The newly elected secretary of the Parish Hall, and its Market representative Phil Cooper, has announced on his website that the Saturday market held at the Parish Hall will be moving to Friday mornings with immediate effect.
The Country Market at the Gill Nethercott Centre is already on Friday mornings, coinciding with the Friday opening of the Library. Working together helps each facility.
Many will remember the ‘Battle of the Markets’ two years ago when the Parish Hall went head to head with the Country Market. In April the Parish Hall moved to Saturday mornings but now it seems the same is again happening and both will be competing not just on the same day but at exactly the same time too.
The Parish Hall Secretary has been asked for a comment.
However the statement on the website said, “Since the repair and, more recently, the refurbishment of the [Parish] Hall, the old regulars have asked frequently if the market could move back to the day on which they traditionally shop.”
The statement continued, “So from this Friday at 10am, the ‘Parish Hall Market’ will be back.”
The Parish Hall website still shows the event being on Saturday.
The Basingstoke Gazette headline for 8 January 2009 was Rival markets set to trade in Whitchurch.
The Whitchurch Country Market is held Friday mornings in the Gill Nethercott Centre – see HERE.