Fair Weather Café - Closing from 3rd July 2020

Fair Weather Cafe

Fair Weather Cafe


During the Covid19 crisis we have been committed to supporting NHS/Essential Workers with our business.

Part of the "Stays for Hero's" scheme our properties are available to essential workers;
- seeking to socially distance to continue working or 
- self-isolating 
can access the initiative.

We have participated in the Free Parking for NHS Staff initiative as part of the 'Your Parking Space' organisations scheme.

And at our Winchester property on Queens Road (opposite the Royal Hampshire County Hospital) we have been operating a day-time self-service 'Fair Weather Cafe' to provide hot drinks to NHS and essential workers for FREE for the 10 weeks duration of lockdown.

Thank You's.... this time from Alex Whitfield (C.E.O Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Thank You's.... this time from Alex Whitfield (C.E.O Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

We received the great 'Thank You' card from Alex Whitfield, Chief Executive Officer of the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Thank You's

Thank You's

Dear Richard


Thank you so much for the Free Tea and Coffee you have been providing for our teams from the 'Fair Weather Café'.  It has been so appreciated by so many people.  Thank You! - Alex (Alex Whitfield CEO)

NB - Each of our volunteers has received an emailed copy of the card and Alex's kind words - This has very much been a joint effort which we have all be pleased to play our small part in!

Thank You's

Thank You's

Thank You card received today from Charles M 

Thank You for the 'Fair Weather Café'  Much Appreciated - Charles M

Open in 'Fair Weather' between 9am until 5pm

Open in 'Fair Weather' between 9am until 5pm

Helped by a small team of local volunteers, donations as well as generous gifts we managed to maintain this service for over 10 weeks to provide this FREE self-service as a 'Thank You'.

Aimed at anyone caring for;
-Covid19 patients;
-vulnerable, less able or mature(!) individuals 
-or simply helping to keep the 'world turning'  
putting themselves at risk (and family members) with a view to keeping us all safe and well!

'Self-service'  with a view to minimising possible risk to volunteers and users of the facility.

Suggestions on how safeguards can be improved will be welcomed.  

Please text these and suggestions on adjusted opening times to 07552 724926 or email oceanracer8@aol.com

Thanks to Winchester City Council for their assistance and we have contacted Hampshire Constabulary and our business insurers.  

Everything in place is aimed at upholding the rules on 'Social Distancing' and reviewed constantly to keep us all safe!

Volunteers and Donations/Loans and support

Volunteers and Donations/Loans and support

Volunteers

If under 70 with no underlying conditions, live close to the RHCH and happy to interrupt your daily exercise for 15 minutes to replenish supplies and tidy/wipe down the café area, we would like to hear from you!  

We are keen not to cause un-necessary car journeys and uphold social distancing to support the NHS.  

PPE and cleaning materials are provided and systems in place to ensure the risk to volunteers is minimised.

But, if you don't live locally there are still opportunities to volunteer to support the café and we would like to hear from you too.  

Loans/Donations

The Fair Weather Cafe will operate whilst necessary and although fortunate to have loans of equipment and gifts to get the idea off the ground but it is clear we may require additional assistance.  
If you feel you can help, now or in the future, with equipment, supplies (or a gift!) please email (oceanracer8@aol.com) so that we can add you to the list!

As things progress we will maintain a 'wish list' and invite you to check the list at any time.  

Currently our most pressing requirements are;

- The café is currently closed but will re-open again if the need arises!

Guidance For Volunteers

Guidance For Volunteers

 To protect Volunteers as well as our Essential Worker visitors this guide has been produced using current ‘good practice’! 

- On arrival please use the side steps and side door to access the Prep area. 

- If outdoor locked use key safe for entry (Code will be emailed separately.) 

-Remove outer layer clothing (if not raining!) Wash Hands (+ 20 mins using handwash/soap) and dry thoroughly 

- Put on a pair of plastic gloves (non-latex items are available if allergic) 

- Using ‘Two Stage’ method wipe down Prep Area surfaces (clean then disinfect). 

- Replenish all dry goods (tea, coffee, sugar, sweetener, & biscuits) in short supply in Café. 

- Replenish/refresh wet goods (water in tea-urn, milk in jug and coffee maker). 

- Empty the bin if necessary and tidy area. 

- Using ‘Two Stage’ method wipe down Prep Area surfaces (clean then disinfect). 

- Tidy the Prep area. 

- Using ‘Two Stage’ method wipe down Prep Area surfaces (clean then disinfect). 

- Remove and discard plastic gloves Wash Hands (+ 20 mins using handwash/soap) and dry thoroughly 

- THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP 

Thank You's

Thank You's

Charles (the wonderful baker) and his wife Sue donated some more terrific muffins (this time Strawberry, Raspberry and Blueberry) as well as some chocolate biscuits.  Thank you so much.  As always, any baked goods donated but not enjoyed by the end of servery are donated to the night shift at the hospital across the road - we want to make sure nothing goes to waste!

