St John the Baptist Parish Church

Where a warm welcome awaits you

Care in the Community

Crowthorne Good Neighbours

Crowthorne Good Neighbours was established in 1972 by Churches Together in Crowthorne to help transport local elderly and infirm people to hospital and GP appointments. In addition, we also take people shopping and to visit relatives who are in care homes. There is no charge for the service although most people pay a donation to help cover the cost of the trip.

Crowthorne Good Neighbours operates out of Crowthorne Baptist Church every Monday to Friday between 10am and 12 noon, and can be contacted on 01344 761001.

New volunteer drivers are desperately needed to help with this vital work. As a volunteer driver, you can:

  • volunteer a small amount of your time (just tell us your preferences)
  • claim a mileage allowance
  • decide where you want to go - local trips are just as important as those further afield.

Last year we took 160 people to 1207 appointments. These journeys were only possible because we have a group of volunteers willing to give up some of their time. Please consider if you may be able to give up some of your time to help a much-needed service. For more information call 01344 761001 

Caring for our Community

Part of the St John's vision statement reads: "We partner with other organizations in order to meet the needs of our community through loving service." One such opportunity has arisen through the Bracknell Forest Befriending Scheme which aims to reach out to those in our community who feel isolated - simple regular human contact can make some people feel like their lives are worth living again. Perhaps God is nudging you be involved in this ministry? Read on....

Everyone needs other people, but not everyone has someone.

People can be isolated or feel alone for all sorts of reasons –health problems, people living alone having lost loved ones and with families living some distance away, be homebound or have other circumstances which make opportunities for developing friendship difficult. Sometimes people feel alone even when they are in regular contact with others.

Befriending is simply a supported friendship between two people, a volunteer befriender and a member of the local community who feels isolated or alone, and is the simple act of giving your time to someone who needs support and friendship. Someone they know is there for them without expecting payment or a return of favour.

This is also of benefit to a potential befriender, who might also be lonely and in need of company, but who is perhaps more active and able and can therefore help someone else less mobile than themselves.

We have all been befrienders at some time in our life on an informal level, eg keeping an eye on an elderly relative, popping in to see a lonely neighbour, etc.

This project aims to match volunteer befrienders with socially isolated people to provide both one to one contact and also encourage people, through increased confidence, to participate in community activities.

The scheme is run through Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action (BFVA) with a part time Befriending Coordinator, who will support volunteers through training, advice and guidance, and then match up befrienders with ‘clients’ which are referred through statutory agencies, churches, other groups or indeed through self referral.

If you would like to become a volunteer befriender, or would like to know more, please contact Gemma on 01344 304404 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The COATS Centre

The Crowthorne Old Age to Teen Society (COATS) Centre is run by our Manageress, Bernie Dunstone, with the help of her 5 colleagues.  It is open from about 9 am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Coffee, tea, biscuits, and cakes are usually on offer, together with a freshly cooked two course lunch, and also some activity, such as Keep Fit, Dancing, Piano Recital or sing song, talks, etc., etc. We also have our own minibus, which currently operates Monday – Thursday. The charge is £4.80 per day, plus £2.00 return for the minibus.

Our objective is to provide a friendly, sociable place for the elderly of Crowthorne and its environs to enjoy. We do not cater for people who suffer from dementia (unless very mildly), although another organisation (Demcare Ltd) uses a separate room within the Centre for dementia patients on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Like you, we rely almost entirely on volunteers (over 100) to keep our operation going: apart from Bernie and her 5 colleagues, all the bus drivers and helpers in the Centre are volunteers, and the Charity Shop in the High Street is operated 100% by volunteers, providing the essential funding for the operation of the Centre: last year this amounted to over £1,300 net per week!

