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

Welcome to the Barbados and Friends Association -  BAFA (Reading) website

Best wishes 2017

Central Club Reading

Dear all, can you please share this information. We hope you will be able to attend the meeting on Friday 4th August 2017

BAFA (Reading) are finalist in the Reading Cultural Awards 2017

BAFA (Reading) has recently received notification that it is a finalist in the 'Celebrating Reading’s Heritage Award' category of the Reading Cultural Awards 2017.

The inaugural Reading Cultural Awards celebrates the best artistic and cultural events, organisations and artists in Reading and the important role that arts and culture play in making Reading a great place to live, work and do business.

The BAFA (Reading) project 'Our Journey so Far' coincided with the island of Barbados reaching the milestone of 50 years of Independence. Activities within the project included Artefact Roadshows, a Cultural Extravaganza, a Reading Museum Community display and creation of an 'Our Journey so Far' DVD recording the experiences of 1st and 2nd generation Barbadians who travelled from Barbados and settled in Reading.

The Cultural Awards event takes place on 29th June at The Olympia Ballroom in Central Reading. Fingers crossed that we will be announced as winners.

 

Well ,well well, What a fun packed Bank Holiday weekend.

Congratulations for

• Saturday night to AJ Calypso tent 2017.
• Sunday to NCBA Q-in the community and Lil bit of Bim.
• Monday ... 40th Anniversary Reading Community Carnival 2017

All events were well attended and well done to the Organisers and many helpers for making these events happen

 

 

Sadly the honourable Mr Rupert Ramsay who recently surpassed his century (one of our oldest Bajans in Reading)has passed away.
He was a deeply religious family man who knew the King James bible from back to front. He was a known in the church at all levels as he took up many prominent positions within the church over the years.
A man of wisdom who will be missed by his family and friends.

We are humbled to have had him amongst us, RIP Mr Rupert Ramsay

 

 

Rupert Ramsey Family announcement :

The Funeral of the late Rupert Ramsey will be held on
16th June at 11.30 at 
The Globe
12 Portman Road
Reading
RG30 1EA,

followed by the burial at Henley Road Cemetery

The 'Our Journey so Far' documentary was screened on 29th April at Asantewa House to an audience that included the Barbados High Commissioner and the Mayor of Reading.

Here's a sample of some of the feedback we received...

'An excellent insight to the stories of some of the elder and their experiences'

'Very insightful story for the Bajan community. Provided a strong feeling of community and togetherness'

'Brought back memories of listening to Mum and Dad's accounts of their experiences'

BAFA (Reading) is pleased to announce that you can now purchase copies of the DVD for £5 collected or £6 including postage and packaging (price quoted assumes postage to UK addresses).

Please contact George on 07930473291 to obtain your copy.

"OUR JOURNEY SO FAR" Saturday 29th April 2017.      Watch an excerpt here https://youtu.be/I1_BnSavv2o

Congratulations! 100 years old Rupert Ramsey received his card from the Queen

Thanks to all that attended our 50th Independence Dinner and Dance

BAFA 50th Independence  and BAFA Barbados T-Shirts now available

Concessions for BAFA members.

 

Shirts can be purchased for £10

 

contact Rio -07740564233

 

 

 

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/

 

 

please refer to bafa heritage project tab at the top of the page for full details and event dates

 

 

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

THANKS TO THE LEEDS BUILDING SOCIETY FOR THE FINANCIAL PRESENTATION AT OUR OGM LAST NIGHT

 AND FOR

PRESENTING BAFA WITH A CHEQUE

FOR £400

TOWARDs OUR UP AND COMING

BARBADOS DAY CELEBRATION IN READING

 

 

BAFA BARBADOS 2015 INDEPENDenCE DINNER AND DANCE

 

Bafa have DONATED

£526 

TO THE ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY UK 

COLLECTED FROM ITS RAFFLE AND LOCAL FUNDRAISING CONTRIBUTIONS

Welcome to the BAFA website, add us to your favourites bar.

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!

Our association

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

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!

Address:

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

Civic Centre

Bridge Street

Reading

RG1 2LU

 

Tel: 07889 641600 - Chair person

 

Want to join us?

If you'd like to become a member, please use our contact form, or download our application form.

 

We would like to keep you updated with local news and information, please click on Community News to catch up on what is happening in our community.

 



 

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