Sir George formally opened the Village Market at St Thomas's Church Hall, Woolton Hill.
Following a survey by the Parish Council of what the village wanted, it emerged that there was a demand for a village market selling local produce.
Formally opening the market, Sir George congratulated the village on doing the survey and then coming up with the solution. "My congratulations to John Angle, the Parish Plan Chairman, and to Sandie Bishopp and Teresa Munn for identifying and signing up all the suppliers and all their hard work which has brought the market into existence. I am sure it will be well supported on the last Saturday of each month, and it is good to see local producers being matched with local buyers."
At 10 o'clock, the Reverend Christine Dale cut the ribbon and the wide range of produce was on sale. The East Woodhay Silver Band played outside the hall, and there was also a display of art by local artists. "Some of those selling are selling direct for the first time, so Woolton Hill have developed new sources of supply. It was good to see Parsonage Farm, Upton selling fresh meat, and also on sale was local goat's cheese, bread, plants and eggs." Sir George said that he hoped other villages would look at what Woolton Hill had done and see whether they might replicate the initiative.