Psychic Donna Piggott-Bednall is coming!
After asking for recommendations on Facebook for who you’d like our next psychic medium visitor to be, there were so many requests for Donna Piggott that we just had to book her! She’s coming to read the room on Sunday 15th March at 7pm, tickets are £9 available from the office, or on firstname.lastname@example.org – Be quick, she sold out her last Bedhampton date!
No NO, thank YOU!
We’ve discovered something – out of all of you kind people that help us here at the centre, a lot of you don’t realise you’re volunteers! If you help us with events, running groups, coffee mornings, photocopying – anything at all – you are one of us!
And we’d like to say thank you to you! We’re holding a volunteer thank you event on Wednesday 22nd January, and we want you to come! Come and pick up your free ticket from the office.
In the words of the Vengaboys, We Like to Party
Oh, you lot. That was a fun Christmas party night wasn’t it! Haha! You daft bunch! You know it’s going to be a good night when it’s only just started and the dancefloor is already full with people dancing to Sex on the Beach! (I’d forgotten all about that song, but still knew every word!) Unfortunately, the only photo I took all night was the one before everyone arrived - DOH!
We very nearly ran out of prosecco (well done Bidbury PTA!) but all was good. The DJ Martin ended the night dancing with a traffic cone on his head, and we all sang karaoke to Tina Turner. When everyone had gone home and we turned the lights on, I’ve never seen so much glitter and so many sequins covering the hall floor! Can’t wait for the next party night already, which is our 80s night in May. See you there!
Christmas shopping and pamper night
13th November was our lovely sold-out Festive shopping and pamper night. As always everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, chilling out with their winter punch, and buying some Christmas gifts (I may have bought a gift or two for myself, as well as for others!). We had a good variety of pamper treatments on offer which were so lovely and relaxing in the cosy lounge, just what you need on these cold nights!
Our children’s Halloween party was a sugar-laden spook-fest! With everything from lollypop ghost crafts to touchy feely boxes, Bluebird the storyteller and make your own lunch (hot dog fingers! Om nom nom!), there was something for everyone. The children ran, screamed, played, laughed and all joined in, and seeing the parade at the end of the afternoon while Lily our friendly witch handed out trick or treat sweets was fabulous! We sold out quite early on with this, so we’ll be looking at a different format for next Halloween so more children in Bedhampton can come along – we’ll keep you posted!
Well the people of Bedhampton definitely know how to party!!!
The 70s and Motown disco was so much fun - it was great to see familiar faces and lots of new faces turn up and dance, and drink, and eat the retro snacks we put out on the tables (onion rings or cheese puffs, anyone?).
Tom the Vinyl DJ kept the party going all night, and I haven't danced that much in ages!
The selfie station with all of its props was definitely popular, and we'd love to see more photos that you took over on our facebook page!
We have more party nights planned, with the next ones being a Christmas party night, then 80s themed and 60s themed.
Remember our Mediumship Night on the 28th September, tickets are selling well so get yours soon!
Ahh! Thank you all so much for helping make our Open Day such a success. It was fun packed right from the off, with hula hooping, dancing, chair yoga, singers, dancers, lots and lots of cake, prize-givings after competitions, face painting, crafting, tombolas and raffles, many many teas and coffees, a lunch that went down a treat with everyone, the Mayor of Havant, That's Solent TV (you can see the videos here - https://www.facebook.com/ThatsSolent/videos/329651700988832/ and here - https://www.facebook.com/ThatsSolent/videos/2226620250761415/) lots of familiar faces, lots of brand new faces, and just a thoroughly lovely day!
It was very very lovely to be able to provide this day free of charge, so we thank J.Edwards Funeral Directors for donating the amazing hamper to help us fundraise, and also contributing towards lunch (and helping us serve it!), to all the groups that gave their time and resources, and all of our volunteers that made the day the success it was. Thank you!
This week also sees the introduction of three new activities - a new Friday Coffee Morning, Friday afternoons Craft and a Cuppa, and Tuesdays Chair Yoga course. It's all very exciting! Onwards and upwards, like our Bedhampton bird logo!
Exciting news! On the 18th February we are holding a free, fun-packed open day to celebrate officially becoming a community centre! The day will be full of taster sessions, demonstrations and shows, with a free community lunch, cake and of course, an official ribbon cutting ceremony from the mayor of Havant.
We're so excited to share this with you! The day starts at 10am, when you can come and grab a drink with us or get your face-painted (for a small charge), then from 10.30am there are activities for all ages! You can dance, you can hula hoop, you can join in chair-exercise, you can become part of a choir with vocal coaching, you can do some crafts - there is something for everyone of every age and ability!
