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Happy birthday to The Village Café

Happy birthday to The Village Café - a community project that has helped Ark and other good causes.

It's one year since the community café opened in Old Basing - and over the last 12 months, the team have raised £4,000 for charity.

The volunteers running The Village Café, which is based in the Parish Room at St Mary’s Church, have been delighted with the response from local people and visitors since they opened the doors last October.

Rob is ready to rumble

He's back in town, and he's ready to rumble!

Varsity Pro Wrestling returns to Basingstoke tonight for a night of high-flying, body-slamming, jaw-dropping action for all the family.

In the line-up is Basingstoke professional wrestler Rob Holte - and once again, Rob will be supporting Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Rob has been a king of the ring for a decade – and he is marking his milestone year with a fundraising drive that is a tribute to his late dad and is making a difference to Ark.

Dynamic duo complete fourth Great South Run for Ark

They are Ark superheroes - and yesterday dynamic duo Trevor Taylor and Aiden Blackwell chalked up another fundraising feat for the cancer charity.

Trevor and Aiden smashed their £250 fundraising target for Ark, which meant they took part in the 30th anniversary Simplyhealth Great South Run dressed as Spider-Man.

It's the fourth year running (literally!) that the Basingstoke police officers have raised money for Ark by taking part in the Great South Run.

Bison and Zizzi serve up a boost for Ark

What a n-ice event! It was a very good night for Bison fans and Ark Cancer Centre Charity as the Trane Basingstoke Bison and Zizzi Basingstoke teamed up to support the good cause. 

Bison supporters had the pleasure of being waited on by the Herd’s ice hockey stars as the Bison and Zizzi held the first of two charity evenings at Zizzi in London Street, Basingstoke.

Charity concert supports two good causes

An afternoon of marvellous music pulled in the pounds for Ark and another good cause at the weekend.

Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir (BHMVC) and The Larks singers teamed up for the charity concert in support of Ark and St Peter and St Paul's Church - the parish church of King's Somborne.

Former BHMVC member Bill Martin, who now lives in King's Somborne and is a member of The Larks, was the driving force behind the concert. 

The Topiary Salon 15th birthday celebration supports Ark

Happy birthday to Ark Our Partner supporter The Topiary Salon, which is celebrating 15 years of success.

Laura Haystaff and team are marking the milestone for the business, which now has salons in Old Basing and Houndmills, Basingstoke, with two special Ark fundraising days today and tomorrow that feature cake, bubbly and prizes. A well-supported raffle and prize draw are both helping to pull in the pounds for Ark.

Mark Jones, for Ark, popped in with cake and a card, and thanked Laura and her team for their support.

Dynamic duo gear up to run Great South Run for Ark

They've already completed a hat-trick of Simplyhealth Great South Runs in support of Ark Cancer Centre Charity as FedsOnLegs - and now Sergeant Trevor Taylor and PC Aiden Blackwell are set to take part in the 2019 event as superheroes.

The dynamic Basingstoke police duo have pledged to run round the 10-mile course in Portsmouth in full Spider-Man suits if they can raise at least £250 for Ark.

Trevor and Aiden will be among thousands of runners taking part in the milestone 30th Great South Run on Sunday, October 20.

It's a half-marathon hat-trick for dynamic Darren

Congratulations and thanks to dynamic Darren Lovegrove for going the extra mile, and then some, again for Ark Cancer Centre Charity in the 2019 Basingstoke Half-Marathon.

It's the third year running that Clarke & Son Solicitors marketing manager Darren has pulled on the running shoes for the gruelling half-marathon to raise funds for, and awareness of, Ark's £5million appeal.

Whiteoaks International PR are Ark bake-off champs

Baking skills were certainly on show as eight teams from Whiteoaks International PR competed in a charity cooking contest.

An assortment of tasty treats was created in the Great British Bake Off-style competition which raised funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Adrian Culver, patisserie chef from Newlyns Cookery School, was the judge who put the cakes and bakes to the test and taste, and chose the top team and star baker.

Team Capella were delighted to claim the Bake-Off crown, while the star baker accolade went to Emma Slaughter.

Eine Grosse Nacht celebrates Arkriders success story

They've raised a very big sum of money, so it was fitting that Eine Grosse Nacht (One Big Night) was the name of a fun evening that celebrated the Arkriders amazing success story.

The German-themed night at The Irish Centre, in Basingstoke, celebrated the amazing efforts of the Arkriders Class of 2019, who raised over £55,000 by cycling 500 miles in five days from Basingstoke to Cologne on the Arkriders Twin Towns Tour, and also the achievements of everyone who has been involved in the Arkriders campaign since 2016, and has helped to raise over £270,000.

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