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Welcome to our new shop at 29-31 Carr Street, Ipswich

Fresh Start & Coffee was officially opened by the Mayor of Ipswich, John Cook on Saturday 14th May. Charity Founder, Angela Gregg, assisted by Shop Manager, Siobhan Pryke and her team, have been working tirelessly over the past month in order to be ready for the launch.

 

Fresh Start & Coffee offers a wide range of new and pre-owned clothing, home wares, bric-a-brac, as well as a café that can cater for up to 60 people. The shop and café is open 7 days a week: Mon-Sat 9am - 5pm & Sun 9am - 4pm and serves Paddy & Scott’s Barista coffee, together with an array of hot and cold refreshments, delicious cakes and tasty lunches. The café interior has a relaxed vibe and offers a great social environment for all ages.

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The grand opening on 14th May was officiated by Mayor of Ipswich, John Cook, Charity Founder Angela Gregg, together with members of her team at Fresh Start & Coffee

On the day of the launch, Fresh Start & Coffee invited local businesses to visit the new shop to have a discussion with the team regarding areas of sponsorship or to consider Fresh Start Charity as a trusted source for recruiting qualified and experienced candidates in future. 

 

The Charity’s work has changed over the past two years and diversified from providing support and help for local people via the Hadleigh Foodbank, to signposting a variety of help and advice services, as well as working with young adults aged 16-24 that are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), hence the need to change the Charity’s name to better reflect all that it now offers. 

 

Youth Opportunities: Two new apprenticeship schemes have been created via Suffolk County Council and Apprenticeships Suffolk (Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner and Level 2 Hospitality Team Member). Working in conjunction with these apprenticeship schemes, Fresh Start & Coffee is excited to be launching a new 6 month Youth Opportunities Programmes to offer NEET young adults the chance to gain valuable work experience and transferable skills in hospitality, retail and customer service.

 

Fresh Start Charity is so grateful to everyone who has sponsored or donated equipment for the Ipswich shop and Angela would like to give special thanks to the following:

Paddy & Scott’s for sponsoring expert Barista Training at their Academy, donating the barista coffee machine and providing the supplies.

Hudson Group Ltd for donating the exterior signage, supplying the shop interior signage and branded staff workwear.

Headlam Group Ltd for donating the flooring.

 

All profits from the Ipswich, Kersey & Hadleigh shops go towards the Hadleigh Foodbank that will continue to support the local community. Hadleigh Foodbikes, Hadleigh Youth Academy and Hadleigh Foodbank are all under the Fresh Start Charity umbrella.

If anyone is interested in applying for the work experience schemes or volunteering in either of the Shops, located at Kersey Mill & Hadleigh, please get in touch or download the New Volunteer application form, which can be found on our homepage.

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BREAKING NEWS!

As from 30th March 2022, we are delighted to announce we are now officially Fresh Start Charity.

 

Due to the growth of the Charity it became apparent that the name Hadleigh Foodbank Charity did not fit with all that we do, as we have diversified our support in so many ways.

Our website will be evolving too, to reflect the name change.

 

The Kersey & Hadleigh Fresh Start Charity Shops remain as they are and all profits go towards the Hadleigh Foodbank that will continue to support our community. Hadleigh Foodbikes, Hadleigh Youth Academy, & Hadleigh Foodbank are all under the Fresh Start Charity umbrella.

Exciting Times Ahead!

We welcome two new Trustees to the Charity, Carolyn Cammack and Bob Alexander. There will be further announcements in the coming days, but in the meantime we would like to thank all our volunteers working at the Hadleigh Foodbank and Fresh Start Charity Shops and also to the general public for your continued and much valued support.

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Delivering your donations to Ukraine

 

We have been overwhelmed by the level of support we have received since news broke on 24th February of the horrific situation in Ukraine.

 

On Friday 11th March, all the donations from the public were taken from our Fresh Start Charity Shop at Kersey Mill to Sorrelle's in Sudbury, who will be making the journey to Ukraine. Their vehicles are endorsed with the British Red Cross Humanitarian Support badges and we have been assured that your donations will be taken direct to those who have been impacted by the ongoing crisis.

