Next Well Street Market is on Saturday January 7, 2017 – come along!

Posted by on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016         


THE NEXT Well Street market will be on Saturday January 7, 2017, from 10am to 4pm. There’ll be lots to see and buy with our other exciting new markets also present – Teenage market and Student Makers market. And there will be plenty of music once again.

Come and support local business and help bring new life to this century old market.

Hackney Markets Dept have negotiated another street closure which measn the whole shopping experience will be safe with no traffic in the street all day.

So come along and join in! Let’s see the market grow.

You can also check out the new Well Street market website

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Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA) AGM

Posted by on Friday, December 16th, 2016         


Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday January 18 from 6.30pm, venue to be confirmed (so watch this space!). All are welcome. Put it in your diary!

The posts of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, and six members of the Executive Committee are all up for election. Come along and get involved.

Don’t forget the next Well Street market is happening on Saturday January 7 from 10am to 4pm.

Check out the new market website –

Seasonal greetings!



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Brand new pioneering Well Street market being launched on Saturday December 3 – Come on down!

Posted by on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016         


MAKE A DATE for the new pioneering Well Street market being launched on Saturday December 3, 9am to 5pm.

It will have not only a tradtional market with stalls – there will also be a groundbreaking teenage market and a Student Makers market. Come and experience all this and more – with music, food and Father Christmas may even put in an appearance!

Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA) have crowdfunded to bring back one of London’s most historic markets. Well Street Market will be more than a market. London’s most innovative street market will have produce, fashion, live music, and London’s first teenage and student makers market.

There will a special launch event at 12noon with the Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Rosemary Sale, and the Mayor of Hackney, Phil Glanville, and others.

Come and hear local school choirs during the morning or groove to some live and recorded music in the afternoon.

So remember to come down Well Street market every first Saturday of the month –

  • 3 December 2016
  • 7 January 2017
  • 4 February 2017

It will be 9am to 5pm.

The new market is supported by the Mayor of London, Hackney Council and Hackney Walk.

To keep up with developments check in regularly to :

New website page




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International painter Camille Walala has been busy painting the ‘This ‘n That’ corner in Well Street market. Check it out and see what you think!

Internationally acclaimed French artist Camille Walala, known for her striking ‘tribal pop’ style is transforming the most prominent corner facade on Well Street in Hackney, at the junction with Valentine Road and Terrace Road.

The artistic intervention is part of a collaboration with urban visionaries Colour Your City – an initiative that uses colour to positively transform urban space, and Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA), to improve and beautify the street with art and colour. Volunteers from the local community have been helping to paint the artwork, including young people from Hackney Quest.

Artist Camille Walala has a strong personal connection to the area: “Well Street most definitely is a special place for me. I used to live on this street whilst I was trying my best to promote myself as an artist. I love the sense of community here between shop owners and residents. It means a lot to me to be able to contribute something to help promote and give this great area a bit of a facelift. My work is all about fun, bold shapes and colour! I want to make people smile.”



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Deadline for stallholder application is now October 2

Posted by on Friday, September 23rd, 2016         

Hackney Council has extended the deadline to October 2 for applications to trade in the new Well Street community market which is relaunching on 3 December 2016. The market will run on the first Saturday of every month.

“Our intention is to build up the market’s profile and footfall then open the market on a weekly basis if this is deemed to be viable. We will be selecting 30 traders to begin with and aim to expand this number as footfall increases.

“Traders will be provided with a 3 x 3 metre gazebo by the Council, included in their pitch fee.”

The selection process

There are two stages to the selection process:

1. You will need to complete the application form available on our webpage and submit it to us by 02 October 2016. We will then review all submissions, create a shortlist based on the quality of applications received and invite successful applicants to an
interview. These will begin from 10 October 2016. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a notification by email, please note that we are unable to provide individual feedback to applicants.

2. During the interview stage we will assess each candidate’s suitability for the site and use a scoring system to evaluate responses, the highest of which will be offered a position at the market in order of score. Those who score satisfactorily in their
interview but do not make the final selection or sell a commodity that is oversubscribed will be placed on a short list for future vacancies.

What we are looking for

We need to be confident that traders are able to offer a consistently high standard of service and meet customer demand whilst managing their pitch safely and effectively. This is
particularly important with regards to waste management, cleanliness and hygiene standards.

We will be scrutinising prospective traders based on the following criteria:

 Previous experience in street trading or other relevant field

Candidates will need to demonstrate their suitability for the market as a street trader, giving a detailed explanation of their experience, capabilities and competency. This will be particularly important with regard to health and safety matters. We will still consider start-up businesses provided that they can meet our expected standards.

