Wonston Community Cafe
You'll remember our friendly faces and amazing teas, coffees and cakes from our Community Cafes held over several years at The Wonston Arms.
Well, now we have moved to a new home - here at The Victoria Hall every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9.30am until midday. Last orders 11.45am.
2022 dates and charities
19th January - Countess of Brecknock Hospice
16th February - Young Lives versus Cancer
16th March - The Boaz Project
We support many local charities. Please come to see us. You won't be disappointed!
For further information please contact Margaret Sandford
Didn't we do well!
Our first café of the year raised a magnificent sum of £423 for the Countess of Brecknock Hospice. This wonderful figure came from sales of tea, coffee & cakes, customer donations and a generous donation of £95 from sales of her artwork by local supporter Kerry Evans. Having studied art foundation at St Martin's, Kerry came back to painting during lockdown, and made the move from acrylic to oil. Kerry recently lost a close friend who was looked after by the hospice, and was honoured to be part of the Wonston community café and sell her paintings to raise funds for such a special place. If you would like to view the paintings that are still for sale, please email email@example.com. Prices range from £35 - £110 framed, and 25% of the sales price will be donated to the Countess of Brecknock Hospice.
For our February café we were joined by Jane and Ann, members of the local North Hampshire committee of our nominated charity Young Lives vs Cancer (formerly Clic Sargent). As well as bringing home made cakes for us to sell, Jane and Ann also sold raffle tickets and raised £135. In addition, we had a very successful morning of coffee and cake sales and raised a magnificent sum of £320 to donate to the charity.
Our thanks must go to our groups of regular supporters – the lady cyclists, ladies from the local aqua class (pictured here), friends and locals from the surrounding villages. We are now attracting visitors from all around Winchester with the mouthwatering display of cakes!
Our history so far
The Wonston Community Cafe was started in October 2015 by local residents in Wonston with the twin aims of providing a coffee morning for local residents and raising funds for charities. For the first four years, the cafe was hosted by landlord Matt Todd of The Wonston Arms. Each month a small army of volunteers would bake delicious cakes for the cafe whilst another small army would run the cafe. Over time, the cafe's success grew, pulling in customers from much further afield than the parish of Wonston.
Between October 2015 and February 2020 the Wonston Community Cafe raised an impressive £8, 808 for both local and national charities. The charities supported ranged from very local - Winchester & Countess of Brecknock Hospices, Boaz, Winchester Bereavement, the village defibrillator fund - to larger national charities including Blood Cancer UK, Macmillan and Clic Sergeant.
In March 2020 the Covid pandemic saw the cafe close for 18 months and sadly, Matt was unable to continue supporting us through the use of The Wonston Arms. Not to be deterred the volunteers researched local venues and will re-open the cafe in the Victoria Hall, Sutton Scotney from September 2021.
The organisers of the cafe would like to thank everyone who has made the cafe such a success: the volunteers who bake and run the cafe, Matt for hosting us for so long, and our customers who support the cafe and the charitable causes with their time and very generous donations.
For details of the charities we are supporting each month, please see this page, The Dever News and Sutton Scotney's and the Victoria Hall Face Book pages.
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