Loughton Residents AssociationThe Voice of LoughtonLoughton and Debden images

Home About LRA Featured News News Emails and Loughton Life About Loughton, Essex About Local Councils How to report a local problem Contact Us

About LRA
LRA Farmers Market

LRA Farmers MarketLRA started these Sunday Farmers Markets in July 2002 as a way of meeting a need in the town. We had no experience of managing markets, and we had no stalls or other equipment, so we turned to Hughmark Ltd. When in 2017 Hughmark were no longer able to supply gazebos for the stalls, we switched to Essex Farmers Markets, who ran several markets in the area. They took the bookings from stallholders, supply the gazebos and collect the rents from the traders; LRA received no money for arranging the Market.

So on the second Sunday of every month, residents found a wide range of stalls in Loughton High Road opposite The Last Post selling a range of foods direct from the producers. Those who came along were delighted that this regular space gave them the opportunity to meet each other.

Most months, LRA had a display with a topical theme about the town, a 'help point' where residents can consult LRA Cllrs or members of the LRA Executive Committee and a second-hand book-stall (which paid for our display materials and contributed to our other running costs).

We’re very disappointed that we’ve been unable to re-start our Farmers Markets in the High Road. We need to work with a firm of market organisers – they handle all the dealings with traders, and need a licence from the District Council to hold the markets (unlike the “Charter” markets in North Weald, Epping and Ongar, which don’t need licences from the Council).

Our previous organiser closed down because of illness just before the Covid pandemic and associated lockdowns started in 2020. In 2021 we found a new organiser and started discussions with the Council. Unfortunately, the Council decided that their previous procedures for licensing markets were inadequate. They decided to develop a new markets policy and licensing procedure, which took until October 2022. In the meantime, the LRA-led Town Council decided to step in, and it has now become the relevant authority for markets in Loughton.

The latest position is that we have a firm of market organisers which is interested in starting a weekly market in the High Road, but they have not been able to interest enough traders given recent economic uncertainty, price rises and problems hiring staff. We will continue to work on starting a market in 2023.

Further details when available will be provided on our Twitter and Facebook feeds, as well as our Loughton News emails to members.