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.
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.
A group 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Once 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 fruit, Tinned custard
Squash, Long life fruit juices and milk
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.
We 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
School Holiday Lunch Scheme
The 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
We 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 email@example.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
- Long life fruit juices and milk
- Toilet roll
- Tinned custard
- Pasta and curry sauces
- 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)
- Tinned tomatoes
- Dry rice
Online referral Service
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!
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
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.
- Fruit juice (UHT)
- Corned Beef
- Tinned Ham
- Tinned meat pies (no alcohol)
- 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.
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
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.