Bob’s Café — First Visit

Bob's Cafe

Curiosity took me to Bob’s Café in Poynings on my way back from Henfield on Wednesday. It is not in the old white van, as I had previously supposed. It is beyond the playing field car park, just through the gate, before the swings. The cafe is in a splendid well-furnished building with tables, benches, chairs, cushions, cake stands with home-made cakes, bone china cups for tea, and an expresso machine There are two rooms and plenty of additional seating outside when the weather permits. There are toilets and dog water bowls too.

I was there late afternoon and met several people coming and going. One man had come to see the impressive exhibition of well-framed black and white photographs taken by a Poynings resident. Another man came to leave a message before setting off soon to Vietnam. Two people went outside to play table tennis. And then a young woman came in with her smiling twelve month old boy in her arms. She had just moved into Poynings a week or two ago. I learned that Poynings still has allotments.

I even picked up some Fulking news about the closure of The Street on Monday evening. Apparently, a runaway car had straddled the road, completely blocking any way through. My informant had been in a car en route to Poynings after an evening in Lancing. They had no choice but to turn their car round and take a longer route back.

How do you meet new neighbours? Do you feel lonely? Do you just knock on a door? Well now there is Bob’s Café. Good luck to it. I had such a good time there — I shall go again and I hope other visitors from Fulking will enjoy it as much as I did.

Gill Milner, The Old Post Office

Bob's Cafe

Bob’s Café opening hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00–5:00.

Bob’s Community Café

Bob's Community Cafe
Bob’s Community Café at Poynings Recreation Ground is opening today, Monday 30th (11:00am–5:00pm). We also hope to be open on Wednesdays and Fridays (11:00am–5:00pm), each week. We will have indoor and outdoor seating and be selling espresso, teas, home-made cakes, fresh sandwiches, ices and more. This is intended as a ‘community hub’ to bring people together but it must be remembered that we still have to cover the substantial costs of insurance, rent, etc.

Sheila Marshall

Games Evening (with Poynings)

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Table Tennis: Friday 20th July, 7:30pm: if the weather is fine then this event will be held at the outdoor table tennis table next to Poynings playing field (bring other outdoor games if you like); if the weather is poor then it will be in Poynings Village Hall. Followed by a visit to the Royal Oak.

All welcome. Ring me, or email me, on the day with any queries (e.g., about the weather) — Jen Green (552).

Beginners’ Writing Course

Creative Writing 101

2:00–4:00pm on Fridays 20th, 27th July, 3rd, 10th August 2018
at the Community Cafe, Poynings sports field

Writing exercises and friendly support to kick start and develop your ideas — we all have a story to tell. Contact Sandra Slinger on 01273 857205 for more information and to secure your place.

Four weeks for £20.00. All contributions will be donated to the Poynings Community Cafe. Tea and cakes will be available for purchase.

Games Evening (with Poynings)

Poynings ping pong table
Table Tennis: Friday 29th June, 7:30pm: if the weather is fine then this event will be held at the outdoor table tennis table next to Poynings playing field (bring other outdoor games if you like); if the weather is poor then it will be in Fulking Village Hall. Followed by a visit to the nearest pub, as usual.

All welcome. Ring me, or email me, on the day with any queries (e.g., about the weather) — Jen Green (552).