Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, CHOKO have made the decision not to hold the Beer Festival this year. The CHOKO committee are now focussing on the different events that we can hopefully hold next year – look out for news on The CHOKO Colour Run, KaraChoke, Beer Festival and any other events we can squeeze in! Stay safe from all the CHOKO team.
Upcoming events: TBC
CHOKO Beer Festival 2019: Saturday 28th September 2019 from 12pm at the Lawrence Hall, Station Road, Cholsey.
Firm fixture in the Cholsey Social Calendar, the CHOKO Beer Festival now enters it’s 11th year and once again we are planning another fantastic blend of music, food, drink and family fun at our usual venue in the friendly and vibrant village of Cholsey in South Oxfordshire. Open to people of all ages and all in aid of good causes – we have managed to raise over £100,000 so far and have helped to fund numerous projects in disadvantaged communities in Africa. Last year we were able to fund three new borehole projects in Ntwetwe in Uganda through World Vision International while also providing much needed funds for the Cholsey School PTA. Come and help us build on that success and make the 2019 Choko Beer festival “one to remember”. Headlining for us this year is “The High and Mighty” Band. For more details and tickets please visit: http://www.chokobeerfestival.org.uk
CHOKO Colour Run – 8th June 2019
After a wet and windy morning (where we lost 2 gazebos), the weather changed and the sun shined for the 3rd Choko Colour Run. As always lots of fun, colour and laughter was had by all who ran, watched, threw paint and helped. We’re still counting the money but again the local community has helped to raise funds for our next project in Ntwetwe, Uganda. Thank you to all that came and all that helped make this event a success.
Karachoke – 11th May 2019
Cholsey held its first ever KaraChoke event last night and what a night it was!! There were solos, duets, groups even an appearance from the Spice Girls (otherwise known as the newly crowned winners of KaraChoke – Girlszone!!). This topped with a bar, Cheryl Bryer’s delicious curry, dancing and some open mic entries, meant a fantastic night was had by all. We raised £538 to support our projects in Ntwetwe! Keep watching for the dates for 2020.
Ntwetwe, Uganda project update. Thanks to all the support at the 11th CHOKO Beer Festival and a generous donation from St Mary’s Church, Cholsey, we have been able to pay for 3 boreholes/wells to be built and sustained in Ntwetwe. THANK YOU to EVERYONE INVOLVED!!
The links below are from similar borehole projects that World Vision have completed in other areas. Including one where the Duchess of Sussex is involved.
For more information regarding the borehole project and where the money has gone to provide support, please see the attached information sheet from World Vision.
CHOKO 10th Beer Festival is on Saturday 29th September from 12pm to 11pm.
Come and join us for our annual beer festival. There will be lots of different beers, ales and lagers to try, as well as Pimms, wine and soft drinks. There will be an array of music acts (headliner to be announced) as well as a BBQ and food throughout the day. Tickets are available from R G Park Butchers in Cholsey or online at http://www.chokobeerfestival.org.uk/tickets.html
Check out the CHOKO Beer Festival website for more details and updates at http://www.chokobeerfestival.org.uk/index.html
We have received a report from Arthur at World Vision who recently visited Ntwetwe. Arthur was warmly welcomed by the Twezimbe Women’s Group, who we have supported with money for a poultry house. They shared with Arthur a report of their work so far:
- the quality of the poultry house construction and equipment that World Vision had worked with the group to install.
- World Vision has given some training with the help of the local government livestock expert on basic business skills and the group should be making some good profits before long and certainly by the time you visit.
- They are employing a cheerful young woman called Angel to look after the chickens on a day to day basis and this seems to be working well.
- They have also constructed toilet with their own money
Have a look at our projects page for photos of Ntwetwe projects.
