First outdoor market at Filwood braves the weather

Despite heavy rain and high winds traders braved the weather to ensure the first outdoor Filwood market took place on Saturday (2 November).

The market – requested by local residents – was moved from Filwood Broadway to the back of the community centre due to the extreme weather conditions.

The show must go on… setting up in high winds.

Some stallholders had to cancel but four stalls sold their wares, including plants grown by local gardener Don Jones, t-shirt and mug printing, children’s clothes and Christmas decorations.

There was a steady stream of local people coming to support the traders – with the next market due at the start of December.

Market Team Leader and resident David Wherrett said despite “the worst weather’, the rugby World Cup final and Bridgewater carnival all happening on the same day – they had decided “the show must go on.”

He said: “…Although, because of those factors, there was a reduced market and footfall we felt it was a success.

“Yes, we had fewer customers than we hoped, but the fact that in horizontal rain and high winds people came at all and some  local traders decided to stay, shows there is a will in the Filwood Community to make the market work. 

“Most customers said they were pleased to see the market opening and look forward to the next one…”

The market was first trialled at Knowle West Fest in September and will now be a regular occurrence – apart from January 2020 – on the first Saturday of the month.

The next one will be held on 7 December on Barnstable Road,  Filwood Broadway from 11am – 3pm.

For a stall or to get involved contact David Wherrett: dave@reworkltd.org.uk