Reflecting on 2016

 

As a New Year beckons, maybe it’s a good time to reflect on all that happened in 2016 while anticipating some exciting events to come.

In the last year BASIC have been involved in many aspects of community life around Felixstowe and Walton.

Of course, our major project has been our unique method of food redistribution locally.

Our idea of a ‘Community Pop-Up Shop’ has gained the attention of local media such as BBC Radio and ITV News.

We’ve received enquiries from all over the country and it was wonderful to welcome Bishop Mike Harrison during November.

The Bishop was more than impressed with the simple yet extremely effective system and said he would ‘be delighted if the model was adopted throughout the churches in the East of England’.

Of course, the idea isn’t limited to churches and we would welcome enquiries from any group who wish to open their own ‘Pop-Up’.

During November we opened at St.Philips in Wadgate Road and already the feedback has been extremely positive.

Looking forward to 2017 we are excited about local Downs Syndrome man Andrew Brooks, who is the only Felixstowe athlete to have been selected for the Special Olympics which will be held in Sheffield in the summer.

He has been selected for three events – Discus, Shot-Put and Javelin.

BASIC have been pleased to sponsor the entire cost of Andrew’s appearance and we know the Felixstowe people will offer their warmest encouragement.

It’s not often we have an Olympic athlete from our town!

Finally, can we say a massive ‘Thank You’ to all those lovely people who donated items for our Christmas sacks and shoe boxes.

At the time of writing they are all ready to be packed – but by now they will have been delivered to people who will be really delighted.

A Happy New Year to everybody. We hope 2017 proves to be a wonderful year for all in every way.

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