Vix Big Cakeathon – Roche

To support the Vixbakeathon, we did two satellite baking events at Roche, one in May and one in June. We managed to collect 220 GBP. We were quite pleased with our collection and thinking that maybe we should do it every year!
Thank you very much to Nikhat, Sally, Lisa, Paula and Carolina (and I) who baked the cakes for both days and to all our colleagues that contributed buying the cakes.  And thanks to Andy and Paula for their support with the organization.
V3A while ago, a group of friends at work collected money to buy a few present s for Vicky.  We were sending one present every week with some clues for the next one. We did not manage to send all the presents that we had planned and we agreed to give the remaining money to charity.  Vicky wanted that we plant bulbs and trees that will live for years and we wanted to
follow her wishes. So we bought trees and crops and plants but instead of growing in UK all these tress and bulbs will grow somewhere else in the world.  We bought through CAFOD, world gifts (http://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/wg_search ):
• Sixteen fruit trees sapling that will turn into fruit-bearing trees for families living in poverty.
• A vegetable garden.  Farming is often the only means of survival for some families living in poverty. Yet, a difficult climate, along with a lack of tools and training can make growing enough to eat almost impossible. This gift can provide the essential
 skills and equipment people need in order to grow the vegetables needed for a healthy, nutritious diet.  Example: “I got training in how to grow vegetables. I learned how to help the vegetables thrive organically… I’ve grown tomatoes and potatoes.  We eat most of them, and sell a few to the neighbours.” Pobitra Adhikari, BangladeshV1
• Drought-resistant crops. The gift of drought-resistant crops can protect a family from hunger by providing them with different strains of local plants that can survive for longer without water – giving them crops they can rely on even when the rains fall.  For example:  Esther Bodina, Tanzania “It makes me very happy when l see the green pigeon peas surviving… my family will have enough food”
V2We are sure these families will be very happy for the gifts bought on behalf of Vicky and I am sure Vixky enjoys seeing the trees and plants growing around the world from up there.

The Skye Cakeathon Continues …

… Last Saturday a group of 24 garden enthusiasts from Germany made their way across Skye from their cruise ship, anchored in Loch Dunvegan, to Bernisdale for a tour of our croft and a cuppa.  V3

Their ship, MV Deutschland, decorated in art deco style, carrying some 500 passengers, with a passenger to staff ratio of 2:1 contrasts bewilderingly with our homely little corner of Skye.  They’d been to the Castle Gardens in the morning and came to us after their lunch.  They must’ve heard that our home baking is good, or maybe they were wondering what a crofter wears under his kilt?V1

For a couple of hours they explored the croft with Alasdair and the garden with Ann, learned about the origin of crofting, saw how we do it these days, and heard about how people have lived here over the past few thousand years.

These cruisers got waitress service and drank their tea from the best china we could muster and were enchanted.  They were served cakes from the best local kitchens.  They sat happily in our back yard, roughing it and loving it.  They carried away little locally made gifts for their friends, wrapped in cellophane and prettily tied with tartan ribbon.
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We enjoyed showing them around and will happily host similar groups again.  We’re very grateful to friends and neighbours who helped to raise another £350 for The Brain Tumour Charity.

VixBigCakeathon on Skye

Despite extreme Scotch Mist last weekend, VixBigCakeathon on Skye raised lotsamoney  for Macmillan and The Brain Tumour Charity.  A sub total of £1200 at the weekend and generous donations continue to come in, so we’re now up to the £2000 mark.  An amazing figure and we’re so grateful to all who are supporting us.
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 Our visitors to the croft discovered happy livestock, a polytunnel burgeoning with produce, a delightful riverside walk, mixed woodland and a meadow in full flower, as well as Vicky’s  beautiful garden furniture in its new home.  They were also able to have a look at our most recent development, a community archaeological excavation which is throwing light on how people have lived here since prehistoric times.
 We couldn’t have had a cakeathon without lots of cakes and true to form, our generous friends, friends of friends, neighbours and colleagues made sure our visitors didn’t go hungry.  We had plenty of home baking for a cake stall as well, and we now have a reputation to live up to for our home baked bread, scones, fresh cream Victoria Sandwiches,
 ginger loaf and Sour Cream Coffee Cake.
 Our raffle was a great success and we thank the local business who provided the prizes.
 Happy winners carried off their bounty of Talisker whisky, bottles of wine, vouchers for meals  in local restaurants, boat trips, and an assortment of other delights.cake1
 Here’s hoping for sunshine next weekend when we have an international group of visitors coming to support the Brain Tumour Charity by visiting our croft garden and eat cake!

Cakeathon – Somerset Branch

Somerset2On June 23rd VixBigCakeathon was to be held in John and Ruth Capell’s garden but due to the cancellation of the English summer the event was transferred to the Village Hall! The support for our cake sale was overwhelming. Many cakes were donated including five from our local surgery.

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From carrot cake to coffee and walnut cake, fro cider fruit cake to bannoffee cake, from scones with jam and clotted cream to date and pecan slice, the choices were enormous and completely calorie free! Held and support was in abundance – when we arrived at the hall all the chairs and tables had already been put out, there were washers up aplenty, and two of our friends, Ann & Bas came from Monmouth to help.

The hall was packed and buzzing as villagers chatted and gorged themselves on the delightful fare. Four members of the Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir came to support with wives and friends – many members of the choir who were unable to attend gave donations amounting to well over £100. John spoke to all present telling them how much Vicky had packed into her life and how inspirational she had been to us all who knew her, he thanked them for their support.

Our proceeds were split between Vicky’s chosen charity and the CGD Society in support of Simon and Simone who both have CGD. We were absolutely amazed when we counted the money to find that we had raised £518. The wonderful people of Goathurst certainly know how to enjoy cakes, have a good chin wag and raise lots of dosh
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Southern Cakeathon

On Saturday 29 June Amanda Hensby hosted the Bedfordshire cakeathon to raise money for Macmillan, one of Vix’s chosen charities.  Huge thanks to Amanda and her family for opening their home for the day and to the willing volunteers who … Continue reading