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‘Fantastic project’ delivering to those in need during lockdown

PUBLISHED: 10:46 27 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:46 27 May 2020

Clockwise from top right: Bishop’s Chaplain Rev Canon Michael Robinson, The Rt Rev Martin Seeley Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, St Luke’s churchwarden Fran Tuck and the Rector of Beccles and Rural Dean of Waveney and Blyth, Rev Rich Henderson launch the Link Lunch Club over Zoom. Picture: Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

Clockwise from top right: Bishop’s Chaplain Rev Canon Michael Robinson, The Rt Rev Martin Seeley Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, St Luke’s churchwarden Fran Tuck and the Rector of Beccles and Rural Dean of Waveney and Blyth, Rev Rich Henderson launch the Link Lunch Club over Zoom. Picture: Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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A popular lunch club in Suffolk has gone mobile to deliver meals to the most vulnerable in the community.

Churchwarden Fran Tuck and Rev Rich Henderson in the kitchen preparing the Link Lunch Club meals. Picture: Diocese of St Edmundsbury and IpswichChurchwarden Fran Tuck and Rev Rich Henderson in the kitchen preparing the Link Lunch Club meals. Picture: Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

The Link Lunch Club in Beccles had been serving home cooked meals on a weekly basis at St Luke’s Church centre for more than 30 years.

Now, the weekly lunch club has been offering a delivery service to those who are vulnerable, shielding or self-isolating during the coronavirus lockdown.

Rev Rich Henderson, Rector of Beccles and Rural Dean of Waveney and Blyth, said: “For the past 30 years, we have held a weekly lunch club at St Luke’s and have been wanting to offer a delivery service for some time during the lockdown period.

“Now, with advice from the local council and the support of Bishop Martin, we are able to do this.

“Blessing our community by serving is very much in the DNA of the Beccles Parish, one of the ways we seek to be as a church.”

The scheme was officially launched by The Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, via Zoom.

He said: “This is a fantastic project and I pay tribute to the hard work carried out by the team at St Luke’s in Beccles.

“This is another wonderful example of the church serving the community during these challenging times.”

The team, led by churchwarden Fran Tuck, has been busy getting in touch with people in need of the service.

She said: “It is a real privilege for us to be able to provide the lunches during this period when people cannot access our building.

“We aim to prepare, cook and deliver around 50 meals weekly for the foreseeable future.”

Throughout the lockdown, St Luke’s has also operated a Foodbank twice a week which has seen a 60 per cent increase in demand.

The lunches are offered at cost.

If anyone would like to support the project financially, please contact the parish office on 01502 716370 or email becclesparish@gmail.com

If you know someone in the parish – which includes St Michael’s Church and the partnership working with churches in Worlingham, North Cove or Barnby – who would benefit from having a meal delivered, contact them on the above.


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