Bridgwater foodbank able to stay put

Bridgwater Mercury: TED Stock, communication and food collection co-ordinator, and Mark Hollidge, centre manager. TED Stock, communication and food collection co-ordinator, and Mark Hollidge, centre manager.

RELIEVED volunteers at Bridgwater’s foodbank who feared they would be homeless this week have been told they can stay put.

Andy Sharman, chairman of the foodbank’s steering group, told the team that they were going to be staying in the Mount Street Day Centre in Bridgwater for the “foreseeable future”.

The charity was originally only given use of the premises provisionally until March 31, 2014, after they were relocated from their old home in Bridgwater’s Enterprise Centre.

But Somerset County Council has now agreed to allow the continuing use of the building for the purpose as a foodbank.

Mark Hollidge, the centre manager, said: “This is great news for the team.

“It means that we can start to put into operation ideas to help us to improve the good service we already offer.

“It will be one year on the April 24 since we began this venture in Bridgwater and I cannot think of a better birthday present for us than this news.”

The Bridgwater Foodbank has helped 1,747 people over the last year, including almost 600 children under the age of 16.

Almost 14,000 metric tonnes of food were distributed to the people of Bridgwater by the foodbank in that time.

Ted Stock, a spokesman for the charity, said: “Because of the uncertainty of the future we have allowed our stocks to reduce.

“We normally carry between 6 and 7 metric tonnes at any time but we have deliberately allowed it to reduce to below four metric tonnes in case we needed to move it around.

“We can now start to rebuild to the levels we had before. That’s my job and I cannot wait to get at it”.

The foodbank will be opening this year on Good Friday and Easter Monday from 10am until noon to continue helping local people in crisis.

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8:17am Wed 9 Apr 14

awayswing says...

I am glad to hear that the Bridgwater foodbank will not have to move and will be able to continue doing a job that the governments welfare cuts should never have brought about in the first place.
I am more than ever sure that this government wish to incorporate foodbanks into the DWP as a benefit that their budget,or the treasury,do not have to pay for.We live in one of the seven richest countries in the world and people should not be going hungry because of government policy or any other reason.
I am glad to hear that the Bridgwater foodbank will not have to move and will be able to continue doing a job that the governments welfare cuts should never have brought about in the first place. I am more than ever sure that this government wish to incorporate foodbanks into the DWP as a benefit that their budget,or the treasury,do not have to pay for.We live in one of the seven richest countries in the world and people should not be going hungry because of government policy or any other reason. awayswing
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5:21pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Bridgy old Boy says...

Quite right awayswing its an absolute travesty that the need forfoodbanks has mushroomed over the past 3 to 4 years. The people running the foodbanks deserve a medal but this is a sad indictment on the anti welfare policies being pursued by this Conservative led government so ably propped up by the Lib Dems.
Quite right awayswing its an absolute travesty that the need forfoodbanks has mushroomed over the past 3 to 4 years. The people running the foodbanks deserve a medal but this is a sad indictment on the anti welfare policies being pursued by this Conservative led government so ably propped up by the Lib Dems. Bridgy old Boy
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12:57am Sat 12 Apr 14

Rusty Hinge says...

So we now have the foodbank for a while longer. Can we at least think about planning for a new Bridgwater Workhouse, to replace old long-lost Victorian institutions?. The unemployed could make themselves useful turning treadmills, to generate some profitable electricity. We need to get some old slogans back into the public consciousness, for example the pithy "Those who do not work do not eat".
So we now have the foodbank for a while longer. Can we at least think about planning for a new Bridgwater Workhouse, to replace old long-lost Victorian institutions?. The unemployed could make themselves useful turning treadmills, to generate some profitable electricity. We need to get some old slogans back into the public consciousness, for example the pithy "Those who do not work do not eat". Rusty Hinge
  • Score: -4

9:11am Sat 12 Apr 14

Old Phucker says...

Rusty Hinge wrote:
So we now have the foodbank for a while longer. Can we at least think about planning for a new Bridgwater Workhouse, to replace old long-lost Victorian institutions?. The unemployed could make themselves useful turning treadmills, to generate some profitable electricity. We need to get some old slogans back into the public consciousness, for example the pithy "Those who do not work do not eat".
Is "Rusty Hinge by any chance the pseudonym of a local MP?. The same one who described the badger cull protestors as "scroungers"?. Anyone voting Conservative at the next Election?.
[quote][p][bold]Rusty Hinge[/bold] wrote: So we now have the foodbank for a while longer. Can we at least think about planning for a new Bridgwater Workhouse, to replace old long-lost Victorian institutions?. The unemployed could make themselves useful turning treadmills, to generate some profitable electricity. We need to get some old slogans back into the public consciousness, for example the pithy "Those who do not work do not eat".[/p][/quote]Is "Rusty Hinge by any chance the pseudonym of a local MP?. The same one who described the badger cull protestors as "scroungers"?. Anyone voting Conservative at the next Election?. Old Phucker
  • Score: 1

7:08pm Tue 15 Apr 14

BaldCarl2 says...

UKIP for me I think

Replace the old guard with common sense politics not dominated by public schoolboys (all 3 political parties)
UKIP for me I think Replace the old guard with common sense politics not dominated by public schoolboys (all 3 political parties) BaldCarl2
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