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)
Sunday 17th March. Passion Sunday. St Patrick’s Day. Or just another fabulous day at G7Teen. But on this day we showed our passion, lived like St Patrick and celebrated our ability to reach out to those in need around us as we had a big drive to collect as much food for the Food Bank as we could. And in doing so we filled an entire tub with food!
Feeling compassion for the Food Bank, who recently had a break-in where much of their stock was stolen, compassion for those they serve and remembering the visit we had from the Trussell Trust a year ago G7Teen used St Patrick’s Day as a theme, dressed in green and brought food to be donated. We then had a fun quiz about Ireland with questions like “where do leprechauns bury their gold?” and “how did St Patrick drive the snakes out of Ireland – in a 4×4, by praying or by beating a drum?” a lot of fun was had. With four out of six teams coming joint first it was a good thing Mim brought 4 packets of sweets as prizes!! Parents came also and the whole evening was rounded off with a game of dodge ball – something rapidly becoming as popular as last year’s Capture the Flag and Ultimate Frisbee. Mind you, with the evenings getting lighter the latter two may indeed become all time favourites once again… Muhahahahaaaaa! Got your nerves of steel…???
On a slightly more serious note tubs for donating food items are located in most G7 churches. A list of what foods are needed (i.e. non perishable items) can be found on Ashford Food Bank’s website
If you are or know a family experiencing a time of financial hardship and in need of food vouchers please direct them to the Bluebells Centre in Hothfield. Statistics have shown that child poverty exists at an alarming percentage even here in our rural, seemingly affluent villages. Rural poverty is often hardest because it is unseen. So let’s make a difference and be there for our invisible sufferers…
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.
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 →
If you want a warm inner glow this Christmas then don’t miss our heart-warming services throughout December and particularly on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We have many different services taking place at our churches around the G7 benefice. Hear all about the story of Christmas and what it all means. Whether you’re a child or an adult we hope to make your Christmas a brighter one! We look forward to welcoming you.
To find a heart-warming Christmas service near you see our calendar and events list on the right-hand side of our home page or see our diary on the Churches page for a complete list.
Is it Carole Morgan’s house or the North Pole? Either way it’s looking decidedly festive…
Congratulations to all those in the Benefice who helped fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. You were part of a fantastic effort that means 165 children in Third World and struggling countries will have a Christmas they will never forget! Continue reading →
The Re-Fresh Remembrance service was very special today. We met as usual in The Barn. The congregation, led by the children, made a poppy wreath which was laid at the Cross outside the Church. It was a service in which we remembered those left at home, such as loved ones, family and friends, focusing on their continual grief and need for prayer. Continue reading →