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  Deadline for NMTF AGM 2014 approaches
THE National Market Traders Federation’s Annual General Meeting will be held on April 14 at The Stratford Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
All members can attend the AGM free of charge, and will be provided with lunch.
Deadline for notifying attendance and accommodation bookings is close of business on February 14.
Financially assisted delegates will be invited to a President’s Dinner, which will include entertainment, on the evening of April 14 and will be provided with overnight accommodation and breakfast the following morning.
Members who are not financially assisted will
be able to pay a special rate to attend the dinner and stay overnight (for prices see panel).
Motions and any other relevant business will be discussed during the morning session.
This will be followed by a one-hour afternoon session, consisting of a question time panel where questions about the industry can be put to experts. The session will be chaired by the NMTF’s National President Michael Nicholson.
Branches should now have received paperwork for the event.
Members not in a branch can request the necessary documents by telephoning Cathey Clay on 01226 352815, email
 AGM April 14th 2013
Venue: The Stratford Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
Time: 10am for prompt 10.30am start Cost: AGM free to all members President’s Dinner on April 14 and bed and breakfast free to financially assisted delegates.
Other members will be charged:
£95 (single occupancy) and
£65 (double occupancy) per person to attend the President’s Dinner and stay overnight with breakfast the following morning.
Bed and breakfast on Sunday April 13 can be booked for:
£75 (single occupancy) and
£85 (double occupancy).
This is not financially assisted.
Nominations for awards
NOMINATIONS are invited for the National Market Traders Federation’s annual awards — the John Carter/Harry Cross Memorial Cup, the Market Manager of the Year, and the NMTF/Harry Cross Student Grant.
The memorial cup will go to anyone judged to have done the most for market traders over and above the normal call of duty. Anyone involved in the markets industry can be nominated (with the exception of Executive Board members).
If you know someone you believe is worthy of the honour, send details, including a brief summary of what he or she has done, to the federation at Hampton House to arrive no later than March 14 2014.
The Dennis Williams Memorial Trophy for Market Manager of the year is named after an NMTF Past President and Honorary Life Member who died in November 2009. Dennis was highly respected throughout the markets industry, and was a tower of strength to the federation’s
Executive over many years.
Officers nominated need not be the market
manager — superintendents, supervisors, inspectors — indeed anyone in a day-to-day managerial role can be nominated.
So do you know an officer who goes that extra mile, perhaps beyond the call of duty?
Ifso,allyouhavetodoistellus,innomore than 200 words, why you think that person deserves the honour.
Entries can be sent via email to or by post to the Publicity Department, National Market Traders Federation, Hampton House, Hawshaw Lane, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74 0HA.
Please do not forget to include your name, the nominee’s name and title, the market on which he or she works and your contact details.
The deadline is March 14 2014.
The 2014 NMTF/Harry Cross Student Grant is available to the son or daughter of a member of
the National Market Traders Federation who has completed one term or semester at a British University. The closing date for applications is March 31 2014. The grant was set up by the family of the late Harry Cross, a Past President of the federation, with additional contributions from the federation and the Stockport and Fairs branches. While the grant is not large it is sufficient to purchase books or equipment.
For an application pack please contact Cathey Clay on 01226 352815, email
 Rice, spice and goodwill in Bridport
DORSET market trader Alasdair Marshall cooked up a treat for the needy in Bridport in a goodwill gesture that snowballed.
Alasdair started his street food business Rice And Spice on Axminster and Bridport markets three years ago after losing his sales job.
“I have always been a home cook, sowhenIlostmyjobIhadtheidea to run a soup kitchen and started supplying local pubs with home- cooked soup, meatballs and curries,” said Alasdair.
It was the curries that took off. So Alasdair decided to go it alone with a frying pan and a casserole selling his home made curries on his local markets, first in Axminster and then also in Bridport.
One day he got into conversation with the Axminster town crier who
told him that he was planning to cook for the homeless in Exeter at Christmas.
“I missed that opportunity to help him for one reason or another,” Alasdair said. “But I realised I had my own street kitchen and I could run my own event cooking good, healthy food for the homeless and the elderly on Bridport Market.”
Before he knew it the local community and businesses had got behind the idea. A local butchers gave him the meat at cost price. Fruit and veg stall Cox and Carrot supplied the veg and a local farm shop chipped in.
He had plenty of volunteers helping him cook and serve meals, and the event went so well that they made a small amount of profit thanks to donations from members of the public.
This went to an epilepsy charity because one of Alasdair’s volunteer helpers had a son with epilepsy.
“Everyone was really generous,” Alasdair said. “Obviously we
couldn’t police it to ensure that we were feeding the needy, but lots of people enjoyed the food and made donations. It couldn’t have gone better,” he added.
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