If you live in the Parish and require transport to the community cafés please call Alison, our transport coordinator 24 hours before you need a lift on 01929 472023Tap or click most images for a larger viewWhen Tina & I used to sit in my kitchen and put the world to rights and decided to forge ahead with the idea of The Pop In Place, little did we know that it would have touched all the lives of the people that are involved today.I suppose its fair to say that it has in many ways exceeded all expectations. I wish that she were still here to witness and enjoy it today, but in some ways she always will be, her name is so often mentioned and her spirit lives on in everything that is good and positive we do.I would also like to thank my husband Paul, and my family, for the way they have allowed me to see this dream come true and supported me throughout. I could not have coped without them.Finally The Pop In Place has a very poignant logo - "Bringing the community together" and this we believe we have done in a very special way. And that is down to every single person that has been involved in every single way. Thank you all."Alison Bennett.The Pop In Place is a friendly informal meeting place at the Lower Drax Hall Bere Regis on Monday and Friday Morning 10am until 12 noon. There is no entry charge but for a small fee you can buy teas and coffees. It is somewhere people can meet and socialise in a café type setting with a tea bar. We also sell new-to-you clothing, books and bric a brac and on Friday we have local Watercress on sale here.Everyone is welcome.Pop In Place Community CafeEvery Monday and Friday 10am until 12 noon at the lower hall, everyone is welcome to pop in for a coffee / tea and meet new friends.To be a volunteer helper ring 01929 472023Pop In Poppets GroupThis is a baby and toddler group meeting every Thursday during term time.At 9.30am until 11.30am at the lower hallPop In Place Performers GroupThis is an all ages, vibrant performing arts group that specialises in the staging of community productions for worthy causes.Meeting Thursday evenings at the upper village hall 6pm to 8pm.During 2017 the Pop In Place will be supporting the following worthy causes:Macmillan Cancer SupportBBC Children In NeedRivers Of Living WaterChurch Roof AppealThe show was a great success, show casing some very talented youngsters and raising £902 to be split between the Fire Fighters Charity and the Latymer Community Church situated near Grenfell tower and carrying out hands on support for the victims of the fire. During 2016 the Pop In Place supported the following worthy causes:Macmillan Cancer SupportBBC Children In NeedFunding Celebrations forPop In Place 20th AnniversaryWith a Christmas Nativity PlayWhere the children taking part will decide who to support.During 2015 the Pop In Place supported the following worthy causes:Kingfisher Ward Dorset County HospitalGuide DogsMacmillan Cancer SupportBBC Children In NeedThe Stars Appeal Salisbury HospitalThe Rivers Of Living WaterAge UK Toe nail cutting Service We have a new toe nail cutting lady her name is Amy Crocker so if you are struggling to cut your own toenails and need help please do contact her on 07973654511We are a vibrant community group catering for people of all ages. Our activities are diverse and anyone can join in as much or as little as they wish. We have no subscriptions and whether you just want to Pop In for a chat or become a member of the Team of volunteers that organise the sessions and the events, it is completely up to you.One thing you can be sure of is that you will be made very welcome.For more information on all various activities that we provide please click on the appropriate links above.Our Team Leader Alison Bennett, Paul Bennett and Lyn Simmonds became Dementia Friends and part of our pledge that day was to make other people more aware of the disease and how to have a better understanding.We set up a Dementia Friends session on Friday 10th July 2015 open to anyone who wants to attend it lasts about one hour and will be useful to anyone who is part of an organisation or a business or simply an individual that comes into contact with people with dementia.You will get a certificate and a badge for attending but better than this the next time you meet someone with dementia you will have a better knowledge of what it is like for people to live with, this is when understanding can turn into action.Currently there are approximately one million people in the UK that are Dementia Friends with the know how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their communities.On Friday the 10th of July 22 2015 people became dementia Friends in a session run by the Pop In Place, this is in addition to the 12 that have previously done the session and anyone who has done it elsewhere or individually, so it’s very encouraging to think that 33 plus have made that effort to understand what living with dementia is like. Many of the local businesses and organisations were represented and it was a wonderful step forward for Bere Regis becoming much more dementia friendly.
During 2018 we will be supporting the following worthy causes:Rivers Of Living Water with BlanketsImmunotherapy Centre SouthamptonMacmillan Cancer SupportBBC Children In NeedEd Kent Trust