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Bellingen Community Markets – 18 June 2022

Stallholder Newsletter

Welcome to our 18 June Bellingen Community Markets, reported as one of the largest, most diverse and best markets on the north coast of NSW.

It’s so good to see less rain and more sunshine, even though the temperature has dropped to become a very cooooool winterrrrrr ! Hope your keeping warm.

It’s been a while since we’ve had sunny weather and dry grounds, so I can’t help but get excited for Saturday and hope you feel the same.

We have a full and fabulous market of diverse and interesting stalls. A big welcome to our casual stallholders. We hope you love Bello Markets as much as we do. Apologies to those who didnt get in. Sadly over these wet months we’ve had to reduce the stalls on the east side, so until the grounds dry completely, we’re restricted with stall numbers. Please keep trying if this is you.

It’s great to see more locals join us with their unique and wonderful creations. It’s absolutely, positively fantastic our regular and loyal permanents are keen to be part of our market every month. You make Bellingen Community Markets what it is and we thank you wholeheartedly for your ongoing support.

Our lovely Merv Brownlee has left the market team, venturing onto something a little more relaxing. He wants to retire, play golf and be a market visitor. Merv has been with us for many years. He was a wonderful ambassador for our market and did a good job setting up, looking after C/D traffic and welcoming all with his gregarious ways. A big thanks and cheers to Merv! You will be missed. If you see Merv on the street please let him know he is loved.

We have a lovely peaceful picture of Merv.

Please read the rest of our newsletter to ensure you know what to do on Saturday.

Have a fabulous market and enjoy the good vibe under the sunshine.

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Kaz Selbie

Bellingen Community Markets

M: 0400 261693

E: info@bellingenmarkets.com.au

Cool local music……..


JuiceBox are a captivating fusion of free spirited Funk, Soul and Disco, with Guitar, Bass, Drums, keys and a smooth sax as the foundation for poetic lyrics and spicy improvisations. They bring their infectious groove and arrangements, giving life to unique original compositions with strong social and environmental themes.  See them on the mainstage from 10am-2.30pm.

Kalang Fire Brigade

They are still out there, dressed up as bananas, watching for smoke, and having a break during this  La Nina wetness. In the meantime, they are our community group of the month and love helping out at Bello Markets, assisting with the setup and cleanup, welcoming all to the market, and shaking the buckets to raise money for brigade expenses and equipment. Yโ€™all be safe and generous now!

Please carry out the following:

Thanks for your patience when setting up in the moring. We do our best to get you in quickly and smoothly and also need you help to make this happen, therefore please carry out the following:

  • Permenent stallholders arrive 6.30am
  • Casual stallholders arrive at 6.45am
  • There are no covid restrictions, but please be aware and stay safe
  • Please respect residents by not blocking driveways and being quiet while waiting in morning
  • Drive at walking pace when inside market and never drive on the footy oval
  • Park close to your stall when unpacking, so other cars can easily pass
  • Quickly unpack your gear and move your car outside of the park, further away so your customers can park closer.
  • Return and set up your stall. Your gear will be safe while you are briefly away
  • NO CARS to remain in the park unless have prior permission
  • Dont use plastics. Food vendors must use biodegradable utensils, cups and plates
  • When leaving in the afternoon, please pack first before getting your car
  • Take home all your rubbish. Please dont fill out skip bins.
  • We open gates at 2.30pm to go home and please be out of the park by 4pm
  • Once again, when packing up, park close to your stall so other cars can pass
  • Sometimes there are delays in the moring so thanks for your patience and following crew directives
  • Please report any market positives or negatives to the Manager or Section Coordinator.
  • If we don’t know about a problem we cant find a solution
  • If we know you like something, we are encouraged to continue – thanks
  • Casuals need to fill out the booking form on our webpage, every month to apply. This is because you go into a database that also sends you my newsletter, and we dont want you to miss out.
  • Casuals please reply to the booking email I send you with site number and instruction. I need to know you understand and will attend. thanks.
  • Please advise before the Wednesday before the market (latest) if you cant come.

