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

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

 

Want to join us?

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

 

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