PNK Foodbank

Thank you for your generous donations. The following items are needed this week:

Puddings, crisps, treats, children’s toothbrushes, cleaning cloths, washing detergent, toilet cleaner and male and female deodorant.

Thank you.

Funeral of John Turnball

One person who has prayed faithfully over the years and who longed to see revival was John Turnbull. Very sadly John went to be with the Lord on Monday. He was fit and healthy on Sunday and had climbed a Munro very recently. It has been a huge shock for Moira, the family and everyone who knew and loved John. Due to COVID restrictions only very few people can attend the funeral service and so it will be family only.This will be held in Liberton Kirk in Edinburgh where John’s parents are buried on Thursday 3rd September at noon. The service will be live streamed on zoom. The link is .

Alternatively you can listen in to the funeral by phoning 0131 460 1196 When asked for meeting ID enter 857 8599 0285 # on your phone keyboard and when asked for a participant ID just enter #Biggar Church also plan to have a different type of zoom memorial on Saturday 12th September at 7pm. This will be an opportunity to join together in prayer, to hear the eulogy again and to listen to each other’s stories of John. Please pass this information to anyone who knew him. If you would like to contribute a short memory or story it would be helpful if you could let me know in advance so we can plan the time. The ‘chat’ on the zoom will also be open and people can write comments or memories there too. The link for this zoom event is

Again, those who are not on the internet may like to go to someone’s house for this or listen in by phone. The phone number for this is also 0131 446 1196 and the required ID is 5574322333 # and again just # for participant ID.

Moderator calls for a week of prayer Aug 17th-22nd

The Rt. Revd. Martin Fair is encouraging folks at this important time of transition to pray for church and nation.

To pray that there will be a new normal -for the planet, in our relations with one another and that the church would find her voice and play her part.

Each day there will be a short morning meditation offered from 8am on the Church of Scotland website

There is also a live Zoom gathering each evening at 830pm. If you want to join this please ask Peter for the link.

Foodstore @ PNK

Thanks to your generosity and Fareshare the cupboards are full at present, including the toiletries and overflow cupboard. Therefore we have no more space to store anything else at present. Stay safe. 

Foodstore @ PNK

Hi everyone, we gave parcels to 3 families this week. Thanks again for your kind support of PNK Foodstore.  The cupboards are generally very well stocked but we could use the following – dried pulses, tinned meat, shaving foam and washing powder or liquid. 

Please contact Jan Naylor to drop off donations.

Jan Naylor 01968 673222 or 07740 621814

Foodstore @ PNK

Hi all, hope you are well and enjoying our new freedoms!  We only had referrals for 2 families last week and so far only have 2 for this week.  Our cupboards are presently well stocked.  However if you would still like to give anything we could use rice (preferably 1kg bags), stock cubes and tinned ham. 
Please contact Jan Naylor to drop off donations. Jan Naylor 01968 673222 or 07740 621814

Food Facts Friends Foodbank

Food Facts Friends Report 23 June 2020

Food Facts Friends is an independent foodbank and drop in centre, with two operational sites, one  in Penicuik, the other at Woodburn Dalkeith.  Formed in 2016 the project achieved charitable status in early 2017. The main focus of the project is to provide support to those experiencing food poverty and publicise other agencies able to help people in financial distress to ease their situation. 

The charity has built good working relationships with Midlothian council and many of  the other supporting social agencies, many also charities, e.g. Children 1st, Women’s Aid, and Social work departments. Many suppliers are also working closely with the charity, M&S, Lidl, Costco, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, and many local businesses, providing food supplies and essential toiletries to make up the food parcels for each of those seeking help. Volunteers provide the essential work to receive, label, store and makeup the donated and purchased food into the food parcels.  

People and families needing support are referred to the foodbank by the above agencies and others. Each referred person or family is supported for 8 weeks, which is normally long enough for Universal Credit applications to commence. 

Prior to  the Covid-19 epidemic the charity was handing out 350 meals a week to some150 families. Since February this has increased more than 8 fold, currently supplying over 2800 meals a week to some 800 people and children. 

The food bank has tripled their fresh meat order, doubled fresh meals order and buying fresh fruit & vegetables from Lidl on a twice weekly basis. This helps to give everyone who comes looking for support some fresh meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, in addition to tinned and packet foods.

This increase has put a lot of pressure on the charity, seeking additional grants and donations to purchase over 2 tonnes of food a week to meet this demand.  We are fortunate to have support of many organisations, including the Penicuik Community Development Trust, Midlothian Council,  and individuals, providing food hampers and financial aid. Where possible we are buying food supplies and ready meals from local providers, e.g. David Seez at the Gravity Shop Penicuik baking ready meals, along with the Allan Ramsay Hotel in Carlops creating ready meals in their kitchen, whilst the hotel is closed. Boa k the Butcher in Penicuik is providing meat products, whilst Lidl are a source of fresh vegetables, all allowing a nutritious food parcel to be created by our volunteers. 

Shortly the operation in Penicuik will be moving to larger premises in Penicuik, such is the demand and need for additional storage requirements.  The end of lockdown may be approaching, but the after effects will be with us for a long time to come, impacting those who have been furloughed, lost their employment, self employed looking for restart work, all experiencing financial stress after 3 months locked down. Food Facts Friends are here to help you through this difficult time. 

Find out more about us on Facebook call Mark 07507 697109, or email

Registered Scottish Charity SC047203

Foodstore @ PNK

Good morning.  Thanks again for your kind support of the PNK Foodstore.  If you would like to donate for next week we require:

Scotch Broth Mix

Red Lentils

Jar Sauces/packet sauces


Tinned meals

Please contact Jan Naylor to drop off donations.

Jan Naylor 01968 673222 or 07740 621814