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As the rain sets in and summer fades away it feels like it’s time to prepare for hibernation… wouldn’t that be nice, to fill up, curl up and hope that when we wake in Spring, all of this will be a distant dream. Unfortunately, we’re not built for that, so instead we’re just going to have to continue to work together to safely navigate a way through this. We may not need to gather nuts (although my annual hazelnut gathering for nutella has begun) but we may need a different type of sustenance to get us through the cold winter months.  I appreciate that the current situation is both scary and uncertain but I would like to share how lovely it’s been in The Old Library Cafe over the last two months. We are taking our Covid safety responsibility seriously, so be assured, we have socially distanced tables inside (and if the sun shines again our courtyard is a delight to sit in). We have gallons of hand sanitiser, free facemasks (if you forget yours) and track and trace systems. The cafe is being run by Lisa who has a wealth of experience running cafes. She is supported by a small team of volunteers who range from college students to retirees. Some of them create delicious soups and cakes, others are baristas and they are all friendly and chatty. The people who are using the cafe range from families with young children, tourists and regulars who come in daily. And for the time being we are still running it on a Pay What You Decide basis. We’ve had one lady pay £20 for a coffee and cake, while a family of four had soup, cake and hot drinks and paid a few coins. You see, we need a space that people can come and get what they need - that might be a meal, it might be a chance to chat to someone, it might be so you can give something back or pay it forward. We’re really proud of what we’re building and will be looking at how we can develop the offer over the Autumn. And if you need a live performance fix - watch out for some live dates coming up in The Old Library this Autumn. The Cafe is currently open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10:30am-2pm, but keep an eye on the website or social media, as we hope to extend this times in the near future.

Thank you everyone for the ongoing support and encouragement. 

Stay safe, keep warm and let us know if there’s anything you think we might be able to do to support you.

What's On

TODAY! Live online workshop | Thur 1st Oct, 2pm & 7pm | Free

Grab a pencil and paper, a cup of tea or glass of wine and learn some new skills! This free and sociable, online drawing workshop will teach you tips and techniques on how to capture the beautiful details of the everyday Bodmin surrounding us.  The workshop is suitable for both complete beginners and more accomplished artists. Everyone is welcome, but please book as there are only 9 places for each workshop.

Sat 3rd - Sun 4th Oct | Free
This year, Fun Palaces Bodmin is going VIRTUAL! There are going to be all kinds of videos being released over the weekend, featuring every kind of skill - from dance to baking, art and crafts to museum curation. You can get involved from the comfort of your own home AND you can share your own skills, by uploading photos or a video and using the hashtag #ShareTheRevolution, (don't forget to make your posts public!). Keep your eyes peeled for details of any "real life" Fun Palaces events too, because we'll let you know where you can find them!

Live online performance | Thur 8th Oct, 7pm & 9pm | Pay what you want - from £3-£12

*Back by popular demand*
The world’s pretty crazy right now. We could all do with a distraction. Take a seat, get ready to play – for The House is on fire.
A new interactive game theatre piece that you can play from the comfort of your own home. Exploring climate crisis, self-isolation and gambling with the planet’s future. 

Thursdays 10th & 24th October | 2pm | Free 

Starting from Scarlett's Well Road car park (down from Bodmin Jail), for a 4-mile round trip along the Camel Trail. Ideal for those who are keen to get back on their bikes and enjoy the company and support of other cyclists. Join Bodmin Way on Facebook & Instagram or visit the wesite to find out more about their free cycle rides and guided walks. 

EDGELARKS - Live in concert
Live online performance with post show chat and Q&A | Fri 23rd Oct, 8pm | £15 per household (only 50 available)

Having had to postpone their gig at The Old Library until 2021, we are excited to offer a very special online gig with Edgelarks, who will play a full two set concert followed by a chat and Q&A in the Zoom bar! Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have proved themselves one of the most captivating and innovative acoustic duos in the UK - winning the 'Best Duo' accolade at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and being nominated for the same title again in both 2016 and 2018.

Wednesdays - Fridays, 10:30am - 2pm | Pay What You Decide
Visit The Old Library Cafe for delicious home-made soups, cakes and hot and cold drinks at our indoor or outdoor socially distanced seating. Don’t miss out, The Crib Time Pay What You Decide offer is currently running during all cafe open hours! 

If you love what we do, why not donate the price of a ticket and help us keep going?
If you want to help us get back on our feet once things get a little brighter, please consider donating the price of a ticket (or any amount) by Paypal, send us a cheque or email us for bank account details. We're feeling the strain from having to cancel our events so if you can afford to give, every £1 will help. The link to donate is on the bottom of each page of our website, or get in touch for more information. 

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