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 52nd Barbados Independance Dinner and Dance 2018
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
THANKS TO THE LEEDS BUILDING SOCIETY FOR THE FINANCIAL PRESENTATION AT OUR OGM LAST NIGHT
PRESENTING BAFA WITH A CHEQUE
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 :
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 email@example.com
Barbados and Friends Association (Reading)
Corporate Communications, Ground Floor South ,
Tel: 07889 641600 - Chair person
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