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Purley Food Hub latest, see below
St Barnabas Recipe Book now online!
St Barnabas Recipe Book cover

Recipes Wanted for All Saints 150th Anniversary Cookbook Calling all keen bakers and cooks from across the parishes! All Saints Church needs you! As we gear up to celebrate 150 years, we would like to create a special collection of favourite recipes in a book. So, whether it’s an old family recipe, passed down through generations, or a new favourite in your home, we'd love you to share it with us – with full credit. We have some amazing bakers and cooks amongst us. Please send contributions to The Parish Office for compilation:

Purley Food Hub

July’s 3,735 meals for 415 hard-pressed clients and family members was the sixth highest monthly total since the Food Hub started in 2013. Though less than in the previous four months of the pandemic, it took the overall total for the first seven months of 2020 to close to 30,000 meals, just under 600 less than for the whole of 2019.

Once again we warmly thank each and every one of our friends and supporters from the churches, local community, shops and businesses (such as Yodel in Mitcham) and very many individuals and families for your continued donations of food and money during this time.

Just this week the head teacher of Reedham Park School brought a donation of £200 in coins and notes from the children who had generously voted for their most recent fund raising to come to the Food Hub. (Sadly for the children and staff the school has now closed because of falling pupil numbers and the uncertainties caused by coronavirus.)

our August Food List with the items we need most this month, including:l small 500g bags of sugar l tinned & packet custard l tinned carrots & sweetcorn    l tinned & packet potatoes l tins of chicken l jars of peanut butter & meat/fish paste l bottles of squash & cartons of long life fruit juice l tinned fruit l chickpeas & kidney beans l long life whole milk l shampoo l unisex deodorant.

We ask again that you consider sending the food list on to family, friends and anyone else who might be able, safely, to bring donations on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, 10.00am-12.00noon, to Purley United Reformed Church next to Purley Hospital - to the door at the end of the roadway that runs along the left side of the church building.

We usually update the food list during each month as new needs arise and then re-post it on the Food Hub’s website at, together with other news and information. In addition, regular updates are posted on Facebook and Twitter, and it is always appreciated if you can re-post/re-tweet these to others.

And finally, speaking of the website, we are currently looking for someone with the skills to make the site more modern and more user friendly, perhaps using Wordpress (at present it is in Joomla). If you or someone you know may be able to help, please do contact me on Thank you! With our best wishes and sincere thanks for keeping the Food Hub and clients in your thoughts and prayers and praising God for His mighty provision and blessings.

Steve Hunt

Messy Church We may not be running at St Barnabas but you can still join in at home. See here

The Bridge April 2020
Bishop of Southwark's April letter here

Latest issue of The Bridge - click here

Bishop of Croydon's Holy Saturday messsage, on YouTube.

12 April, 2020 - Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter message click here

Purley businesses still operating here
Purley food businesses offering deliveries here

Our churches may be closed but we're still here
Sadly, in line with government guidelines, there will be no activities at either of our churches until this crisis passes.
In the meantime, do contact us if there is any support we can offer you during these difficult times.  Keeping you all in our prayers.

Listen to the choir of St Barnabas from 1970 below, in two parts.  The top one is the first half.

Choir of St B 1970

Choir of St B 19702

Keeping you all in our prayers.

 group sessiChoir of St B 19703on at All Saints tomorrow and until this crisis passes.
In the meantime, do contact us if there is any support we can offer you during these difficult times.
Keeping you all in our prayers.