Thursday 23rd was our AGM - and it was lovely to be together again. We were very grateful to our guests from Newbury Cricket Club who updated us on the progress of the new pavilion - we're now even more excited to be joining them and look forward to moving in when everything is ready!
We did have to make a sad farewell to Helen Dixon who is leaving us as a Trustee, Supervisor and Secetary. Thank you Helen for the incredible contribution you have made over the years and we know you will continue to be a good friend to Loose Ends.
We also welcomed Charlotte Knight as a Trustee and the other Trustees were reappointed. Linda Fergusson continues as our Chair with Ian Nichol as Treasurer. The other Trustees are Pat Burke, Karen Swaffield, Gill Downs and Alison Martin.
Resumption of Clothing Donations
2nd Aug 2021
We are now accepting donations again, however we have very limited storage space so can only take in clothing that is really practical for our clients, please be discerning about what you give us as if not we end up with a lot of clothing that we have to sort out and get rid of.
We need clothes that are comfortable, practical and suitable for the outdoors: jeans, joggers, t-shirts, sweatshirts, coats, trainers and hiking boots are all great, new socks are always in demand but please no old underwear.
If you have smart/formal wear: collared shirts, suit type trousers, dresses, evening wear, smart leather shoes, high heels etc, please take them to a charity shop.
Donations can be dropped off, preferably at the beginning or towards the end of one of our sessions, times below:
Monday - 11.30 to 13.30
Tuesday - 11.30 to 13.30
Wednesday - 8.30 to 11.00
Friday - 8.30 to 11.00
Sunday - 12.30 to 15.30
The address is Morton Hall, Newbury Baptist Church, Cheap Street, Newbury RG14 5DD. If you go through the church car park round to the right, we are at the end in a separate building on the left.
Loose Ends Returns To 'Sit-in' Meal Service
19th Jul 2021
We’re very happy to advise that due to the relaxing of Covid Restrictions, Loose Ends will return to serving 'sit in' meals at Morton Hall at our usual times, from Monday 19th July.
Loose Ends is Moving!
22nd Jun 2021
After 30 years at Morton Hall, Newbury Baptist Church, Loose Ends Newbury is moving to Newbury Cricket Club Pavilion at Northcroft Park towards the end of the year.
Newbury Baptist Church is planning to redevelop their site. We are excited to be partnering with Newbury Cricket Club and look forward to delivering our services from there when work on the pavilion is complete.
As you know everything has been delayed by COVID but at last, we are about to sign an agreement with Newbury Cricket Club and we are ready to announce our planned move.
NCC has begun work to update their pavilion in Northcroft Park. This will include a new roof, updated walls and new flooring. We will be responsible for updating the kitchen and a new storeroom.
John O’Sullivan, Chair of Newbury Cricket Club said “Newbury Cricket Club are delighted to be partnering with Loose Ends Newbury and, as a community cricket club, we want to share our facilities with them so that they can continue to operate their important activities. We would like to think that they will be a long-term partner of ours and that we can share the benefits of our redeveloped clubhouse together.”.
If you would like to support us in our new venture, we are pleased to receive donations through our Local Giving page, through our Amazon Wishlist on the Donate page
We are launching a fund-raising campaign to meet the cost of the kitchen and other fit out costs.
Loose Ends/West Berkshire Lottery page
5th Feb 2021
Did you know there is a way to support Loose Ends, have some fun and potentially win cash prizes by buying tickets for the West Berks Lottery. Tickets cost just £1 a week and you can win prizes up to £25,000. And if you buy a ticket via our page we get to keep 60% of the ticket price to put towards our activities in support of the homeless.
Here's how it works -
Visit the Loose Ends page on the West Berks Lottery website: https://www.westberkshirelottery.co.uk/support/loose-ends
Click on 'Buy Tickets'
Type 'Loose Ends' in the 'Support a Cause' search bar
Select 'Go to Cause page' and buy your tickets
LOOSE ENDS WINS AWARD FOR COVID RESPONSE!
22nd Jan 2021
We have some exciting news to share with our supporters. In the recent W Berks Community Champion Awards 2020, our 'Covid Food & Supplies Group' (Pat Burke, Patricia Arnold and Kate Sheather) have won the award for 'Covid Response Community Group of the Year' - supported by Greenham Trust. At the start of the lockdown in March 2020, when Morton Hall had to close, Pat, Patricia and Kate immediately formed the 'Covid Food & Supplies Group' to continue making nutritious, freshly prepared meals, and deliver these to our clients. Pat worked closely with regular suppliers: the Food Bank, SOFEA and Fairshare; managed the receipt of donated goods from groups and individuals, as well as shopping for extra supplies. Patricia coordinated menus and did most of the cooking, with help from our other chefs. Kate liaised with W Berks Council and outreach workers, and sourced PPE, packaging materials and takeaway packs, ensuring that they complied with the ever-changing guidelines.
