Old Town has a new monthly market

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Hastings Old Town 7/2/11 ENGSNL00120110702131940

A new monthly market is set to open in the heart of the Old Town at The Roebuck Centre on Sunday May 29.

The market will take place on the last Sunday of every month at the Old Brewery Yard, Roebuck Street, and run from 10am - 3pm.

It will bring an eclectic range of stalls from fruit and veg, artisan food, street food, vintage, arts and crafts, jewellery to the bizarre and unique.

The market is a result of a working partnership between Roebuck Enterprises (part of Autism Sussex) and community interest company Sussex Concepts.

Roebuck Enterprises is an innovative centre for adults with high functioning Autism and Aspergers.

Its mission is to provide training, skills for work, support and community and the centre has developed five strands of enterprise as the vehicle for this, jams and chutneys, pottery, Jewellery, crafts and graphics.

Attendees at the centre play an integral role in these new businesses. The market came about to sell the products and promote Roebuck Enterprises .

Anton Burton, who manages St Leonards monthly Market and town events, teamed up with Roebuck Enterprises manager Cecile Roberts to launch the exciting new venture for Old Town residents and for visitors to Hastings.

A vision behind the foundation of a regular market is to raise awareness of Autism – linking the Enterprise Centre and those who use it, with the wider community.

“It will also bring life to an under used yard at the heart of the old town shopping area.

“Anton Burton director of newly formed community interest company Sussex Concepts said: “We could see an opportunity working with disadvantaged groups and giving a platform for start up businesses, offering advice and support to work alongside traditional traders and local craftspeople.

“We are really looking forward to building on this new venture.

“We have space for more traders with high quality produce and look forward to a welcoming everyone to a creative and vibrant market that showcases the spirit and the best of Hastings.”

Old Brewery Yard is situated between High Street and The Bourne.

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