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

BAFA READING'S UPCOMING WINDRUSH EVENTS SCHEDULE

Rodney Harewood preseneted the Heritage Project Reminiscence /Memory Box to  Reading Museum 

The Central Club Reading update: 

Aspire Media Release
For Immediate Release: 15 May 2018

Embargo: 11 am 15 May 2018

Aspire Confirms Bid of Nearly £1M for the Spiritual of the Windrush Home Generation in Reading Borough Council new Sales Process for the Central Club.

At a community leaders meeting and media briefing today Aspire, Reading’s Black Community Interest Company (CIC) and the winning bidder of RBC last process to sell the abandoned Central Club site at 36 – 42 London Street, Reading to the Community revealed that they have increased their offer to buy the Central Club site for [£850,000] nearly £1M. The Chairman of Aspire, Mr Keith Kerr said: “We are in talks with the Baroness [Doreen] Lawrence of the Stephen Lawrence Trust to provide the architect to design a landmark building on the site for community use, a fitting tribute to the Windrush generation and the memory of Stephen Lawrence. Mr Keith Kerr, told the community leaders the battle to get back their spiritual home is far from being won with this knock out bid of nearly £1M. He said: The Board of Aspire met on the 9 May 2018 to decide if Aspire should submit a bid”. The Board Members had to ensure that three high hurdles were cleared before they gave the go ahead to bid.

The three hurdles were:

Confirmation of full funding for the project from build out to transfer
The ‘Community Hub’ must be financially viable in perpetuity
The Bid is fully compliant RBC new rules on a level playing field


All the hurdles were cleared accept for major reservations that the Board had about the new sales process that RBC had issued on 11 March 2018. The new process was not a freehold sale but a 999 years lease with RBC remaining as the landlord. Two separate but irreconcilable Bid process [Haslam commercial and RBC Third Sector] are being used by RBC to judge commercial and Third Sector Bids.

The Board believes RBC’s process is opaque and blindingly unfair as it puts a more onerous burden of the third sector not placed on commercial bidders. For example Third Sector Bids must show how their bids meet RBC Strategic Priorities for 2017 – 2019. How will the RBC value the community services that Aspire will be providing to this much underserved segment of the community in aspires Bid. What is the status of the request by the community to have the Central Club listed as an Asset of Community Value?

Aspire have had discussions and meetings to work with RBC to ensure that there is a transparent, fair and consistent process that does not favour commercial developers over third sector groups. At the deadline date RBC requested more time to provide answers to the question Aspire raised about the process. The Board decided to submit a bid as you have to be in it to win it. However, Aspire has reserved its position and ask RBC to think again. They have the power in the bidding rules to alter the process and make them fair open and transparent.

Aspire took the decision to enter this unfair process at this stage because the diaspora have instructed us get back their spiritual home. The confirmation came during the course of the nine public meetings Aspire held between the announcement to unilaterally scrap the last process won by Aspire in August 2017 and the closing of the new process on 11 May 2018.

 

 

BAFA along side Dolphin Catering was at the Reading Water Fest on Saturday 16th June 2018. We were visited by the Major of Reading Debs Edwards and Deputy Mayor Paul Woodward. The Caribbean food was enjoyed by the whole community.

BAFA 52nd Barbados Independance Dinner and Dance 2018

For this years Dinner and Dance we are proud to present a young man who grew up in Barbados and comes Live from the WILL-I-Am The Voice UK ITV show ,
Our main event Mr WESU WALLACE

VERY IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NOTICE::::
CAG - Home Office 'Windrush Compensation Scheme'

The Caribbean Associations Group (CAG) Reading in association with the Home Office have arranged a meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday 13 November 2018, at The Globe, 12 Portman Road, Reading RG30 1EA. The Home Office are working to put in place a compensation scheme for those who have suffered loss through no fault of their own.
If you are part of the ‘Windrush generation’ or a long term Commonwealthcitizen of the UK and have faced issues establishing your status? The CAG want the Reading diaspora to give their views on how losses should be compensated and how the scheme should work for individual claims.
This is your only chance to speak directly to the government policy makers about our issues. So, if you settled in the UK before 1988 and have concerns the Windrush Taskforce will be there to help you.

ps use the home office flyer with the body of this email as text underneath it, and send to your members and contacts on your contact lists
Best regards
Jeff Jones 
Chairman 
CAG

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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

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.

