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

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BAFA (Reading) 

Happy 2020

from all



BAFA Committee 2019/20


** BAFA friend and long time supporter Desree Charles recently passed. She will be deeply missed by us all. Desree RIP. ?

Please her family funeral message below: ?

My mum sadly passed away peacefully on Saturday 21st December. Her funeral will be held at The Globe, Portman Road, Reading on the Thrusday 23rd January @ 11am. 
*****Please note you don't have to wear black ***** ?

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of Mr Lyle Brome. Mr Brome was previously a Trustee and a very active member of BAFA (Reading) for many years.

In the mid-80s, BAFA (Reading) [previously known as Barbados Association Reading] became dormant. Mr Brome together with Mr Peter Small, Mrs Patricia Cutting, the late Mrs Dorothy Springer and Mr Anderson Connell met in the Emmanuel Methodist Church, Oxford Road, Reading and agreed to restart the Association. That year, the Association held a service celebrating Barbados’ Independence at the same church.

Mr Brome, is credited with starting the Reading Community Carnival (previously known as the Reading West Carnival) and he also played a key role in the development of Reading Council for Race Equality (RCRE) which today is known as Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE).

Mr Brome was an outstanding community person .RIP


We have also lost ,

Eustace Agustus who was a former Chairman and Vice chairman of the Bafa has resently passed RIP from all at BAFA

Goodbye 2019
The Barbados and Jamaica Associations (Reading) yesterday jointly presented a cheque to the Bahamas High Commissioner for £1000.
Jeff Jones Chair of BAFA and Annette Levy Chair of Jamaica Society & Friends Reading met with His Excellency Ellison Greendale and Marche Mackey to jointly present the cheque raised from fundraising and member donations in the Reading community. Community Working Together.


Thanks to all who supported our Golf Day for Prostate Cancer earlier this year. Yesterday BAFA presented a cheque for £500 to Prostate Cancer UK.

For Special Long Standing Member and Commitment to Supporting BAFA Reading Award 2018 went to Ms Callender 

New BAFA caps now on sale £15 

For Upcoming Events and Useful Community Information,  Please See Below

Local event 


Past Events:

Barbados Day - Reading and Speightstown 15 years Town Twinning Day May 2019

For the 2nd year in a row BAFA along side Dolphin Catering were at the Reading Water Fest on Saturday 15th June 2019. The Caribbean food was once again enjoyed by the whole community.

On Saturday 7th April 2018 BAFA hosted a debate on The situation Confronting Undocumented Caribbean Migrants

Many thanks to the Barbados High Commissioner HE Guy Hewitt who delivered a comprehensive overview of the current issues. The meeting was well attend by representative from across the Caribbean and beyond.

HE Guy Hewitt outlined what’s currently happening to people and their families who came to England on British passports over 70 years ago as part of the British Empire to help rebuild the mother land post World War 2.

'They have lived nearly all their lives in the UK, working and paying taxes. But in the draconian new immigration climate, an increasing number of elderly people are being told that they are here illegally'

Please sign this Petition: Amnesty for anyone who was a minor that arrived In Britain between 1948 to 1971


NCBA -Barbados UK Diaspora Awards Gala Ball

BAFA (Reading) were honoured to pick up the 
Group Award 2017

With your help BAFA doesn't just put on social events, we enjoy giving back to the community.
On the 24th October 2017 Margret Vaughan had the pleasure of presenting a cheque of £162 to Jane Stanford-Beale CEO of Autism Berkshire.
This amount was raised from your support of the raffle at the BAFA Oistins style fish fry, held on the 5th August 2017.
Autism Berkshire is a voluntary organisation offering a range of information, runs support groups and advice to parent, cares and families of people living with autism of all ages. 
Autism Berkshire runs events for all the family with regular fun days at the Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Taplow. 
For more information visit
Margaret Vaughan. 
Membership officer BAFA (Reading)

Thank you


From the proceeds of fundraising events BAFA (Reading )2016/7 were please to present 

The Barbados Alzheimer's Association with a cheque for 
$BDS 872.
BAFA committee member Jenny Harwood was on hand to present the cheque to 
Pamela Brereton the President of the Barbados Alzheimer's Association.

Funds raised from the events were split equally between UK and Barbados Alzheimer’s.


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:



Bafa working in the community. well done jenny and the team





Bafa have DONATED




Our association

We're delighted that you've found us! Use this site to discover more about our association and members.


We meet regularly in Reading to take part in activities and enjoy each other's company. We were founded to provide a place for everyone to meet and learn new skills. We hope to empower young people so that they can grow as active and valuable members of the community.


We hope to meet you soon and to be able to welcome you in person!

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We meet regularly in a convivial atmosphere to exchange ideas and seek ways to improve our association.

Take a look at our current events calendar!

Our association is made up of people of all ages who enjoy making new friends, meeting new ones and simply enjoy spending time together at one of our meetings or events.

Learn more about us


Barbados and Friends Association (Reading)
Corporate Communications, Ground Floor South ,

Civic Centre

Bridge Street




Tel: 07889 641600 - Chair person


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