Winchester Christmas Lights Switch On

Winchester BID nominated the Basics Bank as their charity for the switching-on of the Christmas Lights in Winchester City Centre on November 15th. This meant that our Operations Manager, Jeremy Carter, was interviewed on the stage in front of the Guildhall in front of a large crowd, about the service we provide. We also had a stall in the High Street and were able to make a street collection which raised £375. Mary Alveyn, Chair of Friends of Winchester Basics Bank, organised and decorated our stall and the street collection.

Successful Quiz Night for the Winchester Basics Bank

Quiz Night

A major fundraising event was held at Christ Church Winchester on Saturday 22nd September, organised by the Winchester Basics Bank – which provides emergency food and clothing to people in difficulty. Over 150 people took part in the quiz in teams of 8 who were challenged with some tough questions by quiz supremo and local resident Kevin Ashman. “Overall we raised over £3000 and increased the awareness of the work done by the charity” said Mike Slinn, Chairman of Winchester Basics Bank, after the event. “It was great to receive positive feedback from those attending and to hear they had enjoyed a fun evening with good food and entertaining questions”.

Winchester Basics Bank, based in Milland Road with distribution points at St.Barnabas Church in Weeke and St.Luke’s Church in Stanmore, is seeking additional volunteers – please call 01962 855774 for further information.

Clarendon Way walkers raise £1500 for Winchester Basics Bank

A gr2018_06_23 Clarendon Way walkoup of walkers took part in the Clarendon Way walk on Saturday 23 June to raise funds for Winchester Basics Bank. Signing up for a 5, 11, or 23 mile trek, the groups followed the route from Salisbury to Winchester raising over £1500 in the process on one of the hottest days of the year. If you weren’t able to sponsor those who walked, you can still do so here until then end of July.

Many thanks.




Clarendon Way Walk

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Come and join us on the Winchester Basics Bank Clarendon Way Walk!

Saturday June 23rd

You can walk the full 23-mile Salisbury to Winchester distance or walk just 11 miles or a shorter 5-mile route into Winchester.

We will transport you to your start point by minibus from St. Peter’s School, Olivers Battery Road North where you can park your car.

We will provide mapping and a number to call in an emergency. Refreshments will be available at the end of the walk.

There is no entry fee but we ask each walker to kindly raise at least £50 for Winchester Basics Bank using our MyDonate page.

If you are walking the full 23 miles then join us at St. Peter’s School at 7.30am. We suggest you bring your own lunch or eat at Broughton.

If you are walking the 11 miles (from Broughton to Winchester) or the shorter 5 mile route (from near Kings Somborne to Winchester) then join us at St. Peter’ School at 1.30pm.

There are a maximum of 30 places for the 23 mile trip and 30 for the shorter journeys so sign up now by emailing Mike Slinn at


AGM News

Our AGM was held on 21st March with a high attendance. Mike Slinn reported it had been another successful year for Winchester Basics Bank. We have fed over 3000 people, we have around 160 agents referring clients from around 70 agencies across Winchester and District. We can always do with more volunteers. After all the business had been dealt with Andy Brown from JobCentrePlus gave an excellent talk on the roll out of Universal Credit which will start in July 2018.


On the same day two of our wonderful volunteers attended the Mayors Award for Voluntary Services ceremony at the Winchester Science Centre. Brian and Suzette have been involved with the charity for many years and we were delighted to nominate them for this award which is very well deserved.

We will be closed on Good Friday 30th March, and reopen on Tuesday 3rd April. We wish you all a happy Easter.