Attracting thousands of visitors Thame the Food Festival also enabled a group of local service organisations to raise just under £2,400 for local charities.
Cornerstone Baptist Church plays an active part in the local community and money we raised from helping with the parking was spent on a trolley full of shopping, perhaps quite aptly, for the Thame Food Bank.
At the special presentation evening at Thame Football Club on the 12th of November cheques were presented to several charities. John Hulett, Trustee of Sharing Life Trust and helper at the Thame Food bank said that “2013 has seen a rapid rise in the number of families needing assistance in putting food on the table, in fact numbers have doubled from last year.”
Pictured from left to right are Hugh Tulloch, leader of Cornerstone with members Rob Ellis, his son Ryan and Michael Bradley passing over the trolley to John Hulett who has been involved in the Food Bank since it began.
Preparation is key
Much preparation was needed before traders and crowds poured in to Thame to enjoy the delights on offer this year’s Thame Food Festival. “Organising parking is a critical element to ensure a smooth flow of traffic and people to the event,” says Roger Blackburn, President of The Lions Club in Thame. Cornerstone Baptist Church pulled together to deliver this logistical feat with the food festival organisers, Lion and Rotary clubs, Thame Boys Football Team who were all involved in setting up and manning car parks.
“Rob Ellis, who is a member of both the Lions Club and Cornerstone Baptist Church was enthusiastic about the way the organisations worked together. “Once again we were able to work together to achieve something that alone would be difficult. As a result a considerable amount of money was raised for charities through volunteer work and the tombola.” The organisations being presented with donations at the evening included Sharing Life Trust, Thomley Activity Centre, Thame and District Lions Club, Thame Rotary Club, Thame Football Partnership and Cornerstone Baptist Church