Autumn Craft Bazaar 19 October 2019

Building on the huge success of the last 8 years………………………

19 October 2019

Join us for a great day and an opportunity to do your early Christmas shopping.

11am – 3.30 pm

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 3.30 p.m..

Stall Holders:

Lynette Thomas & Wolfy Wilkins

Mosaic jewellery and boxes, small stone sculptures and some textile pieces.

You can find Lynette on Facebook and Instagram:

Pippaluk Crafts

Needlefelt pictures and kits and lovely bags.

Annette Hobbs

The Spirit of Sophia

Here’s what Julia says : “My name’s Julia Jenkins. I’m a Reiki Master/Teacher, Crystal Healer and jewellery  maker. I make all my jewellery in an atmosphere of peace and positive energy, choosing the gemstones for their healing properties and infuse each piece with healing Reiki energy. I’m also a Holistic Aromatherapist, Massage Therapist, Stress Management Consultant, Spiritual Coach, Healing Meditation Practitioner and Intuitive Tarot Reader. I hope you’ll pop over to my website for lots more information. 

Julia can also be found on her Facebook page

Olly’s Jollies

Upcycled homewares lovingly paper patched into the 21st century.

Belinda Billinge

Forever Living Aloe Vera Products and CBD oil and hemp products

Barbara Hopkins

Wonderful knitted boleros and semi-precious jewellery and children’s aprons.

Shyamli Gumber of Shanaya Designs

Gorgeous hemp designed candles, Indian jewellery and scarves

Lesley-Anne Daniels 

Liberty fabric baubles. Facebook page

Nick & Karen Bidmead

We are happy to announce that we are full for 2019, if you want to book for 2020, please book asap email:

Fun, Drum & Mayhem 14 Sept 2019

Fantastic Afrikaya fund raiser yesterday. Amazing fun! Many many thanks to Geoff for facilitating, Helen for kitchen duties Dave Rome and Spencer for guitars, Annette, Helen and Sue for cakes etc. Thank you to everyone who took part: everyone already tagged plus 2 of our grandchildren – Toby on Dunduns and Felix on shakers (when he wasn’t trying to eat them), Emma, Chris, Claire and her boys, Shellie and her friend and their boys, Sarah, Lindsay, Rob and friend, Bea, Hilary, Steph, Rachel, Robyn, Nic, Ann. Did I forget anyone?

Posted by Di Miles on Saturday, 11 August 2018

Saturday 14 September at Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes, SN8 4LB, 2.20 – 5.00

Everyone welcome, any musical instrument, any age or ability.

Adults £10; Unwaged £8

Teens £5;

under 12 with adult: free.

Drum hire:£1

Repeat of last year’s brilliant event of drums and other instruments jamming for fun with a West African undertone.
Hand drums [mostly djembes from Africa], frame drums, other percussive instruments from around the world, and also any other instruments that complement the free-form rhythm produced by the circle.
Everyone is welcome, whatever their age or ability.
Adults £10; Unwaged £8; Teens £5; under 12 accompanied by adult: free.
ALL proceeds to Afrikaya.

“Had such fun at our Drum Circle jam session last year. As well as us amateur djembe bangers and budding percussionists and paradiddlers, some people who could actually play musical instruments turned up!” Nic Walker

Soundscapes July 2020

Soundscapes proved to be popular in 2019, so we plan to repeat the experience during the summer of 2020. We are also pleased to announce that the day raised in excess of £700

A whole day workshop in a lovely garden in the beautiful Vale of Pewsey. Marquee and fire pits are provided but warm clothing suitable for outdoor weather is suggested. No dogs please.

Cost: £25 for all day; £15 for 1 workshop. Lunch and refreshments available at a reasonable cost.

Please book via Virgin Money Giving [click the link] or PayPal Giving Fund.

For Virgin, when you reach a section called Keeping in Touch, please tick ”I’m happy to be contacted by Afrikaya….. Otherwise we wont know you have paid.

For Paypal Giving: please opt to share your name and email address with Afrikaya so we know you have paid.

Just in case: email to let us know you have paid.

Numbers are limited, so please hurry!

When we receive your booking, you will be given the venue address [as it a private address].

The venue is open from 10.30 to allow time for those who have travelled a distance to have a comfort break and settle to their surroundings.
11 am prompt start
Sound Relaxation, using Gongs, Himalayan bowls and other instruments, with Pauline McCrann, practitioner and tutor with the College of Sound Healing.
The morning session:
Please bring a yoga mat or camping mattress, cushion, blanket, or even a sleeping bag, and a bottle of water. If you will find it difficult to lie down for up to 90 minutes, bring your own camping chair, or we may be able to provide one if you ask in advance.
Wear comfortable, warm clothing preferably natural fibres that not rustle as you move.
Please arrive in plenty of time to settle down by 11 am as late comers will not be admitted as it is too disruptive to the experience.
Older children who are happy to lie still and in silence for up to 90 minutes are welcome.

Lunch break 12.30 to 1.45
Lunch and refreshments: available from Afrikaya at a reasonable cost. You are requested not to consume your own food or drinks (other than water) at the venue. All food served will be vegetarian. If you have special dietary requirements please contact us a few days before.

2pm afternoon sessions starts
Shamanic frame drumming with Geoff Miles who has been a practitioner in frame drumming for over 20 years.  Geoff will be offering fun Native American rhythms, trance drumming and journeying.
Bring, hire or buy a frame drum from us. Please let us know if you will need to hire a frame drum [£1 to hire] or wish to buy one so we can make sure we have enough.
Latecomers will not be admitted, so please settle in plenty of time for the start.
Older children welcome if they are able to participate without disruption for 2 hours.
Want more information? Please ask!

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.

Suitable for beginners to intermediate. 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 2019 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 24 May 2020

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 at least a couple of days in advance so we have driver available.

Sunday 24 May 2020!

Afrikaya’s 6th 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 sixth year – by popular demand.

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

Although there is no registration fee, 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

Wilcot Village Hall will be open all day. Once the walkers have set off, we will be serving tea/coffee and cake to anyone who wants to call in. Lunch will be available from 12.30. Menu: soup and crusty bread; ploughman’s.

Call in 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 Virgin Money Giving; 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!  PLEASE ASK FOR DETAILS!

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

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