July 2022 Newsletter
The Besom in Witney Newsletter - July 2022
“Carry each other's burdens, and
in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ"
Galatians 6 v2
Another Busy Three Months for Food Donations!
Food deliveries are still above pre-pandemic levels, and over the past three months (April to June), we’ve delivered 120 food parcels. That’s down on the 143 delivered over the same period last year - when we were all pretty much in lockdown. However, there’s still an ongoing need for food donations, toiletries, and household cleaning materials.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, a huge increase in financial giving over the past year or so has allowed us to include a supermarket voucher in many of our food parcels. This means the recipient can shop for some items that they particularly like or need.
So, your financial donations really can make a difference.
And The Van Team is Starting to Get Busy!
Over the past three months our van team has started to visit individual homes, making a total of nine collections of donated items plus eight deliveries to the homes of people in need referred to us by third parties. Activities are still a long way below those pre-pandemic, but this is an encouraging start.
Probably the most appreciated donation was a leather three-piece suite, given by an older person going into a care home. The van team delivered it on the same day as it was collected - and the lady receiving it was so pleased with its quality that she told her son that he was forbidden from sitting on it!
New Trustee Appointed
We're pleased to announce the appointment of a new trustee by the name of Harry St John, and we asked Harry to write a bit about himself by way of an introduction.
"I have lived in North Leigh for the past 25 years and retired in 2017 after many years as a rural Chartered Surveyor - but I aim to keep myself busy!
For instance, I've been a member of the choir at St Mary's Church, North Leigh, I've served on the North Leigh Parish Council, and I now represent North Leigh on West Oxfordshire District Council. I'm also involved with several local voluntary organisations, including being a trustee of Wychwood Forest Trust and a driver for Volunteer Link Up.
I'm excited at the prospect of being a trustee of the Besom in Witney since they do so much good work for less fortunate folk, and I have some time to give."
Items for Prayer
Our work depends on your prayerful support, and here are some key prayer needs:
Please continue to uphold all those affected by energy price rises and spiralling inflation, along with others who find themselves in difficult circumstances, for one reason or another. Also, please pray that ongoing donations of food, household items, toiletries and furniture allow us to help these people through these difficult times.
The Besom in Witney trustees would appreciate your prayers whilst they are still managing a heavy workload.
Please continue to pray for Peter, one of our time-givers, who is temporarily managing the behind-the-scenes Admin plus the Inbox for firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us as we offer grateful thanks for God's provision during these challenging times, and pray for a blessing on our work over the next few months.
Reaching Those in Need
And finally, here's a lovely message from a lady in receipt of a food parcel provided by some of our food team.
"Hi. I just want to say a massive 'Thank you' to you and all at The Besom. I am absolutely overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity in what you do. It meant so much to me and my boys."
So, yes, your support can make a difference!
"Whatever you did for one of the least of
these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25 v40
From the team at The Besom in Witney