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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that came along to our Family Fun Day, for joining in, for helping us raise money to go back into community centre activities!

A massive thank you to all of our volunteers who ran stalls, organised, collected, and were just all brilliant stars!!!

See you same time next year? 

Annual Family Fun Day
Can you believe it's time for our Annual Family Fun day again, already?! Join us Sunday 6th August 11am-3pm for a day full of free and low-cost activities, games, competitions and quizzes! There's everything from a children's disco to adults darts, colouring to kurling, hook-a-duck to giant jenga - so many things to do! We also have entertainment from the Hayling Pluckers and UVG. There will be hot dogs, and icecream van, pimms, and of course the home-made cake stall! 

The tombola is looking, well, massive, and the raffle will be drawn at 2.30pm! I'd really like to win though, so don't feel you have to enter that haha!

We'd love to see you all, 11am-3pm on the 6th August!

Bingo and Quiz Night
Are ya feeling lucky?! Are you ready to win CASH PRIZES?! Come along to our adult's only bingo and quiz night. Teams of 4-6 people with all bingo books and quiz entry included for £10 per person. Doors and bar open from 7pm, ready for a 7.30pm eyes down. Tickets in advance only from the office, or from office@bedhamptoncommunity.org

60s and 70s Party Night
It's time for our next adults only party night, this time with a 60s and 70s theme! Come in fancy dress or dressed to party! Tickets are 50% sold now so remember to book them sooner rather than later. £7 in advance only, bar and doors open at 7.30pm-11pm. Pop in and see us, or buy from office@bedhamptoncommunity.org

AGM

It's that time of year again! Our AGM for 2021 (how confusing is that!) is on 23rd February at 2pm in the main hall. It won't be the most fun you've ever had, but there is free tea and coffee.

Members have voting rights, and we will be voting in trustees Philippa Gray, Jenn Leadbetter, Grainne Rason and Sandra Howells. 

All details are in the poster, come and join us.

Wool and Craft Sale

Join us in the foyer on 1st March for Rita's Wool and Craft Sale. All money raised will go towards our project in the lounge to get the seating recovered. Rita always has fabulous bargains and lots of variety of things for sale so come along to browse between 10am and 1pm.

Chocolate Egg Fundraiser

Havant Rotary Club have very kindly donated us a GIANT chocolate Easter egg to help us fundraise for the lounge upgrade project! To be in with your chance of winning, pay £2 to add your name to a square. On the 5th April (just in time for Easter) we will pick one of the 100 squares using a random number generator to get our winner!
The squares and the egg are in the office, so pop in and see us!

Trustees

We've welcomed two new Trustees this year in Sandra and Grainne, who both have a particular focus on our community contribution and events. Sadly we will be saying goodbye to Charlie at the end of March, which will leave us with an all-female power team of Trustees!
Would you like to join the team? (All genders welcome!) We're particularly looking for people with skills in fundraising or safeguarding, but if you have a passion for making a difference in your local community and you're familiar with what we do and offer, come and chat to us!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Closure to respect HM Queen Elizabeth II

The centre will be closed on Monday 19th September in respect of HM Queen Elizabeth II funeral. Classes and activities will reopen on Tuesday 20th September.

 

We are hiring
Weekend Book-keeping Assistant

Bedhampton Community Centre CIO is a thriving, busy and welcoming centre with activities and classes taking place every day of the week.

With a small staff group and trustees, you would be made to feel part of the team and become part of the community.

Our Weekend Book-keeping Assistant role is based solely at Bedhampton Community Centre, Saturdays and Sundays 9am-5.30pm with a 30 minute lunch break. There may be occasional flexibility on times needed, but this would be no earlier than 8am or later than 6pm. We have a secure office, we use QuickBooks and full training would be provided with on-going support.

Your role would be:

- To open and close the centre, be a welcoming face, show customers around and provide a point of office contact during weekend bookings.

- To record and prepare cash ready for banking.

- To input petty cash slips into our accounting system.

- To match incoming and outgoing payments to their invoices.

- To do any other office and administrative tasks as needed including taking bookings and enquiries.

The ideal candidate will have the following Qualifications and Skills:

- Fantastic attention to detail (accuracy skills will be assessed during the interview).

- Be confident and happy working alone.

- Have provable trustworthiness and reliability.

- Be willing to learn, or ideally have prior experience with, an online accounting system.

