Friends of Hardie Park pop-up shop changed location this month. The community food project which has been set up in Scratton Road since the first lockdown will continue to run from the park between 12pm and 3pm daily.

The Hardie Park little green van, driven by volunteer James, picks up supermarket surplus, daily from M & S and Lidl, saving a mountain of food from being wasted and ending up in landfill. The food is available to the community to take if they need, although many users choose to donate with proceeds going to the park. The funds certainly help to keep the van on the road, maintained and filled with fuel to make the daily journeys needed to collect the food supplies.

Huge gratitude to Mandie Groves for enabling this service come rain or shine throughout Lockdown 1 / 2 / 3 and everything in between. Mandie has ensured the service has been open all hours in Scratton Road for the benefit of the local community. That has been a huge commitment and we thank you on behalf of the park and those who have benefited in these unusually difficult times. Mandie deserves a very well earned rest.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: Twitter: Facebook: