Christmas 2017 Appeal Smashes Records!

We would like to thank all those who helped with the WCG appeal for 2017, whether you volunteered or gave a donation.  This a vital fundraiser for the Wheathampstead Community Group.  It helps us to assist those people who have be referred to us via health visitors, children’s centres, CAB, Scout Leaders, GP’s and many different sources.

We are really pleased that we smashed previous donations received and raised an amazing £9,698! This total includes over £1,600 in Gift Aid which makes a huge difference to the overall total.

Without the generosity of the Wheathampstead community, the help that we could provide would be greatly reduced. So thank you!

The WCG 2017 Annual Appeal by numbers:
  • 34 Volunteers delivered to over 1,600 properties on 48 roads in Wheathampstead, approximately 60% of all residential and commercial properties in the village.
  • Our volunteers made around 5,000 calls to properties in total in delivering and collecting our appeal envelopes.
  • Each volunteer made on average around 140 calls each.
  • 658 separate donations were made by our generous supporters, totalling £8.000.34
  • The average donation was  £12.15.
  • 17 people donated on line raising £497.61 including gift aid.
  • 390 of those making donations game permission to claim gift aid on their donation, 60% of all those making donations.
  • This has enabled WCG to claim an additional  £1,402.95 in gift aid from HMRC.
  • A further £1,180.54 of the donations is eligible for the Gift Aid small donations scheme, enabling WCG to claim a further £295.24 from HMRC.
  • The total gift aid claimed from HMRC is therefore £1,698.18
  • Including gift aid, the total amount raised by the annual appeal in 2017 was a record £9,698.52.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or helping with the 2018 appeal please do get in touch 

Voluntary WCG Treasurer post available

We would like to Thank David Law for all of his time and effort with the Wheathampstead Community Group. David is hoping to step down as treasurer for the WCG after many years of service.

We therefore have a new post available. Do you know anyone who used to be an accountant or is a whiz with numbers? Would you like to help us run our accounts? We would love to hear from you if you do.

John Bunyan Family Fun Day 2016

A wonderful day afternoon was had by all at the John Bunyan Family Fun Day. The team at the John Bunyan along with the BHA (Beech Hyde Association) put together an afternoon of fun and raised a wonderful £2,300.00, which will be split between the WCG and the BHA.

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First luncheon club of the year.

Our luncheon club started again today following a break over the Christmas period. What a lovely way to spend a cold, breezy day in February. We would like to once again thank the Miller and Carter in Wheathampstead for their hospitality. The club has proved so successful that there is now a waiting list, but do contact us if you would like to know more about it.

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Appeal 2015

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The Wheathampstead Community Group would like to thank the residents of Wheathampstead for their incredible generosity. Our yearly appeal has raised £4,786.00 so far, which is amazing. With the information provided on the gift aid forms this amount will only go up! So thank you!

Christmas Carol Sing Along

Nearly 100 people enjoyed our Christmas Carol Sing Along at the Memorial Hall. The Abbey Gateway Orchestra was on top form and Annie Brewster as Master of Ceremonies entertained us with some surprisingly good Christmas Cracker jokes and her usual organisation of the audience participation of the Twelve Days of Christmas. With mulled wine and minced pies in the interval, it was a great way to start Christmas and the bonus was that we raised over £400.

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WCG Christmas appeal

The Christmas appeal volunteers will soon be in your area. If you see one of our leaflets/envelopes please do seriously consider making a donation. You can see on our new appeal page where the money provided goes.

Fantastic Fun at the John Bunyan Family Day.

We had a really successful day on Saturday, all together we raised about £2,000 which means WCG will benefit by about £1,000 and The Beech Hyde Association will also benefit by £1,000.
Everyone we spoke to said that they were having a lovely time and it was a really lovely event. So a big thank you too all who came along to support it.
It was great to be able to work alongside The Beech Hyde Association, and we would like to pass our thanks on to Jannine Oxley, Chair of the BHA, for all of her and her team’s hard work. Also to the John Bunyan for hosting the event and helping to raise the profile of the two charities.