Thank You's

Thank You's

A wonderful donation of some marvellous Chocolate Brownies by Helen Arundell aka Cake Maker;


helenarundell4@gmail.com

@helenscelebrationcakes

Thank You's

Thank You's

An anonymous donation of Tea and Coffee left on the front step - Thank You to our secret benefactor! 

Thank You's

Thank You's

Another wonderful donation, this time Strawberry Coconut Muffins baked by Charles and delivered by Sue, volunteering once again after nasty twisted ankle...trooper!

Thank You's

Thank You's

Despite currently being on crutches Maureen Bloomfield (who often makes preserves and bakes for Romsey Country Market donated some very, very nice Scones and 'home made' Jam for the 'Fair Weather Cafe'.  If anyone is interested in sampling any of Mo's wonderful wares you can find her on Facebook by searching 'Momo's Artisan Preserves' - Highly recommended!

Thank You's

Thank You's

We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to 'sample' some of the excellent products prepared by;


Hideout Coffee Co x River Coffee Collaboration

A Hampshire collaboration between two coffee companies with all proceeds being donated directly to our NHS, coming together to support our wonderful NHS and those putting themselves at risk on the front line. By donating hundreds of coffee bags to Winchester and Portsmouth Hospitals we’re also giving you a chance to be a part of the Hideout x River fundraise as 100% of profits will be donated to NHS charities.

Thank You's

Thank You's

Another very kind donation baked by Charles (delivered by Sue) this time Double Chocolate Chip Muffins and Mint Chocolate Club biscuits - Well Done again Charles!

Thank You's

Thank You's

Thank you Carol (Wade) for the donation of cleaning products etc. - Very much appreciated.

Thank You's

Thank You's

A beautiful Chocolate Sponge Cake with Buttercream Icing was donated by Sue and Terry Lohr (from West Hill) which was made by their daughter!

Thank You's

Thank You's

NHS Chocolate Cake - This beautiful cake was baked by Otilia Stephenson and delivered by her Mum Jacqui for all the NHS Workers at the Hospital (and Carers and all Front-line Staff) to thank them for all they do!

Thank You's

Thank You's

Wonderfullygenerous donation of insulted cups (with lids) by Alexandria Lauder from Twyford 

Thank You's

Thank You's

Thank You's

Thank You's

Thank you very much to Diane Wilson for her very generous donation of Coffee and Milk to the 'Fair Weather Café'...very much appreciated!

Thank You's

Thank You's

A second donation was received of wonderful home-baked 'Carrot Cake Cup Cakes with Orange Icing@  and Nature Valley Crunchy Oats & Honey Bars from our lovely volunteers Sue and her husband (the excellent baker!) Charles....Thank You so much guys particularly as you delivered them on a very wet afternoon...on your bike!  Well Done!

For Information: Not only do we ask anyone planning to donate baked goods for distribution via the 'Fair Weather Cafe' to Essential Workers to visit the current regulations (https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/providing-food-at-community-and-charity-events) but we also ask them to go further in an attempt to minimise the risk of any cross-infection as much as possible;

  • Prefer all cakes to be in individual baking cases (not tray bakes etc.)
  •  All cakes to be individually wrapped (once cold) before arriving at the Café
  •  All cakes

Thank You's

Thank You's

Thank You's

Thank You's

Donation of wonderful home-baked 'Lemon Drizzle Cup Cakes and Twiz Bars from our lovely volunteer Sue and her husband (the excellent baker!) Charles....Thank You so much guys!

For Information: Not only do we ask anyone planning to donate baked goods for distribution via the 'Fair Weather Cafe' to Essential Workers to visit the current regulations (https://www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/providing-food-at-community-and-charity-events) but we also ask them to go further in an attempt to minimise the risk of any cross-infection as much as possible;

  • Prefer all cakes to be in individual baking cases (not tray bakes etc.)
  •  All cakes to be individually wrapped (once cold) before arriving at the Café
  •  All cakes remaining at the end of the day will be donated to the RHCH (for the night staff)


Thank You's

Thank You's

Terrific Donation of HiBi - Liquid Hand Rub by Bobbi Leder - Helping us protect our NHS and other essential workers whilst providing a FREE self-service Hot Drinks service!

Thank You's

Thank You's

Volunteer Rota

Volunteer Rota

If you would like to help in maintaining the Fair Weather Café for NHS and other Essential Workers during the current Covis-19 crisis please email me on oceanracer8@aol.com if you are able to cover any of the '?' on the rota above.


We need volunteers to visit for no more that 10-15 mins to make sure everything is cleaned and wiped down and all supplies etc. are topped up are available for our visiting Key Workers.

Thank You for your help!

 
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