Friends Newsletter

July 2017

This beautiful hot weather is the perfect weather for one of our ice creams, milkshakes or a cold can of drink. Our homemade quiches and salads also go down well in this weather and they come highly recommended, by The Bishop of Oxford no less! As he was visiting the Wantage Deanery in the first week of July, he stopped by for a meal with local lay leaders and we served them all homemade quiche. 


Thank you to all who helped us at Grove & Wantage Extravaganza.

It was a great opportunity for us to raise our profile and it looks like we served over 200 people on the day, so that is brilliant. I have had feedback from customers and helpers that it went well.


At Make & Bake this week we learnt that Jesus is our friend, the children made friendship bracelets, and they all decorated a large cake together, which they then shared. We have just two more Make & Bake sessions before the summer break and we will restart in September.

Sadly we have had to say goodbye to Elizabeth Gorman this week. Among other things she has helped us with Make & Bake from conception and has left us with a whole year of sessions planned and ready to go. We wish her well as the family travel to Washington DC in a month’s time. The board presented her with a large bouquet at the AGM last week.

We would really value having another volunteer cook to call on for occasional Saturdays: just a couple of times a year to cover for staff leave or illness. Ideally, they should have some experience of a catering kitchen. If you know anyone who would be interested, please do ask them to get in touch.

This month’s Hot Meal Special will be Sausage Plait and Salad which will be served at 12.30pm on 26th July. As usual, Mandy will be here in the Morning from Age UK with her information stand.

We missed Mandy last month as her car broke down but her colleague came the next day to pick up our smoothie hats of which there were over 500! What an amazing response. I understand that, so far, Oxfordshire Age UK have received 20,000 hats altogether and they will receive 20p for each hat that is used by Innocent Smoothies, so that is a great result. They have extended the deadline to 31st July, so if there are any more hats around, do drop them in soon.

God bless,

Sarah Shewring

Extravaganza, Make & Bake, and more

Hair & Prayer, Father's Day, and more

Christian Aid Big Brekkie, Wantage & Grove Extravaganza, and more

Real Easter Eggs, Make & Bake, and hats for smoothie bottles (no, really!)

Children's corner fund-raising, Real Easter Eggs & Mothering Sunday

Sarah goes sugar-free & Valentine's Day