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What's On

Timetable - all activities

Adult activities

Youth Activities

Baby & Toddler activities

Fitness activities

Monday am

Employment Opportunities Hub 9.30am - 3pm - call 01963 31842 to make an appointment

Art Group Mixed Media (not oils) 10am - 12 noon - please book

Flexercise (and chat!) Milborne Port 10am - 12.30pm in the village hall - please book

Soft Furnishings Class Templecombe 10am - 12pm in the Social Club - starting September

Breastfeeding Cafe 10.30am -12 noon - drop-in session.

Monday pm

Tai Chi 12.30pm - 1.30pm for people with Parkinson's - please check availability

Women's Shed 1.30pm - 4pm - booking essential

Tai Chi 2pm - 3pm open to all abilities

Carers' Support Group 2pm - 4pm on second Monday of each month - call 01963 31842 to join

Tuesday am

Men's Shed - Open Workshop 10am - 12.30pm - please book

Health Walk - Brisk 10am - 10.50am, starting from The Balsam Centre

Pilates with Louise 9.30am - 10.30am - booking essential (term time only)

Flexercise (and chat!) 11am - 12.30pm

Tuesdays pm

Loose Ends Cafe On hold - until new volunteers are recruited

Youth Cafe 3.30pm - 5.30pm - please book

Come and Meet the Local Community Police At The Balsam Centre, Tuesday 19th July, 4pm - 5pm

Wednesday am

Employment Opportunities Hub 9.30am - 3pm - call 01963 31842 to make an appointment

Healthy Child Clinic The Balsam Centre, 10 - 11.30am by appointment BUT 1st Wednesday of the month is a Weaning Session - invite only

Balsam Multiples 11am - 12.30pm EVERY 1ST WEDNESDAY

Wednesdays pm

Games Club 1pm - 3pm - please book

The Golden Age Group 2pm -, TEMPLECOMBE SPORTS SOCIAL CLUB, every other week

Mindfulness Group 2pm - 3pm - 1st WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH please book

Yoga with Alice 5.15pm - 6.15pm - booking essential

Life-Skills/Teen Cooking Group Limited places, 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Young Carers Group 6.30pm - 8pm, every other week. Please contact Claire 07916 681602 for details

Thursday am

Men's Shed - Open Workshop 10am - 12.30pm - please book

Pilates with Louise 9.30am - 10.30am - booking essential (term time only)

Citizens Advice Bureau 10am - 3pm. By appointment only - please contact CAB 0808 278 7842

Pilates with Louise 11.00am -12.00pm - booking essential (term time only)

Textiles 10am - 12 noon

Tanners Cafe 10.30am - 12 noon CAMELOT ROOM, MILBORNE PORT

Buggy and Sling Walks 9.30am Stourhead, every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month - booking essential - pick up a pass.

Thursdays pm

Memory Lane Group 2pm - 4pm Call for availability

Exploring Drawing - D 2pm - 5pm 6 week course FROM 8th SEPT TO 13th OCT - call 07342 063735 to book

The Hive Youth cafe at The Balsam Centre 6.30pm - 8pm

Friday am

Parent and Under 4's discounted swim 9.30am - 11am

Explore and Play for 2 years and older 9.30am - 11.30am BACK ON FRIDAY 9th SEPTEMBER

Fridays pm

Explore and Play for Under 2's 1pm - 2pm BACK ON FRIDAY 9th SEPTEMBER

Tai Chi 1pm - 2pm open to all abilities

Saturday am

Timetable for other family and toddler groups in the wider area

In The Pipeline

These are groups that have the potential to start. They are either on here because people have expressed an interest in the activity - but we need a volunteer who might like to run it, or because we have a volunteer who would like to run the sessions but either they need another volunteer to join them, or we are waiting for people to sign up to take part in the activity.

