Help us to keep doing what we do in our community! We are all volunteers but we need money for petrol to collect food supplies, printing costs for posters etc and for training people in the skills they need to run our community shop safely.
Please make a donation, however small…https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/donation/paganhill-community-group
During the Covid pandemic, we have worked to help and support our neighbours in need in Farmhill and Paganhill.
Our bus stop shop
We set up a ‘shop’ in the local bus stop in the summer, sharing food and produce donated by local supermarkets and gardeners. Unfortunately, this had to close due to vandalism – but also because we found a new home for our food hub – initially at The Maypole Hall in Paganhill and now at The Octagon Community Hub, Farmhill Lane, GL5 4BX (currently open from 2-4pm on Wednesdays and 10-12 on Saturdays).
Our Freezer of Love
Then we partnered with a local food initiative The Long Table, to host a ‘Freezer of Love’ full of healthy frozen ready meals made from ingredients which were heading for landfill.
Our Farmhill and Paganhill Community Shop
Next step was the opening of the Farmhill and Paganhill Community Shop at The Octagon, offering groceries, fruit and veg (as well as the frozen ready-meals) on a ‘pay what you can’ basis. At Christmas, we donated 50 food hampers to local residents.
How it works: We collect unwanted – but perfectly good – food from local supermarkets and from Fare Share south west which would otherwise head for landfill. Now in Tier 4 lockdown, our community shop has re-opened for two sessions a week, thanks to a small, but hard working team of local volunteers. We can also deliver to those who are isolated.
We are all about sharing good food with good neighbours, supporting people in need in our community while helping reduce food waste. We are all volunteers. Help us to keep doing what we do.
Help us to help our neighbours in Farmhill and Paganhill who may be struggling to put good food on the table, or facing mental health challenges, or may have to choose between heating and eating this winter.
Paganhill Community Group brings together local people who want to help each other, offering their time and skills as volunteers.
But as well as people’s time, we do need money.
We have a small emergency fund for people facing dire straits who may have fallen through the system, and we like to be able to reimburse our helpers for things like printing posters and petrol money for collecting prescriptions and shopping for people isolating at home.
We started a successful free Bus Stop shop opposite the Arch in Farmhill Lane where food was donated and shared freely. Books, children’s puzzles and toiletries were also available.
Now we have started our own community food hub, with a ‘Freezer of Love’ filled with frozen ready-meals supplied by The Long Table and distributed on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis and we’re creating a community fridge and larder for essentials heading into winter.
We are recognised as an effective community group by Stroud District Council, Stroud Town Council, Stroud Foodbank, The Long Table food initiative and support agencies. We have received small grants, for which we are grateful, but we need your help too.
Please help us to continue to help our community.