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
SUPYOGA comes to the Forest of Dean. Come and try Stand Up Paddleboard – 1 hour, £15 plus free try. contact Di for dates and loval venues. Spaces limited, early booking recommended. Contact Di at Way2Go Adventures on 07779 4189841, or email email@example.com, website www.way2goadventures.co.uk/trips-and-activities/stand-up-paddleboarding-sup-on-the-wye/
A new course with Esther – Mixed Pilates – starting on Friday 5th January, 1.45-2.45pm, Northwood Green Village Hall, Northwood Green. Contact Esther Fransham on 01452 760120 or 07711 832042, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.estherf.com
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, Yorkley. Suitable for all abilities, walking from 10 minutes up to 1 hour with refreshments at the end. Free, with the bonus of some refreshments too! Happening all year round, with 16 starting points throughout the Forest of Dean. Contact Barbara Woods on 01594 727014, email email@example.com, website www.walkingforhealth.org.uk
Learn this amazing dance! Tuesdays in Newland, Sundays once a month in Lydney. No partner needed. No previous dance experience required. All ages welcome. Tuesdays 9 week Tango course = £81/person, starting on Tuesday 9th January; Sunday class = £10/person. Newland Village Room, Newland, nr Coleford, GL16 8NP. Tuesday 7.30-8.45pm Absolute Beginners Tuesday 9-10.15pm Improvers Contact Bärbel Rücker on 07474 612701, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.movingexperience.eu.
With help of the Feldenkrais Method you can improve your movements and (re)gain comfort and ease. These ‘Awareness Through Movement’ (ATM) classes are non-strenuous and suitable for all ages. Wear comfortable & warm clothes and socks. Bring your own blanket/yoga mat. Drop-in class, £12, 10.30am-12noon Wednesdays, or 10 week course 7.30-9pm Wednesdays, both starting 10th January. Newland Village Room, Newland, Nr Coleford, GL16 8NP. Contact Bärbel on 07474 612701, email email@example.com, website www.movingexperience.eu
Fitness class based on the 12 dances of Strictly Come Dancing. Suitable for all fitness levels. 11.15am – 12.15pm, 9 weeks starting Tuesday 16th January, £38. Lydney Community Centre, Naas Lane, Lydney, GL15 5AT. Contact Wyedean on 01291 625340 (leave a message and they’ll get back to you) or download the brochure and enrolment form from www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk (go to ‘Community’, ‘Adult Learning’ ‘Courses available’). You can post your enrolment form (+SaE if you wish for a receipt) during the holidays, or enrol at the school from the start of term.
Join me each month for an active 5-stage facilitated dance meditation. The Monthly Forest Moondance will move location within the Forest of Dean around the New or Full moon to give everyone a chance to dance somewhere nearby! No partner dancing is required and there are no steps to learn. Suitable for all fitness levels. £10 for 90 mins (concessions available) 19:00-20:30. Venue and day change monthly to give everyone a chance to dance somewhere nearby: JANUARY -Thursday 18th ~ Lydbrook Memorial Hall FEBRUARY Thursday 15th ~ West Dean Centre Bream MARCH Friday 2nd ~ Lydbrook Memorial hall APRIL Monday 30th ~ Blakeney Village Hall MAY Tuesday 15th ~ Newnham Armoury Hall JUNE Weds 13th ~ Soudley Village Hall JULY Friday 13th ~ Blakeney Village Hall SEPTEMBER Tuesday 25th ~ Newnham Armoury Hall Contact Rozz on 07917341081, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.bigbeats.org or Facebook ‘Big Beats Dance’
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 email@example.com, website www.walkingforhealth.org.uk
Sunday Workshops, 10am-1pm, £10. Yoga Sutra Study, January 28th, March 25th, Vedic Chant, February 25th Millers Farm, Brains Green, Blakeney, GL15 4AP. Contact Sue Chudley on 01594 510655, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.millersfarm.co.uk/yogaspace
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
Fitness class based on the 12 dances of Strictly Come Dancing. Includes both Latin and Ballroom. Suitable for all fitness levels. 11.15am-12.15pm, 9 weeks starting Tuesday 16th January, £38. Lydney Community Centre, Naas Lane, Lydney, GL15 5AT. Contact Wyedean on 01291 625340 (leave a message and they’ll get back to you) or download the brochure and enrolment form from www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk (go to ‘Community’, ‘Adult Learning’ ‘Courses available’). You can post your enrolment form (+SaE if you wish for a receipt) during the holidays, or enrol at the school at the start of term.
