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Coronavirus: Second Helpings café and community fridge to close and Stamford Methodist Church services to go online

Second Helpings, Stamford's community project to reduce food waste - and the church that is behind it - are to stop some of their activities in response to coronavirus.

Stamford Methodist Church in Barn Hill will stay open for private prayer, but Sunday services at 10.30am will be held behind closed doors and shared online.

Access to the live service can be found on Stamford Methodist Church’s Facebook page, with other methods of live streaming being investigated for future use.

Food from the Bunker at Barn Hill Methodist Church's Second Helpings in Stamford
Food from the Bunker at Barn Hill Methodist Church's Second Helpings in Stamford

Second Helpings will continue to run the Bunker situated in the passageway under the Methodist Church in Barn Hill.

The Bunker offers foods which otherwise would go to waste - bread, potatoes, vegetables and fruit - on a pay-as-you feel basis. Priority will be given to those facing food poverty, people in self-isolation and to medical and emergency services. Others are asked to be considerate to those in need.

The Bunker is open on Tuesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 3pm and Saturdays 12.30pm to 2pm.

Hours will change according to the availability of food and the health of volunteers, with any updates on the Second Helpings Facebook page and via notices outside the Bunker.

The Community Fridge and Second Helpings café on Saturdays will be closed for the next few weeks, as indeed will the Well.

This is because several volunteers have had to self-isolate to protect the health of the wider population.

Organisations that make use of Stamford Methodist Church Hall - such as the U3A, the arts society, the local history society, dancing and craft groups - have had to cancel their meetings in Barn Hill following Government advice.

The Rev Andy Fyall, minister of Stamford Methodist Church and chairman of Second Helpings said: “Now is the time to think of others and to show God’s love.

"When the situation passes - and it will - we can plan for a celebration of all that is good in Stamford and our community.

"My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

  • St George's Church, Stamford's drop-in cafe, Friday Connect, is not able to meet at the moment because of the Coronavirus restriction, but if those who attend ring in their contact details to our parish office on 01780 481800 people will keep in touch with them by phone.

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