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High Sheriff of Suffolk visits new HQ at Kersey Mill
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.
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.
Hadleigh Food Bank Charity Founder, Angela Gregg, outside the new shop at Unit 2 Kersey Mill with volunteer Ken Brown
picture by Mark Westley
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.”
The official opening of Fresh Start Charity Shop to raise funds for Hadleigh Foodbank Charity
picture by Mark Westley
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.
Angela checking the stock at the Foodbank
picture by Mark Westley