Stall fees:

2 metre           $27$33
3 metre        $33$41
Insurance extra$10 
Over 3 mtrs/extra per mtr      $8 
Eat @ Park Food sites$13 extra  
NFP Charities1/2 price on above 
All food, skin products & massage must have their own insurance  
3 meter        $52 
4 meter                       $66 
5 meter                   $84 
6 meter                     $99 
Electricity                $17 per outlet 

Please have the correct money ready as we come around about 10am to collect your stall fee. We are limited change, this is why we ask you have the correct cash to give us. thanks

Missed stall fee

It costs a lot of money to run our market every month and expenses have been rising. We need to ensure a certain amount of stalls every month to pay our expenses and of late this has not been happening. With more sunshine and drier grounds, we will get back full swing and thriving in no time.

We definitely understand and sympathise with those affected in these unprecidented times, but we must still communicate and adhere to market directives to help us be sustainable over these challenging times.

Over the last few months many stalls have been advising late or not at all, they can’t come. This is a big NO NO. When you book and confirm, we hold the site for you so it’s disappointing when you dont attend. Someone else could have had this site. Please let me know asap if you cant attend and if you know early in the month, let me know too.

All stallholders attending our market agree to our Terms and Conditions, where it states, you must to let us know if you cant attend, and to do so before the Wednesday before the market. If you let us know after this, or don’t let us know at all, you will be charged a missed stall fee at your next market, this now includes casuals.

Clear, prompt and respectful communication goes a long way and helps us have a full, fabulous, well run market, so thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

We’re looking forward to a busy, beautiful, sun shining market day with lots of visitors because it’s school holidays.

Come PREPARED, POSITIVE AND PASSIONATE to have the best day.

Bellingen Community Markets April 2022

Stallholder’s Newsletter

Welcome to our April Easter Market. Hope you had a wonderful month and have planned for a fantastic market day.

We have endured erratic weather, floods and covid, and continue to power on, doing what we love. Surely we are at the tail end of such adversity and better times are coming. Well done on your endurance and keeping your sanity.

While optimistically waiting for the weather to improve… hahaha… it didnt take long to book a full park of fabulous stalls, along with some political groups, ready to answer questions before the upcoming elections. The Great Koala National Park Group will be there as will the RSL Anzac Appeal crew, so please support them where you can.

We we’re looking forward to the Easter Bunny joining us, alas she got covid, so is tucked away healing. Our good wishes go out to her. I never underestimate the power of sharing LOVE and CHOCOLATE, so my crew will come to the rescue and endow you all. Please be extra kind and cooperative with them ๐Ÿ™‚ They are a good, hardworking bunch.

Upon checking the park today, it has held together well, other than some puddles on the west side and very wet grass on the east, near oval. We will be filling the puddles with gravel and avoiding the very wet grass on east , so…..

All stallholders entering from Ford St, please please stick to the path and park your car in front of stall to unload. You will be wise not to drive or park behind. It is too soggy and it wont take many cars passing over it to make it boggy. It’s vital you understand and follow these instructions, so everyone has a good start to their day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s hope the next few days sees the grounds dry out even further. Once again we have one pathway coming out of D section, moving north along E Section and across to F section, which is a dead end and will encourage visitors to walk back the other way. Well that’s the plan anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

If your a permanent stallholder, please advise today if you cant come. Thanks for your prompt attention on this. If you’re a casual and haven’t confirmed your site yet, please do so. Sorry to the casual stallholders who booked but didnt get in and please don’t hesitate to try again in the future. Our April Easter market proved to be very popular.

We’re wishing, hoping, manifesting a dry rest of week and day, complimented by sweet blues music, valuable community groups, good people and lots of easter holiday energy.

See you soon, Kaz Selbie, Bellingen Community Markets Manager

Bellingen Community Markets… not just a marketplace…

but a great place, to be ๐Ÿ™‚

Whats coming up…………….

The Shufflemen

The Shufflemen are a three piece blues (and other hues) band based in the Coffs Coast and have a wealth of experience in most music genres. The band is fronted by lead singer and guitarist Tom Goodwin (Loose Cannons, Esmeralda), Gus Schroder (Tork, Blackshaws Beat, 4 th Avenue Band) bass and vocals with Phil Simon (Cutbacks, Kryptic, Tin Sandwich, Sideshow Men) drums and vocals.

An article in the Bellingen Courier-Sun described The Shufflemen as: โ€œseriously good blues played with the passion it deservesโ€. With a mix of originals and covers the fun, laidback style of the band interacts well with venue patrons.

