Downs Baptist Church runs a community greengrocer’s shop in Warren Road, Woodingdean. The idea that the shop could be run by Downs Baptist Church was first suggested in 1997, when the existing shop was facing closure.
Providing fruit and veg to the local community is only part of the reason we took the shop on. We really wanted to reach out to the community and provide people with somewhere they can visit and talk to caring people who will listen. It can sometimes be a bit daunting to go to a church where you don’t know anyone so by coming to the shop first, people can get to know us a little better before they even get to church. People are always given a warm welcome, both at the shop and on Sunday mornings.
The shop is run by Sue Foster the Shop Manager ably supported by volunteers from Downs Baptist Church. Any profit goes towards charities supporting relief and missionary work throughout the world and also on local projects.
Essential building repairs to rectify a serious water problem and a make-over to the shop area took place in September 2016.
The shop supplies an extensive range of Fair Trade goods and Health Food options, as well as bird seed, hay and other animal related products. A free local delivery service using the shop van is offered on Friday afternoons.
Since the shop has been open, it has raised over £80,000. The funds have helped support local youth activities and projects, as well as other projects in the UK, particularly locally based charities tackling social needs.
We are involved with two long-term overseas projects:
Dundori in Kenya, which we support with medical facilities and medicines, and the Brasov area of Romania for social needs and the purchase of land for the building of a church (see the “Mission” page for more details). We’ve also given to emergency relief funds through recognised agencies in times of earthquake, flood and famine.
Thank you for your support
Please support us in our outreach activities in Woodingdean. With your help we can do so much more to help people who are less advantaged than us. By buying some of your groceries at the Woodingdean grocery store each week, you are helping people all over the world. For deliveries, or to contact during opening hours telephone: 01273 300441
We would like to thank everyone who has supported the shop in its mission, and for continuing to make the work we do possible. Thank you!
Opening times throughout the autumn will be as follows:-
Our shop slot donations for the next few months will be for the Alzheimer’s Society Sussex based right here in Woodingdean at Ireland Lodge, Lockwood Crescent – to assist them with their work caring for those suffering with dementia.
UPDATE – AUGUST 2017
A big thank you to all of our customers for contributing to the magnificent sum of £300, which will be passed on to Tearfund to assist with the feeding of and supply of clean water for mothers and children in East Africa.
Thank you so much for your generosity.