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Newbury Weekly News Over 80s' Parcel Fund 2019

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Christmas is a time of year many of us look forward to and spend time with our families and friends, celebrating and having fun. 

The Newbury Weekly News Over 80s' Parcel Fund was started in 1897 and was known as the Two T’s Fund, set up by Mr Frank Stillman, a reporter at the time who then progressed to be the 2nd Editor.

The Two Tea’s stood for tobacco and tea which was given to the elderly residents in the workhouse, or otherwise known as the House on the Hill in Newbury.

In this modern day, things have changed, the Parcel Fund has grown significantly and parcels are delivered to anyone aged over 80, whose name we have been given, living in Newbury, Thatcham or Hungerford and many of the surrounding villages. 

To buy all the contents of these food parcels, we need £20,000 each year as we now deliver about 2000 food parcels. Today’s parcels contain a Christmas meal, items for an afternoon tea, plus of course a few extra treats, such as chocolates and some tasty biscuits to enjoy while relaxing with your feet up watching the television.

Christmas is not always a happy occasion and can be a very sad, lonely and difficult time of year, either for those living alone or for those who cannot afford those special Christmas treats.

The parcels are not means tested in any way, and there are many lonely people where it is the company of the person delivering the parcel, even if it is only for 10 minutes, that they look forward to each year. Today, so many schools take part and to see the school children distributing the parcels to elderly recipients and seeing their faces lighting up is really very rewarding and makes us realise how much the Parcel Fund is still so important to the West Berkshire Community.

The Parcel Fund also brings together so many people, groups and business who all help in so many different ways, ranging from fund raising events; schools, businesses and voluntary groups, helping with the distribution; and businesses who help with the £20,000 needed each year including Greenham Trust Ltd who are our main sponsors.

Don't miss these fund raising events.

BOWLERS’ ARMS

ANNUAL SPORTS QUIZ 2019

In aid of the

 Newbury Weekly News Over 80s' Christmas Parcel Fund

 on Thursday 21st November 2019 - 7.45pm

Entry form here https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/userUpload/Sports_quiz_entry_form_2019.pdf

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Mayor's Coffee Morning

Saturday 30th November

Newbury Town Hall

10:00am - Midday

Come and enjoy a coffee and a slice of home made cake with Newbury's Mayor in the Town Hall. All money raised goes towards the Newbury Weekly News Over 80s' Parcel Fund.

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It is lovely seeing it all come together which this year will start on December 1st, when parcels are packed by nearly 100 cubs, followed the following weekend when the distribution happens on what we call D’Day. Each year it makes anyone realise how many very kind and thoughtful people there are in West Berkshire, how  many recipients so very much appreciate the Parcel Fund, and how it is still a very truly local fund. If you would like any further information please contact me on 07990 743232 or jo.fulker@newburynews.co.uk

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If you would like any further information please contact me on or jo.fulker@newburynews.co.uk

Joanne Fulker

Co-ordinator – Newbury Weekly News Over 80s Parcel Fund

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