Community Help

20 May 2020

If you need our assistance during the Coronavirus outbreak, please don't hesitate to reach out by replying to this email or calling 01302 GO BERT (01302 462378).

Visit our website for updates, contact information for local resources, and volunteer identification at: 

Submissions for publication by BERT should be made to


Brockham FoodAid

Food Aid has been set up to help those who have suddenly found themselves in different circumstances and need food either on a short term or on-going basis to help see them through this crisis.

FoodAid can make deliveries to people's homes on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, either on one, two or all of these days. The food and delivery is free of charge to those facing hardship, loss of income or a delay in benefits. Requests for food can be made by emailing or by calling us directly on 01737 402821.

Please provide us with your name, address and phone number, as well as how many adults and how many children are in the household, along with any allergies in the family. All such information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

BERT Food Aid is run by BERT and the volunteers of Brockham Christ Church.


Brockham Befrienders

Friendship, Kindness and Caring on the end of a telephone at this difficult time.

Brockham Befrienders are here for anyone wanting a friendly listening ear to share their thoughts and concerns with. 

If you just need a chat, or are feeling lonely, fed up or anxious, simply call us directly on 01737 404357, or email



Church Services

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Lockdown Library:  With Over 330 Titles (and Now 29 Puzzles!)

BERT would like to remind you of our recently launched Book Exchange. The 200 titles we started with has rapidly risen to over 330, through the generous donations of residents and a publisher. And we are approaching 10% of those titles being loaned out to Brockham’s bookworms. 

Note that coronavirus safety guidelines are strictly observed. All outer covers are being wiped and all books quarantined for at least 72 hours before being made available. 

Please contact Andrew and Kim directly at if you would like a copy of the latest book list and to arrange collection. 

At the request of residents, the booklist is now more printer-friendly. We understand that some of you are printing the list to share with neighbours who are not online so that they too can enjoy a read (thank you for doing this). We are currently looking into expanding the Lockdown Library to include games and puzzles.


EXPO 2020

Get Creative Now!

Everyone is invited to be part of the Brockham Community Art Project. 

Picture the end of social distancing, when we can all gather on the village green once again. And now picture walking into the Village Hall and being struck by the sight of thousands of A5 art creations from villagers. 

Each piece of art would reflect individual inspirations or memories of our time in lockdown, but more importantly, the entire art show would demonstrate the collective imagination and creativity of Brockham!

  • The art can be done in the medium of your choice.
  • For the overall visual affect of the exhibition, all the creations must be the same size.
  • The size must be A5 landscape (wider than tall), 210 mm wide x 145 mm high (the same size as The Parish News on its side).
  • It can be a painting, sketch, cartoon, stained glass, knitting, paper maché, photograph, plasticine, poem, song…well, you get the idea.
  • Drop off your creation any time over the next month to: Doug and Di Ross’s house, 40 Brockham Lane, RH3 7EH (in the wooden box near the front door).
  • Mark the art (on the back or on a separate piece of paper) with your name, address, phone number, and the title of your piece (optional).
  • Please let us know if we can sell your art for charity.
Let’s "make and create" great things out of a tricky time. We think the display will be outstanding!

Diana Ross and the Expo Committee 


Isolation Meals

Order by Thursday, 10 am, for Friday Delivery

4 Complete, Individual Meals, and a Tub of Homemade Soup for £20

Order by this Thusday at 10 am, for free delivery in Brockham, Betchworth, or Buckland, this Friday, 22nd May:

  • Chicken and mushroom fricassee, mash and peas; 
  • Pork steak, creamed cabbage and crushed new potatoes; 
  • Beef bolognaise pasta; 
  • Chicken katsu curry and rice; and,
  • the soup is carrot and coriander. 
Please email with your name, address and phone number, as well as the number of packages you would like. We will reply with a confirmed order email and payment details. We will strictly follow social distancing rules during delivery. Payment can be made via bank transfer in advance or a cheque upon delivery. 

Brought to you by Balsamic Fig Caterers, Free Range Cooks, and North Downs Primary School, in partnership with BERT. Balsamic Fig will donate 10% of the value of each order to BERT’s foodaid Brockham initiative (, run in conjunction with Christ Church Brockham. 



Brockham Book Club, an Online Reading Club

Do you enjoy reading? Do you love sharing your ideas about things you have read? Maybe you’re in a bit of a ‘reading rut’ and would like some suggestions.

I am a recently retired English teacher and, with BERT, would like to set up the Brockham Book Club, with the aim of connecting people through a love of books and sharing our thoughts online over a cup of tea or coffee or a glass of wine. 

Perhaps we could continue in real life when things return to normal!

If you are interested, please email me with your name, your preferred genre or author – even your favourite book – and where you usually get your books (eg library, charity shop, bookstore). It would also help to know your preferred meeting time: mornings over a coffee, or early or late evenings.

Let me know. Contact Jude directly at



Two Many Cooks - Now Taking Orders Online

We have now published a site online, making it easier and quicker for people to place an order.

We’re doing a BBQ box this week and have added a picnic box, so worth a quick look.

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