Click on following link to check them out https://www.facebook.com/The-Shufflemen-2206014932799875

Hear and see them on the main stage from 10am – 2.30pm

Repton Fire Brigade

Repton RFS is the local fire brigade supporting Repton and Mylestom.  Active for over 30 years the brigade has three fire appliances over two stations.  The brigade has been thankfully quite on the wildfire front over the past months but been kept busy recently supporting the clean-up and providing community support initially in Lismore and more recently in Urunga, Mylestom and Coffs Harbour.  The brigade encourages new members who will join an active team with a real community first focus.

Click on the following link to read more about them https://www.facebook.com/groups/1116728648375339

They will be on the gates welcoming all and shaking the bucket for donations, so please give where you can.

Needing some blue sky and sunshine?

Click here to listen to a lovely rendition of “Mr Blue Sky” by Pomplamoos. This well known song is originally by The Electric Light Orchestra. Try and sing it lots and bring some sunshine with you on Saturday.

Did you know……..

We are an all weather market. We only cancel if the grounds are unsafe. Sometimes you just can’t predict weather, so we ask you to be prepared for all extremes. Also, please attend when you have booked because we hold the site for you and often have a waiting list of keen stallholders.

Missed stall fees – Over the last few months there have been several permanent stallholders not letting us know they can’t come or they told us after the Wednesday. All stallholders attending our market must read our Terms and Conditions, where it states, it’s important to let us know if you cant come, before the Wednesday before the market. If you let us know after this, or don’t let us know at all, permanents are charged a missed stall fee at their next market. A casual who books and doesnt attend will be given another opportunity to make good. Clear, prompt and respectful communication goes a long way and helps us to have a full, welll run market, so thanks for your cooperation.

We certainly understand times have been tough. With covid, constant rain, and horrific floods, there has been much uncertainty and change. Therefore, under these challenging times, we have waivered all missed stall fees from past. It’s only fair we start afresh with clear and prompt communication, so both parties know what’s happening. Much appreciated and again thanks for communicating ๐Ÿ™‚

And here’s some more important info

  • Permenent stallholders please arrive before 6.30am
  • Casual stallholders arrive at 6.45am
  • Even though there are no covid restrictions in place, please be aware and stay safe
  • Have you read our terms and conditions?
  • Please respect residents by not blocking driveways and being quiet while waiting in morning
  • Drive at walking pace when inside market and never drive on the footy oval
  • Park close to your stall when unpacking, so other cars can easily pass
  • Quickly unpack your gear and move your car outside of the park, preferrably a couple of streets away so your customers can park closer.
  • Return and set up your stall. Your gear will be safe when you are briefly away
  • When leaving in the afternoon, please pack first before getting your car.
  • We open gates at 2.30pm to go home.
  • Once again, when packing up, park close to your stall so other cars can pass
  • Please be out of the park by 4pm
  • Sometimes there are delays, so thanks for your patience and for following the crew directives

How to find us……

The above map shows you where to line up and what gate to enter.

I sent casuals an email with a booking number and instructions, so please refer to this and please reply back when you receive my email, confirming your attendance.

One of our lovely crew will be there on the morning to show you where to go.

The BCM crew and I, wish you and your family a very happy and harmonious Easter. Hope you get some time off to relax and enjoy. See you Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t they look delicious and isn’t this a great idea for making cookies. I’m sure you have many herbs and flowers in your garden but please make sure they are edible. You will be suprised how many are.

Bellingen Community Markets is back Saturday 18 September 2021

Hello lovely stallholders, trust you are super well, keen and able to return to Bellingen Community Markets.

We only have a week to get organised, so lets pull up our socks and take immediate action. ๐Ÿ™‚

All the normal Covid safety protocols remains in place, probably moreso. I suspect we will get a visit from local police. Sadly a couple of stallholders were booked at the Farmers Market. If you dont want to wear a mask, get that doctors exemption or take the consequences. Sorry.

Permanents please email info@bellingenmarkets.com.au or sms 0400 261693 to advise. The sooner the better. thanks. Please refrain from facebook messages as I may miss it.

Casuals, if you haven’t already this month, please click here to book now

Please be prepared as we may go into lock down at a moments notice

because as we know, things can change very quickly. 

All updates are placed on our webpage and Facebook

The above picture is the lovely Neil and Sharon from Sundown Creek Nursery. They have a good mix of healthy, colourful plants, including lots of bromeliads. I do hope they can join us, as I hope you can too ๐Ÿ™‚

I look forward to hearing from you.


Kaz Selbie


Bellingen Community Markets

M: 0400 261693

E: info@bellingenmarkets.com.au

W: bellingenmarkets.com.au