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Hunstanton Town Council is planning on implementing a scheme to help tackle food waste and to assist residents who are in need, by opening the town's first community fridge.

The community fridge will enable local residents to access free food sourced from supermarkets, stores, cafés and farms that would otherwise have gone to waste.

HTC Town Cllr. Amanda Knight stated, 'The fridge would be open for anyone to use, referrals are not required. The fridge can provide access to fresh food without any stigma.'

If you are a local business or retailer within the food industry who would be interested in donating food for the community fridge please get in touch. "We need the support of local businesses to make this idea possible, especially the larger supermarket chains," said Cllr. Knight.

To run the project would require around 10 volunteers. The roles are open to those who have a few hours a week to spare and wish to help out the local community. Activities would include recording food coming into the fridge, checking and keeping the fridge clean, maintaining temperature check records and assisting members of the public. Full training would be given.

If there is sufficient interest within the community the council hope to have the fridge open late Spring, or when current COVID restrictions have lifted to a level where we can assure the safety of volunteers and those involved.

Mayor Tony Bishop commented, "As the UK rebuilds from the impact of COVID-19 community fridges are evolving to help the UK meet a range of financial, social and environmental challenges including cutting food waste, promoting healthy eating, supporting people facing financial challenges and tackling loneliness.

The hope is that the Hunstanton Town Council community fridge will pave the way to a more sustainable approach to food insecurity, as well as being a gateway to other community services and activities that the council can provide."

If you are interested in donating food or volunteering or would like to find out more please contact the Town Clerk on 01485 532402 or email

Hunstanton Recycling Hero's Competition Results - Christmas 2020

Hunstanton Town Council set a challenge to all children living or attending school within the town to take part in the Council Christmas Poster Recycling Competition. Children were asked to design a Christmas themed recycling poster that encourages families within the town to recycle more over the festive season. Ideas included drawing a Christmas scene or Santa Claus in his grotto, with the poster illustrating any items that should be recycled at this time of year.

Cllr Amanda Knight, Chair of the Council's Environment Panel, stated 'We had an amazing response from the children and the Council would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter the competition! You are all recycling superheroes!

The winning entries, who will each receive a £25 book token entry, were:

Harper Ottaway (age 4)

Crystal Somerton (age 13)

Mercedes Ottoway (age 10)

The competition encouraged children and their parents to think about waste, the environment and what items can be recycled at a time of year when the amount of landfilled waste usually increases. "Recycling is so important, it turns old things into new things", says Mayor Tony Bishopp.

All entries can be seen on the Hunstanton Town Council notice boards.

Last updated: Sat, 06 Feb 2021 14:04