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Developing friendships and exploring indoor activities are two of the many benefits of the Smallfield WOW coffee mornings.

The WOW - Welcome On Wednesdays - coffee mornings are held in Smallfield Church Hall at 10.30am every Wednesday. They are organised by The Volunteer Health Champions for Smallfield Surgery and have been running for over three years.  Heather Hagel manages the rota to ensure there are sufficient helpers each week.  They regularly see up to 30 people come together each week to chat over coffee and biscuits and try out various activities.

Heather explains: “Our GPs refer people who may find the group beneficial, and participants also recommend it to others. Everyone is welcome and it really is a wonderful hub for friendship. We charge £1 per person to cover the cost of the refreshments, and we offer lots of different activities as well.”

Each week sees the group take part in activities ranging from art and craft sessions, tackling a quiz or a jigsaw or getting active with a chair yoga session or indoor golf. Participants also bring things to share with each other, such as cakes they’ve baked, flowers from their gardens and surplus fruit and vegetables.  There’s an educational aspect too, as Heather sometimes arranges talks from local experts, such as on fire safety in the home.

“It’s a really lovely group,” adds Heather. “I like to see people happy and I always make sure everyone feels welcome.”

One participant has enjoyed it so much that she was inspired to pen a poem afterwards:

“It’s something to look forward to

Meet up and have a chat

Could be about the weather

It could be about this and that.

Most of us recognise faces

And some forget the names.

But we always find something to laugh about

Because we’re in the same mind frame.

We get concerned about someone

Who has not been well for a time.

We like to see them return

Catch up with their news

And make them feel just fine.

There’s some singing, yoga and crayoning

Poetry and line dancing too.

You can join in or just watch,

It’s entirely up to you.

We mustn’t forget the refreshments –

Coffee, tea, and a biscuit or two

Then there’s the ladies that mingle

And are always ready to wait on you.

So that’s what we do

And there’s nice things to say.

That’s what WOW means –

Welcome on Wednesdays!!