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.