Volunteers at food bank praised for their hard work

From left to right: Food Bank manager Barry Preece, Vineyard Community Church Senior Pastors Angela Gee and Rob Gee, DDC Chairman Cllr Catherine Lomax, Chairman's Consort Brian Lomax and Food Bank volunteer Sheila Preece.
From left to right: Food Bank manager Barry Preece, Vineyard Community Church Senior Pastors Angela Gee and Rob Gee, DDC Chairman Cllr Catherine Lomax, Chairman's Consort Brian Lomax and Food Bank volunteer Sheila Preece.

The Chairman of Daventry District Council visited Daventry Food Bank to thank its volunteers for their ongoing work to help families and individuals in need.

The visit to the group’s base in High March, Daventry, also gave Councillor Catherine Lomax an opportunity to find out more about how the Food Bank operates.

Run by the Vineyard Community Church, Daventry Food Bank provides emergency food supplies to people who are referred to it through a range of agencies.

Before Christmas they delivered to people in need 77 festive hampers put together by Daventry and District Over Fifties Forum (DOF) and its partners including Daventry District Council, Daventry & District Housing, Danetre Rotary Club and Cummins.

Councillor Lomax said: “I was pleased to visit Daventry Food Bank to find out more about the excellent work they do – and all on a voluntary basis - to help the less fortunate in our community.”

The visit followed recent engagements opening new play equipment at Hollowell, and visiting schools in Kilsby and Crick to present pupils with awards for helping to design the Chairman’s Calendar for 2015.

Her upcoming engagements include attending the Mayor of Oundle’s Charity Concert on January 17, a Memorial Service for Lady Juliet Townsend, Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire on January 22 and Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorations in Kettering on January 25.

Councillor Lomax, who is fundraising for Alzheimer’s UK during her year in office, is keen to meet people in communities across Daventry District. Groups wishing to invite the Chairman to their event can contact the Chairman’s Secretary on 01327 871100 or email chairman@daventrydc.gov.uk.