Schools Intervention Programme Visit (8th October to 14th October 2017)
Well what a week this has been, it is very difficult to put into words the amazing energy and enthusiasm that our visitors, hosts, schools, helpers and Choko supporters have shown this week. The visitors have been superbly looked after by our generous hosts, they have been welcomed by 11 locals school and shown how we teach SEN (Special Educational Needs) interventions, they have been shown great hospitality by Cholsey residents, and they have been treated to performances by Cholsey School, the Treehouse School and the Junior swing band. The penultimate get together was a fish and chip supper provided by Tiago’s, with many guests who have been involved with CHOKO over the years. On Saturday the visitors enjoyed a coach trip around London and a quick shopping trip to Oxford Street to get some souvenirs, before heading back to Heathrow for their journey back to South Africa.
Their are many different videos and photos on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Kodumelaschoolslink/ which show our visitors out and about and singing (which is definitely worth hearing).
Schools visit 2017 updates
Our visitors have been visiting local schools in Cholsey, Crowmarsh, Wallingford, Didcot, Abingdon and Oxford. The teachers have been observing lessons, interventions and spending time talking to staff and children.
Our visitors arrived safely after travelling for 24 hours. After settling into their host’s houses, all joined together for lunch. After eating lunch the visitors wanted to sing to us before going to church.
Tomorrow the visitors will be attending various school in Cholsey, Wallingford, Didcot and Abingdon.
CHOKO’s 10th Beer Festival is happening on 30th September 2017
Join us on Saturday 30th September 2017 for our annual beer festival. This yearly event is held at the Laurence Hall, Church Road, Cholsey and starts at 12pm. Visit http://www.chokobeerfestival.org.uk for more details on how to purchase tickets, beer and live music.
Schools Intervention Programme visit
We are very excited about our upcoming visit from 18 South African Teachers and education representatives, who arrive in Cholsey on 8th October 2017 to visit Cholsey School and other local schools to learn more about SEN intervention programmes. This visit will mean that hundreds more children in South Africa will be able to make accelerated progress at school.
See fundraising page for more details
CHOKO’s first Family Colour Run 2017
Our first Colour run was an enormous success and great fun was had by all who came along. Not only was it a fun event but we raised over £3000 to support our Kodumela School’s visit. This could well become a yearly event too so keep a look out next year!
News from Kodumela – Schools Intervention Project
WVSA education team organised a trip to Limpopo (Sekororo) to learn about the Intervention Class Model and how beneficial it is to the literacy and numeracy of boys and girls on 26-28 July 2016. The South African Education Department also visited and we are delighted to say the plan is for the DoE to own the process and to run with the idea and hopefully fund it and roll it out in other districts. They have realised there have been dramatic changes in achievement in the schools that have started to implement the intervention programme.
We have raised over £15,000 for the Kodumela Schools Link project for the next stage of training here in the UK see our Intervention project page for more details.
Choko Beer Festival
A small independent festival, run by volunteers, with a love of good beer and cider. The festival is a family friendly event, and combines a variety of live music, local food and children’s entertainment. Best of all, the proceeds go to Choko and local charities.
This year’s festival raised over £9,000 to support projects the Kodumela Schools Project, Cholsey School PTA and Footsteps (http://footstepscentre.com). Next year’s event is on Saturday 30th September
Choko Jazz Evening
A wonderful evening listening to the amazing Fleur Stephenson and her band, as well as, Mini Jazz (made up of children from Cholsey and Wallingford schools). This event raised nearly £500 to support the Kodumela Schools Project.
Kodumela Visits Cholsey
In September 2015, Ledile (Project Manager), Rosina (Head of Mamokaile School) and Elizabeth (Head of Masekane School) came on a 10 day visit. More details can be found in the 2015 Visits section.
Ntwetwe Project in Uganda
Choko is continuing its partnership with World Vision and has formed a new link with the community of Ntwetwe in Uganda. We have now funded most of our first project – funding a poultry breeding programme. This will be the first step in assisting the people of Ntwetwe. The funds for this project have now been sent to World Vision but due to flooding in the area the project has not yet commenced further details will be posted when they are available.
This new relationship with Ntwetwe is a great opportunity for new people within the Cholsey community to get involved – and we would certainly love to have new people on board. If you’d like to get involved in any way please email email@example.com.