40 years of service to Aylsham
It’s forty years since the first Victoria Sandwich was sold at Aylsham’s Country Market! In those days it was known as the WI Market (and many people still call it this) but it subsequently adopted the Country Market banner, part of the nationwide cooperative social enterprise which boasts 300 branches from Penzance in Cornwall up to Ponteland in Northumberland and as far west as St David’s in Wales.
On 7th August, Aylsham Country Market will be celebrating its 40 year anniversary with a special morning featuring an array of tasters and special events, all open to the public. Held in the Town Hall from 8.30am to noon, there will be an Anniversary Cake, to be ceremoniously cut by one of the Market’s founder members, while current members will enjoy a lunch after the Market has closed.
On the Friday before these celebrations, 31st July, youngsters are being invited to the Market to help make paper bunting which will be strung up in the Town Hall on 7th August. In addition, there will be a fun quiz to take away and bring back with the answers, again on 7th, with a lovely prize for one lucky winner.
Nowadays the produce on offer at Aylsham Country Market goes far beyond the Victoria sponges and jars of jam that were the staple of 1970s. These are of course still available but in addition you are likely to find quiches, steak & mushroom pies, carrot cakes and – a very recent addition – Brazilian dishes, alongside plants, flowers, vegetables and a wide selection of crafts, from greetings cards to knitted goods.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the commitment to quality, homemade and home produced. Whether it’s a sausage roll, a piece of fudge, a knitted sweater, a bunch of fuchsias or a cabbage, customers can be assured that they are buying something that’s been cooked, crafted or grown at home. If you haven’t been before, pop along to Aylsham Town Hall on a Friday morning to find out what the modern Country Market has to offer. You might want to have a cuppa and snack in its popular café too.
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