By the end of March, we were providing more than 350 meals a week. When the first lockdown eased, the Food & Supplies team organised 3 food stations at Morton Hall to enable clients to socially distance, whilst wearing masks and using hand sanitizer. The number of people coming to the hall increased to at least 150 a week. During the November lockdown, the number of people living in temp accommodation rose again. Loose Ends stepped up to the challenge by providing between 50 and 70 meals each session, as well as 'Welcome Packs' to people being rehoused.
With all of the phenomenal efforts of the Loose Ends response team to flex their operations throughout the pandemic to serve the community, the judges felt that their valuable work truly merited recognition and an award. And of course, whilst operations were being led by Pat, Patricia and Kate; all of our other volunteers were and continue to be absolutely essential in keeping our service running, so we would like to congratulate them as well. This is very much a team effort. Finally, we would also like to thank Karen Swaffield and Sally-Ann Jay for nominating us and to Chris Boulton from Greenham Trust for supporting us.
A THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS
18th Jan 2021
We would like to send out a few more thank yous to our supporters, who have helped us over the Xmas period (and before/beyond) in a myriad of ways, which include: St Nic's Church for a very large donation to the Xmas parcels that we give to our clients (organised by our volunteer Sam Mullender); Waitrose for donating the food for our Client Xmas Lunch this year; W Berks Animal Warden Service for donating dog food, toys & leads for the dogs of our clients; CHR Family Solicitors for the multiple years they have donated gifts and money at Xmas; Fury Karate for the reverse advent calendars; Cherri Cook (daughter of own volunteer Liz Magurn) for donating a paper sleeping bag full of goodies; Helen Fairclough for the toiletries/underwear collected by her cycling group; a local scout group for a donation of rucksacks; Fran at W Berks Food Bank for chilled food items; “Anonymous from Ashampstead," a regular supporter for the annual toiletries donation; all the people that have donated directly to us or via the Local Giving website and those who have bought items from our Amazon Wishlist; and finally the various hotels, restaurants, organisations and even an airline for their food and drink donations over the last year and the festive period! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and sorry if we missed anyone!
CURRIDGE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE DONATE TO LOOSE ENDS
16th Jan 2021
Following a Zoom talk given to the WI Curridge by our Loose End's Committee Chair, Linda, the members of the WI group have made a generous and unexpected donation to Loose Ends. WI Curridge - we thank you for supporting us.
GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM FIRST CALL HELPDESK, RICHARD BENYON & THATCHAM AND DISTRICT PHILATELIC SOCIETY
3rd Jan 2021
Loose Ends Newbury would like to offer big thank yous to First Call Helpdesk, Richard Benyon (our former Newbury MP) and the Thatcham & District Philatelic Society who have all donated generous sums of money to us over the Christmas period. We thank you for your continued support.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO CAVENDISH NUCLEAR, IRWIN MITCHELL & SUKEY RUSSELL FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATIONS AND FUNDRAISING FOR LOOSE ENDS
23rd Dec 2020
Thank you to Cavendish Nuclear for supporting Loose Ends Newbury by giving us a very generous donation of over £2000. Stephen Phipps, from Cavendish Nuclear Newbury office visited Loose Ends and met with committee members at Morton Hall to see our operation and present us with the donation.
We would also like to express our gratitude to Irwin Mitchell, who, for the second year in a row have supported us very generously, this year it was along with 24 other charities nationally. We received in excess of £2000.
And we would finally like to thank Sukey Russell who, along with Community Support West Fields, raised over £350 through the sale of their very lovely eco-Christmas cards.
LOOSE ENDS NEWBURY BECOMES A CIO CHARITY
30th Nov 2020
The Trustees of Loose Ends applied to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) earlier this year but due to COVID the transfer from our existing charity to our new CIO charity has been delayed. We are pleased to announce that all our preparations have been completed and that from 1 December 2020 Loose Ends existing charity no 1160508 will change to the new CIO charity. Loose Ends Newbury charity no 1189240.
