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Dear CRAG supporters


We're delighted to announce that since its foundation in 2015, CRAG’s income has risen from £6,000 in the first year to over £21,000 so far in the current year - and has now reached a cumulative total of over £100,000.

With this money CRAG has been able to help refugees facing appalling conditions in France, Greece, Afghanistan and Lebanon as well as supporting Asylum Welcome in Oxford, and those fleeing from wars in Syria and Ukraine. 

Vital funds have been raised through online and ‘real life’ concerts; pop-up cafés during Art Weeks; bring-and-buy, car boot, and garage sales; secondhand book sales, cookery demonstrations; quizzes and cabaret evenings; an Art Fair; a Ceilidh; Christmas appeals; sponsored New Year challenges; publishing and selling booklets of our recipes, and making and selling industrial quantities of cake and thousands of cups of tea...

With the proceeds from our most recent fundraising event - the tea tent at last week’s Wychwood Forest Fair - we've given £1,200 to the Collective Aid Subotica Project. This is a small group of 8 to 10 volunteers (connected to Choose Love) who are delivering relief and restoring some dignity to more than 3,000 refugees and migrants sleeping rough in abandoned buildings and train carriages in Northern Serbia’s border regions. The two largest groups of refugees in the border regions are Afghans fleeing the Taliban and Syrians escaping the gruelling 11 year civil war in their country. 

The funds we sent will provide: showers, new underwear, hygiene packs, sanitary wear, and access to mobile phone charging facilities. So we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped to make last Sunday’s tea tent a success and enabled us to support this project. 

Sadly, the need to help refugees both in the UK and the rest of Europe is ever greater than ever, so this autumn we have another exciting programme of fundraising concerts planned for Sunday afternoons in the Memorial Hall.

  • On October 16th we welcome classical oboist James Eastway and friends
  • Pianist Margaret Fingerhut returns with violinist Bradley Creswick on November 6th
  • And we round off the year with the wonderful Somerville College Choir returning on December 4th with an unmissable festive concert.

We're able to offer a season ticket for all the concerts again, and don’t forget that tea and a slice of one of our amazing cakes is once again included in the ticket price! To book concert tickets, please email or phone 01608 811558

Sing for Ukraine concert on 3 September

David Blackwell, will direct a Come and Sing, Vivaldi Gloria with orchestra in St Nicholas Church, Islip on 3rd September 2022 to raise money for Ukraine. Rehearsal 2.30pm, Concert 5pm, with tea and refreshments in the Village Hall between the two. Details and Tickets (singers and audience £10), from Eventbrite (search Sing for Ukraine).

Visit the CRAG Ukraine Welcome Hub 

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