CTC Community Services April 2021

Cirencester Town Council’s Community Services Team are responsible for delivering the town’s markets and events and are passionate about supporting local businesses. The team were delighted to be recognised by the Chamber of Commerce in their awards last November for services to local businesses.

In what has been an exceptionally challenging year for us all, the impact of the global pandemic has been significant on the usual provision of markets and the events calendar.

The ever popular markets and the shop local campaign, helped by the wonderful “Christmas Wish” promotional video and Santa’s Story, really helped lift the mood, particularly over the Christmas period.  We’re ready to face the new challenges of 2021 as we look to a future without the current restrictions.

Cirencester Markets & Events

Recently, more than ever, our markets have been an important source of fresh food and supplies for many people. Indeed, many of our customers have preferred to shop at our local markets rather than supermarkets.

Following a brief closure in March 2020, our markets have been open, to varying degrees, throughout the year, with additional measures to provide a safe shopping environment.

In summer 2020, we welcomed back the France at Home Market, the Asian Food Market, the Late Summer Market and an Autumn Festival and we were very pleased to have been able to hold some of our planned festive markets.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming back the full variety of markets and events soon, including Food Festivals, Mop Fairs and our Christmas events.

For more information about our Markets & Events, including the Cirencester Virtual Market, please visit www.cirencester.gov.uk or follow us @CirenMarkets on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Supporting Local Businesses & Promoting the Town

In a year that was unlike any other, where everything was different, staying local and supporting local businesses became more important than ever.  To support the town’s businesses, a number of initiatives were developed, especially in the run up to Christmas, to encourage people to shop locally and rediscover their town. 

The Cirencester Shop Local scheme has been devised to encourage the local community to stay local and support businesses.  The scheme is accompanied by our Shopping Guide.

Showcasing town centre retailers, the guide contains maps and business listings, as well as special offers and promotions. The guide was delivered free to over 12.000 homes in November and is available online: (https://bit.ly/2HN6D8N).

More prize draws for shop local shoppers are being devised and details will be released soon.  Prizes have been generously donated by local retailers, including the £50 voucher donated by Walter Bull & Son, which was won by Sheila Lloyd Graham in January’s draw.  

The promotional video, produced in partnership with the Barn Theatre, is available on the Cirencester Town Council’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/jRuQaMkq5dI

If you want to know more about what Cirencester Town Council’s work, the Annual Report 2020/21 will be published soon and will be available at www.cirencester.gov.uk

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