Have yourself a very Hampy Christmas!

The ‘Hampy Christmas Street Market’ was launched on Saturday 13 December, attracting hundreds of shoppers, carol singers and well-wishers outside the Rhode Lane Shops in Hamp, Bridgwater.

With support from The Bridgwater Ways’ DIY Streets Project, Hamp Community Association organised the event, which is planned to be the first of many.

The recent street improvements no doubt added to the success of the event as the space is now a particularly pleasant and open environment lending itself to such community celebrations.

Councillor Harvey Siggs, Member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council, said: “It’s great to see the community using this space so positively.  The transformation is fantastic and has been a real boost to the shops and the area itself.”

Organised by Hamp’s Community Association, the event featured food from the Rhode lane shops, including generous free seasonal sausages from Regency Butchers and yummy mince pies and mulled drinks from Sunnyside Up cafe. There were carols organised by Holy Trinity Church, craft making organised by the HCA, cakes made by local residents, music from Access Fm and of course a visit from Santa. It is safe to say there were many ‘Hampy Faces’ as the evening drew to a close.

Funded by the Department for Transport, The Bridgwater Way includes 6.5miles of new or improved cycle paths and walking routes and a host of activities to encourage sustainable transport and ease congestion. It is being delivered through a partnership of Somerset County Council, Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council.