The emergency food aid charity 3Food4U that provided a lifeline to many people during the pandemic is launching a new community service next week.

3MemoryCafe4U is open to anyone who would like to socialise, but particularly people with varying degrees of memory issues and those who love and care for them.

The sessions will be activity-based with singing, word games, puzzles, bingo and more with free light refreshments.

The first session takes places from 10am to midday on Wednesday, October 20 at St James’ Church Hall, Ongar CM5 9EL and then on the third Wednesday of each month.

Representatives from 3Food4U attended the harvest festival service at Holy Innocents Church, High Beach, and were delighted with the generosity of the congregation and High Beach School students. Their donations will make a difference to local families in these challenging times.

Epping Forest Guardian:

Jane Begley, left, and Beth Horton from High Beach Church

The charity thanked Rev Jane Yeadon, Rev Jane Begley and Beth Horton from High Beach Church and Mrs Roffey from High Beach School for their continued support.

Due to an increase in demand for its services, 3Food4U is looking for community-minded individuals to join its team of volunteers at Chigwell Row, Waltham Abbey, Loughton and Ongar Hubs. The charity is also looking for volunteer drivers to collect donations across the district.

3Food4U’s community surplus hubs are open as follows:

  • Monday: Waltham Abbbey – 13, Sun Street - 11.30am to 1pm
  • Tuesday: Loughton – Loughton Club, 8, Station Road - 11.30am to 1pm
  • Wednesday: Chigwell Row – All Saints Church Hall, Romford Road - 5pm to 6.30pm
  • Thursday: Ongar – Zinc Arts Centre, High Street - 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Friday: Waltham Abbey – 13, Sun Street - 11.30am to 1pm

The Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell is continuing to meet on Zoom on Thursdays at 7pm.

If you would like to attend, contact Pesh on 020 8500 2527 / 07973 166940 or email