Barbados and Friends Association - Reading (BAFA)
Barbados and Friends  Association - Reading (BAFA)

BAFA (Reading)Heritage Project 2016

The story so far......

 
Cultural Extravaganza 15th Oct - Programme Running Order
14:10 - 14:55 - Heritage in Your Attic - Brendan Carr (Curator, Reading Museum)
[This presentation will offer tips on safeguarding family heirlooms and discuss their potential wider historic
value]
15:05 - 15:35 - Reading Community Gospel Choir

 

[The Reading Community Gospel Choir enjoys bringing people together from all ethnic backgrounds and cultures to sing from the heart and spread the happiness of gospel music. With a mix of classic gospel, negro spirituals and contemporary songs, the choir creates a musical fusion of funky, soulful, groovy and uplifting music that will make you smile and brighten your soul!The choir has performed for BBC South Today as well as singing for BBC Radio Berkshire every year at Christmas and Easter, and was one of the finalists in last year’s BBC TV ‘Songs of Praise’ competition, Gospel Choir of the Year.]
15:45 - 16:45 - Dementia Friends - Richard Childs
[During this session, you will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities.]
16:55 - 17:55 - Our Journey So Far
[Premiere of the documentary film where 1st and 2nd generation Barbadians who settled in Reading share their experiences of their early life in Barbados, reasons for moving to the UK and their experiences of settling in Reading.]
18:05 - 19:05 - Tracing Your Caribbean Heritage - Guy Grannum (National Archives)
[Guy will offer practical advice on how you can carry out your own personal searches.]
19:15 - 20:15 - Streets Paved With Gold - Play written and performed by Victor Richards
[The story is set in the present but explores recent history from the 1950s onwards. In his story, Victor Richards explores African-Caribbean migration, and themes of hope, identity and change. The storyline of “Streets Paved with Gold” weaves together a thrilling and informative picture of the collective experiences of Black British Citizens resulting from their new surroundings.]

 

 

 

Barbados and Friends Association (Reading) would like to invite you to visit a new exhibition at Reading Museum from Tuesday 4th October til Saturday 3rd December 2016 (entrance is free). The exhibition is called: ‘Our journey so far’ and it aims to commemorate 50 years since the Caribbean island Barbados achieved Independence. Reading is often hailed as having the biggest community of Barbadians outside of the Caribbean island and ‘Our Journey So Far’ will reveal a rich history of valuable stories about the Barbadian community. When you attend the museum display you can listen to real stories about: the journey to Reading, life as a Barbadian in the 1950s, our first jobs and much more. Reading Museum (Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH) is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am til 4pm. Tell your friends and family and see you there!>

 

 

Barbados and Friends Association (Reading) would like to invite you to visit a new exhibition at Reading Museum from Tuesday 4th October til Saturday 3rd December 2016 (entrance is free). The exhibition is called: ‘Our journey so far’ and it aims to commemorate 50 years since the Caribbean island Barbados achieved Independence. Reading is often hailed as having the biggest community of Barbadians outside of the Caribbean island and ‘Our Journey So Far’ will reveal a rich history of valuable stories about the Barbadian community. When you attend the museum display you can listen to real stories about: the journey to Reading, life as a Barbadian in the 1950s, our first jobs and much more. Reading Museum (Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH) is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am til 4pm. Tell your friends and family and see you there!

Thank you to those of you who attended the Artefacts Roadshow events at Reading Museum in recent months.

On three occasions we displayed historical items that were used ‘back home’ before Barbadians moved to Reading in the 50s and 60s.

 

The High Commissioner Mr Guy Hewitt recently attended the Artefacts Roadshows to  enjoy the display and here are some comments from visitors:

 

“This was a lovely display of artefacts but the conversations with the people made the visit, an event – thank you”

 

“Very informative – the artefacts and photographs with the text underneath paint a whole picture of the time and place”

 

“Awesome experience talking to the team –a walk down memory lane – thank you”

 

We have exciting news to announce about a Museum display and cultural extravaganza so watch this space.

 

You can always keep up to date via our website: http://www.bafa-reading.org.uk/

Barbados & Friends Association (Reading) are celebrating 50 years of Barbados' Independence with a series of Artefact Roadshow days at Reading Museum.

 

You are invited to come along and see the items on display including a ‘jooking’ board, coal pot, ironing comb and many more items.  

Come along to reminisce and learn about our heritage and bring the kids / grandkids too! 

 

We will be hosting two events on Saturday 13th August

 

and

 

Saturday 10th September 

 

from 10:30 AM until 3:30 PM

 

so please come along to Reading Museum (free entrance).  

 

Share the information with friends and family and we look forward to seeing you there!  

 

From Rodney and BAFA (Reading) team

 

 

Barbados and Friends Association Heritage Project 2016:

 

Bafa Reading has launched an exciting project called Our Journey so far.

 

To celebrate and acknowledge the 50th Independence anniversary, we really want to highlight the presence and contribution of Bajans who live in Reading so we are creating an oral history project.

 

Listen to Rodney Harewood from Bafa Reading talk about Bajan independence and his memories of coming to Reading as a School boy:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p040h2mp

 

**We are holding an interview day to capture stories and memories from our fellow Bajans on this Saturday (30th July) at Reading Town Hall.**

 

If you have a Bajan Grandmother, Grandfather, Dad, Mum, Aunty ...or Uncle or family friend who has vivid memories of life back home and stories to share about Reading in the 1950s onwards – we would love to talk to them and arrange for them to be interviewed.

