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Chipping Barnet has a historic but fading market. Young people in the town have a limited outlet for their entreprenurial and performance skills. Addressing these two needs together will benefit both.
The traditional market operates at times when young people are in education or getting ready for the day. This project will introduce a new market for the post-school, pre-evening time. It will offer stalls for young people wishing to sell and a sound stage for young people wanting to try out their ideas to a live audience. The money raised will buy infrastructure: stalls, staging, amplification, cafe seating and temporary roofing. It will also fund services for the pilot period: site crews to set-up and take-down, cost of extra policing (if necessary) and cleaning. The project is a limited-time 12-month pilot, beginning on the Easter weekend at the start of April 2018 and running one teenage market per month. At the end of this period the aim is to realise a self-sufficient and expanding new market for the town.
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Why it's a great idea:
Because it brings together two genuine needs and three generations in the town. The market is valued as a historical and social good - by the older generation. The younger generation has no central place to gather socially. Their parents appreciate the development of a known and public centre for their children to attend.
Steps to get it done:
Chipping Barnet town centre has taken longer than many to recover from the 2008 recession. At present new owners are re-designing the Spires mall and Barnet museum is developing the town as a historical centre as it explores the location and events of the Battle of Barnet. The revival of the historic market site will further boost the town centre and provide a more encouraging environment for further improvements. Costs are based on estimates from the internet and local sources. Any renaming surplus, once pledged funds are spent, will be used to improve the project.
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It seems to be a long time ago that you helped bring the Teenage Market movement to Barnet. We had our launch market at the end of March 2018. On Saturday next (2 March) we will be holding our twelfth. We expect 18 traders and 3 bands (Roycroft, Polarized Eyes and Frankie). It would be lovely to have you come along to help us celebrate. Even more, if you are able to come between 4:00 and 7:00pm, then do bring a paper copy of this email. If you present it to the Dough-Dough pizza van it will be my pleasure to treat you to a slice of pizza and a soft drink as a small "Thank you" for your generosity in the summer of 2017. I do hope to see you (and the sunshine!) on Saturday next.
You might care to check out this short video of sights and sounds from the first Teenage Market in Barnet, which took place on Saturday 31 March on a very mixed day as regards sun and rain. It son Youtube at: https://youtu.be/IfHaLm5cH04. Thank you all so much for your pledges. Now the first one is successfully completed, I am happy to report a completely full take-up of stalls for the next on on the 5 May and the June date is already being added to daily. I am running a SurveyMonkey questionnaire for each market to gather some data from traders, performers and the public, as well as some contacts for future interviews. All of this will be in the final report after the final market in March 2019 - but we are off to a most encouraging start.
Did you make it to the first ever Teenage Market in Barnet yesterday? In spite of the rain? If you did, thank you for making the effort and coming to see how all the pledged money has beeen spent. I'd be really interested to hear what you think. Please take 5 minutes to complete a short survey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TY23XPV It will make a difference to our next market on 5 May.
At the first ever Teenage Market in Barnet on Saturday, 12 young traders will be trying out their enterprise skills and testing the market for: - foodstuffs (including chocolate gifts, low sugar snack bars, drinks and sweets and candy floss); - clothing and accessories (including London street wear, tote bags, designer t-shirts and trainers); - greetings cards and - fund raisers towards a trip to the 24th World Scout Jambouree The Al Pascal Music School is curating the sound stage with performances from: Drop PInk Scot Folan ( pictured) Alex Ck and Darcy Gurner and Maddy and Joe I do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to come over, to see, at first hand, the effect of your generosity
We were delighted to take delivery of 20 stalls, plus walls and covered counters for the Teenage Market, on Wednesday 14 March, As you can see, we put most of them up to see how they would look – and I think you’ll agree with all the passers by who stopped to chat, that they look really good in their matching livery
It may not look like much, but here we were, just before Christmas, looking at one of the 20 stalls we have now ordered to be ready for the 31 March opening. These will go in the new (well, second-hand) shipping container/store along with tables chairs and other market stuff. At present we are looking for young traders who would like to join us for this first market. Do you know of anyone between 13 and 23 who has something they would like to try selling? If so, then do let them know, and point them towards www.theteenagemarket.co.uk where they can register their interest and contact me with any questions.
Since we reached the target we have been working away preparing the ground, while waiting for all the paperwork to be completed. Now it has been and funds are being released into our account. Sadly GoCardless failed to change a previous crowdfunded name into mine. So instead of reading my name on the email it reads “Helen Massey”. Please do not worry, it is your pledge to Teenage Markets and that is where it is going.
This is just to remind you that, under the terms of the crowdfunding process, you have not yet donated any money. Your pledge was a promise to donate, once the whole target amount was reached. As that has now happened, Spacehive, the company working with the Greater London Authority to administer CrowdFund London, will be using your bank or card details to collect your donation within the next week or so. Please be assured that this is the first, and only, time that you will be giving money to the Teenage Market project.
How will the money be spent?Total £55,074
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