Fishponds Sale Trail revives community spirit

July 29 2020
Fishponds Sale Trail revives community spirit

STALLHOLDERS and bargain hunters braved the showers to take part in the Fishfest Sale Trail.

More than a hundred houses across Fishponds set up stalls on their doorsteps, selling everything from cacti to clothing, books to bhajis, and jewellery to jumble on Saturday, July 25.

St Joseph’s Pre-school, Fishponds Community Orchard and All Saints Church also took part.

One sign on the trail declared: "It takes more than a global pandemic, a massive recession and rain to stop Fishponds from having a nice time!"

Organiser Kate Brooks (main picture, left) said: "We were quite taken aback by how many people got involved, and even though the weather was changeable, there were lots of people milling about – it was great to see the streets busy again."

Local artists sold their works on the trail, including polymer clay artist CaraJane and print maker Emily Ketteringham.

Funds were raised for Fishponds Foodbank and other charities and campaigns including Pesticide Free Bristol and the Alzheimer’s’ Society.

A stall selling allotment produce opposite Knowsley Road

One stall-holder's husband sold a treasured family heirloom – a mannequin head – by mistake after an urgent plea on Facebook messages the customer was found and agreed to bring it back.

Nikki Watten of local enterprise Nom Wholefoods said: "It was good fun, despite the rain.

"We had a great turn out on our street; it was so nice to chat to neighbours, and the kids enjoyed running around."

Foodbank donations of non-perishable food and toiletries can still be made at 53 Grove Road, Fishponds. The Bristol Trussell Trust says city foodbanks have experienced a 258% increase in use during the pandemic.

The organisers are now planning regular sale trails and considering setting up a regular community market.

After cancelling its jumble sale earlier this year, All Saints Church held it during the sale trail. 

All pictures by Ben Cattle