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Farmers’ Market marks first year with special family event

Surbiton’s Farmers’ Market will celebrate its first birthday with a special family event on Saturday October 16. The Kidsrome Mobile Farm (http://www.kidsrome.co.uk/) will be joining the market for children to come along and learn about farm animals, and there will also be face painting, colourful characters in animal costumes and a special anniversary raffle.

Along with 26 farmers and producers offering wonderful fresh seasonal produce and speciality foods, stallholders for the October market will include local children’s charities The Rainbow Trust and Yorda Adventures, and the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Children and families supported by Yorda Adventures and Kingston Young Carers will pay a special visit to the Farm, which will be located opposite the market courtesy of St Andrew’s & St Mark’s Junior School and Maple Infants.

The Farmers’ Market runs from 9am to 1pm on the third Saturday of each month (except January). Maple Road’s popular restaurants and bars are also open to welcome visitors for breakfast and lunch.

Over the 11 markets held since October 2009, residents, traders and stallholders have helped raise surplus proceeds to give to local charities. Many members of the community have benefited, from adults with learning difficulties to young people caring for family members. Larger donations so far have included:

• £820 to Kingston Samaritans in St Andrew’s Road
• £500 to Fircroft Trust Garden Project in Ditton Road
• £420 to Kingston Young Carers towards a half-term holiday activity
• £400 to The Friendship Hour for a special lunch for local senior citizens
• £210 to children’s charity The Rainbow Trust based in Leatherhead
• £138 to The Stud Nursery in Home Park, run by The Causeway Centre

In the run-up to Christmas, the Surbiton Farmers’ Market 2011 Calendar with fantastic images of the market over its first year will be on sale at the organisers’ stall, along with Christmas cards picturing Maple Road on Snow Day 2009. All proceeds will go to local charities and causes.

Maple Road Surbiton Farmers’ Market is a community interest company run by and for the community by volunteers. Marking its first anniversary, co-chair of the organising committee Sarah Taylor said: ‘Thank you to all the volunteers whose expertise and enthusiasm has made the Farmers’ Market a great success over the past year. Without their skills the market would not have happened.’

• For more information call 020 8390 5673, visit www.mapleroadsurbiton.co.uk or find us on Facebook at Saved! Surbiton Farmers' Market.

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