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
  • Sauces for rice dishes
  • Tinned Ham
  • Tinned meat pies (no alcohol)
  • Tinned fish (all varieties)
  • Custard
  • Tinned meat (e.g. stewing steak or chicken in white sauce. alcohol free)
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Coffee (small jars)
  • UHT milk (full fat and semi-skimmed)
  • Sauces for pasta dishes
  • Marmite
  • Jam
  • Chocolate spread
  • Drinking chocolate
  • Biscuits
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet roll
  • Shampoo

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


Opening times

Winchester Basics Bank is now closed for the Christmas period and will re-open on Friday 30th December between 10:00 and 12:00.

We will not be open on Monday 2nd January 2017. Normal opening times will recommence on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Items in Short Supply

We are always grateful for donations. Currently we are low on the following items


  • Fruit
  • Spaghetti/spaghetti bolognese
  • Ravioli
  • Meat (Stew, casserole)
  • Rice pudding/Custard


  • Jam
  • Pasta sauce (Meat or Veg)
  • Coffee (small jars)


  • Fruit squash


  • Fruit juice (long life)
  • Milk (long life) full fat and semi-skimmed

Toiletries etc

  • Toilet roll
  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Deodorant



2 New Volunteering Opportunities

 – Minutes Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Winchester Basics Bank is looking to appoint a volunteer to act as Minutes Secretary to the Board of Trustees. ?This would involve arranging board meetings, taking and distributing minutes, and supporting the Company Secretary

– Food Collection Volunteer

We are also looking for people to join our existing team of volunteers collecting  food from one of our regular donors, Abel and Cole, on Friday mornings.

If you are interested in either role please look at the role description and complete our application form, both of which are available on our volunteering page.

Newsletter – April 2016

Newsletter April 2016


AGM 2016

Speach marksOur AGM was held at St Peter’s Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 23rd March. Our Annual Report indicated that there has been a very slight drop in client numbers. However we have seen an increase in the number of children supported through the School Holiday Lunch scheme, so overall numbers have increased slightly. We have also seen a slow but steady use of our Fuel Poverty Scheme in recent months.

After the AGM delegates received an introduction to the work of Christians Against Poverty, by Debt Centre Manager, Mr Barry Smith

Special Thanks

stats-icons-familyWe have been very fortunate to receive a generous donation of over £2,000 from staff at Arqiva at a celebratory lunch on 3rd March. Staff organised  numerous events in celebration of their 40th Anniversary, including a 70’s themed day of events (attended by Rev. Graham Topping) on 26th November when much of the money was raised. The cheque presentation was attended by our Operations Manager, Janet Crick.

Winchester Basics Bank in the City Centre 

stats-icons-cutleryWe are very pleased to have welcomed our first clients at our new city centre venue, Hope Church Winchester, in Middle Brook Street. We eagerly await completion of the extension to the side of the building, which will then house the site for Winchester Basics Bank. We are excited to see how this new satellite will develop.


New faces and farewell to old friends 

We are delighted to welcome some new faces onto the Board of Trustees. Mike Slinn and David


Bartholomew were elected at the AGM and David will take on the role of Company Secretary.

Sadly we say goodbye to 2 of our longest serving Trustees, Geoff Meads and Viv Wheeler, who both stepped down at the AGM. We are enormously grateful to them for all the skills, experience and expertise they have brought to the running of Winchester Basics Bank. They will be very much missed. We are delighted that Viv will continue as a volunteer at Milland Road and we wish them both well.

In addition we also say thank you and goodbye to Andre Lewis and Alison Pringle who have both decided to step down as they must focus on other priorities. Alison bravely stepped into the role of Treasurer and Company Secretary, in our hour of need,  and has served us so well during her time. She will continue to help out until a replacement Treasurer can be appointed.

Andre has been a tower of strength in facilitating a healthier food option for clients, by spearheading the introduction of fresh foods via donations from Abel and Cole. This had made a significant difference to our food offering and clients are delighted with the produce.

Jean Hart will remain on the Board, but has asked to step down as Chair in view of personal commitments and changing priorities. We are so grateful to her for steering Winchester Basics Bank during her time as Chair, and we are very pleased that she is able to remain as a Trustee.

