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Community spirit alive and well in Loddon and Chedgrave

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Community spirit alive and well in Loddon and Chedgrave

The Community spirit is alive and well in Loddon and Chedgrave as a sponsored walk to Hardley Mill organised by a newly formed support group raised £700 for a Women's refuge, and the mills restoration project.  

The sale of covid masks in a cafe also brought in a further £800 to help the support group ChetChat as well. 

ChetChat, who organised the walk, have been a positive outcome borne out of the pandemic lockdown. They were originally conceived to support the isolated, lonely and housebound by offering help and friendliness. Their aim was to help people in need by doing simple things for them like their shopping, weeding their gardens or collecting their prescriptions. However, having become aware of both Leeway the Women's refuge being in need of financial support and local landmark Hardley Mill costing up to £8,000 a year to be maintained they decided to organise the walk to raise much needed funds for them as well.

Leeway will be using their share of the money to pay for internet provision for the people who use their services so that they can contact loved one's, access jobs, as well as completing housing and grant applications. The Mill, which is maintained by volunteers, will be putting the money towards further restoration and repairs.

Chet Chat also received £800 from the tearoom Spooncake raised by making facemasks that they sold on the premises. ChetChat also received support for the walk both financially and practically from 3 businesses in the area namely Musker Mcintyre, Rosie Leas Tearoom and Miniature World. The Walk, which took place on Sunday 5th September, concluded at the mill with entertainment provided free by The Saxonettes and Funky Feet as well as support and help from volunteer stewards, first aiders, and people baking cakes to raise funds.

Isobel Thomas from Chet Chat said that 'We were delighted with the turn out and how much money has been raised' and that she was 'really grateful to everyone for their support'. She added that she would 'love more people who have any free time to get involved with us as well'.

ChetChat also have plans to provide Christmas and Easter gifts to people nominated by the community. If you live in the Loddon and Chedgrave areas, are over 60 and in need of support or help you can call ChetChat on 07876- 050110 and they will do their best to help and should you wish to get involved in helping ChetChat to provide much needed support to people in need of help contact Isobel on 07879-844948 or by e mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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