- Have proficient and confident use of Microsoft Office on a Windows operating system.

- Have a proficient and confident use of numeracy and literacy.

- Have experience working with a wide range of people within a community.

Salary and Benefits:

- Salary is £9.90 per hour/£8,237 per year for 16 hours per week (8 hours on Saturday and 8 hours on Sunday).

- Holiday is 11 days per year, plus Christmas and Easter.

- We are a dog-friendly office.

- We have on-site free parking, and free tea/coffee/squash.

To apply for this role, please write a cover letter explaining why you are suitable for the job. You may also attach a CV if you think it will help your application.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 2nd September, interviews will be held on Tuesday 6th September. Please apply to caroline.setford@bedhamptoncommunity.org

Come and Potter

Every Friday our gardening group Daisy Chain meet up for a potter, a chat and a cuppa, and they're always open to new people joining them! If you love to potter but don't have a garden, or would just like to come and garden with company, come and join us between 9.30am and 12pmish every Friday. If you have your own tools and gloves that's a bonus, but not essential. There's plenty of high pruning if you can't get on your knees. For more information, pop in on a Friday morning, or email denise.clarke@bedhamptoncommunity.org

 

Rainbow Trail Week

Ahhh I'm so excited for the summer holidays! If you'd like a low-cost activity for all the family, come and join our Rainbow Trail Week from Monday 22nd-Friday 26th August. For £3 per map, you follow the clues to take you around Bedhampton to find the wooden rainbows. Once you've found all ten of the rainbows, you fill in your entry form, bring it back and you might win a prize! Do it all in one day (it takes around 2 hours) or split it up to last the week. Maps are on sale from the 1st August, but the rainbows won't be in place until the 22nd!

Family Fun Day

Put the 26th August in your diaries, it's our Family Fun Day from 10am-2pm! Full of free and low-cost activites, games, competitions and sales, there is something for everyone! There will be refreshments to buy too, and a big toy sale. As always, all money raised from this event will go back into the community centre. If you fancy coming, we've got free tickets to pick up in the foyer, just to give us a clue on how many people will come along and how many refreshments to buy!

90s and 00s Party

It's happening! 27th August, 7.30pm-11pm - Get your girl power ready, your A1 moves, because Backstreets Back (alright!) and we're ready to paaaartaaaaaay! 

Our always popular adults only party nights are back with a 90s and 00s (or is it naughties?!) night. Come in fancy dress or dress to impress, we'll have the photo booth wall ready and the drink of the night will be 90s and 00s themed! 

Tickets must be bought in advance, are £7 and are available from the office, or on office@bedhamptoncommunity.org

Bake Off - Cakes and Pies Round

Are you ready for the Great Bedhampton Bake Off - Cakes and Pies round? Come and join us Saturday 3rd September 10am-1pm. All ages, levels and abilities welcome, we have plenty of prizes! We're looking for cakes of all types and sweet and savoury pies for this round. All entries are £5, and your application needs to be into the office by Friday 27th August. 

The Queen's Jubilee Celebrations
Come and join us for an afternoon of celebrations and fun in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on Wednesday 8th June, 1pm-4pm. Tickets are £5 and include a royal feast, entertainment from Jennifer Parker-Lummis (from Britain's Got Talent), a special commemorative gift and all the usual fun you get from our afternoon socials! Tickets are limited to 50 in total, so be quick if you're planning to come along!

Craft sale and Cake sale
Do you have any crafts you would like to donate to a good cause? On the 6th July we're having a craft sale, and would welcome any donations you have please.

Also coming up on the 22nd June is Jo's Cake Sale - all money raised by Jo and her lovely cakes will go towards our extension fund.

Book sale

On Wednesday 25th May we're having another giant book sale 10am-1pm! (Don't worry, the books are normal size!) Come along and grab a bargain, books from 10p to £1. This is one of Rita's sales so guaranteed to be a good one! All money raised will go towards our extension fund.

Notice of AGM

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Bedhampton Community Centre CIO (charity number 1177531) and whose registered address is 21 Bedhampton Road, Bedhampton, Hampshire, PO9 3ES will be held:


at the lounge, Bedhampton Community Centre and online via Zoom
on Thursday 10th February 2022
at 5.30pm

Copies of the minutes of last years AGM are available via office@bedhamptoncommunity.org, as is the Zoom link to join. At the AGM, all members are entitled to vote, and will be asked to consider and vote on the following resolutions below.  Please note that Resolutions shall be proposed as ordinary resolutions.  


