Would you like to join us on Saturday 26th for the first of our Tea and Tunes afternoon music events? You could enjoy an hour of live music from the 40s, 50s and 60s supplied by The Live 45s with tea and biscuit refreshments in the interval provided by the Beaufort Community Centre and Cranleigh Road Co-op.
It would be great if you could let us know you’ll be coming along, but feel free to turn up on the day if it takes your fancy. The more the merrier!
We are looking for people to help at two of our fundraising car boot sales events each per year. Nothing more.
The Car Boot Sales are held on the third Sunday of every month and all the staff at the events are volunteers. This means every penny generated goes back to the Centre, aside from advertising costs such as printing flyers. We are currently raising funds to make improvements to the Centre, reinstate the kitchen facilities and run events to meet the needs of the local community.
At each car boot sale, we have received fantastic positive feedback from the local community and it’s clear people want it to keep going. But we can only continue to run them long term if we find a few lovely people willing to provide some practical support. We know Sunday mornings aren’t everyone’s cup of tea so we are only asking for two days a year of your time from each volunteer.
Please drop us a line using the form below if you can help. We would love to hear from you.
Start the new school year with a clear out at the first of our autumn car boot sales.
Toys and children’s goods were hot sellers at the summer sale but, in September, organised people will already be thinking about Christmas so bring along any unwanted gifts, kitchenware, jewellery, books, clothes, etc. and start making space in your cupboards. Unfortunately, sellers cannot bring electrical items unless they hold a valid PAT test and anyone wishing to sell food will need a valid Food Hygiene Certificate.
I’m Emma, I’m a local business owner and parent, and I’m on the Committee at the Beaufort Community Centre. I got involved late last year when Lynn, the interim Centre Manager, said they needed a parents’ representative. Since then I’ve fallen in love with the place and now I’m here to see if anyone else is up for the challenge of helping us achieve our goals.
We have big, big dreams for the Centre that will make it a real hub for the community if we can achieve them. We want to get the kitchen up and running providing meals for the isolated and vulnerable, we want to host community events like BBQs, Halloween parties, barn dances and shows, reach out to the local youth population with graffiti competitions, a youth club and sports, and create a welcoming space that belongs to everyone.
To get started, the Centre needs a lot of TLC, which is why we started the new Car Boot Sales. We need to do a lot of fundraising to make essential repairs, so we want to host other fundraising events, such as a Halloween party or summer BBQ. But we need people to do that. We need everything from event planners, gardeners and decorators, to plumbers, electricians and carpenters as well as people to show sellers where to park at the Car Boot Sales or put flyers through letter boxes. At the moment, honestly, it’s me, my mum, Margaret (another Committee member) and the staff members giving up their weekends to make it happen.
If you love Southbourne as much as I do, I’m hoping you’re up for the challenge and the opportunity to give something back to the community by helping the Beaufort Community Centre become even better.
Finally, I appreciate how valuable your time is, I really do, which is why the Centre won’t waste it. Drop us a line using the contact form below and let us know what time and/or skills you can offer us, then our volunteer coordinator will do their best to make sure your help is used wisely. You could make all the difference to a lot of people.
Have a summer clear out and book a pitch at the Beaufort Centre Car Boot Sale on Sunday 16th July. Sellers from 8am, buyers from 9am.
What’s on offer?
The last Car Boot Sale saw a wide range of sellers offering toys including bikes, dressing up clothes and toys for all ages, collectibles, clothes (both handmade and second-hand), kitchenware, books, jewellery and more. We already have a large number of advance bookings so there will be plenty of rummaging opportunities.
You can also enjoy refreshments on the rear veranda at our on-site Community Cafe selling ice creams and lollies, cold drinks, teas, coffees and snacks.
Chance for a discount
Keep an eye out for one of our leaflets through your door offering coupons with discount advance booking and free admission for buyers.*
Support your community
Did you know the Beaufort Community Association who run the Community Centre are a registered charity? The Car Boot Sale has been set up by them to generate much-needed funds to help improve the Community Centre for the benefit of Southbourne residents. They hope to re-establish the community kitchen, start a youth club, and repair the Centre among other things. But none of this can happen without your support at events like this.
We hope to see you there x
* Leaflets distributed by volunteers. Not all areas can be covered. Alternatively, visit the Centre on Beaufort Road and pick up a leaflet to receive a coupon. 50p entry donation for adults only. Children under 18 are not asked for a donation.