Archive for Fakenham Market

Lilell Ceramics

Justin runs his Lilell Ceramics stall with a great array of colourful and attractive household ceramic items just outside Boots on Thursday market days. The varied designs make excellent gifts or you could just treat yourself to something to brighten up your own kitchen!

Where are you from?
Bury St. Edmunds

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
Since April 2017

What are your opening times here?
8am – 1.30pm

What other markets do you attend?
Bury St Edmunds, Hadley ( South Suffolk). and St Ives as well as having a stall at various events and shows.

What led you to running this stall?
I worked in local government for 18 years and really needed a change and my wife had been running this business for 5 years, so I joined her. We have had many holidays in Portugal and always loved their pottery and so that gave us the idea.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
It’s a friendly town – stall holders, townsfolk and visitors are all friendly – and it’s a really nice place to come to on a Thursday.

What are your best selling items?
Teapots, jugs, butter dishes, egg trays, bowls, cups and saucers and mugs.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Chop-Chop Handbags

Chop-Chop is a new addition to the market in 2017. Alan Williams runs a well stocked handbag stall in the Market Place, near the War Memorial, which has replaced the previous handbag stall run by Johnny George for the last 7 years.

Where are you from?
Holbeach.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
I started here in spring 2017.

What are your opening times here?
8am – 2pm

What other markets do you attend?
Ely (Sun), St Ives (Mon), Kings Lynn (Tue), Bury St Edmunds (Wed), Long Sutton (Fri) and Swaffham (Sat)

What led you to running this stall?
I used to run a kitchenware shop and added some handbags to attract women in, and it worked so well that now that’s what I sell most! I have been selling kitchen knives at game fairs for 6 years, and started on my own with this stall 3 years ago. The name of the business comes from the fact I used to mostly sell knives.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
It’s a very nice town with a buzzing vibrant market. Full of nice people and it’s well run by the Town Council.

What do you sell ?
A range of Italian leather handbags, also clutch bags and backpacks, leather purses, Pashminas and scarves.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Benbows Fruit & Vegetables

benbows-fruit-vegDenise and Carol run the colourful Benbows Fruit and Vegetable stall in the Upper Market, close to Betfreds.

Where are you from?
Holt.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
15 – 20 years.

What are your opening times here?
7am – 2.30pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Sheringham Saturday Market.

What led you to running this stall?
Nigel who runs Benbows shop, told me his father was a grower, and it has been a family business for 45 – 50 years. They have been running their Fakenham shop about 30 years.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
We love it. We like Fakenham as a town. The people are friendly. We look forward to coming here on a Thursday.

What do you sell ?
Fruit and vegetables – local grown wherever possible. We have Sharrington strawberries in season, and also free range eggs.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

PPS Pet Supplies

pps-pet-suppliesSarah runs her well stocked PPS Pet Supplies stall in the market area just off Cattle Market Street.

Where are you from?
Foxley.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
The stall has been here over 30 years, I took it over about 15 – 20 years ago.

What are your opening times here?
7am – about 2.30pm, sometimes earlier in bad weather.

What other markets do you attend?
Aylsham (Monday& Friday), Sheringham (Wednesday & Saturday).

What led you to running this stall?
I don’t know really! I used to run the pet shop in Fakenham years ago and somehow ended up out here!

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
I have regular customers every week. It’s just like a big family – we all get on well.

What do you sell ?
Wild bird products – food and feeders, pigs ears, biscuits, chicken feet, lots of natural treats for dogs. Also a larger selection of pet bedding, accessories such as collars and leads and also local fresh eggs!

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Sala Seafoods

sala-seafoodsSala Seafoods van run by a father and daughter team is to be found just outside the entrance to the auction rooms, off Cattle Market Street. His son has not gone into fishing, but the family tradition looks set to continue as his young grandson regularly goes out in the boat with him; he is keen to be a fisherman when he leaves school, and is already very skilled and neat working with knots, and making pots.

Where are you from?
Holt.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market? s
About 9 years.

What are your opening times here?
7am until sold out (usually 12 – 1pm)

What other markets do you attend?
None.

What led you to running this stall?
I am a crab fisherman, fishing out from Overstrand, My family have been seafarers for hundreds of years, and my grandfather was a lighthouse keeper. I sell what I catch, which is quite a rarity now.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
I like meeting the people. We have a nice regular base of customers who come every week.

What do you sell ?
Shellfish – cockles, prawns, crabs, lobster and samphire when in season.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Neil Cook Fresh Fish

neil-cook-fresh-fishNeil Cook runs his Fresh Fish stall from his van on the far side of the market area in front of Argos, on the edge of White Horse Street.

Where are you from?
Lowestoft.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
My Dad was here for 35 years and then I took over 6 years ago.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 12.30pm

What other markets do you attend?
None. I do rounds in Suffolk villages on Wednesday and Friday.

What led you to running this stall?
I used to be a ceramic tiler for 19 years, then when Dad retired, I took this over.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
Friendly people, very polite and helpful. Generally a nice place.

What do you sell ?
Fresh fish – salmon, skate, dressed crabs, plaice, herrings, kippers, cod, haddock, smoked haddock, mackerel, sea bass, monkfish, halibut, and hot smoked salmon.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield