Winklebury School Summer Fayre – Sat 17th June 2017

The fayre is Saturday 17th June 11am – 2pm and is to raise funds for the school.

We fund the exciting things like easter egg hunts, Christmas and leavers parties and this year we were able to donate towards technology as well!

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The Island of Lost Children

We invite you to our performance of The Island of Lost Children at Everest Academy, Popley on 25th March at 3pm.

Tickets are only £5 and are available by either ringing 01256 325420 or or email admin@spotlightuk.org

Synopsis:

The world is a bleak and all too quiet place for young Patience and her faithful dog, Barkley…

Her father – a workaholic doctor obsessed with curing his patients – does not allow her outside, for fear she might fall ill and pass away as her mother did…

With her mother long since lost, and her father oblivious to her loneliness, Patience falls foul of her wicked governess – Miss Treat – who believes that all children should be “not seen and not heard.”  Every time Patience and Barkley are caught making the tiniest bit of noise, they are forced to clean their massive house from top to bottom!

And what a creepy old house it is too…  Formerly a school, it is rumoured that all the children just up and vanished as if by magic!  But of course Patience knows better than to believe in things like magic

One day, after accidentally breaking Miss Treat’s favourite vase, Patience and Barkley are thrown into the scary old attic!  It is there that they happen across a peculiar painting of a beautiful island…  Little do they know that this is the moment that will change their lives forever – in ways they could never have imagined…

Findings themselves somehow magically transported to the very same island from the painting, Patience and Barkley rejoice!  At last, they are free to live as they please… Or so they thought!

A legion of children lead by a powerful King, a spooky ghost who is not as he seems, and a magical paintbrush-wielding super-villain; all this and more await Patience and Barkley on The Island of lost Children

Will Patience find the courage to speak her truth, even when all the world is telling her to be silent?  Can she face her fears and ‘stand tall’ even when all seems lost?  And will she and Barkley ever find their way back home?

Well we can’t actually tell you, that’d be cheating! You’ll just have to see for yourselves…

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NHM Readers: Companies to sponsor a child

I recently asked the Friends of  my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook if they could help as I have been thinking about sponsoring a disadvantaged child for a while and wondered if anyone already did it and if they do, which companies they recommend.

These were the responses I received. They are in no particular order. Thank you to Shona for putting this post together! 

NHM Readers recommend charities to sponsor children

Tarran said: I used to sponsor a little boy in Kenya, called Michael. this was with Plan UK.

Liz said: I use Plan UK, you get updates from the child and family. We choose a child the same age as our daughter, we recently received a picture from her which was lovely 🙂

Christa said: I sponsor a little girl in Ethiopia through world vision and get regular updates and photos. X

Gillian said: We sponsor a little boy in Haiti with compassion uk also a little girl in Uganda with amigos ????

Murshida said:  I sponsored 2 kids World vision and Plan UK are both very good!

Samantha said: Hi, I have just started sponsoring a little boy in Kenya through ‘Compassion’. X

Jessica said: I sponsor a little girl in Kenya through a charity called Awaken Love

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Top Tip 39: What to do with your old cot mattress!

Thank you to Shona for putting together this post!!!

NHM readers suggested uses for old cot mattresses

I asked the Friends of  my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook What did you do with your cot mattress when you didn’t need it any more?  I don’t really want to dump it but I’m sure you can’t recycle mattresses. Seems such a waste to take it to the tip”.  Thank you very much to everyone who responded, here are the suggestions:

Please note, these are in no particular order!

1. Animal Rescue Centres

Karen suggested trying animal rescue centres as they sometimes take them and use them as beds.

2. Re-use / Upcycle

(Suggested by Poppy, Karen, Susan, Michelle and Karen)

If you have the room to keep them then old mattresses are great for a selection of uses, such as:

  • To get out for the kids to jump on when they feel the urge to jump on the sofa or bed
  • A spare bed for when you have friends staying over with little ones or for camping trips
  • As a base for tent/den making
  • Smaller mattresses (such as moses basket mattresses) make great bathroom or garden kneelers
  • Recover and use as a window seat cushion

3. Send out to Romania

Vicki suggested contacting Ruth at Christ Church Chineham as she arranges for old mattresses to be sent out to Romania.

