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Home-Start Kennet celebrates 30 years of supporting local families in style!

As one of Marlborough Mayor, Mervyn Hall’s chosen charities for the year, we were gifted the use of Marlborough Town Hall, and this magnificent building was the venue for our amazing 30th birthday party.  Home-Start Kennet supports families in our local community by providing trained volunteers who offer practical and emotional support to vulnerable families with at least one child under the age of five years.  The party on Saturday 20th January was an opportunity to celebrate our successes over the past 30 years and thank our volunteers and supporters for all their hard work.

Over 150 people joined us on the evening which started with some Scottish Country dancing including a caller, followed by not one but two live bands.   Skedaddle, a popular music cover band and Barrelhouse blues band.  A raffle was also held on the night, with prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.  This raised over £1,000 for Home-Start Kennet and also saw some of the prize-winners re-donating their prizes to other good causes, thereby raising even more money for charity.

We would like to thank all the people and businesses who supported Home-Start Kennet through the donation of prizes or services, and particular thanks to those who attended our event and made the night an overwhelming success.

What a way to mark thirty years…

Two local bands – Skedaddle and Barrelhouse will be centre stage at Home-Start Kennet’s thirtieth anniversary party on Saturday, January 20 in Marlborough Town Hall – and they will be playing for free to support this local charity.  Both bands will be known to many as popular regulars at the Marlborough Jazz Festival and at MantonFest.
What a way to mark thirty years of Home-Start Kennet’s service to the area’s families!  The charity, which supports local families with young children who find themselves in difficulties, is one of Mayor Mervyn Hall’s chosen charities for his year in office.

Skedaddle – based in Manton – is a six-piece semi acoustic band playing a mix of blues, jazz and souls and a mix of covers and original material.  They are known for the clear vocal harmonies of Jane Witcombe and Amanda Hancock.

They will be playing an hour-long set.  Stuart Whant lives in Manton and plays bass and guitar for Skedaddle.  He also plays bass for the other band playing at the party:  Barrelhouse.  They play ‘vintage blues with a hard edge groove’.  With guitar, drums, vocals, bass and blues harmonica, they will be playing from 10.30 till the midnight closedown.

Barrelhouse brings together musicians from a bit further afield – “We’re more of a regional band”  – with musicians from Manton, Minal, Swindon, Aldbourne and Gloucestershire.  They are a busy gigging and recording band.

Last year they released their album Mooncalf Blues.  This went to number 18 in the UK Blues Chart – and stayed in the chart for four months.  It was also featured in RockFM’s Blues Albums of the Year.

Home-Start Kennet’s party organisers say: “We would like to invite all those who have been involved in supporting or volunteering for Home-Start Kennet, and to bring friends for a great evening.”

Beside the two bands, there will be Scottish Country Dancing (with a caller – so don’t worry you’ll get lost!), an evening buffet, a raffle prize draw and a cash only bar.

Admission is by ticket only – at £10 per person – and tickets are only available in advance – phone 01672 569457 or homestartkennet.a@btconenct.com

Tickets will not be available on the door. 

That’s Saturday, January 20 at the Town Hall 7pm till midnight 

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Raffle Prizes Galore for January 20th 2018!

Home-Start Kennet has been fortunate to have been nominated by the Mayor of Marlborough as one of his chosen charities for this year, and will be holding a 30th Anniversary Celebration on 20th January 2018 in Marlborough Town Hall.

This event is to acknowledge the support given to local young families over the past 30 years and to thank our wonderful volunteers, without whom we would not have been able to carry out this work. We will also be raising funds for Home-Start Kennet to enable us to continue with this much needed service.

We are actively promoting this event through the selling of event and raffle tickets. Tickets for the event £10 and Raffle tickets £1 each. As a valued supporter or friend of Home-Start Kennet, we hope you may be able to attend, and would be very grateful if you are also able to help spread the word to other colleagues and partners.

Please contact the office on 01672 569457 or homestartkennet.a@btconnect.com if you would like to purchase event or raffle tickets.

Prizes for the raffle:

£100; Bottle of Champagne; Bottle of Organic Champagne; 1 hour Personal Trainer Session; Facial Treatment by MACH Management.com; Case of Wine x 2; 2 Bottles of Wine; Photo Session in Savernake Studio; £35 Voucher for Castle and Ball; Family Admission Ticket to Cholderton Farm; Diffusion Beauty Set and Hair Rings; Family Ticket to the Circus; Signed Gogglebox Book “A Diary of 2 Nobodies”; Children’s Book; £20 Meal Voucher for Pizza Express; Food and Drink Voucher for the Red Lion at Avebury; Three Course Meal at Who’d a Thought It; Two Course Meal for 2 Voucher for The Three Tuns at Great Bedwyn; 6 Bottles of Wine; Horse Riding Lesson; Kurt Geiger Handbag x 3; Spirit Fashion Item.

We’re having a party in January 2018 … come and join us!

HSK has been fortunate to have been nominated by the Lord Mayor of Marlborough, as one of his chosen charities for the year 2017-18.

On Saturday 20th January 2018, we will be holding a party in Marlborough Town Hall,  to celebrate 30 years of supporting families in our local community. We would like to invite all of those who have been involved in supporting or volunteering for HSK, to bring friends for a great evening.

7pm – 12 to midnight

The event will include live bands, Scottish Country Dancing, an evening buffet, bar and raffle prize draw.

Tickets can be purchased from the HSK office @ £10 each or call 07864652422. Book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Raffle tickets are also on sale at £1 each with many wonderful prizes from £100 first prize to day trips for a family, free meals at local pubs and bottles of wine!  A great way to beat the winter blues.


Home-Start Kennet bags £4000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme!

HSK bags £4000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme!

HSK is delighted to announce it has bagged £4000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Thank you to all of our supporters for your votes! Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.


Support Home-Start Kennet through the Coop

Home-Start Kennet receives support from the Co-op

HSK has been chosen for further support from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

This funding round runs from 12th November 201727th October 2018.

Every time members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.

Please support our cause at: www.coop.co.uk/membership



HSK receives a grant from the Walter Guinness Charitable Trust

The trustees and staff of Home-Start Kennet would like to thank the Walter Guinness Charitable Trust for the £2,000 grant received this October towards our general charitable purposes. Without the support of charitable trusts we would not be able to offer support to local  families with young children going through difficult times and training for our volunteers and staff.

Thank you.

HSK recruiting 2 posts this October

For downloadable application packs go to About us/Vacancies location on this website.

Closing dates 23rd  October 2017 for the Finance and Admin Assistant and Nov 1st 2017 for the Fundraising Manager.

Summer Newsletter with news of the trip to celebrate our 30th year!

Click here to read the latest news and about upcoming events including our invitation to volunteers and families to take a “walk on the wildside” with us this October 25th!

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