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.
On 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.
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.