November 2021


 The season to be jolly is upon us oncemore – we wish you all a joyful festive season. Christmas cards are welcome at the Barn – can we ask that you writethem, don’t stick them and leave them at home for 72 hours once written. Let’s make this Christmas the best ever!  


Thank  you to everyone that is LFT/PCR testing. We remain vigilant in the fight against the spread of the virus. Although the majority of us are vaccinated  and indeed have had the booster, it does not mean that you cannot catch the  virus.  

Wearing  a mask outside of home, washing hands and using antibac hand gel are all  important things to keep us safe and reduce the transmission of the virus. COVID has changed in how it  presents and indeed, you can have, for example, a stomach upset, itchy skin, sore eyes,  runny nose and in addition to the usual symptoms.       

If you have cold likesymptoms, can we please ask you to stay at home and rest – it is the safestoption for you and others. Keep on LFT testing to keep us all safe. 


The dates are set for Saturday  opening – you can use these as alternative days for service closures or as  additional days. We will be setting up  workshops on these days so look out for 2022 plan!   

  • 15th January
  • 19th February
  • 19th March
  • 9th April
  • 21st May
  • 18th June
  • 16th July
  • 20th August
  • 17th September
  • 15th October
  • 12th November
  • 3rd December (Wreath Making)


We did such a wonderful job last year in collecting  donations for those who may have been finding it hard that we have decided to  put hampers together again. If you can  help by donating, it would be truly appreciated. 

We would like long date food items, toys, cleaning  items, gifts. If you can help, please,  please do. Thank you in anticipation.    

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Buy your besties a super bespoke gift, show your  loved one you care with a special sign. Contact the Wood Barn on:      Facebook:@thewoodbarn


We are  available to take your design and print for your Christmas needs. Please email us or pop in and deliver your  order: 


We are  delighted to welcome the following staff to the team:   

  • Yasmine Pritchard – animal husbandry   
  • Patti Davies – has increased her  hours for 1:1 support
  • Laura Taft – 1:1 support   
  • Leia Fogden Wadey – 1:1 support    
  • Kirsty Loveridge – 1:1 support       

We are also pleased to beworking with University Hospital Coventry and George Elliot Hospital Nuneaton through 2021-2022 to offer student placements to nurses. It is a critical part of their training andnot all nurses will get to have this experience so our goal is to teach them that they can make the difference to your loved one if they should ever be in hospital. 


We are  delighted to tell you that the Base to Be Disco is returning on 4th  December 7-11pm at Kettlebrook Working Men’s Club,  Tame  Street, Tamworth B77 1AH.    

This  is a free night and there is a buffet  and a disco.    

This  is not a Briars Barn Event – it is a voluntary group run by Lisa Goodfellow  and a team of volunteers.   

You  should bring a PA or family member with you as it is not a supported event.   

It’s a  great night – come and join the fun.       

If it is possible to LFT test before you come, it really helps the battle against the Virus. 


We are delighted to tell you that wewill be working with Sam Roberts from Kick+ Martial arts to run weekly sessionsat Briars Barn. Sam is a fully qualifiedblack belt instructor and is experienced at teaching people with disabilities to engage in martial arts. Briars staffwill support the sessions in addition to Sam and the cost will be supported by Briars Barn fundraising. Sam willvisit Briars Barn on 7th December to meet people, answer questionsand give a demonstration. It is awonderful opportunity and we do hope you will sign up! 


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  • 3rd December 
  • –  Elf Day: dress up as an elf. £1 per elf – all proceeds to Alzheimer’s  Society.   
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  • 0th December  – Christmas Jumper Day. Wear your  festive jumper. £1 – all proceeds to Save the  Children.   
  • 14th 
  • December – Christmas Bauble Competition. Decorate a bauble and win a voucher. (We supply the baubles)   
  • 22nd 

December – Christmas Party Day.  Dress up posh and enjoy the nosh!    

  • 24th December 

– Mince Pies and Christmas Carols  afternoon.   

  • 27th & 28th December 

- Closed

  • 3rd January 2022 

- Closed