Picton's 'biggest ever' market day

It will be a day of community spirit, togetherness and plenty of fun at the Picton Spring Market day this Saturday at the Picton Toy Library.

The main aim of the day is to raise funds for the restoration of the outside of the historic building that houses the toy library on the corner of Market and Dublin streets.

Event organiser Haylee Milham said the response from the community has been excellent.

"We have had 34 stall holders signing up in just four weeks," said Haylee, who proposed the idea to the toy library committee.

"There are also a lot of other groups involved like the scouts, girl guides, the Picton Rowing Club, Men's Shed and the Picton kindergarten and playcentre among others, who will be using the event to raise funds for themselves."

The Picton Fire Brigade, however, will be using the event to raise funds for the toy library. "We are so grateful to them."

The stalls will be selling everything from food and coffee to arts and crafts and local produce such as spring bedding, honey and eggs.

There will also be other attractions such as the rowing boat, the Sea Lion that Olympic gold medallist, Joseph Sullivan arrived on at his welcome home ceremony.

There will also be great photo opportunities with a fire engine being available for kids to pose on.

Two talented young Marlborough musicians, Danny Gibbs from Queen Charlotte College and Lee Stuart from Marlborough Girls College will provide live music during the day as buskers.

"This will probably be the biggest market day that has been held in Picton ever," said Picton Toy Library committee secretary, Nicola Beaman.

"Haylee has done such an incredible job organising this and getting people involved."

She said that it had been great to see dads and granddads getting involved by helping prepare the field next to the toy library for the market.

"We've had them out here mowing the grass and getting the area ready; it's been wonderful," said Nicola.

About $6500 is needed to do the renovations to the outside of the toy library.

The iron for the roof has been donated by Baywood Homes but work cannot start until the money for the rest of the work is raised.

The inside of the toy library has been renovated, but the outside is sadly in a bad state.

"We have had problems with some vandalism in the past," said Haylee.

"It's such a shame that the outside does look so bad. It is one of the oldest buildings in Picton and is in quite a prominent spot."

Another function of the market day is to raise the profile of the toy library, with a special offer for joining on the day where people will get a free term of membership.

"We hope to make this an annual event," said Nicola.

Parking will be available at the rugby club, and if it rains, the market will be moved in doors to the scout hall next to the toy library.

The market will run from 9am till 1pm.

The Marlborough Express