We run a Community Cafe at Bulphan Village Hall on Thursday and Friday afternoons, all through the year, between 1.30 and 4.30pm, so you can meet up with some committee members and some other members there over a cup of tea. But our formal Open Meetings are held every 2 months from 7.30 - 9pm on a Thursday, in the village hall.
We usually run Easter Antics on Bank Holiday Monday: the cafe is open and there is a free egg hunt for under 10's. The Easter bunny loves handing out the chocolate Easter eggs. We usually run a Chuck-the-Chicken or similar competition for those not young enough for the egg hunt.
On Christmas Eve, in conjunction with Mardyke Valley Rotary Club, we host the Father Christmas Sleigh Tour. After Christmas carols and jolly songs at the hall, those attending follow Father Christmas in his sleigh round the village. Collections are made for local charities. Everyone celebrates at the hall afterwards with hot chocolate, mulled wine, mince pies and chocolate muffins. For many people, it's the start of Christmas.
On New Year's Eve, we arrange a low-key get together on New Year's Eve, for those who would like to see the New Year in with some company. With the hall adorned with Christmas decorations, appropriate music, snacks, nibbles and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), we play old-fashioned party games, count down at midnight, sing Auld Lang Syne and share a bottle or 2 of bubbly as we toast the New Year and watch fireworks out of the big windows.
We have themed seasonal afternoons at the cafe, and work with Thurrock 100 on walks; we collaborated with Bulphan Women's Institute at Equaliteas, we run an annual Jo Cox event; the council often use our cafe sessions or Open Meetings for consultation events. We host the councillors' surgeries, and the cafe also hosts the Outreach Post Office service.
Our sub-committee, Bulphan in Bloom, holds tidy-up days, planting days and litter-picks, and the whole Forum gets involved in the Great British Spring Clean each year.