 Quality and uniqueness of commodity/concept

We must ensure that we do not overprescribe similar commodities in the market in order to ensure that the offering is diverse and attractive to customers. Your commodity or concept must be of a high quality and we are keen to have diversity of products in the market.

 Knowledge of commodity/concept

We expect traders to have a good understanding of what they are selling and to offer an informative service.

 Quality of stall display

In order to create an appealing and aesthetically pleasing market environment we expect traders to be able to demonstrate their understanding of visual merchandising and explain how they will employ these practices on their own stall.

Where possible we are actively seeking traders whose products promote a healthy lifestyle and are fair-trade certified.

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Deadline to apply for stall in new Well Street market is now 25 September

Posted by on Monday, September 12th, 2016         



We’re looking for traders and aspiring entrepreneurs to apply for stalls at the new Well Street Market, launching in December. Join us! Application deadline 25 September.


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WESTRA hits target to fund new community market

Posted by on Monday, September 12th, 2016         


Hackney Gazette story, August 2016

WESTRA have reached a target of £80k after 16 weeks of an intense crowd funding campaign through the Mayor of London’s ‘Spacehive’ campaign.


“It is truly amazing that we have finally reach that target – we are so grateful to local residents and businesses for all they have so generously given,” said Jo Price, WESTRA Chair.

Kay Richardson, WESTRA Business Development Manager, added: “The GLA and Mayor of London have also been very supportive of the new ideas like the teenage market, and the student makers market which will be one of the first in London.

“It’s going to be so exciting to see all the new and innovative activities happening in Well Street which the Spacehive campaign will be paying for.”

Ian Rathbone, WESTRA Secretary said: “We are now working with Hackney Council to bring a full market with stalls to Well Street from the Autumn, and we would like to encourage people to apply for a licence from Hackney Council at .”

Kay added: “As we said on the Spacehive website: We have a wonderfully diverse community who we encourage and support. We’ll nurture young entrepreneurial talent by having a Teenage Market, give free economic and business training to local creatives by having a Student Makers market offering amazing design pieces unobtainable elsewhere. Integral to our market will be a live music stage where locals can book performance slots.

“We’ll have a music mentoring program encouraging new routes into work. We are developing a community bee project and want to buy beehives and bee pollinators to make Well Street honey. And there will be Christmas lights!”

Details of the Spacehive project:

What we’ll deliver:

  • Pay for a Teenage Market to nurture young entrepreneurial talent
  • Pay for a student Maker’s Market and provide free training to encourage local creatives
  • Buy a live music stage and equipment and develop a music mentoring programme
  • Buy beehives, develop our community bee project and make Well Street honey to sell
  • Pay for hanging baskets to be planted with bee friendly plants to create a bee corridor on the street
  • Be a produce driven market that enables our community to access affordable healthy eating
  • Buy Christmas lights and make Well Street a place of which the community feels proud
  • Create a link to the Fashion Hub, have cutting edge fashion, be the place to buy fabric and trimmings
  • Engage the community and have regular events on the street

Well Street will be more than a market, transforming it back to a bustling hive of activity, by regenerating the area, making it a ‘go to’ destination. We want our street to be filled with amazing produce, a space that unites the community, we want hanging baskets filled with flowers, Christmas lights, it to be a street to be proud of.  This whole vision is instigated by the Well Street Traders and Residents Association (WESTRA) – we’re committed to improving the life of our local neighbourhood.

It’s a wonderfully diverse community that we want to support and encourage. Our plan for an innovative community market will strengthen the character of Well Street. Together we want to celebrate all the energies of our community and make it an exciting place to be again, bringing economic growth economic and social benefit to the area. We will create pathways into work, support local makers and producers and be an exciting new place for the community to come together and connect and build civic pride.

Our plan is to set up an innovative model of a community market where locals will be able to access healthy affordable, good quality food along with a Teenage Market that will nurture talented local entrepreneurs. We will include a Student Maker’s Market that will seek out talented locals from London College of Fashion and other local community colleges and train and encourage local creatives to learn key business skills and bring their cutting edge products to Well Street Market.



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Your pledges needed for new innovative community market

Posted by on Saturday, August 13th, 2016         

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Friday 12 August 2016

WE HAVE reached £60,000 pledged on our way to the total of £78,666 for a new and innovative Well Street market. Thanks to our local chemist Clockwork Pharmacy for a pledge of £1,000 today and all the others who have been pledging – 214 so far.

We only have four days to Wednesday when we must reach that target – or else we lose everything pledged so far. You can invest in the future now and pledge by clicking below and clicking the ‘back this project’ button. Go on – you’ll make us very happy!


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Hackney Council is advertising for traders for @WellStMarket re-launch later in the year. Applications close 21 August.‪#‎markets‬ 

If you need help applying or want to know more, contact WESTRA on 07890 654 068 or


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