and Caroline Foster.

The Market Rasen mail suppied photographs and newspapers from their collection.  Brandthing, Push Creativity and Root Studio were involved in the creative direction, design, and website development, and students from Lincoln College developed the look and feel of the site and the literature associated with the project.

The final 10 stories were voted for by the people of Market Rasen.  Click this link if reading this on a screen or scan the QR code on the displays with your smart phone.  You can start the tour at any point in the real world or virtually, from the comfort of your chair!

Speaking to the Market Rasen Mail, Hazel Barnard, one of the researchers, said: “This has been a great opportunity for Rase Heritage Society to delve into archives, photographs and family histories to find Market Rasen’s past stories. We hope that visitors and residents alike enjoy their trips into our past.”

Market Rasen BIG Christmas rewards

Look out for this sign for participating High Street retailers.

Visitors and residents were encouraged to look out for this sign for participating High Street retailers.

Mr BIG encouraged traders to participate in a loyalty reward scheme this year, with cards being delivered to thousands of homes around Market Rasen in the weeks before the promotion began.  Shoppers could collect stamps on their Christmas Tree card at participating shops, for spending £5 in the shop. The first prize in the draw was an amazing prize of £1000 travel voucher was very generously sponsored by Lincolnshire Co-operative, who have been so supportive of the town and town events to match the £500 donated by Mr BIG.  Eleven of the high street retailers donated prizes to a minimum value of £50 each. “It was brilliant,” said Bridget Pitman-Brand, owner of the Market Rasen pet shop.  “It really, really worked.  People were coming into my shop to buy cat food simply because of the loyalty card – they usually buy elsewhere.” The big draw took place on Christmas Eve outside the Lincolnshire Co-operative Travel Shop in Market Rasen, and the first prize of a £1000 travel voucher was awarded to Vikki Bakin and a lot of other prizes were won by people all over the town.