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“The ocean is like God and raindrops are the religion. When they fall into the ocean they become one.”
Zoya Ahmed and Nurun Uddin

Thundersley Congregational Church
Little Libraries and Pantries

For the past 12 years the church has organised a community arts festival for the local community, helping to put the church in the public space, we wanted to find a way that we could make this year long rather than just a week long event.

We discovered a growing trend in setting up little libraries in public spaces, places that people could take or leave a book, these were often little works of art themselves and so we reached out to the project leader in 2015 and set up 4 libraries, since then we have installed a total of 9 some in public spaces and the others in the grounds of local primary schools.

Each one decorated by a local artist, and each one highly used as a book swap scheme.

It has helped us have an all year round ‘presence’ in the community and deepened our links with the local schools. 

The pantries followed a few years later with a similar idea that people could donate or take food as they needed or able.

As a church we knew there was the need in our area for those in short supply, but we wouldn’t be supported in setting up a food bank by the local council, this was our way of meeting a need in the way we could.

Three pantries have been installed, with Westhill enabling us to set up a fourth.

Since starting these we have formed a link with two local supermarkets who donate food to us twice a week to top them up, we have found they are always well used.

It has also enabled us to connect with some people in need, that as a church we might not have been able to previously due to not being aware or seeing the need.

For more information please take a look at: 

Our Church Website 
The Noise Arts Festival Facebook 
The Pantries Facebook 
The Libraries Facebook 
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