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Aim

Stirchley Community Market aim to give the local community and commuters on their way home from work, an opportunity to find out what Stirchley has to offer, meet some excellent food producers and craft makers from within Birmingham and pick up some groceries and tasty snacks. SCM is organised and run by volunteers.

When

The market takes place on the 1st Tuesday of the month, 4-8pm at Stirchley Baths. It’s on for 10 months of the year – we hibernate in January and February. Please note we are no longer based at the British Oak.

Who

The market is entirely run by local residents on an unpaid voluntary basis, we have a shared aim of making Stirchley a better place to be.

The market committee is Kerry Leslie and Kathy Hopkin (Market Managers), Katharine Wade, Natasha Barton and Gary Barton. Head Market Steward is Phil Banting. We have help from stallholders on the day too; setting up, and putting away the market stalls – we couldn’t do it without you!

Past committee members:

Rachel Carter, Tom Cahill-Jones, Christopher Swann, Roxie Collins, Genevieve Pearson, Tom Baker, Matthew Powell, Harry Starling, Felipe Molina, Nancy Langfeldt, Rachel Carter, Anne-Marie Vassiliadis, Nicola Mills.

How it started

The vibrant community market in the city suburb of Stirchley began with an exciting partnership between Birmingham City Council’s Town Centre Partnerships, local arts group Stirchley HappeningsSouth Birmingham Food Co-op and local cookery school and community bakery Loaf. Stirchley Community Market  launched on Tuesday the 27th July 2010 with it’s first market selling wholefoods, bread, hot curry, hot pizza, artisan preserves, cupcakes, local fruit and vegetables, and local arts and crafts. The market joins local stalwarts such as the multi-award winning Moseley Farmers Market, Leverton & Halls organic cafe and Birmingham’s first organic butcher Rossiters in Bournville, in helping Birmingham’s grassroots scene punch it’s own weight with the likes of Manchester, Bristol and London.

I was really impressed with the lovely atmosphere and variety of stalls at the last market.  It was fantastic to be able to pick up everyday items like bread (okay, hot cross buns) and vegetables, as well as some treats.  I hate it when you go to markets and it’s more about looking at the pretty things but not really buying anything…Stirchley Market was entirely the opposite and I ended up buying more than I meant to!  And the things I bought were just wonderful quality.
The vibe in the hall was friendly, welcoming and a lovely buzz.  Had I planned a little better, I’d have stayed for dinner but I took the veg home and made a cracking dinner of turkey meatballs in a vegetable ladened sauce.
Laura Creaven, Full to the Brum blog.
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Photos by Phil Banting.
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