Heanor Traders’ Association is aiming to breath new life into business in the town through its monthly community markets .
Following a decline in trade in the Heanor area, the traders’ association decided to run a monthly event to give established businesses and people starting out the opportunity to showcase their goods.
Held once a month at St Lawrence Church, just off Market Place, in Heanor, the event sees around 40 stalls set up by local traders for the public to visit and buy goods from.
An association spokeswoman said that established businesses had been able to expand while those just starting out had launched their stalls to a positive reception.
The event has so far been very popular and attracted crowds of people keen to check out the variety of goods including, sweets, meat, vintage and ‘shabby chic’ items, plants and bespoke mugs as different stalls are set up each month.
The organisers also provide entertainment for shoppers as they explore the stalls, with dance groups, a choir and an orchestra all having featured at the church.
Heanor’s Mundy Street Junior School has used the monthly market to raise funds for its community gardens project by selling vegetables and plants from a stall.
Community fair co-ordinator Ella McManus said: “It’s had a positive effect on bringing different traders to Heanor.
“It attracts an awful lot of people who wouldn’t necessarily come in to the town centre”.
The community market has also welcomed local charities and organisations whichhave had the opportunity to use the market to publicise themselves and sell goods for fundraising.
The market is held on thefirst Saturday of the month at the church in Heanor from 9am until 1pm. The next one will be on Saturday, July 5.