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St. GEORGE'S DAY - Capel Farmers' Market

Date: 23rd April 2013

ST. GEORGE’S DAY – Capel Farmers’ Market

I had a lovely day – not only did the sun shine but for the first time in months the bitter, biting wind had gone and one could actually feel some warmth permeating into our winter-frozen bones. Having said that as I passed Shakespeare’s Cliff it was shrouded in Mist – a Fret had come in from the sea and shrouded the high ground on the route. I mention Shakespeare because 23rd April is his birthday too.

The local people at Capel have given enormous help to the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust over the last 20 years since the inception of the memorial. They’ve manned the site, the coffee shop and helped get the planning permission for the Wing – a building which will house, aside from a café, an audio visual hands on effect in an attempt to bring to life and take a journey back in time to the summer and autumn of 1940. It’s aim is simple – to keep alive the memory of those who gave so much.

Today was the Farmers’ Market 10th Anniversary and I went along to officially open it and wish them well for the next 10 years. Other than in France, I’ve never seen such a great market with fabulous produce. Stall holders come from all over Kent to sell their produce every Tuesday from 10.00  – 12.30 and the public come to shop or simply to sit, chat and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Over the decade they’ve raised a staggering £70,000 for the Village Hall.

I often go up to the BOB Memorial and shall, in future, time my visits to be able to go to the Market and do some choice shopping.

A delightful little girl presented me with a lovely bouquet of flowers and then scampered off to her Gymnastics lesson. I helped Jenny Barraclough cut the cake and the Head of the Kent Farmers’ Markets presented Jenny with a well earned certificate celebrating their ten years in business.

I couldn’t be at Capel without going to the Memorial and paying my respects to René Mouchotte – more in the next blog.

St. GEORGE'S DAY - Capel Farmers' Market

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