St. John's Church Centre
Hildenborough is situated on the B 245 between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.St Johns' Church Centre is located on the Sevenaoks to Tonbridge road next door to St John's Church. Turn into Foxbush Lane and then turn into the car park which is behind the Centre.
Parking in the Centre car park and surrounds. Our friendly car park attendant will guide you in and out and of course there is NO CHARGE.
Hildenborough Farmers' Market was started in 2008 and has grown steadily with an average of 20 stalls each week. We are able to offer a wide range of fresh local produce of high quality at competitive prices. Additional seasonal items, e.g. asparagus, soft fruit and flowers, are also available.
Our friendly team of volunteers is available at all times to lend a hand.
To complete your shopping experience visit our tea and coffee lounge for refreshment in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
What’s happening at the Market.
Brrr. As I write this it is a snowy morning in February and definitely ‘winter drawers on’, but it won’t be much longer and we will be enjoying sunny mornings and flowers and everyone will have that spring back in their step again.
Just to bring you up to date, we are pleased to say that there were no objections to our holding an alcohol licence, which is now finalised, and we would like to record our thanks to Kelly Holmes, and her Manager, Richard Manktelow, who have kindly helped us fulfil the terms of its granting.
The stallholders bringing our food staples never let us down over the bad weather, and we have been able to continue to bring you fresh food each week – from great bread and cakes, vegetables and fruit, fish and meat, and much more. We would like to thank Annabel who has been standing in for Corinne and her meat over the last few weeks, and she, in turn, says she is always delighted to come to Hildenborough as she gets such a lovely welcome.
Our regulars, will know that there is always something else going on to complement our Market. Apart from our always busy coffee hall, we celebrated Shrove Tuesday with free pancakes with your coffee, kindly served by members of our own WI, talking about whom, members were also able to speak to customers about what a great organisation it is and why joining is such a good idea. We also made a little diversion this year from our usual pancake races, by making little pancakes with our younger visitors (it was half term week) which they could cook for themselves and eat with toppings of their choice.
The Easter holidays will be with us on 2nd and 9th April we will be looking forward to the Royal Wedding, when our young visitors can paint a special egg cup or help produce a grand mural of this special event over the period of the two Markets. Who knows, we may have to have cake as well! You may remember that our last undertaking of this activity a couple of years ago proved to be a huge success.
It only remains for me to tell you that Mrs Lesley Kitchener was the winner in the TLC prize draw for January, and it’s not the first time she has won, so it just proves ‘you have to be in it to win it’.
We are still not sure why many people feel so embarrassed about wearing a hi viz waistcoat when walking up and down the lanes which have no pavements. Even on normal days when you are driving it is hard to spot people walking in dark clothing until the last minute as they merge into the background of hedges, and on days when the sun is low it is even harder. We would implore you bite the bullet and wear a hi viz – a snip at only £2.50 at the Market.
From our Market Manager – Janet Richardson
Hildenborough Farmers’ Market is now into its 10th year – it was June 2008 when Dame Kelly Holmes opened the Market and we launched with such enthusiasm.
Lots of things have happened and lots of people and stalls have come and gone, but the Market Team of helpers and our loyal core of stalls do still share that enthusiasm for local produce and the community.
Without doubt there are many people in Hildenborough who come regularly to the Market to shop. There are also our regular supporters who enjoy a cup of coffee and meeting with friends. We continually seek to keep the Market vibrant, viable and interesting, but to do this we do need the support of more regular shoppers.
Although we use the Church Hall and enjoy the support of St. Johns’ Church, we are not financed or subsidised by the Church. Our costs and outgoings continue to rise; rent, insurance, advertising and general expenditure all have to be met.
We already have the reputation of being the one of the friendliest Farmers’ Market in Kent, so why not come along and buy some of our fantastic local produce. Our prices and quality offer excellent value for money on your doorstep. The Farmers’ Market is a real community asset but it’s only with your support we can keep it that way.
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