Queen’s Road, Banbury winter market a huge success

The Gingerbread House Charity Stall. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093116001
The Gingerbread House Charity Stall. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093116001

An annual Winter Market staged by residents of a Banbury street was another huge success on Saturday.

Queen’s Road was a hive of activity with householders setting up their stalls in their front gardens and selling an assortment of seasonal items.

Gordon Spencer wins the top prize at the raffle. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093100001

Gordon Spencer wins the top prize at the raffle. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093100001

The market was part of the street’s ongoing communal activity and fundraising effort. this year they are raising money for Frank Wise School.

Resident Steve Gold said: “Since our first Big Lunch Street Party in 2009, the residents of Queens Road haven’t looked back and this was our sixth party and the theme was flower power!

“Several householders had a stall in their front garden and sold all sorts of things from food to crafts, from bric a brac to children’s clothes and from firewood to hand-made pottery. We even had a Pie and Mash stall and a busker, both of which were very popular.”

While residents were able to keep all the money made, many added to the street’s charity pot which was boosted by a specific fund-raising stall on the day as well as another raffle.

Shaz Culderay runs her pie and mash stall. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093046001

Shaz Culderay runs her pie and mash stall. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093046001

“One of our new residents very generously gave a new 32 inch television for the raffle which was a real high point.,” said Mr Gold.

“We were also delighted to have a mini housing estate of gingerbread houses, lovingly and painstakingly made by our residents. These also raised lots of money on the charity stall.

“We are delighted to announce that the total amount raised for Frank Wise School in 2015, including that coming from the Winter Market, is £1,815.

“We have a wonderful community and plan other events each year for residents and friends, from quiz nights, to barn dances and comedy events.

Residents in Queens Road got creative at the winter market. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093128001

Residents in Queens Road got creative at the winter market. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093128001

“Each year we have had the privilege of raising money for local charities and good causes and we now have a charity of the year. For 2015 this has been Frank Wise School.

“Money raised this year has come from a quiz night, a street party raffle and a comedy night fundraiser to be added to existing funds and individual donations.”

Ella the Elf enjoys some refreshments with Mali Thomas behind. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093027001

Ella the Elf enjoys some refreshments with Mali Thomas behind. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093027001

Christmas treats on offer at Queens Road Winter Market. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093139001

Christmas treats on offer at Queens Road Winter Market. Picture by Steve Gold. NNL-150812-093139001