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Local Crochet

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My name is Sian and my hobby is crochet.

I am currently selling my items to raise money for Brainstrust, a charity which is supporting my sister and her family, who live in Basingstoke, as they go through the tough time of her husband having an incurable brain tumour.

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I make a lot of baby clothes and items such as cot and pram blankets, as well as decorative items, hats and scarves and the like.

I also take commissions (but please give me good notice as I work full time!)

Please contact Sian directly via facebook for further information.

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Basingstoke Foodbank

Basingstoke FoodBank – based at Trinity Church I believe – are having their annual food collection in partnership with Tesco on Friday 2nd and Sat 3rd December 2016 at the superstore in Chineham.

Volunteers will be handing out FoodBank shopping lists as shoppers enter the store, asking if they’d like to donate an item on their way out.

If anybody wants any further information or to get involved, please email Karol on admin@basingstoke.foodbank.org.uk.

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Christmas Food Boxes for Basingstoke 2016!!!

I am sooooo excited to be able to announce the Christmas Food Boxes appeal again this year for Basingstoke Voluntary Action.

The NorthHantsMum Community have been involved in this appeal since it started three years ago and I’m VERY proud of how much we’ve been able to help!

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Christmas Food Boxes for Basingstoke 2016

Over the last 3 years Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) have distributed nearly 1000 Christmas food boxes to individuals across the borough who are living with the effects of poverty, social isolation, or vulnerably housed, as well as food and tents, winter equipment and clothes for around 75 individual people who are sleeping rough.

Over 500 of these were distributed last year alone, showing what can be achieved when communities are motivated and united for such a worthwhile local cause.

The food box appeal has grown year on year, and become a huge undertaking. This means we need as much help as we can get to ensure 2016 is another successful year.

Basingstoke Irish Society have generously offered us room at Basingstoke Irish Centre to accept donations, and storage space to use as a hub for this year’s food drive.

We will be accepting donations between

Monday 18 November  – Friday 16 December 2016

Basingstoke Irish Centre

Council Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DH

Please contact natascha.shepherd@bvaction.org.uk to arrange delivery of donations or to discuss volunteering.

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Last year’s appeal benefitted recipients identified by a broad range of local charities and support agencies, including:

·         HCC Learning Disabilities team

·         HCC Children’s Services Team

·         Mencap

·         Bridge Centre

·         Opcis

·         Neighbourcare

·         Youth Offending Team

·         Hampshire Wellbeing

·         Two Saints Ltd

 

·         May Place

·         Jacobs House

·         The Camrose Centre

·         YMCA

·         MaD (teenage parents)

·         Young Carers

·         Citizens Advice

·         YouTrust

·         Homegroup

·         Mary Rose Court

·         Community Furniture Project

·         Trinity

 

“I would like to say a massive thank you to BVA for the hard work they have put in arranging food boxes this year. I have taken around 30 & delivered them to clients that were not expecting anything – all were very grateful for the thought & the generosity of people”

Home Group

“Without donations such as these, Trinity would not be able to provide the same level of service to our clients, and we are so grateful that you thought of us.”

Trinity

“Basingstoke Voluntary Action do some fantastic work to help the community and I’m thrilled AWE staff have been able to contribute to such a worthy cause.”

AWE

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Why not make it a team challenge?

Last year local companies competed internally to fill the most boxes, bands got together and held a concert, and local schools had non-uniform days!

There are two ways anyone can help:

Option 1 – Christmas Food Box for refuges, hostels and underprivileged families

  1. Take a photocopying paper box and lid
  2. Wrap box and lid separately in Christmas wrapping paper
  3. Fill it up with food for Christmas, selecting from following suggested items:
  • Tins of ham or chicken
  • Tins of new potatoes
  • Tins of carrots, garden peas
  • Tin or pouch of long life quality casserole meal
  • Dessert such as custard, mince pies, Christmas Cake,
  • Luxury biscuits, chocolates/selection box
  • Tea/ coffee/cocoa
  • Snacks such as crackers, twiglets, savoury twists, nibbles.
  1. Box all food up
  2. Email to arrange delivery; In some cases, or where large donations are concerned we may be able to collect donations
  3. We will donate them to the worthy causes and centres in the Basingstoke and Deane area

You can find detailed instructions on how to build your box at the following post about the 2014 Christmas food boxes on NorthHantsMum.