See our Events page or Facebook page for more information - can't wait to see you there!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2019, wow, that came around quickly!
We're starting our new year off with a Jumble Sale, this Saturday in the main hall, 10am-12pm. Come and pick up a bargain, find those presents for next Christmas (yep, I said it!) and be super organised, or just come for a browse to keep warm and have a cuppa with a friendly face!
We also have our 2019 What's On Guides in the foyer, so pop in and grab one next time you're passing.
HOORAY! It's the most wonderful time of the year (for me!), and here at Bedhampton Community Centre we are all Christmassy! We had two BEAUTIFUL trees donated by J.Edwards Funeral Directors, and a lovely bunch of volunteers came along one Saturday to decorate with us.
Wednesday's Coffee Morning saw Bidbury Infant School come along to sing to us, with very enthusiastic donkey impressions, and Friday's impromptu coffee morning was the busiest yet!
Saturday sees our annual Christmas Party, and then our groups are holding their own festive gatherings as they wind down for the hols - we close for classes on Thursday 20th.
BUT! Come and join us Christmas Eve, 10am-1pm when we're holding a FREE coffee morning! Come and enjoy a bit of peace in the middle of the madness, and if you have children, bring them along and we'll get one of our qualified youth leaders to take them into the hall and wear them out with games for you!
Thank you all very much for your support in 2018, we are really looking forward to just as busy and fun-packed a year in 2019!
Love Caroline, and everyone at Bedhampton Community Centre
A big thank you to Waitrose Havant who welcomed Havant Stroke Club to the store to accept a cheque for £520 on Wednesday 7th November. The Stroke Club meet here at the centre every Monday 10am-12pm, and the money raised will be going towards a Christmas meal out with panto for all members. The Stroke Club do a variety of activites, from sing-alongs, quizzes, guest speakers, and anything else suggested - it's a great place for support, chat and you can even take part in a gentle exercise class. Contact us here at the centre to find out more.
Who knew coffee mornings could be such a scream?! Halloween hit on Wednesday with terrible tea (it was actually quite nice), cruel coffee, lemon creepy cream cake, pumpkin doughnuts, apparitional almond cake and revolting rocky road! Denise and Caroline donned their best scary faces (what do you mean, we always look like that?) and Anne and Keith served all with spooky smiles!
Our coffee mornings happen every Wednesday 10am-12pm, are open to all, and with tea at 50p, filter coffee at 80p and cappuccino and lattes for £1, all with free biscuits, it's a real bargain too. Come along and chat, get stuck into one of our library books, or just sit and enjoy a comfy chair. We're not always dressed up, I promise!
Autumn has well and truly arrived, and as our heating kicks in all cosy inside the centre, we have our lovely volunteers sweeping up leaves outside to keep all of our visitors safe. The leaves are put into one of our three compost heaps, which will mulch down over the winter for us to use to create wild-flower borders in the Spring.
Of course, at this time of year, thoughts are turning to Christmas. We have lots going on, with a Christmas Party with 3-course dinner on the 15th December (£21 for members, £23 for non-members) with a lovely acoustic duo, raffle, lucky ticket prize plus more!
There's the Diddidance Party on the 2nd December for the little ones, the Christmas Tabletop Sale on the 1st, and a festive coffee morning on Christmas Eve.
We'd love to hear what you'd like for the centre in 2019, so if you have a good idea, please do email Caroline on email@example.com
Saturday 6th October saw another successful Table Top Sale. It was bustling all morning, with doors open at 10am and a long queue already formed by 9.20am. As per usual, there were refreshments available and a good variety of stalls - there were even some Christmas gifts to be found.
Our next Table Top Sale is on Saturday 3rd November 10am-12pm, and tables are available for sellers at £6 each. To book a table, call us on 023 9248 0654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcomed our new Centre Manager, Caroline Storey, on the 1st October 2018. Caroline will be a familiar face to many, having worked in community roles in the local area for the last twenty years.
Her first day in the role saw her climbing a ladder putting up a sign, leading a singing group and starting a 5 year plan for the centre. She said, "It's definitely been a varied first week, and long may it continue! Everyone has been so warm and welcoming, and I hope to be your go-to person for any questions, issues or ideas."
We wish her well in her new role with us.
On the 18th July Bedhampton Community Centre presented a donation of £112.15 to Lorna Hawkins - fundraising coordinator from the Elizabeth Foundation. The money was raised at a 'Great Get Together' which we held to celebrate Jo Cox’s belief that we have more in common
The Elizabeth Foundation is the UK's largest organisation that provides pre-school education for deaf children and their families. Our donation will cover the cost of three session for babies to help them develop listening skills.
Thank you to everyone who was involved.