Autumn Craft Bazaar 20 October 2018

Building on the huge success of the last 6 years………………………
20 October 2018

Alton Barnes, Wiltshire,  for your early Christmas shopping.

11am – 4pm
Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, SN8 4LB

Click on link address or on photo of hall for map.

What makes the Afrikaya Bazaar different?

  • Afrikaya has many loyal supporters thereby not just relying on local people. This increases the footfall.
  • Live music and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Warm Gambian lunch available at very reasonable cost.
  • Unusual gifts to make your gift buying fun – made by local craftspeople or sourced from craftspeople in The Gambia.
  • Drum circle at 4 p.m..

Our tables are completely full of wonderful stall holders, some great old friends and some amazing new ones.

Julia Jenkins of The Spirit of Sophia selling handcrafted gemstone jewellery. Julia has been with us for every bazaar to date. Always popular.

Barbara Hopkins selling her semi-precious jewellery and knitted boleros. This is Barbara’s 3rd year with us, her crafts always sell fast.

Suzanne Dawkins of Suzies Shabby Crafting,  is selling  Felt work – hangings, key ring,  fridge magnets, finger puppets. Fabric items – book marks, egg cosies,  tea cosies,  door stops, bunting. Hand painted in acrylic – flower pots, plaques, bookmarks, key rings, trinket boxes. Suzanne sadly had to pull out at the last minute last year, so it will be great for her to be with us this year.

Annette Hobbs, a staunch supporter of Afrikaya and also a great artist in mixed media and talented crafts person. She has been with us from the start.  Annette enjoys exploring paint, print, textiles and yarn. Everyone who has been to an Afrikaya Bazaar before will remember her wonderful knitted rabbits and bears. She is now offering lovely patchwork quilts and cot blankets as well.

Ruth Facey:  The Workshop Gallery. Not only does she make exquisite jewellery, she also teaches jewellery making. Most of her jewellery is now focused on designing bespoke pieces that are made in Hatton Garden. Now venturing into ‘sound pictures’ – drawing music she hears, and drawings in wire and cast pewter, and other mixed media, often including text.

We are also delighted to present to you 5 talented newcomers to Afrikaya Bazaars:

Shyamli of Shanayadesigns who will be selling lovely scarves and jewellery as well as offering you henna tattoos.

 Shikha Vashistha of Siiva Jewels.  Designed in Berkshire and handcrafted by skilled artisans in India using natural, ethically sourced gemstones. This is high quality affordable fashion

Pip White of Pipaluk Crafts who sells beautiful needle felt pictures and kits [so you can have a go yourself].

Belinda Billinge who will be selling Forever Living Aloe Vera products.

Tracey Franklin of  Ollys Jollies selling upcycled gift’s and homeware. I’m sure you will find a Christmas gift or 2 here.

If you would like to donate, go to BTMyDonate.

Afrikaya Drum Circles every fortnight

Afrikaya drum circles take place roughly once every 2 weeks:

Dates on flyer at bottom of page.

Saturdays 2 pm to 4 pm

Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, SN8 4LB

All proceeds from our community drum circles go direct to support the work of Afrikaya in The Gambia.

Everyone is welcome, whatever their age or ability. No booking required. However, if you are coming along with a larger group – please let us know beforehand so that we can make sure we have enough drums.

If you are not a member of Wiltshire Drum Circles on Facebook or do not receive our regular drum circle emails, please email to check if the circle is still on.

Afrikaya Drum Circles involve hand drums [mostly djembes from Africa], other percussive instruments from around the world, and also any other instruments that complement the free-form rhythm produced by the circle.

To see a recent video of mostly novice drummers, go to Afrikaya Drum Circle Video

Dancers are more than welcome. Drumming and dancing are very much linked as part of the West African culture. As well as facilitating rhythm, West African djembe rhythms and specific dances are practiced in harmony to tell a story from an African tradition.

Afrikaya drum circles are a combination of community circles, facilitated circles, and teaching of West African rhythms.

Let’s make this the best year EVER for drumming and for Afrikaya.

If you want more information about our drum circles, please go to Afrikaya Drum Circles2


Afrikaya Sponsored Walk 19 May 2019

How Far Will You Go to Make a Difference?

A 12k walk through the beautiful Pewsey Vale.

Less arduous and shorter walk available. Please ask.

Sunday 19 May 2019!

Afrikaya’s 5th sponsored walk!

10.00 check in ready for 10.30 start

A sponsored ‘walktoschoolathon’ for Afrikaya. This 12K walk through the beautiful Pewsey Vale is almost the distance that children in New Yundum, The Gambia [some as young as 3 years old] were walking to school each day, including crossing a busy 4 lane highway – the main Banjul to Brikama highway. The walk is in its fourth year – by popular demand.

Start and finish: Wilcot Village Hall,  Wilcot, Nr Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5NN

There is no registration fee. However, you are expected to raise sponsorship or make a personal donation in lieu of sponsorship. Suggested amount:


under 17s £5.00; under 12s £2.00

We have changed our start and finish to celebrate the renovation of the Village Hall. Built as a School house in 1840, thanks to local support and a National Lottery Grant, much of the original building has been restored.
The Hall will be open all day. Once the walkers have set off, we will be serving teas and cake to anyone who wants to call in. Lunch will be available from 12.30 – soup and crusty bread.

If you dont wish to take part in the walk, call in and see us for tea/coffee and cake, or for lunch, and find out more about Afrikaya.

For more information, please go to Sponsored Walk Information 2019

For entry details and sponsorship forms, please email.

Alternatively, download our Sponsorship_Form 2019

Donate via BTMyDonate; then send your donation reference number to us by email. This way we receive an extra 25% donation Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer.

You can also create your own fundraising page – that way you dont have to chase people for sponsorship after the event!

You don’t have to take part to donate. Donate via BTMyDonate on our event page.

Here are a couple of photos taken part way through the walk!