Our Shed provides a safe, supportive and friendly setting where you can socialise, learn new skills and hone existing ones. Work alongside each other on your own projects, community projects and projects that raise funds for the Shed. Have a place to go and relax, have a drink, pursue hobbies and pastimes. Enjoy an active healthy retirement. 10am-1pm, Thursdays, Charleswood Road, Whitecroft, GL15 4QH. Contact Jane Trout on 01594780170, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website mensshedwhitecroft.wixsite.com/forestofdeanmensshed
Poets in Progress (PIPs) are a friendly peer-learning poetry groups for poets of all abilities. Develop your poetry writing and get fair, realistic feedback on your work, plus free tutorials, discussions, handouts and writing prompts in facilitated meetings. PIPs also helps you get your work heard through collaboration with festivals and community events. 7pm to 9pm every 2nd Monday of the month, ongoing.FREE. Meetings are in members’ houses. Contact Vicky Hampton on 01594 542974 or email email@example.com.
We will show you our plantations and systems and discuss how they can be transposed into your situation. The emphasis of this day will be on the practicalities. Over the day we will cover site selection, suitable willow varieties, planting, pest control, harvesting, storage and types of stove. 10.30am – 4.30pm Saturday 3rd February, £60. The Willowbank, Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9PA. Contact Steve Pickup on 01594 861782, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.thewillowbank.com
Day workshop about the power of words and language to reshape perceptions of our Earth. We will be gathering words, spellings, language, dialects, meanings, diction and more than likely, a good deal of gibberish . . . all in the spirit of words. With Jane Embleton. 10am – 5pm Sunday 11th February, £50. Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9PA. Contact Mandy Pullen on 01594 541850 or 07805 800313, email email@example.com, website www.mandpullen.co.uk.
Improve your self-esteem and confidence. Learn to say no, deal with conflict and value your own needs as much as those of others. Enjoy defeating your self-saboteur. £60 (£35 concs) 10.30am-12.30pm for 10 weeks starting Friday 17th March with a break over Easter. Cinderford (venue to be confirmed). Contact Jaqui Fabian on 01594 861278 or 07919 851669, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.jaquifabian.co.uk
Green Drinks is a great chance to meet like-minded people. Sometimes we have speakers, but it’s mainly a chance to have a chat, relax and make new friends. Everyone is welcome, not just Green Party members. 7.30pm, first Thursday of every month, free. No need to be a member of the Green Party, and no party cavassing at the meeting! Just turn up. For more information contact telephone 01594 827516, email email@example.com, website forestofdean.greenparty.org.uk/
Meet and learn evenings, networking and an annual exhibition for all budding local entrepreneurs, whether you are just thinking about starting your own business or are up and running already. For more information contact us on 07445 793573, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or vising our website www.fodentrepreneurs.co.uk.
Situated on the east side of the Forest of Dean, Ruardean Hill is the ideal location for learning to identify woodland birds by sight and sound. Ed Drewitt will help you learn the basics of woodland bird ID through a range of activities both in the classroom and in the nearby woodland habitat. This course will cost £60 and includes all teaching and materials, as well as tea and coffee. Please bring a packed lunch. 10am – 4pm, 9th April or 21st May. Ruardean Hill Baptist Church, Baptist Way, Ruardean Hill, GL17 9AR. To book your place contact Anne Cotton on 01786 466 570, email email@example.com, website www.bto.org/news-events/training/training-programme
Forest of Dean Walking for Health offers free regular easy walks throughout the Forest in: Blakeney, Bream, Cinderford, Coleford, Drybrook, Hartpury, Heywood, Huntley, Lydney, Mitcheldean, Newent, Parkend, Sedbury, St Briavels, Staunton and Yorkley. Suitable for all abilities, walking from 10 minutes up to 1 hour with refreshments at the end. Free 1 hour plus refreshments. Runs throughout the year. 16 starting points throughout the Forest of Dean. Contact Barbara Woods on 01594 727014 firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.walkingforhealth.org.uk
Foraging is a bit like surfing! Ok, so I am not having to bunk off work at a moments notice. Then drive 4 hours to the coast, mid week to catch some awesome Atlantic swell!! But, I can walk for miles in the woods and fields trying to find a certain ingredient without luck. Or wait for weeks for a good period of rain to bring up the mushrooms… Foraging, like surfing can take a whole load of commitment and waiting. Some things however are much less trouble to get your hands on. The mighty Chestnut is one such prize and as the October winds start to blow through, they will be dropping from the trees in their millions. Originating in Greece and brought to our shores by the Romans, this tasty treat is identifiable by its green hedgehog jacket with many more spikes than the inedible Horse Chestnut (conker). Unlike most nuts, chestnuts are high in carbohydrate rather than protein but contain no gluten making their flour a great option for a gluten free diet. Finding these beauties is not hard. Find a Sweet Chestnut tree, battle with squirrels, pick up nuts, take home. Easy! At home things need a …
This course covers massage strokes, gentle movements, songs, suitable oils and how to alter the routines as your child develops. Held over 4 x 1hr sessions, with each session building on the previous to cover all areas of the body. 12.45 – 1.45pm, 4 weeks starting 10th January, £40. Balanced Beauty & Fitness, 25 Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA. Contact Kate Kerslake on 01452 762 029, email email@example.com, website www.littleonesbabymassage.co.uk.