So, if you see something here that catches your eye, either because you'd like to get involved running it, or because you'd like to take part in the session, please get in touch with The Balsam Centre 01963 31842.

retro gamers club

Retro Games Club

A chance to come and play old computer games with other like-minded adults. We have X-Box 360 console and 4 controllers, but you are welcome to bring your console too, and any games. We have a volunteer interested in running this evening session, but would welcome another volunteer to help. So get in touch to sign up to join the group or to volunteer



We have had several people express an interest in joining a choir. We did have someone who booked our room for a choir, which was very popular, but she has now retired. Do you have skills to run one? We'd love to hear from you!


Loose Ends Cafe

Our very popular cafe had to close after Covid because the volunteers who helped to run it stepped away. Maggie was an absolute wonder but she has moved on to new projects, so we are looking for a team of people who would like to cook, serve and clear up once a week.


Life Drawing

We have serveral people who would love to come back to this if it can re-start - we just need a volunteer to be here one evening a week to supervise it. You don't need to teach - this is a group for people to just come and draw - and we even have professional people who we pay to come along and model. If you're interested in running this - and taking part - please contact us 01963 31842

english classes

English Classes

We have a volunteer with full ESOL qualifications and we can start this group if you of anyone in the community who is struggling to learn English. Contact us for more information. 01963 31842.

IT classes

IT Classes

We have several volunteers who are willing to give people help with their IT - whether it is a new ipad or notebook, a laptop, or a mobile phone, these volunteers can help absolute beginners to get going. So if you think you would like to join a class, let us know! 01963 31842


Classic and Supercars Event

This exciting car event is running again this year, in the lovely grounds of Sherborne Castle, raising money for local charities including The Balsam Centre.

- Exciting Marque Feature - 100 years of Jaguar

- Supercars, vintage, classics and sports cars

- New Electric Car village

- Spectacular car parades and tours

- Race and rally cars

- American cars, hot rods, and custom cars

- Car clubs with 40+ stands

- Trade, craft and auto jumble stands

- Catering and entertainment village

- Castle and grounds open with beautiful picnic areas

Sunday 17th July 2022
10am - 4.30pm

Classic and Supercars event at Sherborne Castle

Classic and Supercars event at Sherborne Castle

Tickets on the gate: £20 per person, under 16's free

Early bird ticket discount 25% off - see website
Free parking with designated motorcycle and disabled parking
Dogs on leads welcome

To display your car or book a stand, visit our website

Telephone: 07748 737177

This event is organised by Sherborne Classic and Supercars Ltd, a limited company registered in England and Wales with registration number 10687015. The main purpose of holding this event is to raise funds for the charitable purposes of Sherborne Classic Cars CIO (charity number 1172969), a charitable incorporated organisation which wholly owns Sherborne Classic and Supercars Ltd.

Supported by the Rotary, Lions and Round Table

Support Us!

The Balsam Centre is an independent charity set up by local people for local people.

Whilst the work of the Centre is long term, funding for its projects and services is all too frequently short term.

It is largely thanks to help from a fund created by a legacy left by one person, that the Balsam Centre has been able to continue its mental health work over the last few years. The help that this has given hundreds of people is a permanent and living memorial to that person’s generosity.

If you are thinking of donating, have you considered becoming a Friend of the Balsam Centre? This is a commitment to regular giving of any amount, at any interval, by standing order, and even better, if you are a UK tax payer and you ‘tick’ to say so, we can claim another 25% on top of your donation to support the work of the Centre. Become a Friend here!


Give As You Live

We have signed up to be a part of Give As You Live where you can raise money for us - just by shopping online in your normal way! All you have to do is click on the link, choose your charity - The Balsam Centre - and then create an account.

The site will ask for your name, email address and a password. You can choose your favourite shops, or just use their search bar to find the product you are looking for. When you buy in this way, the retailer will donate an amount to us, and you can see exactly what you have donated. This is a great way for people who would like to support us to do so whilst doing their normal online shopping! All the big retailers are there, Amazon, Ebay, supermarkets, and department stores. Happy Shopping! And thank you for supporting us!!

Donating via

We also have a charity page where you can donate directly, and Wonderful will collect the tax for us! Just click on the logo.