Shopping List

stats-icons-tinsWe are always so grateful for the donations we receive, and the generosity of the people of Winchester, and surrounding districts, is outstanding. If you are looking to offer further support we are currently in need of tinned meat, especially chicken in white sauce, and minced beef or beef casserole. Toiletries and toilet rolls are also often in short supply so please would you consider donating shampoo, deodorant, and toilet roll. Men’s toiletries are particularly in short supply. Thank you so much for your continued support.


Vacancy – Treasurer

We have an immediate vacancy to join the Board of Trustees as Treasurer.

We are a hard-working and supportive Board committed to providing strategic leadership and support to a vital Christian charity in the City. We meet every 6 to 8 weeks for a two-hour meeting and you will also need to be in regular contact with our two paid part-time staff who manage the day-to-day financial procedures. We are in a good financial position and have some reserves which we have earmarked for service development plans. We can offer some short-term experienced help to introduce any systems/process changes you might want to make once you get to know us. We would like someone who can commit to us for a couple of years and has:

  • knowledge of financial accounting and reporting procedures
  • ability to communicate financial information to those who may have little or no financial background
  • hands-on book-keeping skills
  • strategic financial planning skills
  • knowledge of and commitment to the work of Winchester Basics Bank
  • a clear commitment to the Christian faith

Expressions of interest via email to by 15th April

Or telephone the chair Sue Broadbent 07825 417485

Click here Treasurer Role description to see the role description

Click here Annual report 2015 to read our annual report

January Newsletter 2016

Thank You


Once again we are indebted to so many individuals, businesses and other organisations who helped to make Christmas an enjoyable time for so many who are experiencing hardship. We were able to provide Christmas treats with our December food parcels, as well as gifts for the children of our clients, courtesy of the Hampshire Chronicle Toy Appeal and Scarlett Aylen from Alresford. Scarlett raised cash to buy  and donate a large number of new toys. We have also been the beneficiaries of the proceeds from several Christmas events. The support that we receive is amazing and we are extremely grateful.

2015 Another busy year!

bootful of foodAnother busy year for us. Over the past twelve months we supplied 15060 days of food. December was exceptionally busy and we served as many people in the 2 days before Christmas as we would normally serve in a whole month!

The total number of clients provided with food was 2770, a slight reduction from 2014.

Items in short supply

mens deodorantFollowing our hectic Christmas period and fairly busy start to the New Year, we are currently low on stocks of tinned meat and UHT milk. We also need deodorant (for men and women) and shampoo. Donations of any of these would be greatly welcomed. Thank you for your support!


University of Winchester Foundation Music – Charity of the Year

musical_instrumentsWe are delighted that the Foundation Music department at the University of Winchester has voted Winchester Basics Bank as their Charity of the year. They already have fundraising events planned in March at 2 Vocal and Instrumental showcases. We look forward to working with them throughout the year.

Fundraising opportunities

Get fit, have fun, raise money

Winchester Swim 2016

Organised by the Rotary Club





  • Winchester College
  • Saturday 20th February
  • Teams of 4-8 people swimming for 55 minutes at a time you choose
  • Register at
  • Lots of prizes!

Itchen Walk 2016

Sunday 12th June 2016. Registrations at: A fun and healthy day out while raising funds for Winchester Basics Bank


Newsletter December 2015

Harvest Report

IMAG0149[1]We are delighted to report that we have had an excellent response to our Harvest Appeal yet again. This year we have been supported by around 60 churches, schools and other organisations and our store cupboards are looking extremely healthy. We are so grateful for this vital support which means we are well-placed to meet demand for another year.

Special Thanks

JpegWe have been very fortunate to receive so much support from local schools and uniformed organisations during our harvest collections. Special thanks go to the pupils from Winchester College, All Saints Primary School and 5th Winchester Cubs (Compton) who all came along and donated as well as sorted food and toiletries for us. The cubs also made wonderful posters and illustrated some recipes for us. These are now on display at Milland

Waitrose Weekend 6th – 7th November


Many thanks to all those who volunteered some of their time over the weekend of 6th & 7th November to hand out shopping lists to the customers at Waitrose in Weeke, to those who donated and also to the partners at the store who were very supportive. The response was excellent!

