Serving our communities

What we love to do

Town Pastors are Christian volunteers from local churches who are out in town centres on Friday and/or Saturday nights, being a positive influence on the streets and providing help and support to vulnerable people. In addition to our street patrols we are supported while out on the streets by a Prayer Team, some who pray at our bases in town while others pray from home.

Support

Giving dehydrated people some water to drink, helping people to get a taxi or waiting with vulnerable people Town Pastors support those in need.

Listen

We offer a listening ear whether you're upset, angry or simply want to chat.

Advice

Whether it's finding something to eat or the best way to get home, we can help.

Team

We work alongside Police, doorstaff and CCTV and with the agreement and support of District Councils to help keep our town centres safe.

Towns We Pastor

We currently operate in 9 towns in Suffolk and in Dereham, Norfolk. If you would like to know more about each scheme or to find out about becoming a Town Pastor please contact your local scheme via their website using the links below.

Things We've Done

Have You Seen Us?

You can find us across Suffolk and into Norfolk on town centre streets during Friday or Saturday evenings, depending on location, throughout the year. In addition we operate as Festival Pastors at the Latitude music festival at Henham Hall in July and at other ad hoc festivals as and when we are invited.

We like these numbers

A flavour of the work we have done through 2019-20 in Suffolk towns and the Latitude Festival using statistics prepared for the Police and Crime Commissioner.

832 Personal Safety
14,144 Water & Refreshments
3,594 Dangerous items removed
17,936 People we've helped
Things We're Doing

Latitude 2021

  • 28 July 2021
  • Festival
  • Tony Hodge

Festival pastors rejoice as Latitude 2021 is great success

After last year's festival was cancelled many people were looking forward to Latitude 2021 as a kick-start to more freedom over the summer.  When Festival Republic Director Melvin Benn signed up to make Latitude an official government test event we were sure it would go ahead.  All hands were turned to the pumps both by Festival Republic to stage the event with a full crowd of 40,000 attendees, and also Festival Pastors to get a team together and organise a presence at what would be our 10th Latitude.

In the end we were able to field a team of 22 pastors, much reduced from pervious years due to standing down of our county-wide teams while the Night-time Economy was closed, but reduced numbers did not mean less enthusiasm.  Unable to provide our usual Cafe facility, we concentrated on daytime patrols around the campsites and into the children's and woods area near the lake. As usual the first day, and even into the second, we were busy welcoming attendees, directing them to their chosen camp site and helping with setting up tents.  Thereafter our patrols were more about caring, chatting and assisting in the general welfare of the site.  A snapshot of our activities can be seen from our statistics - bare numbers of actions we took in a number of categories - though not all were recorded:

  • Personal Safety / Wellbeing - 58
  • Pastoral care/and Mental health issues - 3
  • Drunk & Incapable - 0
  • Medical Assistance Welfare - 17
  • Providing Water/Refreshment - 1062
  • Juveniles - 6
  • Homeless (erecting tents etc) - 692
  • Domestic Tension or Violence - 0
  • Racial Tension reporting or calming - 0
  • Preventing & Reducing crime - 0
  • Alerting Security - 3
  • Dangerous items removed - 0
  • Alcohol and food removed - 0
  • Drugs related incidents - 1
  • Non Categorised Incidents - 24

Total - 1866 recorded interventions

PrayerTent PrayerSpace

These numbers do not take into account the many general chats, helping with directions to camp and events and just the joy of sharing a weekend away camping with members of the public. Neither do they reflect the activities in our Pastor's Prayer Tent

A brief description of our activities can be heard in a Radio Suffolk interview with Peter Livey, one of our managers, on Radio Suffolk's Sunday Morning show with Sarah Lilly  Speaking to Liz Livey from 0:11:17 and Peter Livey from 1:13:30.  Or play the Interview segments only.

All in all we found Latitude 2021 to be a great success - for Festival Republic, for all attendees and for ourselves as Festival Pastors.  Hopefully we will be back next year for Latitude 2022 now confirmed as being held on 21st - 24th July 2022.

Tony Hodge

Tagged in : Latitude Suffolk Pastors

Latitude Festival

Town Pastors have been present at the Latitude festival as Festival Pastors since 2011, breaking only for the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. Our activities include day patrolling of the camp sites and night patrols in the woods arenas; we are there for support, care and a listening ear.  Click below for further information and videos of Festival Pastors work.

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2 Herringswell Road, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk. CB8 7QS

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