RESOLUTIONS
1.    The re-election of trustees
2.    The appointment of an inspector of the accounts
Any other business must be noted in advance, and RSVP for in-person tickets must be at the office by 27th January.
By order of the Trustees
Mike Sellis
[Chairman]

Christmas Is Coming


We have some exciting events coming up ready to celebrate the festive season.

On Saturday 4th December we have our biggest tabletop sale of the year, 10am-12pm, this is a great chance to get some Christmas shopping sorted.

Wednesday 15th December is a full day of festivities, starting with our coffee morning where local school children are coming to sing some Christmas songs for us, come along from 10am. Then from 1pm - 3pm our Wednesday Social will be all things Christmassy! Our Christmas Raffle is also being drawn on this day, so get your tickets in advance, £1 a strip! Come and join us for a little party afternoon, remember to get your free tickets in advance.

We are closed from the 24th-27th December, with kid's club starting on the 28th. 

Have a safe, calm and cosy Christmas all!

It's Halloweeeeee'en!

Come and join us for an afternoon of free fun at our Halloween themed Wednesday social on 27th October, 1pm-3pm in the main hall. There will be crafts and activities for all ages, and it's always a lovely crowd at the weekly Wednesday Social. A free lunch of sandwiches, crisps, cake and drinks is provided if you pick up a ticket from the office before Tuesday 26th October. Come and join us for a spooky afternoon!

 

Great Big Green Week is taking place between 18th-26th September across Havant, and here at the centre we're having a Plant Swap and Sale on Friday 24th, 10am-3pm. 

We have our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning on Wednesday 22nd, and our Wednesday Social in the afternoon, so there will be plenty of cake that week too! All money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Bring along your plants and flowers, and swap or drop some pennies in the donation pot!
See what else is going on across the week in Havant at
https://havantclimatealliance.com/havant-gbgw-diary/

Choose Life, Choose
80s Party Night!

Yessss, we're finally back with our party nights! 23rd October 7.30pm-11pm we have our always popular party nights back with an 80s theme! Tickets are £7 per person available by email or from the office, fancy dress encouraged!

Go with the Flow

Due to popular demand (and all of our classes being full) we have started 4 new yoga classes!
Mondays and Thursdays we have Hatha and Vinyasa Flow with Jo, and also Thursdays we have Yoga for All with Jennie. They all currently have spaces on them, so visit our 'Whats On' page to get their contact details and get booked on!

 

**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY**

We are looking for volunteer Trustees to join our friendly Trustee team.
Our Trustees support and guide the direction the centre is going in, by listening to our members views and those of the local community. Meeting 8 times a year and attending the AGM, you will receive a monthly report about what has been happening at the centre and what is due to happen. You are more than welcome and encouraged to pop in to meet with members and the local community, but that is not essential.
In particular, we are looking for people with experience in chairing, building and construction, finance, and community work, but we are also welcoming to all experiences. This opportunity is open to all adults over the age of 18, with no upper age limit.
For an informal chat about the roles, please email caroline.setford@bedhamptoncommunity.org

**FIRST AID COURSE**

We have a few tickets left for our 1-day first aid course run by the British Red Cross on the 28th January, 10am-1.30pm. Each ticket is £43 available from office@bedhamptoncommunity.org

Our shop is now open! We have a lovely range of logo items for sale, and will soon be adding our activity boxes and ticketed events! We're so pleased with the quality (thank you Witterings Print Worx) and of course we need to thank Dan McCabe again, who designed our logo back in 2018!

Click on the link below to order and pay, order over on Facebook, or pop in and see us!

https://bedhampton-community-centre.sumup.link/

A 'million' thank yous!

We had a thank you event for our amazing volunteers, who without them giving the time and skills they do, we wouldn't be able to run such an amazing, friendly, varied programme of activities! We had lunch, quizzes, and plenty of time for chat and catch-ups! It was so lovely to see everyone and all went away with a bag full of millions sweets, just to say thank you again!

 

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 office@bedhamptoncommunity.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!

 

OoooOooh! Aaaaargh!

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!

 

Open Day

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!

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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!

Merry Christmas!

Love Caroline, and everyone at Bedhampton Community Centre

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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. 

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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 caroline.storey@bedhampton.org

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 office@bedhamptoncommunity.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.

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