End of year Newsletter

Harvest Festival

HarvestOnce again we have been delighted by the generosity of the people of Winchester who have given so graciously. We have received around 60 donations from local schools, churches, uniformed organisations, business and shops. Waitrose arranged a one day special collection and customers gave an extra 30+ crates of food, in addition to their regular weekly collection. We also continued to receive donations from Sainsbury, Tesco, Alresford Co-op and many other regular donors. The shelves are now well stocked to tide us over into 2018. Thank you all so much for everything you gave.

Listed below are things we often run out of through the year.

 Tinned spaghetti/macaroni
 Tinned fruit, Tinned custard
 Squash, Long life fruit juices and milk
 Marmite
 Shampoo, shower gel, deodorant
 Corned beef, Tinned ham
 Tinned meat such as minced beef and onions or chicken in white sauce

New Satellite in Stanmore

We are now even more accessible! St Luke’s Church, Mildmay Street, Stanmore is the new location for our latest satellite. It is open every Friday from 10:30-12:30 except Friday 22nd December.


We have been so pleased to receive many delicious Christmas items, such as chocolates, cakes, Christmas puddings and mince pies, all of which are now being given out to clients facing hardship at the time of year. We have also received a number of toys and other gifts which have enabled families to enjoy Christmas and give a special gift to their children. Once again we thank each one of you for giving so generously.


volunteersWe have been please to recognise so many of our volunteers this year for the wonderful service to Winchester Basics Bank. 14 of our volunteers have given 5 or more years’ continuous service and each was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of all they have done for us throughout their time. We are so grateful for their loyalty and excellent service


Your regular financial donations will help us to continue helping the many people we have supported over the years. We support 2500-3000 people every year, including hundreds of children. Please help us to carry on this vital work. By giving via our “my donate” page here. https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/winchesterbasicsbank
If you regularly shop on line then using Give as You Live will ensure a  donation to us. https://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/winchester-basics-bank/ec146357

September 2017 Newsletter

School Holiday Lunch Scheme

potatoThe school holiday lunch scheme supported over 100 children this year. We made the food available at different locations, to make it easier for families to access the service and this has been well received. We also delivered to those families unable to get to our locations. All of the feedback has been very positive. In addition, thanks to the generous support of the University of Winchester we supplied an activities booklet, which also had some recipes for families to make together. Once again we were delighted to be able to offer support to St Mary’s Church, Kings Worthy. They offered various sessions of fun activities for families, with a meal at the end. This was very successful. Our stocks are now getting very low on a number of items. Please see the section “items in short supply”

2017 Harvest Appeal

HarvestWe have already received offers from local schools and churches for our 2017 Harvest Appeal. If you can also support us please do get in touch. Our website www.winchesterbasicsbank.co.uk
has a list of our most urgent needs. If you will be holding a Harvest Festival service or assembly in support of our work and need us to collect your donation please e-mail winchbbank@gmail.com.
Please have items bagged or boxed ready for collection. If you are able to deliver to us then it helps if donations can be delivered to Milland Road during our opening hours. Please let us know if this is a problem.

Items in short supply

Please check that your donations do not contain any

  • Tinned spaghetti/macaroni
  • Tinned fruit
  • Squash
  • Long life fruit juices and milk
  • Toilet roll
  • Tinned custard
  • Pasta and curry sauces
  • Coffee
  • Marmite
  • Shampoo, shower gel, deodorant
  • Corned beef
  • Tinned ham
  • Tinned meat such as minced beef and onions or chicken in white sauce
  • Meat Pies (no steak and ale or other alcohol)
  • Porridge
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Dry rice

Online referral Service

cakeOur online referral service is 1 year old!

This service has been a great success. We still have agents who need to sign up to it, but we have been able to welcome many new agencies and agents who have not previously referred clients. If you have not signed up yet please contact Janet Crick, our Operations Manager, on 01962 855774 or e-mail her at the address below.

 Volunteer Event. Save the date!

WSkittlesThursday 5th October, 7 p.m. at The Phoenix, Twyford. Food, fun and maybe a few surprises! We would love to see as many volunteers as possible at this event


£ Fundraising

Your regular financial donations will help us to continue helping the many people we have supported over the years. We support 2500-3000 people every year, including hundreds of children. Please help us to carry on this vital work. You can donate via our my donate page here. Thank you for your support  https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/winchesterbasicsbank

Items in short supply

We are always grateful for every donation we receive. If you can help us out with any of the following items it would allow us to give a varied supply of food.

  • Squash
  • Fruit juice (UHT)
  • Corned Beef
  • Tinned Ham
  • Tinned meat pies (no alcohol)
  • Custard
  • Tinned meat (e.g. stewing steak or chicken in white sauce. alcohol free)
  • Chocolate spread
  • Drinking chocolate
  • Tinned vegetables

We are most grateful for all your support. Thank you.


Opening times

Opening times

Tuesday:-  21a Penton Place, Milland Road, Highcliffe Open 10:00-15:00
Thursday:- St Barnabas Church, Fromond Road, Weeke Open 10:00-13:00
Friday:- St Luke’s Church, Mildmay Street, Stanmore  Open 10:30-12:30
Friday:- 21a Penton Place, Milland Road, Highcliffe Open 10:00-15:00

Clothing Update

Owing to pressures on space at our premises in Milland Road, we regret that we can no longer accept donations of children’s clothing, bedding or other household items. We will continue to offer a small range of men’s and women’s clothing and would discourage large quantities of unsorted items in black bin liners. We thank you for your understanding.

Donate via Easyfundraising

In addition to MyDonate, we are also able to accept financial support via Easyfundraising.org.uk  – search for Winchester Basics Bank.