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Towcester Community Fridge - a love story

Author: James Rudd Published: 12th December 2023 10:58

Well over three years ago, I pitched the idea for a community fridge in Towcester to my beloved Teresa, to whom I was, then, just betrothed.  The start-up of something so multifunctional, its health and safety implications notwithstanding, the Duke of Edinburgh nexus and responsibilities therein, and the management of an army of volunteers exceeding 30 or 40 initially, were of course the ultimate tests on our relationship. 

Thankfully, I passed the 'to-be' test and Teresa still married me, haha!  She really is the most amazing woman I have ever met, and I am the luckiest man in the world.  

From my perspective of growing up in the working-class suburbs of Los Angeles County, Towcester was and is a well-heeled upper-middle class rural suburb of Northamptonshire that, in contrast to my first community fridge in Milton Keynes, would probably not benefit from the creation of such a food-surplus initiative.  The landed gentry, the million-pound country estates, and the expansive farmlands and ulra luxury vehicles peppered across the town led me to believe it just didn't suit the rural narrative here. 

Well, I was wrong - very wrong indeed.  Needless to say, wherever there is wealth, there is poverty, however well-concealed.  And Towcester has oodles of it.  Whilst the community fridge is not explicitly focused on alleviating poverty, we certainly hope it mitigates it.  The food surfeit is available to anyone and everyone, though, because it will simply otherwise be resigned to the tip.

Fast-forward nearly four years after that initial conversation, and TowFridge is still going strong, with over 43,000 meal-equivalents' worth of food!  Isn't that an incredible feat?  All the credit goes to my beloved wife, Teresa Collings, and our amazing friends, family, and strangers who made this cause theirs as well as ours. 

People of every imaginable disposition have visited and patronised the Towcester Community Fridge at each of the three venues at which it has been hosted: the renew169 well-being cafe, the Towcester Town Football Supporters Club, and, now, the Towcester Methodist Church. 

Single parents fleeing domestic violence, including spouses of violent serving officers with Northamptonshire Police; freshly redundant professionals; teachers; nurses; emergency medical services staff; and everyone else you can imagine have come to see us with their sometimes insurmountably sad circumstances - and all are welcome. 

Please don't be a stranger.

For anyone who knows me well, civic duty is my life's primary motivation, and I'm so very grateful everyone has bought in to the shared community idea, particularly now in December, 2023 when our country is entrenched in so seemingly insurmountable economic crises.  Prevail, we will.

On behalf of my family, our friends still running TowFridge, and indeed everyone across South Northamptonshire who so valiantly and vigorously supported us, Merry Christmas to you all. 


"Scott L Pileckas" and family in Towcester 

 Scott L Pileckas @ Great Linford Community Fridge

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At 00:18 on 15th December 2023, Scott.L.Pileckas commented:

Please note the Towcester Community Fridge is now based at the Methodist Church at 11 Brackley Rd, Towcester NN12 6DH.

For latest happenings, opening times, schedule, etc., please check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/towfridge.

God bless, one and all! May His grace shine down on you in all the days ahead.


"Scott L Pileckas" and "Teresa Pileckas", Towcester, Northamptonshire
At 08:13 on 15th December 2023, Scott.L.Pileckas commented:
If you are not on Facebook, you can find the listing for Towcester Community Fridge here as well: https://g.co/kgs/VMJktT

-"Scott L Pileckas"
Nick W
At 17:29 on 17th December 2023, Nick W commented:
Love this
What an amazing thing you do for the community
At 11:54 on 18th December 2023, Scott.L.Pileckas commented:
Thank you, Nick mate!

Merry Christmas

-"Scott L Pileckas"
At 22:41 on 16th January 2024, Scott.L.Pileckas commented:
Please support your local food bank. If you're in Towcester, please support them by donating online or in person: https://towcester.foodbank.org.uk/
St John Ambulance Hall, 19 Islington Rd, Towcester NN12 6AU, United Kingdom

Open Tuesdays 12 to 2 pm
Open Fridays 1030 to 1230

Experts from Citizens Advice operate a hub there every session for extra support during the Towcester Food Bank operating times.

"Scott L Pileckas"
At 16:05 on 17th January 2024, Scott.L.Pileckas commented:
www.pileckas.com is also a new site where I'll be posting new civic work developments and projects worthy of community attention. Stay tuned friends!
At 19:41 on 7th February 2024, Scott.L.Pileckas commented:
Stay tuned for a recent meeting with Matthew Barber, the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, regarding some new projects. "Scott L Pileckas" of Towcester.

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