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 a long-term overseas project in Dundori, Kenya, which we support with medical facilities and medicines,  (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

636099026029164546Please 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

If you would like to send us a message, you can email us at suedbcgreengrocers@gmail.com

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!

Shop opening times: (Subject to change)

Monday 9 – 1pm

Tuesday 9 – 4pm

Wednesday 9 – 2pm

Thursday 9 – 2pm

Friday 9 – 1pm

Saturday 9.30 – 12pm

Christmas/New Year 2022 closing times:

We will close on Friday 23rd December at approximately 5pm and will reopen on Wednesday 4th January 2023. Thank you for your support over the past year.


Shop Slot Donations from April 2022

Our Shop Slot donations for the immediate future will go to support the crisis in Ukraine.


Shop Slot Donations from April 2021

Our Shop Slot donations have been supporting the humanitarian crisis in Yemen via Tearfund. Tearfund began responding to the crisis in Yemen in 2016, working through their network of local partners to provide people with clean water, sanitation, food, and other essential items. They have now also expanded their work to provide long-term support for communities particularly affected by the conflict. We have raised £112 to support this work.  Thank you for your kindness and generosity.


Shop Slot donations from December 2019

Our Shop Slot donations have been supporting Sussex Homeless Support and we are pleased to report that we raised £350.  Thank you! You can read all about their work by clicking the link below: