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 :
Funeral of the late Rupert Ramsey will be held on
16th June at 11.30 at
12 Portman Road
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.
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
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
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 <email@example.com>
West Indies men and women t20 champions 2016
Cranbury Road, Reading.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbados and Friends Association (Reading)
Corporate Communications, Ground Floor South ,
Tel: 07889 641600 - Chair person
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