With festivals and events cancelled, Oxfam needs our support now more than ever. We have therefore set up a Justgiving fund-raising page where you can make donations.
MSOG was formed in 2011 by a small but enthusiastic group of people intent on raising awareness and funds for Oxfam by putting on a variety of events. We are based in and around the cathedral city of Wells where most of our fundraising takes place.
Our biggest event is the ONE WORLD FAIR which takes place every year in Wells Town Hall and brings together around 30 different charities all with the same aim – to make the world a better place.
Membership of the Mid Somerset Oxfam Group is open to everyone. MSOG is committed to an inclusive approach that fully represents many different cultures and backgrounds. MSOG recognises that diversity is an integral part of our history, culture and identity and will strive to ensure inclusion across race, gender, age, religion and identity.
A moving and respectful Silent Vigil for Afghanistan took place on Wells Cathedral Green on Wednesday 8 September. The Vigil, brought together by the Mid Somerset Oxfam Group, was called to recognise the terror experienced in Afghanistan, to show our concern and anger over the situation there and to stand in solidarity with the ordinary people of Afghanistan.
Our silence was broken only by three readings, including the words to the song ‘Our Land’, written by an Afghan refugee forced into exile in the 1990’s.
We would like to thank everyone who joined the Vigil, and those who respectfully observed our Vigil and quietened their conversation as they walked past.
MSOG plans further Silent Vigils to show that we do not forget Afghanistan – see our Forthcoming Events page. Meanwhile, if you want to take practical action, then please ask Somerset County Council to be generous in accepting refugees, or donate or volunteer through www.tauntonwelcomesrefugees.co.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org or care4calais.org.
In 2017 the Mid Somerset Oxfam Group planted an apple tree to commemorate Oxfam’s 75th birthday.
Reproduced by kind permission of the Mid Somerset Series of Newspapers