Flash Fiction Competition




This is your reminder that you have a little under ONE WEEK to get your stories in! We’ve received so many wonderful entries so far, and we’re looking forward to announcing the winner at the Festival!
It can be about any subject you choose, and in any style you choose. Just remember, it has to be 100 words – no more! – and it MUST include the words: “the door slammed”. The phrase can appear at the beginning, end, middle or title of your story.

Closing date is September 11th, 2018 at 12 noon. Winner and runner up entries will be announced at the Southam Book Festival on 30th September, 2018, in the Graham Adams Centre, and the winning entry will also be published in the Southam Advertiser later in the year!

Entries cost £2.00 each, or up to six entries for £8.00. The rules and details of how to pay are on the Southam Book Festival page.

Right, pens at the ready? Go!



Parenting Course

MU course

A unique four session programme for parents of 5-14 year olds

Ever felt embarrassed when your child asks you

“what are those people doing”

“how do babies get in their mummies tummy?”

Confused about how to talk to your teenager about growing up, sexuality and the pressures on today’s young people?

Don’t avoid those difficult conversations.

Come to 4 meetings for parents of 5-14 year olds.

Leave feeling more confident and prepared to pass on your values and messages to your children.

Fun, friendly and non-judgemental!

Graham Adams Centre, Southam

Wednesday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March


Suggested donation £15 per person

To find out more about the course visit www.mothersunioncoventry.com/what-should-we-tell-the-children or to book your place, contact Felicity on 0777 307 9447 or email mu.cov@CovCofE.org (places limited)

What others have said –

  • Definitely made me more confident and more comfortable
  • I liked the small group sessions, it was very useful for me
  • My view has changed as I would now speak to my children about it, whereas before I think I would have avoided the subject

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Love Your Community Centre Week

CCWeek 2017

Community Centre Week runs from 19th – 26th July and aims to remind everyone how important community centres are to our neighbourhoods – how much amazing work they do, and that we should never take them for granted.

Initially started by a group of centres in London, this year WCAVA (Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action) and Warwickshire County Council are taking time to celebrate the work of these wonderful local resources.

Here is what they say about us!

One such centre based in Stratford District is Southam’s Graham Adam’s Centre. Established 20 years ago in the old primary school building, the centre has developed into a much loved community resource, offering a wealth of activities to meet everyone’s needs. These include Create and Play Days, Messy Mealtimes (a cooking and Forest Schools club for the under 5s), Brownies, an over-60s lunch club, Slimmingworld, plus fitness sessions including yoga, karate, dance, gymnastics, and movement to music. The Centre even hosts a monthly rural cinema night. It is also home to Southam’s Foodbank

As well as activity sessions, the Graham Adams Centre has just secured funding from the Heart of England Community Foundation to promote volunteering across Southam – especially to those looking to increase their employability skills. Volunteer opportunities will cover the whole spectrum of running the centre – including administration, reception, café work, youth and family work, fundraising and events organising. The GAC team are also looking for volunteers to take an active role in managing the centre by joining the Board.

The Centre really is at the heart of Southam’s community, helping people come together to learn new skills, improve their fitness; share experiences; or simply to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat in the popular café.”
Newly elected County Councillor for the Southam, Stockon and Napton Division Andy Crump said

Every time I attend an event at the Graham Adams Centre, I am always impressed with the great work being done by the organisations, officers and volunteers based there. Furthermore, these events are much appreciated by the local community, with attendees being from all age groups, who all seem happy to be there”.


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Volunteer to Work Programme

HOE Logo Coloured (1)We are very pleased to announce that we have been successful in gaining funding from the Kingscliffe Fund via the Heart of England Community Foundation for our new Volunteer to Work programme.

This project will promote volunteering within Southam especially to those who are looking to develop skills and gain experience to gain employment. We will use the funding to develop the Graham Adam Centre as a community resource to enable people to gain skills and experience to assist them in seeking employment.

The project will enable the Graham Adams Centre to become a centre of volunteering  and the funding will enable us to develop a volunteering programme within the centre creating volunteer (work experience) placements in a range of different areas for example administration, reception duties, cafe work, youth and family work, fundraising and events organisation, gardening and general cleaning / maintenance.

Volunteering can help people gain confidence, feel like they are making a difference, reduce isolation and build local networks and friendships, develop skills, gain experience and possibly work towards formal qualifications and help them back into employment.

Increasing the number of volunteers helping at the centre will also enable us to further develop its support services to those locally for example, developing a job club, IT training opportunities.

Goodbye Fiona

Sadly last night we said goodbye to Fiona our Youth Worker.

Fiona has been with us for the last 18 months – in that time she’s met many local young people (and parents) and says it’s been great getting to know you all! We thank her for her work developing our excellent youth provision.

Please keep coming along – last week of term next week Linda will continue helping on a Tuesday and we have a team covering all the other gaps until we appoint a new Youth Leader.

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Happy Christmas


Thank you to everyone who has supported the Graham Adams Centre over the past year by volunteering, coming to one of our events or activities or holding an event or party at the centre. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Our office hours will vary over the Christmas break so please give us a call or drop us an email to make sure that there is someone here before you pop in.

2016 has been an exciting year at the centre with us consolidating our activities and we are very pleased to have several new bookings in the diary to start January 2017.

Welcome to Runfit, Sing and Sign and NCT Mother and Baby Yoga, and to Southam Community Education’s Family History, Spanish for Beginners and Introduction to Textiles tutors and good luck with the term.

We also have our 20th Anniversary celebrations to look forward to – put the weekend of the 7-9th April in your diary and watch this space for details.


We still have some slots available if you have an existing group that needs a home or an idea for something that you’d like to be run here then please get in touch.