The Winsley Village Project

The Winsley Village Project


The Village Project has a unique place in Winsley life – combining social events open to all local residents with a fundraising focus for the benefit of people in significant need. Founded in 1985, in the wake of the Ethiopian Famine, it has subsequently raised over £175,000 for charities supporting projects in developing nations. It organises 4 or 5 gatherings every year, generally involving food and drink!

A small committee, together with many more helpers, plans events and chooses charities to support – currently ‘Children’s Homes in Zimbabwe’ and ‘Hope & Homes for Children’:

‘Children’s Homes in Zimbabwe’ was formed by a Winsley resident just over 10 years ago. As a result of contacts in London and Harare, three homes for children were identified as particularly in need of the ‘basics’ ie food, clothes and resources for a more sustainable future (livestock, catering equipment etc).

‘Hope & Homes for Children’ works towards closing austere orphanages by involvement with government agencies, developing safeguarding policy and reforming childcare systems. It started with projects in Eastern Europe but is now also engaged in various African and South American countries.

From 1 October, there will be a change of focus and a fresh choice of charities – ‘Just a Drop’ (Nicaragua) and ‘Jamie’s Farm’ (Box, Wiltshire). Further details will be provided nearer the time.

WVP arranges a programme open to all local people and, in 2019, is as follows:

Saturday 9 February             Feast from the East                              Church Hall
Wednesday 22 March    Bath Community Big Band Concert        St Nicholas Church
Saturday 22 June                   Safari Supper                                       Village
Saturday 21 September         Games Night                                        Village Hall
Saturday 16 November          Autumn Fair                                        Village Hall

If you would like to get involved or if you would like to know more about the Village Project, then please contact James Colquhoun – Chair: tel 01225 720038 or email colquhounjames(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) Better still, why not turn up at one of our events – you’ll be very welcome.