A NEW Great Malvern Indoor Market and Community Hub is opening in the town with traditional stalls offering everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to fancy goods and plants.

The market – at 32a Belle Vue Terrace - will be open two days a week, Friday and Saturday, from 10am to 4pm launching on Friday, March 15.

This venture is part funded by Government and Malvern Hills District Council Levelling Up Fund; the funding package has been arranged by Rebecca Probert from Malvern Hill District Council. 

Chris Lee, from Amaze shop who is one of the organisers, said: “Residents of Malvern have long wanted a traditional market with fresh fruit and veg and all their day-to-day requirements as a cost-effective alternative to major supermarkets, offering quality, value and variety.

“Friday March 15th will certainly be a date for your diary, at 10am the new Great Malvern Indoor Market and Community Hub will be open. The market is clearly signposted from all over town, so look out for the signs.”

Polly Reehal, who has been taking a major part in leading the project, said: “We have had requests from a lot of local traders and there are now only two pitches still available at the realistic price of £15 each, so any interested traders please contact us at malvernmarkets@gmail.com We provide the tables so just book, and turn up with your stock.”

Rod Randle from Malvern Goldsmiths said “This will be an amazing asset for the community, Malvern has needed a market for a long time. It will provide value produce of the best local quality allowing people to stretch their budgets in these economically hard times, as well as encouraging people to come and shop in town.”

There will also be an indoor car boot sale on Sundays between 10am and 2pm at £10 a pitch.

To sell or rent a stall, call 07985693393.

Starting just after Easter there will be a Community Hub opening which will provide warmth, company and hot drinks free of charge to help with wellbeing.

It is being supported by the Bluebell Inn quiz teams in memory of Steve Rowan who died at Christmas.

He was instrumental in raising so much money to help community charities it is appropriate his legacy should be carried on this way.

A spokesperson for Bluebell Inn said: “We are proud to be associated with this fantastic community project. Marstons Brewery and the Bluebell are firmly in the heart of the community contributing however we can, to help improve people’s lives.”