Schools, Cafe, Church Groups, Foodbank

Support and activities for our church members and the community around our church.

There are two schools in the Benefice:

Kintbury is a church school.

The church has strong links with both schools and where possible has representatives on the governing bodies.

[Photo of Mothering Sunday Alter & flower posies created by the children at Inkpen Primary school]
Mothering Sunday Alter & flower posies created by the children at Inkpen Primary school

Members of the church lead collective worship and children come into church for services and festivals.

Three churches in the benefice have bells.

  • Inkpen

    There are six bells at Inkpen but rather than 'swing ring' (which is difficult and takes a lot of practice) because we chime the bells in Inkpen we can, with very little practice achieve change ringing of the same high good quality.

    [Photo of the Bell Ringers at Inkpen]
    The Bell Ringers at Inkpen

    If you would like to try and ring a bell and see how you get on please contact the Captain of the Bells:

    • Elsa Atkinson
    • 01488 668375
  • Kintbury

    Kintbury has 9 bells but sadly the number of local bell ringers has reduced so they are not being rung regularly for services but are rung for special occasions with help from neighbouring groups. They practice at 7.30-8pm on a Thursday evening. For details, please contact:

    • Vernon Williams
  • Combe

    Combe has three bells that can be chimed. Following a simple practice session volunteer wedding guests are able to ring them to make your day that extra special. Practice session can be arranged through the Churchwarden.

St Mary's Cafe is held on Thursday mornings from 10:30am to 12noon at St Mary's room which is attached to Kintbury church to the right hand side.

[Photo of People Enjoying the Cafe]
People enjoying a drink and biscuits at the cafe

Join us for tea, coffee, biscuits, cake, and simply chat, relax, and share the company of others.

See you there!

The Pop-In-Cafe is a community cafe, a place for people to go and have a chat, catch up and sometimes gain some much needed social interaction.

It's a donation cafe offering free tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cake and biscuits. It's for people to drop in and just have a chat with whoever.

They offer pick up services for those that are interested but struggle to get there.

It's open from 10am to 12:30 midday on the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at:

Inkpen Outdoor Sports Pavillion,
RG17 9QA

Why not come and give it a try?

West Berks Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger in the area.

Jennifer Bartter of West Berks Foodbank:

 At the West Berks Foodbank we don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we now provide seven days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis.

I am the Centre Manager at Hungerford Distribution Centre with 10 other volunteers who work on a rota system. We are open between 1pm and 3pm every Wednesday. Each week we have 4 volunteers on duty:

  • someone to greet and offer the client a hot drink
  • a listener who will sit and talk to them
  • 2 others to pack their food parcel

The Foodbank is a Christian organisation. Each of our sessions is preceded by a time of prayer. We are fortunate at Hungerford that we have the time to sit with the clients and listen to their problems and if appropriate offer support or information as to where they can go for advice. Signposting to areas which will help our clients remains very important.

Did you know?

Since 1 April 2022 at Hungerford Distribution Centre we have seen 242 Households from the Hungerford, Kintbury and Inkpen area feeding 387 adults and 307 children, a total of 694. That is an average of 4-5 families or approximately 13 people each week.

Each client who comes into the centre has been referred to us by an Agency. Throughout West Berkshire we now have over 100 referral agencies such as A2 Dominion, Home Start, Hungerford Family Centre, Sovereign Housing, Citizens Advice, Health visitors, CAP and WBC Cost of Living Hub.

We now have a new emergency number which clients can ring: 0808 208 2138. This is a joint venture between Trussell Trust and Citizens Advice. Clients not only get a voucher enabling them to come into see us and to collect their food parcel but also receive invaluable advice.

After each session on a Wednesday I put in an order to the Warehouse to replace the goods given out. This is delivered the following Tuesday morning for unpacking to be ready for the next day. The driver then takes all donated goods from the churches and Tesco and the Co-op in Hungerford back to the Warehouse where it is weighed in, sorted and recorded.

  • Our vision: To end hunger and poverty in the UK.
  • Our mission: Bringing communities together to end hunger and poverty in the UK by providing compassionate, practical help with dignity whilst challenging injustice. 

If you need food help, please contact us:

  • 0808 208 2138

We will help you with your immediate food crisis and signpost you to any further help you might need.

For further detail, please visit: West Berks Foodbank: How to Get Help .

  1. Donate Food

    Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public.

    If you are able to donate food, please visit: West Berks Foodbank: Give Help: Donate Food for a list of food donation points and the food items that are needed right now.

  2. Donate Money

    To make a donation, please visit West Berks Foodbank: Give Help: Donate Money .

  3. Volunteer

    Volunteers are at the heart of the foodbank. For a list of the volunteers that the foodbank currently needs, please visit West Berks Foodbank: Give Help: Volunteer .