Councillors provide CommuniTea donations

Councillors provide CommuniTea donations

A duo of Retford councillors have donated £600 towards the BCVS and Rhubarb Farm CommuniTEA events, which supports people affected by the cost-of-living crisis and helps to  eliminate food waste.

The sessions take place in Retford’s Grove Street Methodist Church and Hallcroft Methodist Church and attendees can enjoy a two-course meal for just £1, as well as meet new people in the local area.

Cllrs Malachi Carroll and Harriet Digby, Ward members for East Retford West donated the money as part of their Councillor Community Grant.

Anita Ollerenshaw, Farm Manager at Rhubarb Farm said:

“It’s a pleasure to support the team at Grove Street Methodist Church, to provide social eating events for people in the community. We are looking forward to continuing this relationship with more CommuniTEAS throughout 2024, made possible by our local Councillors Malachi Carroll and Harriet Digby.”

The CommuniTEA events in Retford are taking place Monday 18th March at Hallcroft Methodist Church and Tuesday 9th April at the Grove Methodist Church at 4pm.

Reverend Julie Coates from the Grove Street Methodist Church said: “We are very grateful for the support of Cllrs Malachi Carroll and Harriet Digby as well as our partner Rhubarb Farm. The grant will enable us to host monthly CommuniTEA events as well as support groups within the Retford community.”

Cllr Carroll said: “We want to give something back to the community, the CommuniTEA event is a great way for people who are struggling with social isolation and anxiety, to come and boost their mental health and enjoy the fantastic food on offer.”

Each Bassetlaw councillor is allocated a budget to use at their discretion to award grants to activities in their community that will benefit. Councillors will consider grant applications from sports, culture and heritage, environment and sustainability, social welfare, and community activities.

To learn more about this funding, please visit the Councillor Community Grant section of

Last Updated on Monday, April 8, 2024