Charity Coffee Mornings

From 2007 until 2017 we held a Charity Coffee Morning on the first Thursday of each month, on the Farmers' Market day - these mornings raised the profile and created fund-raising opportunities for local charities.

For 2018 and onwards however the format of our Charity Mornings are changing.

Instead of visits from local charities, or the local supporters of national charities, we are supporting the bigger national campaigns where the charities are able to provide publicity. There will be no stalls, but we will have regular opportunities to support these campaigns by buying coffee and cake – what could be better!  Claire and Tina will be looking for support during these 'new style' Charity Mornings, and we hope, with your support, to raise significant sums to donate to these good causes.  Current planned dates are as follows:

  Friday 16 November  BBC Children in Need appeal
  Friday 18 January 2019  Parkinson's UK
  Friday 22 February  Thames Hospice
  Friday 15 March  Comic Relief
  Friday 22 March  Epilepsy (Local Branch)
  Friday 26 April  Retinitis Pigmentosa
  Friday 17 May  Well Child
  Thursday 13 June  Cupcake Day for Alzheimer's
  Friday 19 July  British Heart Foundation
  Friday 16 August  Stroke Association
  Friday 27 September  Macmillan 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning'
  Friday 18 October  Breast Cancer Awareness

We will review our future plans when we can judge how the new style of Charity Morning has worked, and the progress on the building work and changes in shopping that have evolved during the year.


Monthly Report

Royal theme Cancer ResearchOn Friday 18th May, we held a Royal Wedding themed charity coffee morning in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The Meeting Place was decorated with Meghan and Harry bunting and the volunteers wore red, white and blue. We showed clips from Her Majesty the Queen's wedding ceremony to Prince Philip in November 1947.

We had a lovely selection of homemade cakes and served cream teas to celebrate the occasion.

We were very busy and we raised the fantastic sum of £162.49 for the cause.

Thank you so much to everyone who donated cakes and came along to the morning.

Claire Knight

 

 


2007-2017 ReportTHE MEETING PLACE

The Charity Coffee Mornings started in September 2007, when Gerry Higson spotted the opportunity to support local charities with a regular event in the newly opened Bradbury Centre on the traditional Farmers' Market Day of each month.  The local branch of Cancer Research UK were the first charity to visit us, and since then we have been visited by a wide variety of good causes, some of whom we have been happy to welcome a number of times.  Remarkably, between September 2007 and December 2017 we have been able to donate £16,864 to various charities, with all our takings over the counter being given to the charity supported on the day, and the sales tables on the Charity Mornings have raised a further £11,208 which has gone directly to their funds.  The grand total is £28,072, and I can only thank everyone who has supported these mornings by coming along to buy coffee and cake, buying from the sales tables and donating money, cakes, scones and other items too numerous to mention.

Janet Severn