Places in Aldershot and Farnborough where you can go to keep warm and socialise.
Aldershot and Farnborough libraries
All libraries in Hampshire are opening their doors for people to keep warm, connect with others, work or study.
As well as books, newspapers and magazines, there is access to free Wi-Fi and public computers, board games and jigsaw puzzles, and various events.
Aldershot Library free weekly sessions
- Meet up Mondays: Mondays (except public holidays), 9.45am to 10.45am. A weekly drop-in to meet new friends and have a chat.
- Community connections: Second Wednesday of the month, midday to 1pm. A free drop-in for all seekers of sanctuary for a chat, helpful information and signposting. Colouring and Lego® bricks available for children.
- Chat about Friday: Fridays, 10.30am to 11.30am. A weekly drop-in to meet new people. Refreshments served by the Sofa seating.
- Conversation café: Fourth Saturday of the month, 11.30am to 1pm. Come and have a chat and play some games.
Please see the Aldershot library website for more information.
Farnborough Library free weekly sessions
- VIP reading club: First Wednesday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. Meet in a friendly, relaxed environment to discuss selected books in different formats.
- Knit and knatter: Second Wednesday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. Do you enjoy knitting and needlecrafts? Then come along and join the club. Bring your own wool, needles and patterns, share ideas. New and experienced knitters of all ages welcome.
- Reading club: Third Wednesday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. Come along and join our reading group, if you like to read a wide range of fiction and share your ideas in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
- Craft club: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. Come and join this friendly group.
- Chat about Fridays: Fridays, 10am to 11am. Join the group every week for a free hot drink and a biscuit. Everyone welcome. Babies and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please see the Farnborough library website for more information.
Aldershot places to keep warm
Aldershot warm hub
Run by Salvation Army, Aldershot every Tuesday, 9.30am to 1pm.
Free tea and coffee and hot soup at lunchtime.
Address: 1 North Lane, Aldershot, GU12 4QE
Website: Salvation Army, Aldershot
Cosy hub at the Vine Centre
Opening 7 November. Chat with friends, charge your phone, get support or read a magazine or book. Warm drinks and soup available. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am to 4pm.
Address: The Vine Centre, 33 Station Road, Aldershot, GU11 1BA
Warm bank at St Michael's Church
Opening on 6 November, welcoming all who could benefit from the warmth or the company.
Play Café Toddler Group: Tuesdays, 9am to 11.30am (£1 for adults and children who can walk, 50p for babies).
Service followed by refreshments: Wednesdays, 9am to midday. Service at 10am, followed by tea, coffee and a bible study group, particularly for seniors.
Drop-in Café: Thursdays, 9am to midday, open to all with tea, coffee, pastries and biscuits.
Address: 120 Church Lane East, Aldershot, GU11 3SS
Website: St Michael's Church
Open house coffee morning, Park Church
Open coffee morning every Thursday from 10.30am to midday.
Address: Park Church Hall, 258 Lower Farnham Road, Aldershot, GU11 3RB
Website: Open House, Park Church
Farnborough places to keep warm
Warm Space, Cove Methodist Church
Every Tuesday, 3.30pm to 6.30pm.
Address: 63 Cove Road, Farnborough GU14 0EL
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01252 517045 for more information.
Footprints soup and coffee afternoon, St John's Church
Every Wednesday, 2pm to 4pm at St John's Church. Hot refreshments provided.
Address: St John's Church, St John's Road, Farnborough, GU14 9RH
Meeting point, Christ Church
Every first Thursday of the month, 10am to 11.30am. An opportunity to meet and chat over coffee and cake.
Address: Christ Church, Cove Road, Farnborough, GU14 0EX
Website: Parish of Cove
Altogether, Farnborough Baptist Church
Drop in for coffee, conversation, games and crafts.
Every Friday from 11am to early afternoon. Stay for soup lunch around midday.
Address: Farnborough Baptist Church, Queens Road, North Camp, GU14 6DX
Website: Farnborough Baptist Church
How to set up a warm space
Rushmoor Voluntary Services can provide support to you set up a warm space and to recruit volunteers. They may also be able to help you to apply for funding. Please contact Heather Chalkley or call 07484 698504 for more information.
To help guide you through the process of setting up a warm space in the community, CILIP, the library and information association, has produced a guide called A warm welcome.
Hampshire County Council is also offering help with funding for warm spaces through Leader's community grants.