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Share Farnham community store now open

The new Share Farnham community store opened on Tuesday, May 12 and will be open Monday to Friday, from 10am to noon, at Hale Community Centre, GU9 0JH, and Farnham Maltings, GU9 7QR.

Share Farnham is full of free-to-borrow activities and equipment to help keep you busy and active and has been stocked thanks to the generosity of local people who have donated scores of books, games, puzzles, DVDs, toys and craft activities. Those who dropped off their donations at St George’s Church Hall have accounted for five tables’ worth of items, so thank you so much!

How to borrow

Simply visit the store at either venue between 10am and 12pm Monday to Friday, or if you cannot because you are shielding or self-isolating at home, please call the Farnham Coronavirus Helpline helpline on 01252 745446.

How to donate items

More donations are welcome and can be dropped at the Farnham Maltings or Hale Community Centre during store opening hours.

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Some of the donations at the Hale Community Centre.

 

Pictured top: Enjoy puzzles and games. Picture by Debby Hudson on Unsplash.

“A youth club for all ages”

It’s like a youth club – but for all ages. That was the conclusion we drew at last Friday’s Table Tennis Club at St Mark’s.

Eleven of us met in the back of the church and spent the evening playing table tennis and pool, drinking tea, coffee and squash, eating biscuits and Bakewell tarts and chatting. We ranged in age from 12 to ehemty-ehem, we came from a range of places and backgrounds and we gelled. I certainly came away feeling I had made new friends and that this was the start of something.

We started the Table Tennis Club because we wanted to play table tennis and it seemed like a good idea. Thanks to a grant from the Farnham Institute we were able to buy a table tennis table, bats and balls, plus some comfortable seating. We added a small pool table when someone generously gave one away on Freecycle, a website where people offer all sorts of unwanted and useful items, and then we launched the club.

I don’t think I’d realised how sociable it would be. As there is – currently at least – just one table tennis table and one pool table we had to take turns which meant we talked. “Why don’t we have board games?” asked one person. “And I’d like to play chess.”

Why not indeed? I am going to look out my chess set and we definitely have Yahtzee somewhere. Scrabble and Upwords were also mentioned. Should we look for a Nintendo Wii which would make some sports more accessible? I recently met a woman in a wheelchair who could beat anyone at Wii 10-pin bowling, and I’m told Wii table tennis is fast and furious.

We met on the last Friday of the month as a trial and from now on we are meeting on the first and third Fridays of the month, which means that we will be at St Mark’s between 7pm and 9pm on Fridays, October 5 and 19, then November 2 and 16, and December 7 (no meeting on December 21). To join in you don’t have to be good at table tennis, pool, or even Upwords. Just drop in any time. It’s rather like a youth club but for all ages.

Stella Wiseman