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.
It was a very sad day in May when we said a very reluctant farewell to Lesley Green of Cottage Cooking who has been making cakes for the market since we started eight years ago. She has decided that with lots going on with her family in the near future, she would take the opportunity to retire and also be able to devote more time to sailing. She has always been friendly and smiling and very loyal and we say ‘thank you Lesley’ we will miss you. Janet our Manager, presented her with a card and flowers at the end of May to show our appreciation.
Another change with one of our regular stallholders is that Nicola (of the yummy granola bars and other goodies) is not able to continue weekly with us. Understandably her products are very much in demand and preparation takes a long time. However, rather than leave us altogether, she has agreed to come on the last Tuesday of each month so that way we can all get our chocolate fix. She tells us that it all freezes well, so we can buy in bulk and eke it out. We just have to be strong!
Soft fruit gathers momentum this month. Black and red currants will be coming available so we must stock up on the sugar (what a dirty word) for our jams and jellies so that we don’t get caught out. Good fish to have in July is, of course the oily fish so good for us, salmon, mackerel and sardines, and so good on the barbecue. You may prefer, as I do, the non- cook variety, and you can’t beat a good crab salad. Don’t forget to look outside at the lovely country flowers which are so popular now, and brought to us by Jennifer and Richard of Church Farm, Ightham. Last but not least, remember that we do have our knife grinder here each week for those knives, shears, lawnmower blades, etc. to help us make a good job of any task whether in the kitchen or garden.
Half term was a huge wash out and we think the wettest market morning we can ever remember. What did bring the sunshine that day was Cannon Irish Dancers who entertained in our coffee hall that morning. What a delight they were, and how professional. They all looked amazing, too, and we hope they will come again.
We also hope you enjoyed the Farmers’ Market contribution to the Flower Festival in the Church to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday. We displayed the huge 3m collage made by our young visitors at Easter and added our depiction of ‘All The Queen’s Horses’ (including her racing colours and a life size horse - it’s not what you know!)
Don’t forget that in August it is ‘Cooking for Kids’ month where all our young visitors are welcome to come along and try out their cooking skills or learn a new one. Completely free – and stuff to eat. More next issue.
Last, but by no means least, the winner of our £10 TLC Market Voucher for May was Hilda Furminger. Well done. Don’t forget to ask for your stamps each time you shop to be in with a chance.
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