Bakers of Danbury take pride in supporting both our local community and the communities in which we work - sometimes through sponsorship or even offering a helping hand. If you would like Bakers of Danbury to sponsor your activity please do not hesitate to contact email kate.gunner@bakersofdanbury.co.uk

A Christmas Tree for the Village

Bakers of Danbury Ltd donated a 20 foot Christmas Tree to the village this year to show the company's appreciation to the village for it's support over the 140 years. This Summer Bakers of Danbury celebrated their 140th anniversary. Bakers have always been based on Eves Corner in Danbury, Essex. Many local men and women have either worked for Bakers or have relatives who worked for Bakers many years ago!

In 1878 William Baker opened business as a “Millwright, wheelwright, carpenter etc” with only £50 and a horse and loaned cart. William Baker worked on many mills local to Danbury. Although with the demise of mills there were few mill jobs after the 1890’s, at which point William Baker concentrated on building and a small amount of church works. Today the company is very similar with recent projects ranging from the conservation and restoration project in Westminster Abbey completed earlier this year, to the new build of four apartments in Maldon.

Christmas Tree Recycling for Farleigh Hospice

Bakers of Danbury are very proud to be the sponsor for the Farleigh Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling this year!

This is the 5th year Farleigh Hospice have arranged the Christmas Tree Recycling event, and it is growing every year. Farleigh Hospice arrange for teams of volunteers to collect the trees over the first weekend in January. The trees are chipped and recycled - some are used in local parks and some to make fuel.

To pre-book your Christmas Tree to be collected and recycled (minimum suggested donation £5) register on www.farleighhospice.org before 12 noon on Thursday 3rd January.

Farleigh Hospice asked Bakers of Danbury if they we would like to be the first ever sponsor of their Christmas Tree Recycling event as they had seen we like to help and support local charities. To date Farleigh Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling events have raised the following;

  • 2015 - £3,700 collecting 450 trees
  • 2016 - £5,000 collecting 613 trees
  • 2017 - £12,000 collecting 1400 trees
  • 2018 - £20,000 collecting 2100 trees
  • The Christmas Tree Recycling is organised with the assistance of a charity called ‘JustHelping’ which has sophisticated software. Through the Farleigh Hospice website, the software enables customers to book online to have their Christmas tree collected, pay a donation (suggested minimum donation of £5), complete all their address and any relevant information such as where they will leave their tree.

    Lots of local firms and individuals volunteer their time to drive around the countryside collecting the Christmas trees from people's doorsteps and deliver them to the collection points, ready for chipping and recycling.

    Debbie de Boltz, Fundraising Manager for Farleigh Hospice wrote:

    We are delighted that you have agreed to help sponsor our Christmas Tree Recycling Campaign this year"



    At any one time Farleigh Hospice is taking care of the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of around 1,400 people, free of charge. It costs £16,039 every day to care for people with life-limiting illnesses in mid Essex by providing doctors, nurses, counsellors and therapists. With approximately 40% of our income coming from the local NHS, we rely on the support and goodwill of the local community to raise the remainder. Whether someone requires relief from pain, expert advice, help to live positively, specialist care in a comforting environment or support for their family, we are dedicated to offering them compassionate care.



    Once again, thank you. It really is because you care that we can.

    Danbury Heritage Weekend

    Bakers of Danbury were proud to provide some interesting artefacts and photos to display during the Danbury Heritage Weekend, which took place at the Old Pavilion in Danbury on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September.

    We provided the original cross from the War Memorial in Danbury which is situated where Elm Green Lane meets Bell Hill in Danbury. The large bronze cross dating back to 1920 was removed from the Portland stone war memorial many years ago because it was discolouring the stone.

    We exhibited a small collection of brickmoulds from Baker’s brickyards and antique tools from our joinery shop. Some of the tools have a number of names stamped on them. These names were of previous owners - it was common for tools to have had many previous owners, because wooden tools are easily restored and maintained. When a worker passed away, it was common practice for his Union or Employer to sell his tools to raise funds for his Widow and family.

    Exhibitions were provided by many local organisations including Danbury Parish Council, St John the Baptist Primary School, Heathcote Preparatory School, The 1st Danbury Scout Group.

    Michelle Harper, Clerk to Danbury Parish Council wrote

    “Danbury Parish Council would like to thank your staff and company for the invaluable assistance provided before and during the event. The help provided contributed to the success of the weekend and was very much appreciated."

    CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

    This year Bakers of Danbury sponsored a Charity Golf day in support of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), a charity set up to help prevent Male Suicide in the UK.

    The money raised for CALM is mainly used towards their helpline and webchat to support men in crisis, as well as their very powerful campaigns that seem to get bigger and better and more publicity with each one. It really is all about raising awareness and letting our fellow men that it is ok to not be ok.

