Toddlers restarts Wednesday 7 January 2015 – Welcome back!
St. George’s Toddler Group is run by Janine Dupont and meets once a week in the large hall during term time. Wednesday 12:45pm-2.30pm at a cost of £2.00 per family. This includes a drink and biscuit for all. We are open to all under fives and their parents or carers. We also welcome childminders with a concession price of only 50p per extra child. The Toddler Group provides a safe and friendly environment for children and their parents or carers to meet and play. Each session offers free play with many ride-on toys and trikes, pushchairs and prams that can be taken into our 8ft x 8ft playhouse, complete with kitchen, food and picnic table!!
There is an obstacle course with trampoline that separates free play from imaginative play which is set up on our large carpeted area. This includes themes of cars, airport, farm, zoo, dolls house, workbench and freestanding wooden train set!!
If the weather is dry the group can take the opportunity of using the outside play area, which is completely enclosed and covered in safety surfacing. Also, for the very young children there is Baby Corner. This is a duvet with a bouncy seat, play gyms, baby toys and a radiator for warmth.
Each session offers a choice of two craft activities. One is traditionally messy and relates to events in the calendar like mothers/fathers day, Chinese New Year, Bonfire night etc. The other can be mega blocs, stickle bricks, puzzles or books.
For the last 15mins everyone joins in with tidy up time and we finish with our toddler prayer and some nursery rhymes with the use of musical instruments.
Ladies Evening Group
The St Georges Ladies Evening Group was formed by Revd George Muxlow in the 70s, for church and non church ladies of the parish of Oakdale and has now been going for over 30 years. We have no governing body to advise us, no long service medals, although several are founder members, and we have met all through the years on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, with few exceptions. We welcome new members who will be warmly greeted.
Elaine Hough, was our first leader, with Annie Horton as secretary, in 1991 Maureen Perkins took over from Margaret Phillipson and, with a lively committee, has given her all in finding good speakers and keeping us in order.
At our A.G.M. we have a buffet supper, at Christmas we go out to for a meal, partners included, and in the summer we have an outing.
In the beginning we met in the large hall as we has a large membership, but as time passed, ladies were admitted into the choir, the bells were hung and ringers needed, and in the 80s Alison Perham instigated the evening Mothers’ Union and ladies left to join other groups.
Of our first speakers, Betty Walker with her sugar craft and Janice Audibert with her Christmas cooking, both stand out in my mind and who could forget Mrs Rosselar and Moley. Anna Rosselar survived a concentration camp, came to England completely deaf and was given Moley a dog trained by Dogs for the Deaf, as it was then. We were asked to collect stamps and Elaine rustled up the children and parents at Stanley Green School and Pat Farrent rallied the people of Broadstone at the library, and we got 34 bin bags full, so many that a van had to be sent from headquarters of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf in Oxfordshire to collect them, the most collected by any group in the United Kingdom.
We go on, and with the Good Lord’s help will continue to enjoy companionship and interests with our members for many years. Come and join us, you will be most welcome.
The Autumn Club meets on Tuesday afternoons at 2:15pm. The first Tuesday in each month is reserved for the Clergy half hour, i.e. a short service of hymns and prayers in church attended by The Rector and Peter Hooper, which is a very popular meeting. Competitions are also very popular, especially the Easter Bonnets, cards and baskets. Also the Quiz games where we present winners with a small prize. The coach outings were well supported and enjoyed by members, especially those who live alone and have few opportunities to socialise. The monthly Bring and buy raises additional funds for outings and the committee members reserve some of this money for expenses in payment of Speakers and for the annual Birthday Party.
We always do our best to arrange transport for housebound members.
