Marketmakers wanted for new Bingley market.

Bingley Town Council is seeking to recruit a team of “Marketmakers” – enthusiastic, early bird volunteers to help with up to six monthly markets in the town square in 2018.

Anyone interested is invited to find out more at a meeting at 8am on Saturday, 18 November at Cardigan House, Ferncliffe Road, Bingley, or contact the Town Clerk.

The Town Council’s market project is being led by Cllrs Ros Dawson and Michelle Chapman.  The aim is to deliver up to six monthly markets in the warmer months next year – but to do that they need a team of volunteers to help with the planning, preparation and to provide on-the-day support.

Cllr Dawson, who chairs Bingley Town Council, said: “Many residents have told us they want a thriving and vibrant market in the town and it’s clear that the benefits of a popular, regular and well-promoted event would be brilliant.

“We’ve done a lot of research and come to the conclusion that we can make it work providing we can get together a team of committed and enthusiastic volunteers prepared to roll up their sleeves.”

Cllr Chapman, who has organised the stalls at the Easter and Christmas events in the town, said: “This is a really exciting project and we are sure we can do it if the community gets behind it.  We know there are traders keen to come to Bingley and it’ll be fabulous for our town if we can get this off the ground so it becomes a well-established attraction and reason to shop here.”

The monthly markets would offer quality, fresh food and other goods, international hot cuisine, a courtyard area to eat and enjoy produce bought on the market or in Bingley’s cafes and shops as well as musical and other entertainment.

The concept is based on the feedback from a survey carried out by Bingley Town Council earlier this year, in which over 600 people took part, as well as research and guidance from NABMA, the National Association of British Market Authorities of which the Town Council is a member.