It gives us great pleasure to announce that as of 1st June Ashford Foodbank will be moving to new, permanent premises at 2 Mabledon Avenue, Willesborough, TN24 8BJ. This removes the recent uncertainty, and gives Ashford Foodbank long term stability with which to provide an enhanced service to our clients. Distribution will continue from Cudworth Rd up to and including 31st May. Could voucher holders please note that the issuing of new vouchers will state the new address, and that post-1st June existing vouchers will need to be altered.
We thank Ashford Borough Council and Taylor Riley for the great support given to us during this process, and thank all our other supporters for having sought and prayed for a solution to be found.
Finally, but very importantly, we thank our volunteers and partners for their patience throughout this period. The goodwill given by so many toward the Foodbank has given us all great encouragement for the future, and we look forward to serving our community for many years to come.
Every now and then the Foodbank runs low on certain types of food. After a recent visit it was noted that the following were in short supply:
Sauces – pasta, curry etc.
Tinned fruit (they have plenty of peaches but little else)
Tinned vegetables including potatoes
Microwave packet meals (for those with minimum access to conventional cookers/ovens)
As part of the Diocesan Novena of Prayer Rev Bob and Fiona Weldon will be leading a quiet morning at Westwell Church between 10 am and 12 noon on Friday 17th of May. Come and enjoy a couple of quiet and blessed hours, all are welcome. Thereafter, for those that want to, we will go to The Wheel for lunch.
We have just celebrated EASTER – the Crucifixion and Resurrection. So now we have the time to reflect on these events more and more. To help I draw your attention to the story (parable) Jesus told of the Fig Tree:
“A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.”(Luke 13;6).
First of all I would like to thank all of you who attended my licensing service on Wednesday 23rd of February at St Mary the Virgin at Westwell. Everyone I have met in the G7 Benefice has made me feel so welcome. Continue reading →
Q “How does someone in need avail themselves of what the food bank has to offer?”
A A voucher holder has been appointed to serve the G7 Benefice. This is someone who will see the family or persons in need in the first instance and assess the need. A voucher may be issued which can be exchanged for food at the food bank. Our voucher holder is Dawn Potter who is the Community Involvement Officer for our area. Dawn can be contacted on 01233 622296 or 07827 870508.
Lent is an important time in our Christian calendar, one that helps us prepare for the great events of Easter; and one way to get the most out of this year’s Lent is to join one of our friendly and engaging Lent groups.
We have nine Lent groups offering Lent courses this year. Most of the courses begin in the week commencing 18th February and feature the 2013 Diocesan Lent Course ‘Guides not Guards’ and run for five weeks.
Look on the right-hand side column of our home page in the the “What’s on Next” section, or see our diary on our Churches page to see the full list of Lent courses and other events.
We are delighted that the Reverend Bob Weldon will be joining the Ministry Team in the G7 Benefice. He will be licensed to this ministry by Bishop Trevor Willmott in a service in Westwell Church at 7p.m. on Wednesday January 23rd. There will be an opportunity to meet with Bob and Fiona informally after the service in Westwell Village Hall. All are welcome. Please read below Bob’s letter of introduction.
“I am excited about joining the G7 Benefice as one of your Priests and working with the Rector, Rev’d Sheila and the rest of the team. I really look forward to meeting everyone across the benefice.
Reverend Bob Weldon with his wife Fiona
I will be living in the Westwell Vicarage along with my wife, Fiona. When I arrived in the benefice for interview in late November I just knew I was in the right place and had no hesitation in accepting the post when offered. Continue reading →
At the time of writing we have just celebrated Christ the King Sunday. The Kingship of Christ has profound and permanent implications on how we live, how we spend our money and our time, our career choices, our voluntary work, the way we relate to people, and the way we worship. Continue reading →