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ittle Fishes and TOTS toddler groups for 0-4 years old.

There are thriving groups for toddlers and their parents & carers at Alcombe, Minehead, Watchet and Williton.  Please click on the toddler group links in the appropriate church's column to the left for details. - See more at: http://westsomerset.2day.uk/?localBoard=2948&globalBoard=0#sthash.HRstq8iQ

Little Fishes and TOTS toddler groups for 0-4 years old.

There are thriving groups for toddlers and their parents & carers at Alcombe, Minehead, Watchet and Williton.  Please click on the toddler group links in the appropriate church's column to the left for details. - See more at: http://westsomerset.2day.uk/?localBoard=2948&globalBoard=0#sthash.HRstq8iQ.dpuf
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Coffee mornings
 in the church in Minehead 
each Friday, 10.30am to 12 noon – all welcome. 

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Christian 
Care Home
Anniversary Garden Party
Saturday 3rd September
2pm – 4pm
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Summer Holidays! 
so  the next
Women’s Bright Hour 
will be held on Wednesday 
7th September

Normally we meet at Alcombe in the 
Lounge at 3pm on alternate Wednesdays and would welcome anyone who would
like to join.
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The next Alcombe Friendship Centre will be  held at 11am on 
Wednesday 
14th September
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