PosterW5Charity Coffee Mornings

   Thursday 2 November Berkshire Vision
   Friday 17 November BBC Children in Need appeal

On the first Thursday of each month, on the Farmers' Market day, we hold a Charity Coffee Morning to raise the profile and create fund-raising opportunities for local charities, so come along and have a break from shopping, enjoy a tea or coffee, often with home made cake and scones, and support these good causes.

Our Charity Mornings started in 2007.  We always welcome new charities.  If you are a supporter of a suitable charity which would benefit from this opportunity, but have not had a fund raising morning, please let me know.  It is a wonderful opportunity for your Charity to raise both awareness and funds.

THE MEETING PLACEThese fundraising mornings are often, we are delighted to say, very busy.  All the charities say a big 'thank you' to everyone who works so hard in the kitchen on these busy mornings, and a quote from the letter of thanks from 'Hearing Dogs for the Deaf' reads "Many thanks to all the people who work so hard on the coffee mornings for the assistance given to us and to make us feel so welcome".


Monthly Report

On Thursday 5 October the Wokingham Evening Townswomen's Guild came along to run a Coffee Morning supporting the Thames Valley Air Ambulance with a variety of home made cakes for sale, and some jigsaw puzzles and books to keep us all busy on the colder autumn evenings.  They were delighted to take £130 on their stall, and we took £70 over the counter, so in total a most worthwhile sum of £200 was raised.

On Friday 29 September we supported the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning, raising a total of £275 over the week-end, a wonderful total.  I am very grateful to everyone who donated cakes, supported the event on the morning, and worked very hard in the kitchen on the day.

Please come along and support our next events –

Thursday 2 November - Berkshire Vision

A local registered charity with over 100 years of expertise and experience in the provision of services, advice and support to more than 2,000 people across Berkshire who are blind or partially sighted.  They aim to provide visually impaired people with the information and support they need to live independently and safely.  They will join us with hand-made cards for every occasion, a selection of Christmas gifts and home-made cakes and scones. Come along and join us on what we hope will be a very busy morning.

Friday 17 November – Children in Need

Help us to beat last year's donation of £338 to this worthwhile cause.  This is always a very busy morning, and we rely entirely on donations of cakes and scones (and money) from members of the congregation.  I should be very pleased if you could let me know if you can help.

There will be no Charity Coffee Morning in December.

Every charity appreciate the opportunity to visit us, all our interest and support, the opportunity to talk to people about their work, and particularly value what they realise is the very hard work of everyone in the kitchen on these busy days. However, we must accept that, over time, everything changes.

A change to the Charity Mornings

Over the past year, it has been noticeable that the takings for these regular Charity Mornings have been falling, due in some part to the changes and work going on around the Church, meaning that we have lost some of our 'passing trade'.  It has therefore been agreed that, during 2018, the format of our Charity Mornings will change.

Instead of visits from local charities, or the local supporters of national charities, we will be 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.

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.

Janet Severn