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December update Food bank

We both hope you are well and remaining safe, Covid appears reluctant to release its grip on us and the situation in Europe is unsettling, so please continue to exercise caution and good sense and let’s strive to avoid a further round of restrictions.

On a brighter note the response to the Advent Calendar appeal has been amazing, we will deliver the final boxes this week and have exceeded our original target with a grand total of 165. There has also been an uptick in the requests for specific products as the Harvest bounty works through the system, we will deliver Honey, Peanut Butter, Toilet Paper and small Fruit Cakes this week. This is all funded by your generous support which is fundamental in enabling those in most need to be given a helping hand and again demonstrating the value of our service allowing the food bank heroes to provide a balanced range of goods in support of their clients. Including our most recent delivery you have enabled £44,000 of fairly traded, ethically sourced and high quality goods to be delivered via the food bank to those in the most need in our area, Thank you so much.

With the outlook on inflation exceeding real wage growth in the short and possibly medium term it is hard to see the need for the Food bank reducing anytime soon, we feel that we must continue to do what we can and remain eternally grateful for your support without which we
couldn’t do what we do.

Thank you and stay well.
Margaret & Bill Dykes

Should you feel able to contribute or wish to purchase for you own use please e-mail us at ,

telephone us on 01494874511

text to 07968421416.


Because of the difficulty in making payments in person we would prefer that people use one of the following methods of contribution/payment.


By bank transfer - we will send you our bank details upon receipt of your order.


By cheque made payable to Traidcraft Plc and sent to

Margaret and Bill Dykes

4, Roughwood Fields

Roughwood Lane

Chalfont St Giles




The Christmas catalogues are available, please let me know if you would like a copy.  Meanwhile do look at the Traidcraft website ( alternatively if you would like to see the catalogue on line do seek it out on the website or let me know and I will send you the link.  Don’t delay though as many items are selling fast.


Don’t forget the lovely fair trade treats available from Traidcraft this Christmas. Just let me know what you would like.



So far we have sent 101 calendars to the Chiltern food bank in the hope that every child whose family are receiving help at this difficult time will have a treat in the lead up to Christmas.  We have promises for 18 and we welcome any support you can give. Thank you.  I have calendars available if you need and I will reserve them for you.  I can also order dark chocolate calendars and none chocolate ones.


There is still time to order one as Traidcraft have extended the deadline until all the baskets are gone.



Great taste is the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink award and this year Traidcraft pasta and Traidcraft Mexican Blossom set honey are both winners.  “Good looking pasta with excellent texture and a fabulous aroma” and “a beautiful colour honey, with a pleasantly smooth, but stiff creamed texture. A delightful floral, butterscotch flavour and a wonderful mouthfeel make this an absolutely delightful honey” are just three of the many comments made by the GTA judges. 



There are almost 81 million people forcibly displaced worldwide.  When refugees flee they carry tradition and craftsmanship with them and Made51 is the World’s first collection crated by refugees.  Keep an eye on the Christmas catalogue for more information about Made51 and their inspirational range.

Plastic reuse, recycling

We offer a range of cleaning products from Bio D in refilled containers.  Please give them a try and help reduce plastic waste, a contribution we can all make to living in a more sustainable way. Products are listed on the attached stock list.  So far this year we have ‘saved’  over 100 plastic bottles by refilling with laundry liquid, washing up liquid, toilet cleaner and hand wash.  I am always happy to have your empty bottles so please do save them and I will collect.


Dates for Your Diary

If you are unable to make any of the dates but wish to make purchases, please give me a call to arrange a mutually acceptable collection or deliver date.


November 3rd Fairtrade coffee morning in the Church Hall in Chalfont St Peter.  A great place to share tea or coffee with friends (the homemade cakes are delicious) whilst browsing the stall. 

November 14th St Michaels in Amersham are holding a Traidcraft stall after their morning services. 

November 7th and December 5th  Traidcraft will be in Church in Chalfont St Giles after the 10am service.


Margaret Dykes 01 494 874511