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Dear CRAG supporters
In this newsletter we're excited to share details of some upcoming fundraising events - we hope you can make it to some or all of them! We also have an on the ground report about the desperate situation in Calais.

We welcomed more Ukrainians guests to Charlbury this week, and we're busy working on ways to support them and their hosts. Thank you to anyone who's emailed us with offers of support - we'll be in touch again soon.

Latest from Calais
 

Anne M Jones, a seventy-something who went to Calais for a week each month before the pandemic, recently resumed her volunteering. Here are some extracts from her update: 


‘There are currently about 800 refugees sleeping rough in the area, and further 400 around Dunkirk. This includes families living in the woods, and possibly 30-40 unaccompanied minors … Project Play is busy each afternoon with up to 30 children. Afghans from the crisis of a few months ago are arriving … 


Clothes sorting involved jackets, small, medium, large or extra-large into categories of thick, thin, waterproof or non-waterproof, making sixteen different permutations involving 16 cardboard boxes all over the floor … I had taken my sewing kit and so I was overjoyed at the sight of a few torn coats to mend … Next the making of bags of toiletries - toothpaste, soap, etc placed in rescued wrappers from consignments of socks (good to see some recycling from all the waste of plastic wrapping and boxes).
  
I asked what had the refugees done if they got Covid - they ‘just sweated it out’ in their sleeping bags in the hedgerows, the volunteer said, adding, ’But mostly they are so used to being ill it was just another virus.’


Copies of Anne’s book, How long, how long must we wait? are available at £10 from CRAG. 

Some dates for your diaries

Cocktails and Cabaret - Sat 14th May, 7.30pm

The brilliantly talented Oxford trio, Manouche Etcetera, are bringing their unique mix of swing, gypsy jazz, argentine tango and klezmer to Charlbury in aid of CRAG and Charlbury School Association.

You can buy tickets online from Eventbrite or email lizsoar@hotmail.com to arrange payment in person. (Group tables can also be reserved by using the same email address.)

A huge thank you from CRAG to the Charlbury School Association for organising this great event. 

CRAG Café - Sun 22nd and Sat 28th May

We're delighted to announce that The CRAG Café is back! Come and have something to eat and drink whilst you’re enjoying Artweeks in Charlbury. Everything will be homemade by CRAG’s famous team of cooks and bakers!

Coffee and cake all day, and Indian inspired veggie lunch from 12.30 onwards.

ALL PROCEEDS TO REFUGEE RELIEF.

CRAG ART FAIR - Fri 1st and Sat 2nd July

CRAG’s Art Fair will be at the Quaker Meeting House on Market Street on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July. There’ll be art for all tastes and pockets on sale over the two days, and we’ll be serving coffee, tea and our home-made cakes. 

We’re asking local artists to donate an artwork for sale at the Fair – but you don’t have to be an artist to donate! If you need to make a bit of space on your wall or table for a new acquisition, let us know. Contact Fran Webber at francesgwebber@gmail.com if you would like to give us a piece of art to sell. All proceeds will go for the support of refugees, in the UK or abroad. 

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