Christmas Donations

imgresWe are always pleased to receive seasonal donations in the run up to Christmas. It is a delight to witness the surprise and gratitude on our clients’ faces when we are able to include a special box of chocolates or biscuits with the food parcels in December. Things that are most appreciated include:-

Chocolate tree decorations, Christmas Biscuits, small selection packs, Boxes of Chocolates, Christmas puddings, Christmas cakes, Gift sets of toiletries, (for men & women)

Do you shop 0nline?

Did you know that you can help Basics Bank whilst you are doing your Christmas shopping? All you need to do is visit our Easyfundraising page, register and then click through to one of the thousands of retailers. Any purchases that you make in this way will attract a donation from the retailer at no cost to you!

You can also find a link to our page via our website.


September Newsletter 2015


favicon LizLiz Eastham has stepped down as Administrator for the Basics Bank, although we are thrilled that she will be returning in the autumn to volunteer. Liz has been a tower of strength over the past 2 years, and we have all appreciated her brilliant organisational skills and her ‘can do’ attitude. We wish her well for the future and look forward to working with her as a volunteer very soon.

A number of volunteers have also stepped down, and we take this opportunity to say, “thank you”, for all you have done over the years. We really could not maintain this valuable service



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Our Operations Manager, Janet Crick, joined us in July. Janet has worked extensively in the charity sector and  comes with much experience. She is a member of Hope Church Winchester  and is married with two grown up  children. Since graduating from the university of Portsmouth  she has worked in a number of charities including  British Red Cross and Winchester Pregnancy  Crisis Centre. She has a real heart to serve those in need, and loves  working with volunteers. She  is delighted to be part of the team.

We have two new Trustees, Lisa Gibbons and Rev Graham Topping.

Lisa brings her experience of both the financial sector and Capita to the board, and will offer support using her expertise in project management. She is mum to 3 lively boys and a member of Christ Church Winchester.

The Rev Topping brings a wealth of skills and experience to our board having recently been a chaplain and a re-settlement officer at HMP Winchester – and has just completed a year of office as chaplain to the Mayor of Winchester.


Food shelves in Winchester Basics BankWe have already received offers from local schools and churches for our 2015 Harvest Appeal. If you can also support us we would love to hear from you. Please check the website home page to view the list of our most urgent needs, but any donations will be gratefully received. If you will be holding a Harvest Festival service or assembly and would like someone to come and talk about our work please e-mail




  • Deodorant (men’s and women’s)
  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brushes
  • Toilet roll
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Tinned fruit
  • Squash
  • Long life fruit juices
  • Tinned custard
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Empty egg boxes for 6 eggs



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The school holiday lunch scheme which was set up last year, supported around 100 children this year. Families were referred by local schools and other organisations, with each family receiving sufficient lunch food for their school age children during the summer break. We trialled opening Milland Road on Monday mornings, so that parents could collect the food for a week at a time, outside of normal Basics Bank hours. This worked well for the majority of families.


The Bill Sargent Trust commissioned research into the work of food banks in Hampshire and produced their report, “Between a rock and a hard place”, in July. Their research concluded that the idea that food banks perpetuate the problem of food poverty is untrue and that lack of food is not the crisis, it is the tipping point of numerous crises for people facing low income, job loss, relationship breakdown, health issues and family illness. The report highlighted the problem that no one in Government takes overall responsibility for the issue.

The most common reasons cited for using a food bank were:

  • Benefits sanctions
  • Low income
  • Unemployment without benefits
  • Budget changes
  • People slipping through the net because of the inflexibility of the system.

Furthermore there was evidence that most people do take action to avoid a crisis. They do:

Budget, seek employment; seek to clear debts, live frugally, put money aside for their children

There was evidence of a shift in the pattern of users from single, homeless people to families and people on low incomes.  Over the last 10 years demand has increased rapidly and plateaued at a high level. Our own statistics show that the number of vouchers issued over the last 10 years has almost doubled, whilst the number of people being fed has increased almost four-fold.

The full report will be available online shortly.

Urgent Needs

We are in need of tinned spaghetti, tinned custard and tinned fruit. We are also low on shampoo, shower gel and toilet roll. If you can help with any of these items we would really appreciate it. Thanks so much for your help!