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Thank you to all who donated to Bassetlaw Food Bank.  


It is currently closed, although food bank staff are busy working with other agencies to get food out to those who need it.


When it reopens we will need your help to refill the shelves.


 Thank you again for all your generosity


from the Mini Vinnies





Mini Vinnies Easter Display Competition





Lent Food Bank Collection

Fair Trade Afternoon Tea 13th February 2020

The event was very well attended.
Classes had baked using fair trade ingredients.
Fair trade tea, coffee and hot chocolate was here.
Mrs Kathy Cowbrough joined us from Traidcraft.
The Mini Vinnies helped on the stalls
and raised over £50 for the Fairtrade Foundation

Fair Trade Fortnight 2020 is Monday 24 February - Sunday 8 March

 ********************* Spring Term 2020 *********************

November and December 2019


The Mini Vinnies organised school collections for Bassetlaw Foodbank and helped load items for delivery.  They continued their work as Playground Buddies.

October 2019 Mini Vinnies visit Bassetlaw Foodbank to find out why we need one.

We walked to the foodbank
carrying donations from school.
The children helped to sort food parcels
working from a sheet
and with help from some parents.
We met the manager Mrs Paula Howard
who gave us a biscuit as we left.

September 2019 The Mini Vinnies are now trained as Playground Buddies and will help other children solve problems in the playground

September 2019. New Mini Vinnies meet to plan for new school year

******************* Autumn Term 2019 *******************

Mini Vinnies were working hard in July

We have a new group of Mini Vinnies

New Mini Vinnies with Fr John and St Joseph's SVP

******************* Summer Term 2019 *******************

We are mentioned on their facebook page - Bassetlaw FoodBank

Mini Vinnie visited Bassetlaw FoodBank in Retford

The Mini Vinnies took donations to the FoodBank.
Mrs Howard, the manager, explained how it works.
The Mini Vinnies used lists ...
... to gather foodstuffs
... for a basic food parcel.
FoodBank volunteers helped us find items.
Mrs Howard showed us more that might be needed.

Look at the Fairtrade4Bassetlaw page on facebook

Afternoon Tea - welcoming guests

Why Fairtrade?

Fairtrade Afternoon Tea on the 14th February

washing up
and preparation

Spring Plan

******************** Spring Term 2019 ********************

Advent food bank collection

The Mini Vinnies thought about people in the parish and the wider community of Retford, who are unable to take part in preparations for Christmas due to illness, disability or loneliness. They asked the Prayer Chaplains to lead the school prayers for them during Advent and the Mini Vinnies made cards for parishioners to take to those they visited and tell them of the prayers.

Food collected for the Bassetlaw Food Bank October 2018

The Mini Vinnies are working as Playground Buddies each day

Autumn Plan

New Mini Vinnies September 2018

******************** Autumn Term 2018 ********************

What do our Mini Vinnies do?

Mini Vinnies day trip out with the parish

New Mini Vinnies commissioned for September

Share The Journey

Pope Francis and Share the Journey campaign launch

Join Pope Francis and Caritas to Share the Journey with migrants and refugees from 27th September onwards. #sharejourney

Summer Term 2018

Foodbank visit March 2018

Bringing food to the Food Bank
Mrs Paula Howard told us how the food bank works
The volunteers helped us sort the food
We had to put food in date order on the shelves
We looked on the list to make up a food parcel
We learned about 'best before' and 'use before'

The Candlemas Cards

Some of the cards

Spring term 2018

Spring Term Plan

Mini Vinnies prepare the Advent booklet

The Mini Vinnies all train as Playground Buddies to help others in the playground

Playground Buddies
Promises made by all children involved
What Playground Buddies do
The sheet Buddies fill in and pass to Mrs Archer

Autumn term 2017

Autumn Term Plan

September 2017 Our Mini Vinnies

Commissioning Liturgy for new Mini Vinnies Summer 2017

Y6 Mini Vinnies tell us how the SVP began.
The new Mini Vinnies recite their pledge.
Father John talks to the new Mini Vinnies

Some Mini Vinnie activities 2017

1/03/2017 We visited the food bank in Retford
... and helped to make up food bags.
It was a very wet day!
baking for Fair Trade Tea 9/03/2017

June 16th 2016 Mini Vinnies invite parishioners to school

Baking preparations ...
and icing the cakes.
The choir sing to entertain parishioners.
The Mini Vinnies join in with the parishioners.
During Advent the school collected items for Bassetlaw Food Bank.  In December 2015, the Mini Vinnie group visited the food bank in Retford, to find out how it operated and help with sorting and filling bags.