Option 2 – Donations of food and items to be distributed to homeless centres and hostels, can be from the list above or any of these:

  • Food items such as cup soups/noodles, tea bags, coffee (any food bags you can add hot water to); ring-pull tins of hot dogs, ravioli, stews, rice puddings; high energy protein/cereal bars; chocolate biscuits/sweets/small selection boxes, multipack crisp/snacks
  • Equipment such as warm hats, scarves, gloves, socks, jumpers, coats; unwanted rucksacks or draw string bags; wind-up torches, sleeping bags, thermos flasks/cups; sturdy boots/shoes, toiletries
  • Please note we cannot accept any donations of alcohol or food containing alcohol

We also need empty photocopy paper boxes, donations of sticky tape, wrapping paper and volunteers to help sort items, wrap, pack and distribute boxes – if you have any free time and would like to join us we would love to hear from you!!

Finally, many companies in previous years have donated money to help with winter food box appeals. If you would like to do this please make cheques payable to Basingstoke Voluntary Action and clearly write on the back Christmas Appeal

Please note that due to the change in venue this year we cannot guarantee response to phone messages. For all Food Box related enquiries please email natascha.shepherd@BVAction.org.uk.

You can also support BVA by “Like-ing” their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BasingstokeVA/?fref=ts

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NCT Nearly New Sale – Saturday 15th October 2016

You can find more details about the sale at the following Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/719861741486770/

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Father’s Day Fun for Children’s Hospice in Aldermaston

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Roaming Star Wars stormtroopers, glitter tattooists, a petting zoo and vintage tractors are just a few of the attractions expected at a Family Fun Day hosted by EllisKnight Recruitment on Father’s Day (Sunday 19 June).

Hundreds of families are expected to enjoy the event at Wasing Park, Aldermaston, in aid of Naomi House Children’s Hospice.

For the energetic, there are 5km and 10km runs for adults through the beautiful park woodland as well as a 1km Superhero Dash for children.

Dave Holby-Wolinski, who lives in Bramley and is a director at EllisKnight is well known for his fundraising antics. He spent 2.5 years rowing round the world on a static rowing machine in Basingstoke town centre for Breast Cancer Now.

Dave said: “We visited Naomi House recently and were deeply moved by what we saw, especially because most of us are fathers ourselves. It made us all the more determined to put on a day to celebrate the strength of family and raise much needed funds to support this wonderful charity and the comfort they bring.”

The children’s Super Hero Dash will be started by another popular Basingstoke fundraiser, Mike Wilson, who became SpiderDad after a video of him donning a Spider-Man costume and surprising his terminally ill son, Jayden, five, became an internet sensation.

Other family attractions include:

  • Great food including clay oven pizza, roasts and burgers
  • Face painters and glitter tattooists
  • Bouncy castles
  • An owl display
  • A petting zoo with farm animals
  • Military tanks
  • Roaming Star Wars Storm Troopers
  • Classic cars
  • Vintage tractors
  • A fire engine
  • Ice cream and candy floss
  • An open-top red London Pub Bus selling cider and local ales
  • A grand raffle with prizes including weekend hire of a beautiful Morgan Classic Car
  • Craft and food stalls from jewellery to fudge and tutus to ginger marmalade
  • Traditional fun day games including Skittles, Coconut Shy and Hoopla

Gates open at Wasing Park (Wasing Lane, Aldermaston, RG7 4NG) at 9am with free parking.

The 5km and 10km runs through beautiful woodland start at 10.30am. The Super Hero Dash starts at 1pm. All finishers will receive bespoke medals and goodie items.

Entry costs £5 for adults, £2 concessions, £1 to runners signed up for the 5km and 10km and free entry for under 12’s.

You can find more details about the event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1512366855733294/

For more information visit knights4charity.org

Four Lanes Summer Fete – Saturday 25th June 2016

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Friends of Four Lanes Schools present their annual fete

Saturday 25th June 2016 from 1pm to 4pm.

Admission FREE!

I’m going to be there too, so come find me and say Hello :-D.

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