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.