The Post of Christmas Markets Past and Future

A belated congraulations to the team behind Saturday's Christmas Market.

We don't really have a great deal to "report", other than that we had some mulled wine, a mince pie and our son refused to have his picture taken with a highly photogenic green Father Christmas at the Broca (no grubby, Dan Ackroyd / Billy Bob Thornton-style beard on this one), but gladly accepted a lolly.

The market was a test-case for future events and the sheer number of people who attended on a rain-affected Saturday afternoon speaks volumes for the local appetite for this kind of thing. There were relatively few stalls but they were complemented very nicely by the neighbouring shops, helping to create the atmosphere and critical mass which street markets need to succeed. It won't signal the beginning of regular markets on Coulgate Street - but has hopefully made the argument for future Christmas (and maybe summer) events.

Congratulations too should go to the Community Church, an organisation we have given a bit of a hard time over Healthy Brockley, but which organised a great lantern workship and parade. At one point, the whole of the market was a sea of coloured lights, melting our Grinch-like heart, which was subsequently reduced to a puddle by seeing "the must-see movie this Christmas", Enchanted.

22 comments:

Pete said...

I enjoyed the market even though it was chuffing freezing. We bought a bowl from the pottery stall, a pain au chocolat from the man from cafe neu and a mug from Magi. That was me skint so I went home.

I hope they do more markets in future.

Anonymous said...

The team behind the market was The Brockley Cross Action Group aided by Brockley Community Church and our Town Centre Manager.
Well done to you all!
Moira

Sue Luxton said...

It was a great event, and I second Moira's congratulations to all in BCAG and Sarah Pfeiffer, the Brockley Town Centre manager. I particularly enjoyed the anti-Coca Cola Green Father Christmas, but then I would say that!

Big news that really pleased me - we're getting an organic wholefood shop opening on Harefield Road, next to Chez Ecosium, hopefully on 15th December. Hurray, more my cup of tea than a deli, to be honest, but again I'm conforming to green stereotypes! Nick will be particularly pleased to know that they will be selling cloth nappies and accepting the Council vouchers for these ;).

Anyone from Ladywell reading this up for a Ladywell Christmas Market next year? There is a small group of people talking about doing a Ladywell version of BCAG/FUSS - drop me a line if you are. We don't have the support of a town centre manager in Ladywell, and the shops could do with a bit of support and tlc.

Anonymous said...

I think it was a shame for the kids that santa was green. Although Coca Cola may have invented the 'look' of Father Christmas during an marketing campaign many years ago - that red and white outfit and white beard has now been appropriated into the mainstream, and for most people has no connection with Coca cola whatsoever. Coca Cola certainly make no money from other people using the image and it doesn't give them any free advertising either.

Given that Santa is effectively the face of a huge capitalist, money making machine called Christmas (nothing to do with the birth of Christ) don't you think its a little hypocritical to be sniffy about the colour of his outfit?

I prefer the red and white look any day.

BAD SANTA

Brockley Nick said...

It's also a myth that Coke invented the red and white look: http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/santa.asp

Having said that, I thought the green version was pretty snazzy.

Monkeyboy said...

I usually celebrate the birth of christ by trying to snog sandra from accounts at the works doo.

It's my way of spreading a little love.

Tamsin said...

Back to what Nick said about whetting the appetite for more of the same and for those of you who missed this... Next week, 8th December, there is a similar event in the Telegraph Hill Centre - a few minutes walk away up Drakefell and Pepys Roads - 12.30 to 6pm.

Won't be so decorative (although we are doing our best with bunting) but children's activities, craft stalls and a fairtrade cafe.

Anonymous said...

At one stage after dark the markets resembled a wee country village, it was a lovely event congrats to all.

Sue Luxton said...

Hmm, my tongue-in-cheek comment on the green santa (being a Green cllr, ho ho ho, oops, can't say that either according to: http://tinyurl.com/3e3spg) seems to have been taken a little too seriously. See also: http://tinyurl.com/yshkxj. No, I don't think I was being sniffy or hypocritical, anonymous, lighten up!

Pete said...

I live in Ladywell, Sue and would love us to have a Christmas market.

Sue Luxton said...

That's great Pete, send me your e-mail if you want to be put in touch with other Ladywell locals looking to set a group up.

Pete said...

OK, but where can I find your email address?

Anonymous said...

erm sorry to be negative but thought the Crimbo market was a bit of a let down selling what mainly appeared to be tat! Love all the local shops that are cropping up though around it - soon they will out-number the chicken/kebab shops, brilliant!

BrockChick said...

@ Anon. What a nasty thing to say. That stuff was certainly not tat, i brought loads of nice stuff there. Keep your nasty opinions to yourself - we all want to see more of these events but there wont be any if people say things like that.

Brockley Nick said...

@BrockChick, I think people should be free to say how they genuinely feel. I think the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, so no harm in an alternative view or two. In my view, the best thing about the market wasn't so much the stalls anwyay, but the number of people who came along and the way all the elements worked together, including the lantern parade, the shops (especially the Broca) and the stalls, most of which apppeared to be run by local people.

Brockley Sarah said...

Here, here, keep unhelpful comments like that to yourself! The organisers gave up hours of their FREE time to keep us locals occupied on a cold Sat avo, making your Brockley a better place! Show yourself 'ANON'! ;0)

Sarah B said...

I was really impressed. I'd been to Cockpit Arts beforehand and still bought a bowl I couldn't resist from the xmas market which was incredible value and definitely not tat! It was great to see all the different community groups pulling together - the kids' lantern procession was very sweet. Thanks to everyone involved in organising the event.

Sue Luxton said...

Sorry Pete, it's cllr_sue.luxtonATlewisham.gov.uk.

Nose E Parker said...

Are there any pics of the green santa?

JPM said...

WE went down to the Christmas market - and what a wonderful sight it was. I didn't see the green Santa, thankfully, as Claus without the red doesn't do it for me.
The Brockley Cross Action Group and all others concerned did a fantastic job.
I would like to see a market there ever other month, but I hear one business (Speedicars) and a couple of residents expressed their concerns. Whilst I can understand how the residents may have felt I hope since sharing the experience they may see what a positive contribution to Brockley they have made in allowing it.
I have nothing but contempt for Speedicars if they did complain. In fact, next time I see one of their cars parked across my drive it's getting the heave-ho-ho-ho.

Anonymous said...

We didn't "allow it".

The first we knew of it was about 10 days before when we got a letter from Lewisham Council informing us that our street would be closed for the day.

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon - and what were your feelings after the event? How would you feel about another market?

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