The second half of the Autumn Term starts Monday 30th October. We hope you had an enjoyable half term break. CHRISTMAS WITH CODA

A reminder that our Christmas concert event this year will be on Sunday 10th December from 6.30 – 10.00pm at New Milton Memorial Centre, Whitefield Road, New Milton BH25 6DE. This is a FREE event (unticketed). We will be enjoying performances from Rusty Rockers, Ukulele Band, Blues Orchestra, Health & Happiness Choir, Folk Orc… and more!Plus there will be Christmas arts & crafts, mince pies and a bar.Everyone is welcome to this FREE event – please bring the family – we would love to see as many of you as possible, so please come along and join us for some Christmas cheer. 

CHRISTMAS CRAFTING IN THE CAFE In addition, in the run up to Christmas, we will have a Christmas crafting table in the cafe – so if you would like to design a Christmas card, cut out some snowflakes or create a festive work of art, then all of the materials will be available for some Christmas crafting. CHRISTMAS IN THE COMMUNITYOver the festive period, Coda will be bringing some Christmas cheer to the local community with performances in a variety of care settings. The ‘Coda Memory Band,’ a performance group brought together from within the Coda community, will be visiting elderly residents in care homes and performing in Bournemouth Hospital with a selection of festive music for residents, patients and visitors to enjoy.On 11th December from 10-11am, the Coda Memory Band will be performing in the Atrium of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital supporting their Dementia and Delirium Fun Day. CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES ON YOUTUBEDon’t forget, we have a playlist of brilliant Christmas performances from our groups and tutors on YouTube, including the Kids Ukulele Band, Stephen Kenyon, The Folk Orc, Jonny Vernam, Guy Gardner, Rusty Rockers and the Coda Ukulele Band. To revisit these fabulous performances click here TOMBOLA PRIZES NEEDED!We will be running a Tombola at our Christmas event on 10th December as an extra fundraiser to support Coda’s work. Could you help us by donating a Tombola prize?  If you could donate a bottle, a plant, maybe a bathroom gift set or chocolates, it would be hugely appreciated. We are looking for any prizes which might be suitable – and we would be incredibly grateful for any contributions. If you can help us out, please drop any donations into Coda reception. Thank you for your support and generosity. THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS 

Our volunteers are brilliant – we simply couldn’t manage without them! Prior to half term, some of our volunteers attended a Coffee & Cake morning in the Coda cafe. It was a fantastic chance to get together and have a chat – and for us to show our appreciation for all of their hard work.  A special thank you to Robert and Lucy for providing the amazing cakes! Coda relies heavily on the huge contribution made by our volunteers throughout the year. If anyone would like to join our fantastic group of volunteers, please contact us to find out what opportunities we have available and register your interest.We might even see you at our next Coffee & Cake morning! 

TRINITY EXAMSTrinity exams will take place at Coda Music and Arts Centre on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December. DEVELOPMENT UPDATE   We would like to thank you all again for bearing with us whilst our capital development project progresses and other improvements to the site are made – and as the seasons change, we will work hard to ensure the construction works do not hinder your visit.We are thrilled with the changes to the car park and are now beginning to implement planned landscape schemes over the coming months. We are also excited to see glimpses of the transformation to the old stable block as new doorways and windows are cut, opening up the barn like never before.  

BABIGLOO MUSIC FOR BABIES – COMING IN THE NEW YEAR! Wednesdays, 10.30am – 11.15amStarting Wednesday 31st JanuaryFor ages 0-12 monthsFREE (funded by The Youth Music Catalyser Fund)8 week programme 

We are delighted to be hosting a new music programme from Babigloo in the new year. Babigloo is a music project for babies (0-12months), which uses ‘non-verbal’ music techniques to stimulate a baby’s superpower of hearing in the womb, once they’re born.These themed music sessions build on babies’ sensory perceptions using music, sound, baby conversation and listening skills to tune into babies’ amazing ability to hear changes of volume, pitch, vibration, rhythm and tone. The resonance of live music is introduced to babies and theatrical props, dance and movement are used to build on musical interpretation.Sessions are 45 minutes and delivered as an 8-week programme from January 31st  – 27th March (excluding school holidays) for babies and one parent/primary carer.

Babigloo is a creative world of colour, movement, music and touch which introduces children to beats, rhythms and live music – and programmes have been delivered previously in Bournemouth, Poole, Somerford, Ringwood and across Dorset.To find out more about the sessions and methods used click here   If you are interested and able to commit to the 8-week Babigloo programme starting in January 2024, then please contact Coda on contact@coda.org.uk or 01425 276161 to express your interest and book a place. Spaces are FREE but limited to 10 participants and offered on a first-come-first served basis, so please get in touch ASAP to reserve your place.    Have a great Halloween tomorrow and enjoy the rest of term.The Coda Autumn Term finishes for Christmas on Friday 15th December.