St. Lawrence’s Church brings back Recycling Sunday for Winchester Green Week in support of local food bank

A CHURCH urges people to reduce their consumption and recycle what they no longer need to help increase sustainability and support a charity in crisis.

St. Lawrence Church promotes Winchester Green Week by collecting unused or unwanted gifts, encouraging people to recycle their neglected possessions to make the city more sustainable.

Winchester Green Week is an annual festival designed to promote a more sustainable future. This year, the event will take place from September 24 to October 2.

The Saint-Laurent church, part of the Benefit of the Three Saints, will collect people’s unwanted items from 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 25 at The Square site. During this time, visitors will be able to purchase items they like, with all donations going towards Winchester Basic Bank (the city food bank).

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It will be the first Recycle Sunday since the pandemic, with the church group deciding to hold an eco-friendly event in line with Green Week rather than the usual post-Christmas slot.

Christine Pilgrim, environment manager for the parish of St Lawrence with St Swithun upon Kingsgate, said: ‘As a parish we have always supported Green Week, organizing the appropriate theme to promote sustainable living and our environment.

“The idea is that people bring their unwanted gifts and especially their unused gifts and at the end of the 10 a.m. service at St Lawrence Church and they can buy something they would like instead, putting the money in Winchester Basics Bank piggy bank.

“The role of Winchester Basics Bank has become increasingly crucial over the past few months as the number of people using this service has increased. In August they served over 600 people compared to 400 in June and July. They are also starting to help some Ukrainian families.

“Unfortunately shoppers are not increasing their donation of food from supermarket donation boxes and as a result Basics Bank has had to spend almost £9,000 on food to top up its stocks over the past 2 months. Without donations like Recycle Sunday’s, they wouldn’t be able to function at all.”

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The recycling station follows a service for morning worship at 10 a.m., joined by a speaker from A Rocha an environmental and Christian organization.

Anyone needing help with collection should contact Christine on 07854216681 or [email protected]

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