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Cold comfort: Church’s new ice cream parlour

Money raised will be used on the church and the youth club supporting young people at risk of violence

30 July, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

Becca Drake with the scoop

A CHURCH in Primrose Hill has embarked on a new fundraising venture selling ice creams while providing employment opportunities for young people.

St Mary’s Church has joined forces with Marine Ices in Chalk Farm, selling refreshing treats outside the church doors Monday to Sunday.

Money raised will be used on the church and the youth club supporting young people at risk of violence.

The ice cream parlour opened last week and there are hopes in the future to provide training opportunities for marginalised young people from the St Mary’s youth centre.

Roddy Monroe, church warden, said: “We want to provide employment for young people and in time some of the youth team will be able to run the stall. The church has had a significant drop in revenue so we thought this could help generate lost revenues.

“I remember I used to come from Oxford to Camden in the 80s when it was trendy and we would buy Marine Ices. I thought why not sell the ice creams and provide training for the young people who are selling it?”


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Mr Monroe is the mastermind behind the church brewery that was set up in 2016. The brewery, where proceeds go to the church and youth club, have begun door-to-door deliveries since the lockdown.

Mr Monroe said: “St Mary’s is a dynamic institution and is an open church, not just open on Sunday mornings. One of the aims of the brewery and ice parlour is to show how St Mary’s is an open, lively and vibrant church.”

The ice cream parlour runs Monday to Sunday from 2-7pm except Saturdays when it is open 11am-8pm.


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