Refugee Resource Away day

22nd June 2019


July 2019

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Refugee Resource charity away day at Maymessy June 22nd 2019

Wow what a busy month at Maymessy! On Saturday 22 June we hosted a family fun day for nearly 100 parents and their children as part of Refugee Week with the charity Refugee Resource.

It took weeks of planning, countless late nights and lots of business collaboration but when the day came round everyone had a ball. It was all worth it to see the smiles on their faces, especially the kids when they met Horatio the pony!

The idea had arisen from a cooking skills exchange workshop earlier in the year. A group of women from Refugee Resource spent the day at Maymessy with students from Wellington College. As they shared recipes and cooking delicious food, bonds began to form. Afterwards the women said they’d love to return and bring their families to experience our peaceful countryside location. Straightaway the students began to fundraise to help support the event and the women donated sales of their cookbook “Come To Our Table”. Along the way we managed to secure refreshments and entertainment from local business people and before we knew it the event was coming together nicely. Thankfully, given the disappointing weather in June, the sun shone brightly on the day!

We’ve held many events at Maymessy now. As a community interest company, our budgets are often minimal but I’m always humbled and incredibly grateful to the local business people who help support the various causes. We’ve got some super exciting things coming up and I keep having to pinch myself at how much Maymessy has grown over the last couple of years. From just an idea at my kitchen table to literally a converted cow shed with three working kitchens overlooking the beautiful Oxfordshire landscape – for me it doesn’t get much better than this. Thank you to Danielle Hilton for writing this and future blogs.

And thank you Lee Edwards for your amazing photographs of the event

Maymessy up and coming events are below:

Garlands Barn also available for hire for events and parties through Face Book page Garlands Barn or Penny Post or email

To cook, please call +44 (0) 7960 489 677