TAKEAWAY SERVICE WORKING WELL
25th Mar 2020
Loose Ends continues to offer a 'takeaway' service for clients during our normal opening hours, whilst abiding by government guidelines on physical distancing. The service is working well so far and is being reviewed on a daily basis. We are also working closely with other organisations in the Newbury area as part of the Community Support Hub, and if called upon, our service may extend to making up extra food parcels to be distributed by outreach workers.
12th Mar 2020
The Loose Ends team celebrated the end of the charity year at Newbury & Crookham Golf Club by winning The Captain’s Quiz on Fri 6th March. Loose Ends along with Dingley’s Promise have been the Golf Club’s charities of the year 2019-20.
The attached photo shows the successful Loose Ends quiz team (Peter Fergusson, Robert Harris, Barry Cray, Martha & Tony Vickers and Helen Dixon), receiving their prizes and cup from outgoing captains Laura Foster-Fletcher and Peter Clements.
MP VISIT TO LOOSE ENDS
28th Feb 2020
Laura Farris, Newbury’s new MP visited our breakfast session on 21st Feb and spent time talking to clients and volunteers, learning about the services that we deliver. Clients told us how much they enjoyed having her visit.
During the visit Laura expressed how worthwhile our services are and that she would do her best to support us in the future however she can.
Prior's Court Working With Loose Ends for People with Autism
14th Feb 2020
A 2016 National Autistic Society (NAS) report found only 32% of autistic adults in the UK were in any kind of paid work. Meanwhile, just 16% of UK autistic adults were in full-time, paid employment, a figure believed to have barely changed since 2007.
Prior’s Court is working to make a positive impact on this long-standing ‘autism employment gap’ by providing our young people with as many skills and experiences as possible to successfully move into adult life, which includes being able to secure a job.
The organisations that Prior’s Court work with includes Loose Ends. The partnership formally began in September 2019, after some Prior's Court young people had made several informal visits earlier in that year. Three young people now visit Loose Ends once a fortnight for two-hour work placements, on Monday mornings. Working with Prior’s Court staff members and volunteers at Loose Ends, the young people sort through donations of items, including food and clothing, to ensure they are stored in the correct locations for when the volunteers are putting together relief packages for the charity’s clients. The young people also help bag up packages, particularly pet food for Loose Ends’ clients who have pets. The young people do not interact directly with clients of Loose Ends.
Loose Ends comment: “Members of our committee have worked with people with special educational needs in the past so we were keen to be able to support Prior’s Court. Now the young people are used to the system, they just come in, know what they have to do and get the work done. They have taken to it extremely well. It has worked brilliantly for us and you can see the young people love coming here and that they look forward to being here. It has been so rewarding for us to help the young people, but they also really help us too.”
Loose Ends has helped to facilitate the work placement by marking up its storage areas with images of items to indicate where donations should be placed, in line with our own Prior Approach best practice. This has helped our young people to work more efficiently at Loose Ends and enhances their independence in as it aids their ability to be able to complete the tasks set to them.
LK Beauty Reverse Advent Calendar & Donation
14th Feb 2020
We would like to thank LK Beauty, who conducted a 'Reverse Advent Calendar' over Dec 2019, donating the items collected and also a monetary donation to Loose Ends.
Our Chair, Linda Fergusson, went along to receive the cheque and items after the end of the appeal. Thank you LK Beauty.
Newbury Building Society - Winter Wrap-Up Appeal
14th Feb 2020
Newbury Building Society launched their Winter Wrap-Up Appeal over the Xmas period in which they encouraged employees and local people to donate any unwanted coats, hats, scarves as well as brand new socks to their local Newbury Building Society branch.
They had a hugely positive response from members of the public and were overwhelmed by the community’s kindness and generosity.
At the end of the appeal, Thatcham and Hungerford branches visited Loose Ends to provide us with the items collected. Thank you to all involved.
St Finian's School Donation
14th Feb 2020
A big thank you to St Finian's Primary School, Cold Ash, for their donation from their annual Carol Concert at St Gabriel's Convent. The children generously chose to donate the money raised to help the homeless and vulnerable of Newbury, with the Headteacher, Anna Jarratt, saying how important it was for the children to develop an understanding of the difficulties and pressures many people face in their lives today.
PUGs fundraising a great success
2nd Jan 2020
Thank you to the Peasemore Ukulele Group (PUGs) who wowed the crowds in John Lewis in Newbury just before Christmas and raised £666 on our behalf.
A big "Thank You" also to John Lewis for allowing them to come inside to play and get out of the awful weather and to all our volunteers who stood shaking our collection tins and to everyone who put money in those tins !
