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A new year, a new home for the Larder?

By Nathan Bushell

The Holy Grail for the Teign Valley Larder is a permanent site in Christow, which would not only provide the largest selection of items of our five larder sites but would also serve as a home for the store cupboard, where we would store restock items not out on display.

We have been very fortunate so far in that kind residents have donated space in garages and sheds, and St James’s church in Christow has allowed us to use the church porch right from day one.

A substantial trailer has always been at the top of our list for a more permanent home, and has always trumped other options in terms of versatility. Its only major drawback has been an available site upon which to place it, even on a temporary basis, and (as we recently discovered) the need for planning permission.

Needless to say, this has left us feeling frustrated, especially since we have the funding to buy one and to kit it out according to our needs.

Thankfully, we are very pleased to report that the Parochial Church Council has stepped in and allowed the Teign Valley Larder to use space within St James’s church for a trial period subject to review later in the year. If all goes to plan, then we will use the funds raised to fit out the new home, and maybe buy a smaller trailer for spare stock storage, which could be kept elsewhere.

We’re working hard behind the scenes and hope to have an update on when the transition will be finished soon.

Talking of churches, the church hall in Ashton has become the new home for the village’s collection box. The donation box is still in Lower Ashton just down from the Manor Inn.

Finally, the Christmas Dinner service was successful, with the joint enterprise of Acorn Community Support, the Teign Valley & Haldon Hill Mission Community, and Teign Valley Larder providing Christmas Dinners to 35 local residents – most of them single. We would like to thank all of them who responded by making a donation, as well as the volunteer team of drivers who made the deliveries. As always, thank you to everyone who has donated money and/or food, and you can always check teignvalley.org for items that are in short supply (supplies of UHT milk are currently running low!).

Three Tin Challenge by Teign Valley Larder

The Teign Valley Larder, a community food bank based in Christow with satellite locations throughout the Teign Valley, is running very low on food. To boost donations, they have started the Three Tin Challenge on Monday, July 5th.


To participate:

1. Take a photo of three tins you plan on donating to the Larder.  (Preferably not soup or tomatoes though. We have loads.)

2. Post it to your own Facebook/Instagram page and/or the Teign Valley Facebook Page.

3. Add the following text:
I’m supporting the Teign Valley Larder with the Three Tin Challenge. To join, post a photo of at least 3 tins and tag 3 friends in the Teign Valley. Then drop off the three tins in your local dropoff area here: http://teignvalley.org/larder/. Copy and paste this to join in. 

4. Tag three people by adding the @ sign before typing their name in the post.

BONUS: If you have a great recipe to use with the tins, or even a pic of the completed meal, add it on!


“We thought it’d be a nice way to get more local people involved in the Larder,” said volunteer Ted Miller. “The Larder has only been active for a few months and it’s really taken off. But unfortunately we’ve been a bit of a victim of our own success, and stores are running down. We’re hoping this will boost visibility and add much-needed donations.”

The Larder has added 120 members in its Facebook group since opening in early May. It recently published the following infographic to celebrate its one-month anniversary:

Teign Valley Larder Completes First Month

June 18th Update

The Bridford Larder in the church porch is well stocked, if you are short of anything. Tea, sugar, veg and lots of goodies. Thank you for your donations- the lovely looking rhubarb jam is gone but there is blue wool for knitting or crafts, and peanut butter!

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