Crowning glory: golf, Autumn crowns and cakes at the Cafe

A feast of seasonal, sporting and charitable fun at the Exchange Café on Friday; the Gracie family cake-stall raised a splendid £23.90 for Children in Need, there was some terrific creativity in evidence in the Autumn Crown-making with Miriam Layton, and children really got into the ‘swing’ of things with the indoor golf sessions – an enormous target adorned one end of the hall, and there were several putting mats to add to the fun.

Crown jewels

Well done to the Gracies for their fund-raising towards a very worthy cause, and to Miriam for her seasonal creativity.

The golf sessions will be back in two weeks time.

See you next Friday!

Golf lessons for children at the Exchange Cafe with Boughton Golf Club

We’re delighted to announce a short series of golf lessons for children on Fridays at the Exchange Cafe!

Lessons poster
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Starting Friday 14 October, Boughton Golf Club will be running lessons for children for a four-week period from 3.45 – 4.30pm on the village playing fields. Coached by one of the club professionals, sessions will include stroke technique, indoor and outdoor play, soft-ball sessions and more.

The four sessions will be run either side of half-term on Friday 14 / 21 October and Friday 4 /11 November

The entire course will cost only £14 (£3.50 per session), and there will be then be possibility of developing them into regular sessions, plus competitions / driving-range sessions at Boughton Golf Club.

Places are limited: please e-mail the Forum if you would like to sign up or would like any further details, or contact Miriam Layton.

Click here to view / download the flyer.

 Pentland Golf

Exchange Cafe Friday 24th June

Music Machine

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The Music Machine! Come along and play the ‘Music Machine;’ you don’t need any instruments, just bring yourself! Sound and movement game for children (and adults!), where we build a moving music machine – out of ourselves!

Friday 24th June 3.00 – 4.30pm in the Village Hall

    • Hot & Cold Drinks and Biscuits
    • Phoenix Trading Cards & Gifts
    • Apple Juice
    • Home-made Cakes
    • Mount Ephraim Cherries

Please bring your Clothes & Books to Swap/Donate !

Exchange Cafe Friday 20th May

Friday 20th May 3.00 – 4.30pm in the Village Hall

    • Hot & Cold Drinks and Biscuits
    • Phoenix Trading Cards & Gifts
    • Pawley Farm Apple Juice & Eggs
    • Jo’s Delicious Home-made Cake

Table Tennis, Badminton & Tennis (weather permitting)

Please bring your donations of Uniform for Ghana & a racquet or bat if you have one– Thank you!

Exchange Cafe Friday 6th May


Friday 6th May 3.00 – 4.30pm in the Village Hall

    • Hot & Cold Drinks and Biscuits
    • Avon Products & Brochures
    • Phoenix Trading Cards & Gifts
    • Pawley Farm Apple Juice & Eggs

Free Ice-Pops for all the Children

Children’s games & Races – Sack Race, Three-legged Race & more

& Tennis – bring your raquets & balls for a knock-about!

Please bring your donations of Uniform for Ghana & Toys for the Village Fete – Thank you!

Bowled over: inaugural trophy winner

The Exchange Café’s new games tournament trophy, designed by six-year-old Oliva, was won in its inaugural match this afternoon.

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Molly, who played a steady-handed series of Jenga rounds to emerge the eventual winner and be the first to take the Exchange Café Bowl home.

The winning child keeps the trophy for a week, and will bring it back the following Friday when it will be competed for once more.

Pictured: winner Molly (left) receives the trophy from Olivia.

Exchange Cafe 4th February

This Friday 4th February the Cafe will include :

  • plant sale
  • indoor children’s activities including ‘newspaper creations’ and a Jenga tournament – with trophy!

We would be very grateful for any donations of plants. Please bring these on Friday or contact us and we will collect.

Please bring old newspapers along and we show the children how to transform them into something much more exciting!

Supper Club


A big “THANK YOU!!” to everyone who came along last Friday to the Supper Club. Thank you all for pitching in to help set up, dish up and clear up, especially to Jo. It made it a very easy event to host and we will definitely do it again.

What about a nature trail walk-and-lunch event at the weekend? It might be a nice thing to do in the Spring? Any other ideas?

Many thanks to everyone!

Exchange Cafe opens tomorrow!

Banish those January Blues with a visit to the Exchange Café as it launches tomorrow at 3pm!

Drop in for some refreshments, bring a boardgame to donate to the Café if you can; bring all those unwanted books / school uniform items / games for sale or exchange, sign up to receive the Hernhill Forum e-newsletter by e-mail, and also for the Saturday Singing Workshop next month.

Fridays will never be the same again!

Saturday Singing Workshop: sign up at the Exchange Cafe!

Mezzo Magic: Michelle Harris

Local mezzo-soprano and singing teacher Michelle Harris will be holding the first of two singing workshops for the local children at Hernhill on Saturday 19 February, from 11.20 am – 12.50pm, at a cost of £3, and will include a range of music from popular tunes to folk songs. No experience necessary, just a willingness to get involved!

The session will also include a drink, snack and a short break.

Results of the children’s fun-filled efforts be included in the Hernhill Merry-Makers’ event which is being planned as well.

Children from six and above welcomed, although if your child is younger, contact Michelle.

If you are interested in bringing your child(ren) along on a Saturday morning to the DCA, there’ll be a sign-up sheet at the Exchange Café this Friday: make sure you add your name  and email address to the list, and Michelle will be in touch shortly with all the details!

Details about a forthcoming dance workshop, to be run on the same basis by Fiona Wilkinson, to follow. Families will need to be a member of the DCA to participate in the workshops for insurance reasons: you can join on the day for  an annual £10 fee.

Michelle would welcome some help at the session from any musically-minded parents who might like to stay and join in, or just serve the snacks….!