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CRAG members and supporters have raised over £4,500 so far in response to our Christmas and New Year appeal

We have sent £2,500 to Safe Passage, and we’re on course to send at least £1,500 to Choose Love/Help Refugees, which goes to wherever the need is greatest, in France and Greece.

Safe Passage campaigns for safe legal routes for children to reach the UK, and we received this message from them which we would like to pass on to you:

 “Some fantastic news to share – we’ve just received confirmation that Nafis, a 16 year-old Sudanese refugee, has had his family reunion application accepted and he’ll soon be joining his family in the UK. Nafis’s aunt and uncle, both frontline NHS workers for over ten years, are overjoyed to finally receive the good news……….. From the whole Safe Passage team, thank you for everything you do to support this vital work and create moments like this.”

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has supported this appeal.

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Need some new reading inspiration?

With libraries and bookshops closed (now even for click and collect), are you running out of books to read in lockdown? You can buy second-hand books, many in very good condition, from our CRAG bookshop and we have a wide selection of fiction, non-fiction, children’s and Young Adult books. You’ll also find some beautifully illustrated and produced hardbacks published by The Folio Society at bargain prices. 

Please browse our catalogue of over 1400 donated titles, many of which are priced at 50p or £1, and contact for more details. 

Books can be collected from central Charlbury by arrangement in a Covid-secure way. By buying your books from the CRAG bookshop, not only will you be helping to support refugees (all proceeds go directly to CRAG), you will also be recycling books and shopping locally!

Get baking!

For those of you who enjoy baking and are looking to expand your repertoire during lockdown, now might be the perfect time to try some new recipes from our booklet Cracking Cakes and Brilliant Bakes. Available as a PDF, it features 23 recipes for the mouth-watering teatime treats enjoyed by so many at our concerts, cafés, and tea parties.

All the recipes have been tried and tested, are fun to make and eat, and of course they all taste delicious! There’s a whole range of recipes for cakes, cookies, tea breads and loaves - including an eighteenth-century fruitcake, honey almond cake, ginger snaps, and mini mocha cakes for children to decorate. 

Please email to request your copy - we suggest a £5 minimum donation which can either be paid online via JustGiving or by bank transfer. 

Collections update

Donations of clothing, blankets etc were most gratefully received in November and December, and all were passed on.  For those who missed our deadlines then, please do hang on to your donations if you can, until we are able to coordinate a further delivery, at a time when Covid restrictions may allow. We should have more details next week. 

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