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GODALMING & VILLAGES COMMUNITY STORE

Community Store #4

Godalming Town Council has collaborated with the Farncombe & Godalming Coronavirus Assistance Group and the St Mark’s Food Bank to open the Godalming & Villages Community Store to support our community.

If you’ve become unemployed, furloughed or are waiting for Universal Credit this is likely to be a worrying time for you.  You may never have thought you would need a food bank or similar and for some this will be difficult to come to terms with.  The Community Store is about the community supporting its friends and neighbours during these unprecedented and difficult times.

The Community Store can assist with free basic food, personal hygiene, sanitary and domestic cleaning items.  The Community Fridge within the Store can also offer fresh produce as well as some frozen produce too.

The Community Store is a temporary measure during the current coronavirus pandemic to supplementing the work of the St Mark’s Foodbank. The Community Store is open Monday-Friday 10.30am-12.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

“When we stumble, there will always be a community to wrap their arms around us and pick us back up. For many of us, that is FareShare or the local food bank.” Marcus Rashford (22 October 2020)

How to Visit the Community Store

If you, or someone you know, is in need of support please either call the Town Council on 01483 523575 (Monday-Friday excluding Bank Holidays) or by email [email protected]

When you contact us you will be given a time slot to visit the store, this is to protect both yourself and the volunteers working at the Community Store.  Please mention at the time of your call/email if you are shielding or self-isolating.

If you are unable to pick up from the Store, please call St Mark’s Food Bank on 01483 418741 Monday-Wednesday 10.00am-2.00pm/Thursday 11.00am-1.30pm.

Please Can You Donate Any of These Items?

All in date, unopened tinned and packaged food items and domestic cleaning products are very much appreciated. With some items more in need than others, donations of the items listed below are particularly welcome:

Donations needed:

Apple & Orange Juice
Bathroom Cleaner
Bio Washing Powder
Biscuits
Coffee
Cooking Oil Baby Wipes
Egg and Rice Noodles
Kitchen Cleaner
Kitchen Roll
Orange Squash
Super & Super Plus Tampons

Thank you for your support for the Community Store, working with St Marks Food Bank we hope between us we are able to help as many people as possible in our community who find themselves in need of support.

A huge thank you to those who have already donated and to those kind  people who regularly donate.

How to Donate to the Community Store

The Store takes in donations and makes them available free of charge to others.

If you would like to support the Community Store, this can be done by taking donated goods directly to the Wilfrid Noyce Centre during the Store’s opening times, or you can donate on Tuesday mornings between 9.00am and 11.00am at the following locations:

Compton Telephone Box (Sundays between 8am-5pm)
Budgens Petrol Station & Convenience Store, Bramley
Binscombe Church
Long Gore
St John’s Church
Busbridge Church
Godalming College
The Borough Hall
Godalming Library
Milford Village Hall

In addition to Trolley Tuesday location points, the Godalming & Farncombe Coronavirus Assistance Group have set up several additional drop off locations to help make it easy for you to continue to donate.  Please see map for the extra locations.

A huge thank you to the following schools, who have kindly offered to host boxes for dropping off donations for The Godalming & Villages Community Store and The St Marks’ Food Bank:

Broadwater Secondary school
Busbridge Infant School
Busbridge Junior School
Chandler School, Milford
Farncombe Infants School
Little Rays Pre-School, Wey Court, Godalming
Loseley Fields Primary School
Milford Infants School
Moss Lane Infant School
Puttenham Infant School
The Wharf Nursery School

Map Showing Donation Point Locations

Thank you to those kind people who regularly donate.

If you wish to make a monetary donation to the Community Store please use our JustGiving page, which will allow us to claim Gift Aid for eligible donations. Alternatively, you can contact the Finance Officer at Godalming Town Council on [email protected] who can provide you with our bank details.  Thank you.

Grateful thanks to the following organisations who have very kindly donated financially to the Community Store:

Godalming Rotary Club
Gorringes
Inner Wheel of Godalming
Milford Village Fete
St Nicholas, Compton
The Caudle Memorial Trust
The Round Table

Thanks also go to all the private individuals who have and continue to donate to the Community Store – the generosity of the whole community has been outstanding.  Thank you!

Godalming Gardeners, We Need Your Help!

If you are a Godalming Gardener who may have grown a surplus of produce i.e. too many tomatoes, lots of lettuces, gallons of green beans, pots of peas and potatoes and an abundance of apples, we would love you to donate your surpluses to the Community Store – donating will help cut down on waste and provide additional fresh produce options for those in need of support.