Hout Bay Village Market is back

Market convenor Fraser Black.

The Hout Bay Village Market will return on Sunday September 3 after closing in June 2021 at the start of the third Covid wave.

Hout Bay Lions Club president Elizabeth Boonzaier made the announcement at the club’s annual general meeting last month when she introduced market convenor Fraser Black.

Speaking to the Sentinel last week, Mr Black said the common was the “heart of the village community and the heartbeat of the valley”, but it was not being used properly. His vision is to make it a vibrant meeting place with quality artisans, upmarket food trucks and vendors with live music in the bandstand.

Mr Black said he had so far selected 36 traders from 106 applicants and aimed to have a total of 50 traders.

Ms Boonzaier said funds from the market would support the club’s various community projects, including a youth leadership programme.

She is asking for past graduates of the Lions youth leadership programme and others who have built careers thanks to support from the service organisation to get in touch so they can help to motivate young people in the community.

Ms Boonzaier said the club would induct two new members next month, adding to the current five.

Scott Estate and Baviaanskloof Community Improvement District (SEBCID) chairperson Helen Snell said they had agreed to take over maintenance of the bandstand at the common. The wood would be treated and the roof, which blew off, would be replaced.

Mayoral committee member for community services and health Patricia van der Ross confirmed the market had City approval and mowing of the common was scheduled for this month and next.

For details about the market, WhatsApp, Fraser Black at 082 096 0789 or contact Elizabeth Boonzaier at liz7806@yahoo.co.uk or Jerome Boonzaier at 082 466 0110 to find out more about Hout Bay Lions Club.

SEBCID has agreed to take over maintenance of the bandstand on Hout Bay Common. Picture, Karen Watkins.