Fun and engaging drama sessions for children of all ages and abilities, between 5 – 12 years. The Youth Theatre meet weekly during term time in Lydbrook. Each session builds skills and confidence in a fun and safe environment, leading to local performances and sharings. Facilitators are DBS checked + fully insured. £4 per session, 10 week blocks. Between 4pm – 6pm (max 1.5 hours), ongoing from September. Lydbrook Memorial Hall, Central Lydbrook. Contact Rachel Adams on 07877581740 email firstname.lastname@example.org, website wyldwoodarts.co.uk
Way2go Adventures offer a range of fun outdoor activities including Canoeing, Kayaking, gorge walking, Stand up Paddleboard, SUPYOGA and teambuilding. From half to full days, and canoe & campouts for 2 days or more. Multi activity days. Let us tailor a package to suit your requirements. Acticities start from £25 per person. Contact Di Worral to discuss your needs on 01594 800908 or 07794 189841, email email@example.com, website www.way2goadventures.co.uk
This is a peer led support group for people who suffer/ awaiting diagnosis with fibromyalgia or chronic pain. We meet on the last Wednesday of the month, 11am-1pm at the Salvation Army Building in Broadwell. It is completely free to attend and is for people who have chronic pain or fibromyalgia and their carers to come together for support. Salvation Army Building, 43 North Road, Broadwell, Coleford, GL16 7BX. Contact Emma Cornish on 07804 506395, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The School of Medieval European Fencing offers classes in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and specialises in late medieval German longsword. We also practise sword and buckler, dagger, staff weapons and many other disciplines from the medieval period. Adult classes take place at Broadwell Memorial Hall every Sunday evening between 7pm and 9pm. Junior classes are available. Contact Chris by phone or text: 07802476604, or by email: email@example.com. First two lessons are free.
Agriculture is changing. A new brand of modern agriculture using Agroecology as it’s guiding principle is gaining traction. Regenerative Agriculture led by Jairo Restrepo, will give you the practical tools needed to analyse soils and create fertile systems using home made biofertilisers and minimal-cost pest and disease control methods. 6 day resitential starting 9.00am starting Thursday 28th June, £600 (early bird £500) Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9PA. Contact Jairo Restrepo or Angie Horsley on 01594 860244, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.ragmans.co.uk
One on one sessions for children and adults. Specialist sensory Yoga techniques for coping with anxiety, depression, sleep problems, dyslexia, dispraxia, ADHD and other related conditions. £35- £45 depending on location. Weekdays mornings. Based in Whitchurch, Ross on Wye but will travel. Contact Veronika on 01600 890966 or 07799 532826, email email@example.com, website www.herefordshireyoga.com
The U3A is an excellent way of making new friends and gaining new skills and interests for the over 50s. Meetings with Speakers are on 3rd Thursday of the month at Lydney Town Hall at 1.45 pm. Lots of lively activity groups for members – Kurling, Ukelele, Art & Craft, French, Poetry, Knitting, Painting, Walking, Card games, Petanque, Lunch Club, Cycling, Book Club, Skittles, Heritage Detectives, Tea room appreciation, and more… What’s not to like? Join us on the 3rd Thursday or visit u3asites.org.uk/forest-of-dean/home or ring us on 01594 832599.
Singing for Breathing is for people diagnosed with COPD and other lung conditions. It’s a fun way to help your breathing & confidence. All levels of ability or singing experience welcome. £3 or what you can afford, or free for some conditions. 2-3 pm, Thursdays from 11th January for 12 weeks and more. Lydney Community Centre, Naas Lane, Lydney, GL15 5AT. Contact Kirsty Abraham on 08906 789683, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/singing-for-lung-health/join-a-group
The Forum aims to raise awareness of Health and Social Care matters within the Forest of Dean in order to influence and effect positive change. We invite the general public to meet various speakers from Health, Social Care and Councils so that we are informed of changes that affect us. Free. 7.00-9.00pm, 1st Tuesday of every month. West Dean Centre, Bream, GL15 6JW. Contact Linda Vaughan on 01594 564230 or 07789621238, email email@example.com, website www.forestofdeanhealthforum.org.uk