Hollies Community Hub: The fortnightly market could become essential

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A bi-monthly indoor market on Saturdays could become a feature of the Hollies Community Hub in Musselburgh.

Hub bosses are considering the idea and want to get feedback from the local community.

A spokesperson said: ‘We are looking for residents of Musselburgh and the surrounding area to share with us what matters to them about a fortnightly covered market on Saturdays in our Great Hall. We are looking for your ideas to include in our manifesto and market vision.

“For example, what hours would suit you? Is a fortnightly market right for you and what kind of stalls would you like to see? We seek to provide what you want.

“We would open our cafe at the same Saturday hours as traders. On sale would be hot rolls, cakes, scones, teas and coffees.

“We will set high standards for our traders, event organizers and staff to deliver the best deal possible.”

Suggested stalls range from a nail bar, fruit and veg, arts and crafts, and phone covers and cases.

The hub would be happy to hear from members of the public and traders, who should email holliesmus [email protected]

The market is part of a major fundraising campaign to support the Hollies, who have been hit by a cash crunch that has raised fears of a shutdown.

A Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organization (SCIO), it depends on funding from outside agencies, and applications to donors so far this year have been unsuccessful.

A lifeline was recently thrown at the facility, which has been providing services to the elderly for 60 years, with an injection of £32,000 from the Musselburgh Common Good Fund.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up and a petition launched urging residents to support the campaign to save the Hollies Community Hub, which also has a public cafe.

Auctions have taken place and singer Fiona Grant-MacDonald will perform at St Michael’s Church Hall, Dalrymple Loan on Friday August 5th. Tickets are on sale at Hollies.

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