The Pantry in Bude

Why are a small group of women giving things away in Bude to those in need? Well, you will soon find out.

Yesterday, I paid Mrs Pantry a visit. Yes, of course, it’s not her real name, but it doesn’t matter. There will be more about Mrs Pantry coming soon, but meantime, check out the Facebook page.

Basically, The Pantry is a place for people who need food, toiletries, clothes and essentials, like blankets, no questions asked. It is there for everyone and available 24/7 365 days a year at 23 St Martin’s Road, Stratton, where provisions are kept in a cupboard outside.  There’s a whole lot more to it than this, but the most important message to get across is:

  1. If you need food, toiletries, clothes or essentials, then that support is available.
  2. If you can donate any of the above, including baby nappies/items, that’s great, too – same place.
  3. The Pantry is hoping for an amazing turn out (and some help) for their first event, the First Big Easter Get Together. This is happening on 19th of April from 3pm-5pm. The idea of this is that no child or family needs to miss out this Easter. Go along for face painting, and fun – the event is free, and every child will receive a treat. Adults, enjoy a cuppa and a chat and find out more about the Pantry.

If you want a cuppa, a chat and a hug, that’s available, too! Too good to be true? Believe me, it’s happening in another amazing community initiative for Bude.


If anyone can donate things like hot cross buns, Easter eggs, or Easter gifts, craft materials for children to make things, plus any skills like face-painting, then please get in touch with Mrs P.

On the Facebook page, Mrs P says:

It’s a HUGE want, please!

• Any face painters available for the 19th April that could volunteer for a couple of hours, please?

•Any local bands available for the 19th April that could volunteer for a couple of hours, please? Fun and family friendly 😊

•Donations needed, all sorts of Easter treats suitable for all children, please. The goal is that all children who come to the event will get an Easter treat for free. I don’t want any children in Bude to go without and I don’t want parents/guardians to feel any added pressure in having to get their children an easter egg that they may not be able to afford.
Let’s help make everyone smile and try to forget their worries, even if it’s just for an hour.

•We are also looking for volunteers on the day to help with food, hot and cold beverages and giving out treats. You can knock at the door to donate or leave items at the doorstep. If you need someone to listen, then get in touch.



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