Local Charities for 2019

Press Report sent to the Diocesan Newspaper – 02 April 2019


Generous Parishioners of St Benet’s Beccles

On Saturday 30 March, some 50 parishioners gathered in our Parish Hall to enjoy a delicious Italian Meal and celebrate another successful “Fundraising Year”.

Spear-headed by Pam Storey – ably assisted by husband Arthur and her team of committed supporters – we aim to give help to some of our local charities.  Pam organises monthly “Bric-a-brac” stalls at Beccles Market, together with a range of other social events – with various “themed“ meals being ever popular.

For 2018, we worked with the “Friends of St Benet’s Primary School” to provide a “Public Access Defibrillator”.  It is now proudly mounted on the hall porch where is can be of service to school and church, as well as the general public, in case of emergency.

We also committed to support the local branch of “Guide Dogs for the Blind”, and the photo shows the cheque for £875 being handed over by Pam Storey to local Volunteer Organiser Julie Hills, who was supported by Georgina Chambers and her 6-year-old guide dog Jacob.

Looking forward to 2019, we were delighted to hear from Fay Baldry, organiser of the “Waveney Centre”, a very popular social facility in the centre of Beccles.  It’s a much-appreciated resting spot for tired “Senior Shoppers” – and it also provides a range of activities for our (slightly!) senior citizens.  Being entirely self-funded, any help we can give will be much appreciated – and Fay assured us of a warm welcome if we wanted to drop in and see what is available.

And – great news – this Italian Evening raised £377 for our 2019 charities!

Terry O’Brien

(Photos by Helen O’Brien)



Like most parishes, we have on-going commitments to International Charities – we support CAFOD; Missio; Congo School for Peace, and  Mary’s Meals.

We also like to put something back into our local community, and each year we identify local charities which we will support.  These are chosen by ballot of all parishioners and this year, they are:-

  • The May Centre,
  • The Waveney Centre,
  • Clinks Care Farm and
  • Friends of St Benet’s Primary School.  

Please see below for some information about these bodies and the services and facilities they provide.

Watch out for advertising of the activities and which will be used to support them over the coming year – especially our regular summer market stalls and social events.


Charities May 261


Charities Waveney 260

Charities Clinks (1) 262

Charities Clinks (2) 263