How the Red Cross is helping Ukrainian people right now

 

  • So far, Red Cross teams in Ukraine have distributed over 30,000 food and hygiene parcels and provided food, warm clothes, and other aid to around 8,000 people sheltering in metro stations.

  • First aid training has also been delivered to over 2,000 people taking cover in metro stations and bomb shelters, so they have the skills to treat their loved ones if needed.

 

The British Red Cross is part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which unites 15 member charities who are experts in humanitarian aid and specialists in different areas of disaster response. 

Santa visits Hadleigh

Hadleigh Foodbank Charity organised this year’s visit from Santa on Wednesday 22nd December. The Christmas sleigh left the Market Place in Hadleigh Town Centre at 4.30pm and made 6 stops around the town.

 

Over 500 children attended the Santa trail where Santa had a lovely chat with most of them! Unfortunately the sleigh broke down after the Persimmon Homes stop, but all is now well and Santa went onto deliver his presents all over the world!

 

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New Fresh Start Charity Shop opens in Hadleigh High Street

It’s been an incredibly busy year for Hadleigh Foodbank Charity and we were pleased to announce the Grand Opening of our new shop at 39 High Street on Saturday 4th December. We have been overwhelmed by support from the local community as well as from all our amazing volunteers. Both our Hadleigh High Street and Kersey Mill shops stock a range of previously owned clothing and shoes, toys, home wares and bric-a-brac. 

All proceeds raised from both Fresh Start Charity Shops go towards Hadleigh Foodbank, which provides food aid to struggling individuals and families in Hadleigh and the surrounding villages, including Aldham, Boxford, Elmsett, Layham, and Raydon. 

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Shopping experience at Waterfield House Care Home

On 6th December, Angela Gregg was invited by Care Home Manager, Vicky Glazier, to Waterfield House in Hadleigh.

Angela took along a selection of clothes, jewellery and books to enable the residents to enjoy a shopping experience.

 

Due to the event's success, it has
been agreed for this to be a long term arrangement and Angela will be visiting the Care Home and changing the stock regularly.

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Christmas Craft Fair 27th November

Hadleigh Foodbank Charity held its first Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 27th November at The Venue, Kersey Mill. With over 50 stall holders on site, there were plenty of unique gift ideas including home made candles, eco friendly items, jewellery, toys and hand crafted Christmas decorations for shoppers to choose from. There was also live entertainment from Mr Smooth singing all the Christmas favourites to get everyone into the festive spirit. At the end of the afternoon a prize raffle was drawn and £265 was raised for Hadleigh Food Bank Charity. Charity Founder Angela Gregg thanked everyone who attended for their support as well as her team of Volunteers who helped make the event a great success.

Runway Success at Fashion Show

Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in our Fashion Show held at The Venue Kersey Mill on Friday 15th October. The event was jointly organised by Angela Gregg of The Fresh Start Charity Shop and Zoe Robinson, owner of Zor Boutique, both located at Kersey Mill. 

 

From daywear to evening wear, the volunteer models put on a stylish and glamourous performance which was enjoyed and applauded by all. To compliment the show, there were a number of stalls including The Little Ginger Bee Company, selling a range of skincare & cosmetics, jewellery, handbags and accessories, as well as a range of clothing from the organisers, Zor Boutique and Fresh Start Charity Shop. 

 

At the end of the evening a prize raffle was held and £300 was donated to Hadleigh Foodbank Charity.

 

Another show is planned for April to showcase summer wear - date to be confirmed!

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High Sheriff of Suffolk visits new HQ at Kersey Mill

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When Angela Gregg, Founder and Trustee of Hadleigh Foodbank Charity, was contacted by Andrea Pittock, the Head of Grants from Suffolk Community Foundation, she was delighted to accept a visit  from the High Sheriff of Suffolk at the Charity’s new headquarters at Kersey Mill on 22nd June.

L-R Andrea Pittock, Head of Grants from Suffolk Community Foundation, Alison Allum, Project Officer (Hardship and Foodbanks) from Suffolk County Council, Denise Leathers (Hadleigh Foodbank Charity Trustee) with Angela Gregg (Hadleigh Foodbank Charity Founder) receiving the Suffolk Award, in recognition of the Charity’s outstanding work during the pandemic, from The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Edward Creasey.

