Church in Chilton to open extra day to collect for foodbank

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- Credit: Gregg Brown

The demand on the Storehouse Foodbank, in Sudbury, is so high that St Mary’s Church, at Chilton, is opening an extra day this year to collect gifts for the needy under its Christmas tree.

The church will be open on Saturday, December 9, and on the following day when the annual candlelit Christmas Carol Service at 3pm will be followed by punch and mince pies.

As well as the traditional spruce hung with baubles and sparkling lights, there will be a second tree where visitors can hang on the branches memories written on decorative tags.

The church will be open from 10am until 3.30pm.

“We hope to collect more food gifts than ever this year because with the rising cost of living and the roll out of Universal Credit it looks as Christmas cheer is going to be in short supply in many more homes,” said David Tibbetts Chaplin, who is chairman of the trustees for the retired church.


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