Caring for the Community
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Camel Cares

A village-based support network for anyone requiring a bit of extra help at times when life is particularly challenging.  Please contact the Church Wardens if you think we might be able to make a difference.

Image: The Trussell Trust

Lord's Larder

This is a local ‘bank’ of non-perishable food operated by volunteers from churches in and around the town.  In 2017 over 77,000 items of food were given out via 60 different agencies to help 4,484 local people, (2796 adults and 1688 children).   A box for donations is kept inside the glass doors as you enter the church on the right-hand side and is emptied daily.  Click here to find out more.

Bumps, Tots and Toddlers

A group for mothers and carers with very young children who meet on Wednesdays in the church during term time between 10 am and noon.  It provides an opportunity for chat over tea/coffee and cake whilst toddlers enjoy playing together and join in music making, storytelling and craft activities. Contact us for more information

Environment

Within the churchyard a number of initiatives have been introduced – mainly led by the children of Camel Club – including the installation of nesting boxes, bug hotels and hedgehog homes.  Shrubs have also been planted to attract insects.

On an unused section of the extended churchyard, 12 allotments have been created for use by villagers as well as 2 smaller ones for the Camel Club children.  Contact us for more information.

Inside the church itself all the lights have been replaced with LED bulbs as one of the schemes to reduce the use of energy within the building.

 

Bell Ringing

The Bell Tower is home to the heaviest peal of six bells in the world with a combined weight of 6.011 tonnes and attracts bellringers from across the country.  We are fortunate to have a regular team of bellringers as well as others prepared to take up the challenge of learning the intricacies of bellringing.

There is a weekly practice on Wednesdays in the tower at 7.30 pm and for beginners at West Camel church on Tuesdays at 5.00 pm. Take a look at the group in action!

For further information about visiting to ring the bells or to join our bell-ringing team, please contact Paul Reeves, the Captain of the Tower on 01935 593 272 or by email to info@stbarnabasqueencamel.org.uk.

Events

Every year the village comes together for the Church Path Fayre in the summer and a Christmas Fayre in the Memorial Hall. Other events are held during the year involving visiting choirs and musicians. When large numbers are expected, the church is also used for village meetings. In the past we have provided hospitality for Pilgrims on an overnight stay and are always happy to receive requests from similar groups.