“The Baptist Hall has a wooden floor and lots of chairs. It feel's worm and welcoming. I like my joyfull place because we do jumpy fun tings. We do lots of songs and play lots of fun games. It is not very peaceful. My favoite bit is messy Art and there is lots of brownies. We have diffrent groups and I am in the bouncy rabbit's.” Rachel - My Favourite Place: part of a geography project at Eynsham Primary School in summer 2007.
In addition to regular church and community activities, the Hall also accommodates a weekly Traidcraft stall and a monthly podiatry clinic. The kitchen includes an oven, microwave and frig. For more information and bookings please ring 07900 066471. Please note, alcohol is not allowed on any part of the premises.
UPDATE 2012: Christmas came early to Eynsham Baptist Church on Saturday 10 November, with a Grand Bazaar from 10:00-12:00. All proceeds - a magnificent £1400 - went to Baphumelele Children's Home and Zoar Old Folks' Home, South Africa.
UPDATE 2011: kitchen and toilet have been completely refurbished, with a larger serving hatch, new cooker, cupboards, water heater, etc and a proper toilet for disabled people. The little slideshow below offers a glimpse of work in progress - all complete by Harvest lunch on 18 September, in aid of the Gatehouse Project.
There is a weekly Traidcraft stall and a monthly podiatry clinic.
Eynsham Area Waste Watch holds a Swap Shop twice a year.
... with free advice on other green activities
The new kitchen - with separate area for hand washing ...
large cooking range ...
all the other fittings you'd expect ...
and a proper toilet for disabled people.
This image of Mr RR Alden is in a smaller room linking the church hall to to the church. Mr Alden and his family worked hard to ensure the future of the church. Apart from regularly preaching here, he would send any leftover meat from his shop in Oxford to the poor folk in Eynsham.
The hard work paid off and the church had a large Sunday School. The two halls were built and opened in 1910 to accommodate the large number of children.
The inscription reads: “In recognition of the long and generous service of Mr RR Alden as superintendent this portrait was presented by his fellow workers at the Eynsham Baptist Chapel January 23rd 1908”.