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As part of Whitbread’s Community Investment programme, they hold community awards as a really effective way in which their restaurants can contribute to their local communities. The success of Beefeater Grills Awards encouraged them to launch the Beefeater Grill Community Champions Awards


The Beefeater Grill Community Champions Award seeks to reward those individuals and organisations who work tirelessly to support their local neighbourhood and give their own time to help others.  Local residents are invited to nominate someone they believe deserves to be recognised and supported.  £10,000 worth of bursaries are shared by ten winning entrants from across the UK, recognising both the hard work which has already been done and to further support the work of the community champions.


We were so pleased to hear that members of the community in Whitstable nominated us.  We were amazed to be contacted by Whitbread to tell us that we were a recipient of this Award. We are so grateful for this financial support.  All of our volunteers give their time for free and are out helping our community late into the evening on Fridays and other key dates throughout the year.  The money will be put to very good use as we have recently trained a further five volunteers who needed to be fitted out in our Street Pastor clothing.


We are also very grateful for the continued support of our local MP, Mr Julian Brazier.  He has been out with our volunteers and does this on top of a very heavy work schedule.  He regularly keeps in touch with a number of street pastor groups locally and we thank him for being such an encouraging supporter of Street Pastors.


Lee Russell – Coordinator.               About Beach Pastors Click Here

Whitstable Street Pastors success in being awarded a Whitbread Restaurants Community Investment – Community Champions Awards – May 2013

Commissioning of 5 new Beach Pastors at St John's Methodist Church - 14th June 2013

The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Heather Taylor, congratulates the newly commissioned Beach Pastors.               (Photos by Trevor)

(Photos by Tony Harris)

Letter of thanks to the team from Kent Police - August 2013

I wanted to put on record my thanks for the sterling work the Beach Pastors team are doing in Whitstable.


My officers and the public have all made comments about how great it is to see them out and about as they are a visible and very reassuring presence on the streets and coast line of Whitstable.


Just as important, they are making a big difference to the safety of the public by helping those individuals who are potentially at risk (aka the parable of the Good Samaritan) whilst reducing crime and ASB.


I know that this does not happen without the function of prayer and support hence why I wanted to thank the whole team here.  Please pass on my thanks and I will look to try and get out on patrol with the Team in September.


Best wishes


Chief Inspector Mark Arnold

Canterbury District.

Newsletter - February 2014