Gracenotes & Semiquavers

Music/play group for babies up to preschoolers in Thame, Oxfordshire

We are a friendly, community group that meets 9:45-11am on Thursdays (term time only) at the Thame Barns Centre. Mums, dads and carers can bring their babies and toddlers along for free play, craft, refreshments. The morning session ends with a time of singing that involves choosing items from a "song bag" that helps decide which songs will be sung.

Operating as usual


We regret to announce that Semi-Quavers and Grace Notes will not be resuming as COVID restrictions are easing.

Please see below for a new baby group that will be starting this Thursday (10 June, 10-11AM) at St Mary's Thame . Contact [email protected] for booking and further details.

We hope that you will find other groups and activities that you can attend and will serve your needs. Take care and hope you have a blessed week.

Some exciting news....
Sparklers are starting a babies group for non walkers and their grown ups, to chat, meet other parents and have a hot cuppa!
We start on Thursday 10th June each week at 10am in St Marys Church.
Please email to register your interest and share the details with any new parents you know.


Sorry but we will not be meeting this Thursday (19 March). We will post again when sessions will resume. Take care.


This message was sent to us from the staff of Thame Barns Centre - be take time to read the following precautions. Thank you!

Hello All Regular Users of the Centre,

In the light of all the news about the Coronavirus we would like to work with you to help keep each other safe. We are regularly disinfecting doors handles, etc and we always have hot water and soap for people to use. We ask that you think about keeping your class safe, here are some guidelines you may wish to pass on to your group.

With the increasing risk of Coronavirus taking hold in the UK, we felt we should let you know what our procedures will be in advance of any serious outbreaks, so that we can minimise risk to our customers.

If you or any of your students/group members
has returned from
China/Thailand/Japan/Korea/Hong Kong/ Taiwan/Singapore/Malaysia/Macau/Italy/Iran/Tenerife
in the last 14 days OR had contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus & are experiencing cough/fever/shortness of breath: Please do not come to the Centre. You should STAY INDOORS & call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

We understand that this may mean cancelling your class at very short notice, classes can be rearranged as and when it is appropriate.

As a reminder, everyone can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and public health professionals recommend that we:

* wash our hands often with soap and water; if that is not possible, use hand sanitizer

* cover our mouth and nose with our sleeve or a tissue when we sneeze or cough

* avoid close contact (touching or shaking hands) with people who are sick

* avoid touching our mouth, nose, and eyes

* stay home when we are sick

As the health and safety of our customers is our highest priority, we will be taking additional steps where ever applicable.

If you have any concerns please contact us to discuss them.

Karen and Patsy

Thame Barns Centre
Church Road, Thame, OX9 3AJ
01844 217308


Hope everyone has been keeping warm in the midst of the windy weather! Last week we made woolly sheep. Since Valentine's Day is approaching, we'll have a heart-themed craft on Thursday. Because half-term is next week, we will not meet on 20 February. Take care and hope to see you soon.


"An elephant goes like this and that...what a nose!"

We had another fun morning of play and making "Elmer" today -- we hope to carry on the theme of nursery rhymes for craft next week. What is your favourite nursery rhyme?


It was a busy morning today -- thanks to everyone who came to play and sing!
If you didn't get a chance to make the craft today, here is a photo of what you could make at home and then sing "Humpty Dumpty". (Thanks Rosy!)


We had our last session before Christmas this week. Merry Christmas to you and hope to see you again in the New Year. We'll be back at the Barns Centre on 9 January.


Another fun morning of play, craft and singing. Did some glueing and sticking to make a tree with autumn leaves.

Do you have a favourite autumn colour?


Thanks to all who came this morning for a time of play, making rockets, and singing. Are you planning on attending any fireworks displays? See you next Thursday!


Just a reminder that we are not meeting this Thursday but hope to see you next week!


Come along on Thursday mornings for free play (play dough, puzzles, blocks, etc.), craft, refreshments, and singing in the Barns Centre. 9:45-11AM.
Babies to preschoolers with their parents and carers.
Love to see you there!


It's September so we are back to meeting on Thursday mornings at the Barns Centre -- come along on 5 September for a time of play and singing for babies to nursery age (with their carers). Hope to see you there!


Hope to see you on Thursday (9:45-11AM) for our last session for this term. Have a lovely summer holiday!


"WHOOOO" is enjoying the beginning of May? Please come join the fun and singing at the Barns Centre this Thursday, 9:45-11AM. Babies, walkers, parents and carers are welcome.


Just a reminder that Thursday, 4 April is our last session before the Easter holidays.
See you this week for play and singing -- and hope you have a lovely Easter. We will resume on 25 April.


Another fun craft this morning to help us think about spring. Come along next Thursday (9:45-11AM) for more play and singing!


Another fun morning -- and a fun craft to remember Chinese New Year this week. Come join us on Thursdays for a time of free play and singing!


With a Little Love is open this coming Monday, 4th February, 9.30am-11.30am in Christchurch lower hall, Thame. Lots of clothes ready to be taken, come along and grab a bundle. Coats, snowsuits sleeping bags and hats also available, The kettle will be on!


Hope you've had a lovely Christmas holiday. We will be back at the Barns Centre next Thursday (10 January). Come join us for a time of play, singing, refreshments and craft for little ones (babies to nursery age) and their parents/carers!


Two more Thursdays before the Christmas holiday. Come join us on 13 December and 20 December, 9:45-11AM, Thame Barns Centre. See you there!


Busy hands and fun playtime at Semi-Quavers today. Come join us next week when we start adding a few Christmas items to the song bag! Our last session before the holiday will be 20 December.

Photos from Gracenotes & Semiquavers's post 08/11/2018

Another fun morning at Semi-Quavers! Busy hands created a simple craft of making poppies. Hope you have a good week and see you next Thursday.


Thanks to all who ventured out in the rain this morning for a time of play and singing.

As Bonfire Night approaches, today's craft was making paper rockets.

From next week, Grace Notes and Semi Quavers will both meet together in the Large Barns. See you next week!


"The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round..." We had another fun morning at Semi-Quavers today with play, singing, and making this fab bus!

Just a reminder that we have a separate room just for babies -- a time of singing with plenty of space for them to explore. Hope to see you next week!


Come join us next week (Thursday - 13 September) for a time of play, craft, singing and refreshments. Parents, grandparents, and carers welcome with children.

Babies to walkers 10-11AM in Small Barns
Walkers to nursery 9:45-11AM in Large Barns


The toys are packed away for another term. We will resume on 13 September. Look forward to seeing you then. Hope you have a lovely summer holiday!

Photos from Gracenotes & Semiquavers's post 08/06/2018

A brilliant spaceship craft was made during yesterday's session at Semi-Quavers! Check out the other recent creations as well.

Come join our volunteer-run playgroup for a time of free play, craft and singing. Grace Notes has a separate room for babies to walkers.


Looking forward to seeing babies, nearly walkers, walkers, toddlers, parents, carers on Thursday morning as we play, sing songs and have a snack together at the Barns Centre. Come with your friends or just come and make some new friends!


A quick reminder that we are open for fun and song this week, but then break for the Easter hols, returning on 19th April.


A quick reminder that our last session before the Christmas break will be Thursday 7th December. This will also be our CHRISTMAS PARTY!
Hope to see you there!

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Who we are

Grace Notes & Semi Quavers is a friendly music play group that meets from 9:45-11am on Thursday mornings during term time at the Thame Barns Centre. Mums, dads, and carers can bring their babies and toddlers along for free play, craft and refreshments followed by a time of singing to finish off the morning session.






Thame Barnes Centre, Church Road

Opening Hours

9:45am - 11am
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