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Thursday 17 February 2021

Our contact at the Food Bank tells us that one of the major benefits of the way we work with them, is that they are able ask us for the items that they need from the Traidcraft range, rather than us all giving them the items we think they want. This avoids the tinned Tuna and Baked Bean gluts that food banks struggle with in normal times. We see this as a real win as do many of our supporters who have found a straightforward way to support a worthy cause without guessing what to add to their shopping basket and worrying how to get their donation to the food bank. This pandemic has been a dreadful experience for us all but it has shown us that we can adapt to, and find innovative solutions for, the challenges life throws up. The importance of your generosity and the value that it provides to the food bank was underlined last week when I had to tell them that I was postponing a scheduled delivery because I’d hurt my back. So important are the goods to them that they immediately arranged a volunteer driver to come to collect. I am now fully recovered.


With your continuing kind and generous financial support we will be able to continue to offer some relief to those in the greatest need. With today’s delivery we have topped £30,000.00’s worth of good quality foods sourced from sustainable and ethical suppliers who receive a fair price for their goods. Wonderful, Thank you so much.


If you can think of others who may be willing to join us in our efforts to help those less fortunate than ourselves please pass this appeal on. I can provide a form of words if that would be helpful.


If you are aware of any families or individuals who need help from the food bank a call to the dedicated number 01494 785660 is all they need to do to arrange an emergency delivery.


As we look forward with the hope that “things will get better” we can be confident that for those in need things are “much better” due to your kindness, once again many, many thanks for your generosity.


Stay Safe

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



Of the 80 million chocolate Easter Eggs sold each year, there is only one Christian egg, sold by the Meaningful Chocolate Company. The eggs are Fair Trade, the packaging is plastic free and each box includes a 24 page Easter activity book. The eggs are either milk, white or dark chocolate, and cost £4.50 each.  To order yours contact Margaret Dykes on 07919 314461

Margaret is also fund raising for eggs for the local food bank ensuring that local children whose household need food bank parcels also receive an Easter treat and an opportunity to read about the true story of Easter. Contact Margaret to donate.

I have a limited supply of these. Please let me know if you would like a copy, alternatively look on line. There is a new range of greetings cards, some lovely Easter cards, a new range of clothes made from seaweed (!) and lots of stories from the producers. A good appetising read. There are some great alternative gifts for Mothers’ Day from scarves to the ultimate chocolate collection. I can arrange for gifts to be sent direct but a postage charge may be incurred.

Like many charities Traidcraft Exchange is suffering financially during the pandemic so here is a chance to support them via a raffle. Tickets cost £1 each and are available from me or via Traidcraft Exchange’s website. First prize is a bespoke commission by artist Cherrie Mansfield, second prize a £200  voucher towards a luxury Eco-camping break at the hideaway at Baxby Manor in North Yorkshire and third prize is one of 4 fair trade hampers. Closing date is 21 April and the draw will take place on 30 th April.


Thank you to everyone who gave me some carrier bags. I now have loads.

Our campaign to reduce plastic by returning bottles for refills is going very well, we are low on hand wash and washing up liquid bottles, so if you have any spare please let me know and if you haven’t yet tried our Bio D products why not give them a go.

Once again I have the Meaningful Easter eggs. They are palm oil free, the packaging is plastic free and each one contains a 24 page Easter book. The milk and white ones cost £4.50 each and the plain ones £5.50 each. I hope to supply the children of the
families receiving food bank parcels with an egg so please include a donation with your payment and I will let you know how many we can send.


For more than 2 decades, Divine Chocolate and their farmers’ co-operative have shared a commitment to empowering women. Together they support women in cocoa farming so they can develop the skills and confidence to grow better cocoa, build better communities, thrive in business and produce a wonderful product for us to enjoy. I have bags of mini eggs (17 egglets, approx 150g) in milk, dark and speckled at £4.04 each, and 90g eggs in Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut truffle (vegan), Raspberry (vegan) and Milk Chocolate with tangy orange all at £5.00. There are also 2 types of luxury 260g eggs, costing £10. The milk one contains praline mini eggs and the dark one dark mini eggs. Let me know which take your fancy.


We continue to offer a delivery service during the current restrictions and to avoid social contact. I will leave the goods where you advise. The stock situation is good at the moment:  see attached stock list.

Margaret Dykes 01 494 874511

The usual inbox and answerphone will be checked once a week. In the mean time, the working-from-home email address is, or in an emergency contact the clergy.

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