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Gull Wing team volunteers at Kirkley Pantry in Suffolk


This week a team of volunteers from Farrans Construction, Suffolk County Council and Sharp Contract and Surveying, came together to deliver all weather accessibility, vegetation clearance and exterior and interior painting support to Kirkley Pantry, a community run supermarket.

To help reduce food poverty and food inequality in the local area,  St Peter & St John PCC opened the first ‘Your Local Pantry’ in Suffolk in December 2020, in Kirkley Church Hall, St Peter’s Road, Lowestoft.

At foodbanks, individuals usually receive pre-selected goods while Kirkley Pantry gives members the independence to shop to their own requirements. There are more than 120 regular members and 12 trained volunteers. Community Action Suffolk is the local community volunteering charity at Kirkley Pantry and they work closely with other local community groups.

Farrans is currently constructing the Gull Wing bridge, Lowestoft’s third crossing over Lake Lothing, for Suffolk County Council.

Eddie Burton, Community Business Partner at Farrans Construction, said:

“Kirkley Pantry is a fantastic organisation which is providing a much-needed service to combat food poverty in this area. We always look at ways we can use our skills to benefit local communities in the areas in which we operate, to deliver a long lasting, positive impact. Over two days of volunteering our team provided a new path and gate which will enable all weather accessibility. Kirkley Café and Community Garden will be able to open and remain open throughout the year.

“We painted the interior and exterior with paint and supplies donated and purchased from Re-Utilise Community Repaint & Scrap Store in Lowestoft. Our involvement will sit alongside wooden planters being created and donated by East Coast College and, the herb garden that has been recently added with donations from First Light Festival. We are pleased to have been able to play our part in supporting Kirkley Pantry.”