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April Update Food bank

Welcome to April’s update, we trust you are well and remaining safe.


Apologies for the delay in providing this update, part of my challenge is finding something new to say, the need remains great and growing, your continuing support is humbling and amazing and the economic challenges keep rolling down the track.


You have indeed achieved a milestone, in the 25 months since we began on this challenging pathway you have donated collectively £50,000.00 which we have spent buying ethically sourced and fairly traded quality goods requested by and delivered to the Food bank. The original challenge around the first Covid lockdown was superseded by the second and third and then new cost of living challenges driven by rising costs, inflation-beating fuel price rises and the consequences of the terrible tragedy unfolding in Ukraine for food and fuel prices, I could go on! It put me in mind of the 10 plagues of Egypt as described in Exodus, one wonders what will come next.


Throughout all of these challenges your generous support has been 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 to provide a balanced range of goods in support of their clients. Thank you so much.


We feel that we must continue to do what we can and remain eternally grateful for your support without which this work could not continue.


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


April 2022

EASTER EGGS The eggs are going fast so please if you would like some place your order soon.  They come in milk chocolate £5.00, dark chocolate £5.95 and white chocolate £5.50 and all contain a book telling the Easter story

TOILET ROLLS Another accolade for Traidcraft.  Good Housekeeping rounded up their 100 best sustainability tips for a more conscious life and switching to an eco-friendly loo roll made the list and yes, Traidcraft’s roll came out top.  Why not make some comparisons yourself.

COCONUT MILK  from Ma’s Happy Life Kitchen in Sri Lanka who offer career opportunities to 70 people and supports over 200 happy organic growers in the area.  They believe in sustainable development for a sustainable future; the business was founded on strong, fair trade principles and their work focuses on supporting their diverse workforce’s welfare and development.  The tins contain 400ml and cost £1.95 and make a great curry.  Coming soon from Ma’s Happy Life Kitchen Korma curry paste and Veggie curry paste.  Do let me know if you would like some.


NEW PRODUCTS  Traidcraft Raspberry organic jam.  A great addition to the range.  £5.00 for the 340g jar. 

THE ETHICAL RAFFLE This year Traidcraft have set themselves a challenge to run a raffle where not only the money raised supports their goals of trade and climate justice, but so do the prizes.  The prizes are only from the best ethical brands and companies, the raffle is only digital so there are no tickets and 100% of each ticket price helps Traidcraft Exchange make trade fair for everyone.  The tickets cost £1.00 each and you have a chance of winning a £200 voucher towards an eco-camping break at Baxby Manor, one of 4 Traidcraft afternoon tea hampers, vouchers for and gifts from shared earth and Ethical Superstore, a hamper from Bio-D and best of all 3 months supply of Divine Chocolate.  (how much Chocolate lasts for 3 months remains to be seen!)  do let me know if you would like some tickets and I will buy them or if you prefer go on line at   Good luck!

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 delivery date

April 2nd St Michaels in Amersham are hosting a community event from 10am to 1.00pm.  Do pop in and say hello. 

April 3rd Holy Trinity Church in Seer Green are holding a Traidcraft stall after their morning services.  

April  6th 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. 

April 24th Traidcraft will be in Church in Chalfont St Giles after the 10am service.

Margaret Dykes 01 494 874511