An Appeal for Food Bank Donations


After watching the award-winning film I, Daniel Blake on Sunday evening, I felt compelled to write an article about the plight of hungry people living in the UK and how our local community is striving to help. 

The film is about a 59-year-old widowed carpenter who had to rely on welfare after a heart attack left him unable to work. Despite being declared unfit to work, the authorities deny him benefits and tell him to get back to work. As he navigates through the bureaucracy of the appeal process, Daniel meets Katie, a single mother who is struggling to raise her two children on her own. 

food bank

I am not going to give any plot spoilers for those who haven't yet seen the film, but there is one scene in a food bank which was heartbreaking to watch. It was shot in a real food bank with real food bank volunteers, and the people who use the food bank were cast as extras. Shockingly, this powerful and dramatic scene is the daily reality for around 4 million people in the UK who are living in food poverty (source: Food Ethics Council).

The use of food banks continues to rise with the UK's largest food bank network, the Trussell Trust, providing 1,182,954 three-day emergency food parcels to people in crisis in 2016-17 - an increase of 6.4% year on year. 

However, less than 5% of food bank clients are homeless, with the majority being working families who are struggling to make ends meet. In fact, the three primary reasons why people are referred to food banks are low income, benefit delays and benefit changes. 

What can we as a community do to help?

In the interval on Sunday, one of our committee members, Caroline Evans, spoke to us about the amazing work being done in our community to collect donations, which are then distributed to several food banks in the area. The details of how you can donate, where the food is distributed to and what you can and can't donate are as follows:

Where are the collection points?

Please drop off your donations at any of the collection points listed below:

Shere and Peaslake - the main contact for collections is Jude Pitcher (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

St James Church, Shere - the collection box is in the South Porch.

Co-op, Shere - there is a collection box behind the counter in the Co-op but this is only for food bought in the Co-op and not for other donated goods. So next time you shop in the Co-op, buy an extra tin and ask the staff to pop it into the box for collection. 

St Marks Church, Peaslake - the collection box is at the back of the church.

Albury - the main contact for collections is Diann Arnfield (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pratts Stores, Albury

St Peter and St Paul Church, Albury

Where do the donations go?

The donations are distributed to several food banks in the area including the North Guildford Food Bank (Park Barn), Bellfields Food Bank (Bushy Hill Community Centre), Merrow Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

What can I donate? 

The following is a list of suggested food etc. to donate. All items must be within date. 

• Tinned vegetables and baked beans
• Tinned fish and meat
• Rice, instant mash potato, pasta
• Pasta sauces (jar or packet)
• Tinned or dried fruit
• Rice pudding and custard
• Long life milk and fruit juice
• Coffee and Hot Chocolate
• Tea
• Sugar
• Biscuits and snack bars
• Jam
• Cereal
• Tinned or packet puddings and jelly
• Baby milk, nappies – size 6, baby wipes
• Toiletries and toilet rolls
• Female hygiene products (pads and tampons)
Please DO NOT include home-made preserves, cakes or fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Every donation is appreciated and a huge thank you to all the volunteers who help with collecting and distributing food to help people in our communities and beyond.  

Thank you :)



Supporting Local Charities

The Shere Village Cinema committee is proud to announce that we raised over £2,500 in 2016 in surplus funds thanks to the continued loyalty and generosity of our audience throughout the year. We are delighted to be able to donate to five local charities, each of which expressed their enormous gratitude as the donations will make a huge difference to their cause.

£1,000 was donated to a special little boy, Leo Barnett. His parents, Melody and Pete, have been running a home-based Child Led Therapy Called the Son-Rise Program through the Autism Treatment Centre of America®. Since starting the programme, Leo has made amazing progress and is now making eye contact and requests cuddles. Our donation will contribute towards taking Leo to America in May 2017 for the Intensive Programme and we wish Leo and his wonderful family a happy and successful trip.

We also donated £500 to Cranleigh’s Riding for the Disabled as part of their fundraising initiative to build a new main barn that houses their stables and social area. A cheque for £500 was also presented to Ride for A Reason, run by Alison Oakden of Chilworth, which helps children with learning and minor disabilities. Our donation will help towards their running costs especially hay and feed. 

Furthermore, £250 was donated to the 9th Shere and Peaslake Scout Group, and £250 to the Shere, Peaslake and Holmbury St Mary Guides Unit. These donations will help provide essential equipment for the Scouts and Guides as well as help towards the upgrade of the Scout Hut in Peaslake.

A massive thank you to our entire cinema community – your support is hugely appreciated and we look forward to seeing you at a film night very soon.

[Caroline Evans presenting £1000 to Leo Barnett]

[David Roe £500 to Riding for the Disabled in Cranleigh]

[Caroline Evans presenting £500 to Ride for a Reason]

[Jayne Cormie presenting £250 to the Shere, Peaslake & Holmbury St Mary Guide Unit]

[Jayne Cormie presenting £250 to the Shere & Peaslake Scouts & Cubs Group]

Volunteers Needed


Volunteers Needed

We have vacancies for volunteers to help run the Shere Village Cinema. Specifically, we are require the following:

1. Committee Member - we are urgently in need of a new committee member to join a fun and dynamic team of passionate film fans. Your role will involve the general running of the cinema on film night and assistance with other cinema activities including selecting films and being an active member of the committee. We meet once every few months to discuss various agenda items and to schedule the future films to be shown. 

2. Technical Crew Member - if you are interested in helping with the technical side of the cinema, we require a technician to help set up the cinema screen, speakers and play the movie on film night. 

3. Film Night Helpers - we would also appreciate additional help to set up and take down the cinema equipment on film nights. 

So if you would like to join our team and make a difference to your community, please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you!


Top Hat 2016 Christmas Celebration

Shere Village Cinema celebrated Christmas in style with our Top Hat event on December 29th, 2016. We entertained our incredibly supportive audience with a delicious range of canapes, a tap dancing demonstration and class plus a special showing of the timeless classic movie, Top Hat. 

Here are some photo's of the evening:


 Thanks to everyone who came along - it was a fabulous evening.