Bernie Dunstone’s telephone number is 01344 773464, and she is always delighted to help in any way.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care promotes the well being of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.
Our experience at Cruse shows that specific bereavement groups can be beneficial.  The local area of Cruse Bereavement Care are starting a group for residents of Bracknell, Crowthorne, Wokingham and surrounding areas who have lost a life partner. Our support group will be run by two trained bereavement volunteers who will assist clients to work through their grief and any other issues arising from the bereavement in a safe and supportive group environment.
The group, will comprise of 8 sessions and will be time limited. The sessions will take place on a Saturday morning commencing 25th January at the Crowthorne Baptist Church. If anyone would like to find out more information, they should contact the Cruse Area office on 01344 411919 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crowthorne Food Bank

Crowthorne Foodbank has been running very well with a lot of food coming in, and lots of food going out! 

If you would like to make any donations, you may either drop it at the Food Bank (at the Vineyard Church centre, 25 Wellngton Park, Dukes Ride, Crwothorne, RG45 6LS) on Mondays and Thursdays from 12.00 - 2.00 p.m. or leave it in the Church foyer. You can contact the Foodbank on 01344 780087.

Crowthorne foodbank is open on Mondays and Thursdays - 12noon-2pm from Monday 10 December 2012. 

How the foodbank works

Food is donated by the local people (see our food list below). Volunteers sort and pack the food into foodpacks. Each foodpack contains enough food for 3 days. We partner with front-line care professionals, who identify people in crisis and give them a voucher. On taking their voucher to the Foodbank centre, people receive a warm welcome, a hot drink and a foodpack. They also put people in touch with agencies who can help resolve the underlying causes of the crisis. 

St John’s will now support Crowthorne Foodbank in partnership with the Kerith Church.  Food may be left in the Church foyer or taken to the Foodbank.

Crowthorne Foodbank shortages

Current shortages (September 2017)

Long-life milk, 
Tinned vegetables, 
Tinned pulses (e.g. Kidney beans / chick peas etc), 
Tinned rice pudding, 
Tinned custard, 
Sponge puddings, 
Tinned fruit,
Tinned tomatoes, 
Tinned meat, 
Tinned spaghetti, 
Long-life juice, 
Small jars of coffee
Personal hygiene items - deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste.


The Pastoral Visiting Group Policy states that “A list of local agencies is supplied to visitors, who are encouraged to refer people on to the relevant organisation where appropriate.”  Such agencies will include local organisations that support, often elderly, members of the community in simple and practical ways such as transport, meals and friendship.  The current list is as follows:


Bracknell Forest Befriending Scheme           

Volunteers visit the lonely and isolated for a chat

Gemma Frewin 01344 304404 

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Citizens Advice Bureau

The Columbia Centre, Market Street, Town Centre, Bracknell  0844 499 4107

26-28 Market Square, Wokingham  0844 499 4126

Contact the Elderly

Elderly people meet for coffee and a chat in the homes of volunteers

Joan Newland 01344 775096 

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Crossroads Care Wokingham   

provides respite care to carers 0118 979 5324

Crowthorne Foodbank

Provides food to those in need.

The Vineyard Church.  The Shed, 1 High Street, Crowthorne

Good Neighbours

Provides lifts to hospital appointments etc

Baptist Church 01344 761001

Parents and Children Together (PACT)          

Drop-in sessions for families with children aged  0 – 5

St. John’s Church.  01189 387 600

The Link Visiting Scheme       

Wokingham District equivalent of 1 above

Marjie Walker 01189 979 8019  e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crowthorne Old Age to Teen Society (COATS)

COATS runs The COATS Centre for Crowthorne's Seniors.  The Centre provides good company, freshly cooked meals, activities and entertainment for older people living in and around Crowthorne. For more information contact The Manager, Mrs Bernie Dunstone 01344 773464


Citizens' Advice Bureau

You can find details of the services offered by the Citizens' Advice Bureau by clicking here.

The Crowthorne Office of the CAb opens from 10am until 12 noon on Fridays. 

You can contact the Wokingham Bureau at:
Tel: 0844 499 4126
Fax: 0118 979 6194
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Parents and Children Together (PACT)

PACT is running drop-in sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. These are open to all families with children aged 0-5 in the community and runs from 1-3pm. There is no charge. Activities range from story time, through to messy play.

Contact details:
Parents And Children Together
7 Southern Court, South Street, Reading, RG1 4QS 

Tel 01189 387 600