Actress and Elham resident Pam Ferris and four local youngsters playing African drums will launch the spring season in style at Elham Farmers’ Market on Sunday 13 March.
The twice-monthly open air market was briefly suspended in January and February to avoid the worst of the winter weather. It is now gearing up for a star-studded and noisy re-opening.
Pam Ferris, well-known for her roles as Ma Larkin in the ITV series The Darling Buds of May, and on the big screen as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda and Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, has been a regular shopper at Elham Farmers’ market since moving to the village.
“I love shopping at Elham Farmers’ Market, buying the fresh local produce and meeting up with the producers and with neighbours. I think the market is a great local resource and a fantastic community initiative,” said Pam.
Joining her in the limelight on 13 March are four students from Barton Court School in Canterbury: Bradley Andrews of Elham, Callum Barnes of Littlebourne and Karl Thyssen and Alexi Long of Canterbury. They were last heard playing their djembe drums in public at last year’s Canterbury Festival.
The djembe is a skin-covered hand drum from Mali which is used to gather people together. The boys have been playing this unusual instrument for just under two years, and welcome the opportunity of playing in public to call shoppers back to the market.
Market manager Julie Woodgate said: “We are delighted to welcome back all our regular producers, including another new television personality, Jay Pitrola who sells homemade Indian food under the name Desibox. He is appearing on Channel 4’s The Secret Supper Club on 12 March, but we like to think that Elham Farmers’ Market discovered him before television.”
Other regular producers will be selling seasonal fruit and vegetables, locally-grown potatoes, traditionally-made cheeses, freshly baked bread, free-range eggs, farm-reared meat, game, chocolate, home bakes, jams and chutneys, and plants for the garden.