 

**Contact us before Saturday 30th July to find out more and tag a fellow Bajan friend to spread the word so we can include as many people as possible. More information can be found via: http://www.bafa-reading.org.uk/ and you can call Louise Chandler: 07985650204 **

Barbados and Friends Association Heritage Project 2016:
How many of you grew up with a Bajan style front room that included
mementoes that looked like these (especially the decorative stripy fish that
sits on the mantle piece).

These items were placed with pride around our family homes when we were
growing up with our parents and it's amazing how items like these  trigger
memories of the past!

Barbados and Friends Reading are creating a documentary film to share
stories about the cultural heritage and legacy of the Barbadian community in
Reading.

**We are holding an interview day to capture stories and memories from our
fellow Bajans on Saturday 30th July at Reading Town Hall.**

If you have a Bajan Grandmother, Grandfather, Dad, Mum, Aunty ...or Uncle or
family friend who has vivid memories of life back home and stories to share
about Reading in the 1950s onwards - we would love to talk to them and
arrange for them to be interviewed.

**Contact us before Saturday 30th July to find out more and tag a fellow
Bajan friend to spread the word so we can include as many people as
possible. More information can be found via:
http://www.bafa-reading.org.uk/
and you can call Louise Chandler: 07985650204 **

Barbados and Friends Reading are creating a documentary film to share stories about the cultural heritage and legacy of the Barbadian community in Reading. The project is called ‘Our Journey so far’, there will be activities taking place in the coming months and we need your help please:
**We are holding an interview day to capture stories and memories from our fellow Bajans on Saturday 30th July at Reading Town Hall.** 
If you have a Bajan Grandmother, Grandfather, Dad, Mum, Aunty ...or Uncle or family friend who has vivid memories of life back home and stories to share about Reading in the 1960s onwards – we would love to talk to them and arrange for them to be interviewed. Our community has valuable stories to share and we really want to pay tribute to those who have made wonderful contributions to Reading through work, religion, business, social events and much more.
**Contact us before Saturday 30th July to find out more and tag a fellow Bajan friend to spread the word so we can include as many people as possible. More information can be found via: http://www.bafa-reading.org.uk/and you can call Louise Chandler: 07985650204 *

Embargoed until 00.01hours on Monday 4th July
Sharing Heritage:
BAFA (Reading) to launch ‘Our journey so far’ thanks to £10,000
Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
Barbados and Friends Association Reading [BAFA (Reading)] is proud to announce that we have received £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage1 grant, to deliver a project called ‘Our Journey so far’.
The project will seek to share previously untold stories from the Barbadian community about life on the island, why we chose to move to Reading, what life was like 50 years ago in Berkshire and much more.
‘Our journey so far’ takes place during an important year – when Barbados commemorates 50 years since the island achieved Independence – and the project will explore this topic to find out how Bajans feel about this occasion.
The memories and stories will be recorded to make a mini documentary to ensure tales and anecdotes from the older Barbadian community can be preserved for future generations.
Reading is often hailed as having the biggest community of Barbadians outside of the Caribbean island and we are keen to record memories of using a ‘jooking/juking board’ and stories of a traditional West Indian ‘front room’ in Reading homes.
A series of events will be taking place to capture and share the experiences of the Barbadians who left the shores of Barbados to make Reading their home:
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 Artefacts Roadshows: we are inviting Bajans to share stories and memories by bringing along item(s) that remind them of Barbados on 30th July, 13th August and 10th September at Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH, 11-4pm. Filming will take place to capture the stories
 Visit the Reading Museum Display for free from 3rd October to see the wonderful display of Bajan artefacts and to share our story over the last 50+ years
 Attend the Cultural Extravaganza that celebrates Barbados’ 50th year of Independence on 5th November at the Reading Concert Hall
We are inviting volunteers to assist us with this project. Volunteers will receive training in order to ensure that they can make a valuable contribution and at the same time acquire new skills. Please contact Laura via MyHeritageBarbados@outlook.com if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.
Cllr Paul Gittings, Lead Member for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services from Reading Borough Council, said: "I'm delighted BAFA has successfully secured a Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver this fascinating project during Barbados’ 50th year of Independence.
I encourage residents to come along to the exhibition at Reading Museum on 4th October and find out more about the rich history of Barbados."
The Barbados and Friends Association (Reading) is a local organisation that has been in existence for over 40 years. It was awarded Charity status in early 2004. The Association is led by a committed and dedicated group of individuals who make up the Executive Committee.
Commenting on the award, Chairman Jeff Jones said, “BAFA (Reading) is extremely pleased to have received the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The grant will assist us in sharing our story and will leave a legacy for future generations”.
ENDS
Notes to editors
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About Barbados and Friends Association (Reading) [Registered Charity No. 1102221]
The aims of the Association are to serve the local and wider community and provide support by:
 Seeking to effect changes beneficial to our members, as well as the local and wider community
 Encouraging and fostering harmonious relationships within the local community
 Seeking to build partnerships with local agencies, statutory bodies and the voluntary sector
 Facilitating communication between our members, the local community and the Barbados High Commission in the UK
 Encouraging and supporting our members and friends in preserving cultural links
 Promoting community development by liaising with local and national organisations
Sharing Heritage
1 Sharing Heritage is for any not-for-profit group wanting to explore their community’s heritage. With a commitment from HLF of £3m each year, Sharing Heritage grants between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to groups who want to discover their local heritage. Projects can cover a wide spectrum of subject matter from exploring local archaeology and a community’s cultures and traditions to identifying and recording local wildlife and protecting the surrounding environment to managing and training volunteers, and holding festivals and events to commemorate the past. Heritage Lottery Fund
From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players' money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. www.hlf.org.uk.
For further information, images and interviews, please contact Rodney Harewood on 07771 765 140 or bafa_reading@hotmail.com

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