FOREST ROW farmers’ market is firmly on the shopping map after a visit from Wealden MP Charles Hendry.
The highly successful market sees 50 local businesses, ranging from pies to cosmetics, setting up stalls in the community centre car park on the first Saturday every month.
Forest Row Parish Council clerk Rodabe Rudin said: “Our newly launched market has quickly become a focus for the community. It has brought an array of local goods and produce to the village, which not only adds to the choices available but also increases the footfall for local businesses.”
This month marked the fourth farmers’ market, and included the launch of two innovative schemes for local residents.
A new Community Lottery has been launched to raise funds for the new youth and community building and other community projects. The lottery also awards a percentage of money received from ticket sales to three winners each month.
The second scheme is the Community Car Hire Club. This is open to the whole of Forest Row and was set up with the help of a £12,000 council grant. The club will be leasing two vehicles initially, available to hire at a reasonable hourly rate.
Charles Hendry, who helped launch the two new schemes, said: “Once again, Forest Row is showing great imagination. The Car Club is fantastic value and offers villagers the chance to save on the expense of having their own car, but still being able to go where they need, when they need. The Lottery also shows the village commitment to work together to improve local facilities. The Parish Council and local community deserve great credit for their leadership.”