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Submitted on 09 February 2021 by Helen Crossland

Newark Town Council has received national recognition and a "Market Heroes" award for its continuous operation of the Market since the start of the Pandemic in March 2020 and in particular it's free market day deliveries to local residents in and around Newark who have been unable to leave their homes due to self-isolating, shielding or lack of mobility.

Newark Markets Manager, Ian Harrison, said:

"Thanks to the unstinting commitment of the team we have managed to help the local community, and made a positive difference in these difficult times, especially to those at increased risk who have been staying at home.  We have made over 1100 deliveries of essential foods from the market worth some £25,000, including fruit and vegetables, breads, meat, fish and cheese, and the feedback from our customers has been very encouraging".

The award panel of the National Markets Association at their recent conference also recognised the Newark market's other initiatives during the Pandemic including encouraging traders to use cashless card payments, the support for traders and the precautions taken at the market to provide a safe shopping environment.

Alan Mellor, the Town Clerk for the Counci said:

"The Market team have assisted those in need to keep safe, putting themselves at greater risk and have provided a service that has been greatly appreciated by the community in very challenging times, with a smile and good humour.  In addition to deliveries, it has been essential to the current and future viability of Newark town centre that the market has continued".

Only essential foods are currently allowed to be sold on the market but the free market delivery service continues and anyone needing home deliveries in and around Newark shoud contact the Newark market team on 01636 681495 or email  Orders are taken on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for delivery the next day and payments can be made over the phone or cashless card on delivery.  A list of the many products can be found at and regular updates about the delivery service can be found on Newark Royal Market Facebook pages.

Ian Harrison also said:

"In addition to inviting back all traders when safe to do so, a programme of safe market events in the town centre is currently being compiled for the forthcoming summer when it is hoped, and indeed expected, that some restrictions will be lifted".