Proceeds from Graze Festival go straight back into our community, and are distributed between a variety of local groups and organisations. The money raised can have a real impact on these groups, and in past years, donations have helped to improve the wellbeing of all sorts of members of our community.

We have been in touch with one of our wonderful benefactors from last year’s festival, Abbeyfield Winchester. Close both geographically and personally to Graze, and a vital part of the Twyford community, Abbeyfield provide a supportive society for elderly people. With 20 residents ranging from age 82 to 99, they pride themselves on their respectful and welcoming environment, in which residents can maintain their sense of individuality and independence.

At Abbeyfield, residents have the freedom to come and go as they please, as well as the responsibility of preparing their own breakfast each morning, just as they would in their own home. All residents have access to a lounge area with a television, currently predominantly used to monitor blue tits nesting in the bird box outside, as well as a dining room, conservatory and beautiful gardens.

Abbeyfield rely heavily on volunteer support, and thanks to the help they receive they succeed in creating a warm, homely atmosphere. Volunteers provide more opportunities for residents, and make it possible for Abbeyfield to offer group outings and day trips, the latest of which was a seaside visit. They arrange regular coffee mornings, welcoming friendly familiar faces and plenty of chatter, as well as special touches such as Saturday film nights, and birthday treats.

With their Graze donation Abbeyfield have purchased two new benches for their picturesque gardens, placed perfectly on a sunny terrace so that residents can completely immerse themselves in their relaxing surroundings. They will replace two old benches, which have become dishevelled and uncomfortable, so that residents can fully appreciate what Abbeyfield has to offer.