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Norwich Foodbank is a company incorporated in England and Wales (Co. No. 7051996) with limited liability by guarantee. 

Charity number 1143528 - registered for Gift Aid with HMRC - No XT22368

Registered office address:
Norwich Foodbank
Henderson Business Centre,
51 Ivy Road, Norwich NR5 8BF
Tel: 01603 251733 E-mail: admin@norwich.foodbank.org.uk

The name Norwich foodbank is used in all its works.
Patrons Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, Delia Smith CBE and Susan Hill CBE.

 

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Bishop to open his garden for Norwich foodbank

The Bishop of Norwich and Mrs Julie James will open their beautiful gardens to the public on the afternoon of Sunday, April 24 in aid of Norwich foodbank with refreshments, entertainment and the first outing of a Norwich themed model railway.

Each year, the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James and his wife, Julie, kindly open their garden for the use of local charities.  The first opening of the beautiful and historic four acre formal garden will take place on Sunday, April 24, 1pm-5pm in support of the local Christian charity Norwich foodbank.
 
The Bishop of Norwich said: ‘I am always delighted when charities of which I am patron come to hold one of our Open Garden events here at Bishop’s House. Foodbanks have rapidly become a vital part of the fabric of our society, as they strive to provide nutritious food to families and individuals across the country. Norwich Foodbank is at the forefront of this and I wish them every success and good weather for Sunday, April 24.’
 
Acle St Edmund Youth OrchestraThe organisers have put together an afternoon of entertainment that can be enjoyed whatever the weather.  Refreshments will be available to enjoy or take home.  There will be games and competitions for all ages, handmade jewellery with all profits going to Norwich foodbank, face painting, a garden quiz set by Simon Gaches, the Bishop’s Head Gardener, and live music from Broadland Rocks and Acle St Edmund Youth Orchestra (pictured right).
 
The afternoon will also include the first outing of an intricately detailed Norwich themed model railway, complete with football ground, cathedral, train station, castle, distribution centre and a replica of the foodbank warehouse, thanks to one of foodbank’s volunteers, a model railway enthusiast.
 
In 2015 Norwich foodbank distributed enough food to feed 8,669 local people in crisis for 3 days each, an average of 23 people helped every single day. Norwich foodbank employs just two members of staff and relies heavily on the dedication and enthusiasm of over 180 volunteers.
 
The monies raised at this Open Garden event will help with ongoing costs including rent of office space, training for staff and volunteers and support of the 10 distribution centres where people collect food parcels after being referred by local care professionals.
 
Hannah Worsley, Project Manager of Norwich foodbank said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to host a much sought-after Bishop’s open garden event and are very excited to see our plans for the afternoon come to fruition on April 24. We are now in our 5th year of serving those in need in Norwich and are constantly amazed and humbled by the support we receive– not only food and toiletries, but time, money and prayer too – all of which enable us to continue our work. We hope that this event will also be well supported and we look forward to seeing you there!”
 
Everyone is very welcome to attend.  Admission is £3 each.  Children are free with an accompanying adult and wheelchair users are also free.  Tickets can be bought on the day at both the main entrance to the Bishop’s Garden opposite the Law Courts and the entrance on Bishopgate.  You can also buy tickets in advance from Norwich foodbank’s warehouse or office at the Henderson Business Estate, Norwich Central Baptist Church on Duke Street or First Eastern Counties Bus Travel Centre at 7b Castle Meadow (cash or cheque only please).
 
Please note there is no designated parking available at the gardens but there is a pay and display car park at the Adam and Eve pub on Bishopgate and another at St Saviour’s Lane, under the flyover.
 
Bishop’s Garden, Norwich, NR3 1SB (opposite the Law Courts) 

9,638 food parcels given to local people in the last 12 months 

including 3,074 children,
up to 30th September 2017
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