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

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

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

 

 

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.

 

Q in the Community and A LIL BIT A BIM.

 

 Adults £8 and children over 10 is £5. 

Coach from Reading.
Coach fare is £20 Adult BAFA members, £23 Adult non-members and £13.50p Children under 16 .

Pick up points are Tilehurst Triangle 09.00 am Norcot Junction opposite Reading retail park on the Oxford Road 09.10 am and Russell Street 09.20 am

Q In the Community

is joining

A Lil Bit of Bim

In Coventry on the Sunday 28th May 2017.
Come and join the BAFA coach leaving from Reading to attend this event.
More details to follow.

 

 

Community shout out

Mr Ozzie Smith is looking for a long lost relative

The name that was used was Jack Smith. He was deported from Long Island NY (Sheepshead Bay) in 1956, back to Barbados. He was a cook at the Lundies Restaurant.
My grandmother's name was Essie Smith.

Attached is a picture of him.

If you can help the contact details are

Ozzie Smith <ozziesmith92@gmail.com>

West Indies men and women t20 champions 2016

Dear BAFA Member(s)

 

NOTICE OF BAFA ANNUAL

 

GENERAL MEETING

 

 

I hereby give notice of the Annual

 

General Meeting of the Barbados &

 

Friends Association (Reading),

 

which will be held on Friday 17th

 

June 2016 St Mark's Church Hall,

 

Cranbury Road, Reading.

The meeting will commence at

 

7.30pm.

 

The Annual Report will be available

 

at the meeting and will be sent to

 

those not able to attend the

 

meeting.

 

BARBADOS COMES TO READING

Events

bafa celebrates the 49th year of barbados' independence with OUR annual dinner and dance at the hilton hotel - reading, on saturday 21st november 2015, a strict dress code is required "black tie attire"

BAFA PROUDLY PRESENTS BLACK HISTORY MONTH, DIGGERS - THE SILVER MEN, DATE - SATURDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2015, TIME - 14:00 TO 17:00, VENUE - PENTA HOTEL, READING, RG1 7RH, ADMISSION - MEMBERS £1, NON-MEMBERS £2

Family fun day, prospect park, reading, berkshire, saturday 27th june 2015 10:00AM - 6:00pm

poetry and music, at st marks church,cranbury road, reading, on saturday 11th july 2015, 7pm, entry £5 adults, £1 children

jazz at the magpie and parrot thursday 9th july 2015 from 8pm entry £5, arbofield road, shinfiled reading rg2 9ea

please view our gallery of photo's  from this years Family fun day, prospect park, reading,  held on saturday 27th june 2015

The NCBA heritage / family day event "A lil bit a Bim" has moved to a new location in Coventry on Spring holiday Sunday 24th May. With a mixture of Cricket,Netball, food stalls, business exhibitors.

BAFA is looking to organize a coach trip to this event "A lil bit a Bim" if you are interested in going.  Please contact Jeff Jones on:- 07889 64160007889 64160007889 641600 or Norma Parris on:-07462 15476907462 154769

Safeguarding Our Children Awareness Seminar A half day seminar to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding children in a multi-racial community Saturday 9th May 2015 10am - 2pm (registration

BAFA's Ordinary General Meeting, will take place on Saturday 21 February 2015 at the WIWC, Asantewa House, reading time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Barbados and Friends Association (READING) OGM

 

 

OGM and a presentation on Your doorway to a range of property services for Barbados, Dominica, Grenada,

Jamaica and St. Lucia… from the UK!

 

19:00 until 22:00

 

 

Civic Centre, RG1 7AE Reading, England

 

SPECIAL ANNOUCEMENT

PLEASE SHARE INFORMATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

 

 

ARE YOU IN A BAND, DO YOU PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT OR HAVE A TALENT?

 

The Barbados and Friends  Association – Reading are looking to put together a catalogue of Talented individuals or groups within the Berkshire area for promotion on our website or Facebook page.

  

Whether you are in a band, group, a soloist, DJ, comic or performer/s, please send us your details.

 

Our intention is to use your services (where possible) or promote you for use by other
associations or bodies.

 

 Reply, giving your full contact details and lead persons name for any follow up enquiries.

  

 

We very much look forward to hearing from you at bafa_reading@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

Address:

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

Civic Centre

Bridge Street

Reading

RG1 2LU

 

Tel: 07889 641600 - Chair person

 

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