Christmas Dinner at Loose Ends
20th Dec 2019
The annual Loose Ends Christmas Dinner was held on Sunday 15th December.
Many thanks to all our Volunteers who made the event a great success.
Donation from Irwin Mitchell
20th Dec 2019
Loose Ends have received a donation of £3,000 from Irwin Mitchell solicitors as a contribution to our funds.
As mentioned in a previous News item, we have been nominated by Irwin Mitchell as their 'Charity of the Year' for 2019 and we are delighted to announce that our partnership will continue during the coming year.
Many thanks to everyone at Irwin Mitchell for their donation and continued support.
Appeal for Funding - running costs for 2019-2020 and re-location to new premises
8th October 2019
Although we already receive generous support from our various sponsors, fundraising events and the public, Loose Ends will need to raise additional funding in the coming months to finance planned upgrades to our existing facilities at Morton Hall - in particular, some of our furniture and catering equipment which are reaching the end of their useful life.
We have also been informed by Newbury Baptist Church that they hope to redevelop our site and we may need to find a new location in Newbury. As a result, we need to reserve additional funds in case we need to finance moving costs, costs of new premises and development of these premises to accommodate our future needs.
To facilitate this, we have started a Project Page on the charity website 'The Good Exchange' to give our supporters the opportunity to make online donations to Loose Ends. As an additional boost, the Greenham Trust have agreed to match any donations made on the website.
The website can be accessed by clicking on the button to the left and following the instructions provided.
Thank you for helping to secure our future and giving us the opportunity to continue supporting the homeless in Newbury.
Vodafone's 'LOST' graduates raise funds for the homeless
13th April 2019
Loose Ends has received a donation of £4776 from the Vodafone Graduate Charity Committee following their ‘LOST2019’ charity fundraising event. To complete this challenge, 30 Vodafone graduates were blindfolded and taken to various locations up to 100 miles away early in the morning. After removing the blindfolds, they then had the task of finding their way back to Vodafone HQ in Newbury without spending any money and arriving no later than 8pm that evening.
Our thanks to the Vodafone Foundation for this donation – and we are pleased to announce that all the participants made it back to Newbury HQ safe and sound !
Chieveley residents discover a fun way to raise money for Loose Ends
12th April 2019
Chieveley residents have raised £2637 for Loose Ends by taking part in the “Chieveley 50!” charity walk. This event involves around 50 local people committing to meet up and walk a mile a day over 50 days during the winter months. Each walker donates £1 for every mile walked and the proceeds have been donated to Loose Ends. It also provides an opportunity for local people to get together on a winter's day for a healthy walk and to make new friends.
Loose Ends vice-chairwoman Linda Ferguson said: “We were very grateful to receive the donation. It’s lovely to think that people think about us and are interested in us.”
Many thanks to the residents of Chieveley for their support.
Charity Coffee Morning
20th March 2019
Loose Ends are delighted that the Coffee Morning hosted by our local Indian community on Saturday 2nd March in the Town Hall was a great success with everyone enjoying the delicious goodies on sale.
The proceeds, together with additional matched funding from the Vodafone Foundation, reached almost £800.
We are extremely grateful to the Newbury Parivar Shakha charity for organising this event and to all of the customers who came along and supported the event.
Art Donation to Loose Ends
1st March 2019
Loose Ends has been presented with a beautiful framed picture painted by a former LE client who sadly passed away in December 2018. It was painted during Art Therapy classes at Eight Bells for Mental Health organisation and previously displayed at an one of their art exhibitions.
The painting is entitled “Musical Instruments” and was purchased by Penelope Enthoven, a former supervisor and friend of Loose Ends. Hearing of our client's passing, Penelope decided that the picture should be displayed Morton Hall as a fitting memorial to someone who is remembered fondly.
The picture is now on display at Morton Hall near to the table where our client enjoyed many meals and happy times.
Many thanks to Penelope for her kind donation.
Loose Ends nominated as Charity of the Year by Law Firm
4th February 2019
Loose Ends has been nominated as 'Charity of the Year' for 2019 by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors in Newbury. Each year, staff across its 13 offices nationwide hold a vote to select a local good cause which they can support through both voluntary work and fundraising events and this year the Newbury office has chosen Loose Ends.
Sarah Phillips, regional managing partner, said: “Loose Ends undertakes incredibly important work in the local area and we are already planning a range of activities across the year which will ensure that vital funds are raised to support the services that it provides.”
We are delighted to be chosen by Irwin Mitchell and look forward to a successful partnership.