    CALM do an amazing job to help prevent Male Suicide in the UK. One of their most recent marketing campaigns being #Project84 which was on ITV's This Morning programme. The campaign saw CALM put 84 sculptures – each representing a real man who took his own life, on top of the ITV building in London. You can read more about the Campaign by visiting this link: www.itv.com/thismorning/#Project84

    Mark Parsons wrote:

    I wanted to write to you to thank you very much for sponsoring our Charity Golf in support of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). We held the Golf Day at the end of July at The Farleigh Golf Course in Surrey and despite tough windy conditions we all managed to have a great day to raise awareness and funds for CALM.



    This was our 4th annual Golf Day and they keep growing year by year, we had 84 Golfers attend this years event which is our biggest number yet and something we are extremely proud of, however this wouldn’t have been possible without people like yourself and your companies sponsoring our day. We capped the number of Golfers at 84 as this is a significant number, as unfortunately 84 men take their own life each week in the UK and suicide remains the single biggest killer of men aged 18-45 in the UK.



    We host the Golf Days in memory of my brother, Toby, who sadly took his own life in 2014 and statistics like the one above were unbeknown to me until then. We now hope that thanks to these events and the other challenges we have held, we are doing our bit to let, in particular men, know that it is ok to talk. We have managed to raise £2,157 from this years's Golf Day which we are extremely pleased with.”

    Students visit site

    Essex Youth Build visited All Saints Church in Terling on Wednesday 25th July to learn about the conservation works underway.

    The small group of 16-19 year olds who are currently studying City & Guilds course with Essex Youth Build attended All Saints Church for a site tour and Q&A whilst Bakers of Danbury Ltd were carrying out conservation and restoration works to the church.

    Heather Cutler who is part of the All Saints’ Terling Spire Project Team said

    “Thank you for your time and terrific input to making yesterday’s visit, to the work currently being undertaken at All Saints’ Terling, both interesting and safe. I do hope the lads got some ideas for future careers in heritage construction and I wish them well for their futures."

    If you would like to arrange for a small group of students to visit a working site to learn more about conservation and buildings works please do not hesitate to contact Kate Gunner by emailing kate.gunner@bakersofdanbury.co.uk

    St Swithun’s Church Restoration Appeal

    Bakers recently supported fundraising for St Swithun’s Church Restoration Appeal by sponsoring their annual Summer's Ball, which raised just over £13,500.

    We recently carried out conservation and alteration works to St Swithun’s Church in Great Chishill, which involved extensive conservation of the church tower including repointing and replacement of external flint, refurbishment of the clock dials, replacement of the oak belfry louvres and new lightning protection.

    Further works to the base of the tower included the addition of a disabled w/c facility and the provision of new mains water and drainage to the church.

    Katherine West who organises fund raising events for the Church Restoration Appeal wrote:

    The Ball on Saturday was a great success and thank you once again for Bakers of Danbury’s support. We raised just over £13,500, which is an amazing amount and we’re all really pleased and grateful to all those who helped and supported us.

    All Saints Arts Festival 2018

    Bakers of Danbury were pleased to sponsor the All Saints Arts Festival again this year. The Festival took place between the 25th and 29th May at All Saints Church, Maldon, Essex. The annual Festival brings together Arts, Crafts and the Community.

    The Festival was a great success, bringing hundreds of visitors into the church to enjoy the arts and crafts, whilst raising £8,325.

    Reverend Canon Stephen Carter wrote:

    On behalf of the parish, I would like to thank Bakers of Danbury for your kind sponsorship of the All Saints Arts Festival. We particularly appreciated your support, given your long association with All Saints, where you did the splendid re-ordering project a few years back, together with ongoing conservation work on the ancient vicarage.

    Bakers of Danbury Sponsor Danbury Ridge Wildlife Conservation

    This year marks the 140th anniversary for Bakers of Danbury. Having been based on Eves Corner all of that time, Bakers are not only an important part of the history of Danbury, but also part of the village and the local community’s future. With that in mind, Bakers of Danbury were pleased to make a contribution to Essex Wildlife Trust’s current Danbury Ridge Living Landscape partnership project, to help conserve local wildlife.

    Bakers of Danbury have been an “Investor in Wildlife Corporate Member” with the Essex Wildlife Trust nearly 20 years and work in partnership with the Trust whenever the opportunity arises. Support from Corporate members such as Bakers of Danbury is vital in enabling Essex Wildlife Trust to carry out Wildlife Conservation work across the County. Together with Bakers of Danbury; other local businesses have contributed towards the Danbury Ridge Living Landscape hedgerow planting project to help make it happen.

    A survey was carried out by volunteers and co-ordinated by the Danbury Ridge Living Landscape partnership (which includes bodies such as Essex Wildlife Trust, Danbury Parish Council, Little Baddow Parish Council, Essex County Council, National Trust, Chelmsford City Council and British Naturalists’ Association) to identify the potential planting sites throughout Danbury Ridge Living Landscape. Following this, a dedicated team of volunteers will start planting a kilometre of native species hedgerow throughout the Danbury Ridge Living Landscape area this month.

    If you would like to offer your time to help with the planting or make a contribution, please do not hesitate to call Emma Ormond, Living Landscapes Coordinator for Essex Wildlife Trust on 07912 267319.