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Currently there is a High Sheriff serving in every county in England and Wales and the Office is the oldest Royal appointment with its history and traditions dating back to before the Norman Conquest! Today High Sheriffs have a very different role to that of their ancestors. In recent years many have been particularly active in promoting crime reduction initiatives as well as assisting Community Foundations and local charities by raising the profile of their valuable work. High Sheriffs work on a voluntary basis and receive no remuneration for their year in office.

 

During their visit, the three dignitaries were very keen to learn more about the work of the Hadleigh Foodbank Charity which was founded in 2020, following the devastating effect the Covid-19 pandemic had on the local community. The Charity has been working hard ever since, with its members and volunteers, to assist individuals in and around the Hadleigh area who need help during these difficult and challenging times. 

 

Angela commented “When the foodbank was first up and running, our volunteers were delivering to about 10 families, and now we are supporting approximately 47 families a week, delivering around 165 bags of food and toiletries. The demand and the need is clearly growing because of Covid-19 and the pressures that have come along with that. Our special thanks go out to Morrisons, Co-op, Fareshare and the community of Hadleigh – their support has been really great”.

 

There has been an outstanding response following the Charity’s relocation from Hadleigh town centre to Kersey Mill, just over 1.5 miles away. Since opening its doors on 20th April 2021, the Fresh Start Charity Shop has been incredibly busy. With free parking close by, it has proven to be very popular for those either making donations as well as those looking out for a bargain! The shop is well stocked with a wide range of previously owned clothing, accessories, children’s toys, home wares and bric-a-brac. It provides  a central hub for the Foodbank Charity, its various services and forthcoming events which are set out below.

Fresh Start C-A-F-E (coffee and friends event) Weekly Cream Tea

Starting Tuesday 20th July 12.30 - 2.30pm and held every Tuesday, The Miller’s Kitchen, Kersey Mill, IP7 6DP

Starting Wednesday 21th July 12.30 - 2.30pm and held every Wednesday, The Boxford River Café, 4 Broad Street, Boxford CO10 5DX

Booking is required (via the Eventbrite link on our homepage). 

 

Christmas Craft Fair - Saturday 27th November 10am-4pm

The Venue, Kersey Mill. Stalls cost £25 each (donated to Hadleigh Foodbank Charity) - booking is required (via the Eventbrite link on our homepage). 

 

Further information for the above can be found on our events page.

Fresh Start Charity Shop opens its doors!

On Tuesday 20th April, the Fresh Start Charity Shop opened its doors at Unit 2, Kersey Mill.

 

The shop, which has been set up to raise funds for Hadleigh Foodbank Charity, is well stocked with a wide range of previously owned clothing, accessories, children's toys, homewares and bric-a-brac.

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Hadleigh Food Bank Charity Founder, Angela Gregg, outside the new shop at Unit 2 Kersey Mill with volunteer Ken Brown

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To help launch Fresh Start Charity Shop, Hadleigh Foodbank Charity Founder & Trustee, Angela Gregg invited reporter, Thomas Malina, from the Suffolk Free Press down to Kersey Mill for a discussion about the new venture. Angela went on to say...

 

“The opportunity came up to take on one of the units at Kersey Mill and I decided it would be a good location for a charity shop. Kersey Mill is a beautiful setting and there’s free parking, which is a great bonus. I think charity shops are the up-and-coming high street business, because a lot of people haven’t got as much money as they did before Covid, so it’s somewhere people can go to get a really good bargain.”

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The official opening of Fresh Start Charity Shop to raise funds for Hadleigh Foodbank Charity

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Angela commented “when we first got the foodbank up and running, we were delivering to about 10 families, and now we’re delivering to 52 families every week. The demand and the need is clearly growing because of Covid-19 and the pressures that have come along with that. We’ve had amazing support. Our thanks to Morrisons, Co-op, Fairshare and the community of Hadleigh – their support has been really great”.

All proceeds raised from the new shop will go towards Hadleigh Foodbank, which provides food aid to struggling individuals and families in Hadleigh and the surrounding villages, including Aldham, Boxford, Elmsett, Layham, and Raydon.

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Angela checking the stock at the Foodbank

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