A home cooked lunch is provided on Thursdays at 12:30pm for elderly people who live alone in our area. Due to space constraints we are limited to around 24 diners who are catered for by a team of volunteers and a cook. Our schedule revolves around school terms and we do not provide lunches during the school holidays. A reasonable charge is made for the two course lunch and transport can be provided in most cases. There is a friendly atmosphere and both the lunch club team and the diners look forward to our weekly meeting. At present there is a waiting list to attend the Lunch Club, contact the Parish Office for details on 01202 330141 or Email
The Sunday Club meets most Sundays during the 10:00am service. We come into church for the first hymn and then leave with the children to do activities in the large hall. The activities usually relate to the readings and teachings in the service, and are age appropriate. We rejoin the congregation for the Eucharist part of the service, where the children and leaders either take communion or receive a blessing. At the end of the service the children share what they have learnt with the congregation.
One Sunday per month – at the All Age Worship service – the children remain in church for the whole service. This service is usually less formal than the normal Sunday Eucharist and the children are often involved in its delivery.
If you would like more information about the Sunday Club – please contact the church office.
If you would like to become one of the Sunday Club Leaders – please contact the church office.
Please be aware that a full disclosure Criminal Records Bureau check is required for all Sunday Club Leaders.
Being a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or member of the Senior Section opens up a world of opportunities that will last a lifetime. It provides a safe, girl-only space to explore the activities, issues and possibilities that are available to girls today.
The range of activities is enormous and there’s something, or more than something, to appeal to everyone, from outdoor challenges to learning new skills, international travel to getting involved in community action projects. And whether abseiling and canoeing or having your say on how we operate, one thing is certain; you will make a lot of friends and have lots of fun.
Rainbows are led by Rachel Simpson on Thursdays and are for girls from 5-7 yrs.
We have three Brownie Packs:-
Monday – 2nd Oakdale led by Sarah Bennett
Tuesday – 3rd Oakdale led by Jenny Cowley and Sarah Bennett
Thursday – 1st Oakdale led by Hazel Luff
Brownies are aged between 7-10 yrs.
Guides are led by Lauren Eavis, Leanne Bridewell and Natalie Eavis on Mondays at 7:30pm.
Guides are aged between 10-14yrs and are encouraged to then become either Young Leaders or join Senior Section for girls of 15 – 26yrs.
The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25. Internationally, there are over 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of scouting across 216 countries. Personal development means promoting the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the Scouting individual, helping them achieve their full potential. In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are ‘learning by doing’, when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts run on similar age grouping to Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.
We have no Beavers in Oakdale but Martin Jones leads Cubs on Wednesdays and Robbie Knowles leads Scouts on Wednesdays after Cubs!
‘The Way In’ Youth Group
The Youth Group meets on Fridays between 7.30pm and 9pm
Last weekend saw us spending the night camped out in cardboard boxes and under tarpaulins as part of the Slum Survivor event. Food was scarce, sleep even more so and the weather very cold, although it did stay dry! We joined with St Paul’s and Christ Church Youth groups, and a good time was had by all. We also raised in the region of £250, thanks to “begging” outside the churches before the Sunday services.
We have a range of activities such as film nights, cooking evenings, pizza bakes and pamper evenings.
We also have a quiet space – one of the rooms is set out for a quiet area where you can sit and chat. Lately though as no one has been chatting in there, an Ipod has been hooked up to some speakers, and a mini dance session has broken out.
We organise a variety of other activities, arranging outings such as Moors Valley Country Park, bowling, ice skating and LaserQuest.
We are affiliated to Farside (www.thefarside.info) youth projects and celebrations.
If appropriate then we can end with a discussion on issues that are important to young people, such as Fairtrade Fortnight, bullying etc.
Membership is open to those in Year 7 and above though we do take youngsters preparing for Confirmation in the summer term of their Year 6.
Please cpome along and give us a try.
St Georges walking strollers are a group of mixed aged people who enjoy walking. The walks are once a month on a Saturday and we particularly like exploring the coast and countryside. We see some wonderful views of Dorset and Poole. We also enjoy each others company and have a camp once a year in the summer which enables us to have a barbeque after a day of walking and finding a welcoming pub, to quench our thirst.
If you would like to join us on any of our walks please contact: Jonathan Williams (Joe)
Mobile 07890335836 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org