A weekly opportunity to enjoy the freedom of dancing in a beautiful space to a wide range of music. No steps to learn and no pressure to do anything except enjoy yourself in the company of others of all ages in a safe atmosphere. £3 or whatever you can afford. 1.30-3.00pm, ongoing. Yorkley Community Centre, 2 Bailey Hill, Yorkley, GL15 4RS. Contact Richard Henson on 01594 837874 or 07946 295009, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. First two lessons are free.
Free taster sessions in Chen Style tai chi followed by beginners classes every Wednesday from 6 -7pm at English Bicknor. The syllabus includes loosening and foundation exercises, tai chi form and chi gong (energy work). The class and instructor are affiliated to The Bristol School of Tai Chi. English Bicknor Village Hall, Ross Road, English Bicknor, GL16 7PD. Contact Mark on 01594 544060 or 07791738668, email email@example.com, website www.bristoltaichi.com/deantaichi.htm
February 11th 10am – 4pm £45 inc light lunch. Contact Sue to book. Millers Farm, Brains Green, Blakeney, GL15 4AP. Contact Sue Chudley on 01594 510655, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.millersfarm.co.uk/yogaspace
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
An exercise class with rebound boots – up to 80% reduced impact on joints, improves posture, high level of fat burning. Suitable for kids and adults. Core workout £5 per session. Various venues and times across the Forest. Please see our Facebook page ‘White Lotus Jump’ or contact Michelle Gardiner on 01594 860872 or 07790025743, email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website, www.whitelotus.co.uk
All welcome, suitable for beginners and returners. Come and share some yoga. Yoga helps with all aspects of our busy lives, keeping us healthy in body and mind. Stretching, relaxing, reflecting. Bring a mat, a blanket and wear warm loose clothes. British Wheel of Yoga tutor. 5.30 – 6.50pm 10 weeks starting Wednesday 24th January. £5 drop in rate or £40 for whole course paid in advance. Lydbrook Memorial Hal,l Central Lydbrook, GL17 9PP. Contact Jane Rothery on 01594 544149 or 07903099779, or email email@example.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
For all levels and abilities. Yoga has stood the test of time and is as relevant now as it was thousands of years ago. Learn how to maintain or improve flexibility and strength, settle an unruly mind, improve energy levels and enjoy life to the full through asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), relaxation and meditation. £7 drop- in rate or £60 for 10 sessions. Also Pregnancy Yoga by arrangement. Newnham: Mondays, 10-11.30am Northwood Green: Mondays 5.30-7.00pm Huntley: Tuesday 1.00-2.30pm Littledean: Wednesday (Intermediate), 7.30-9.00pm Berry Hill: Thursdays (for the 50+), 4.15-5.45pm Contact Glenys on 01594 823581, email email@example.com
A regular Pilates session will give you a strong centre to work from. Strengthening the small supporting muscles, which are often ignored in regular conditioning programs, will allow you to move more freely and help you to stabilise your body in everyday or more demanding physical activities. Pay as you attend – £6 per hour session. 2pm to 3pm, every Wednesday St Briavels Assembly Rooms, East Street, St. Briavels, GL15 6TG. Contact Penny Jones on 01291 627243 or 07787 193302, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.pennyjonesfitness.co.uk
Suitable for beginners, sparring optional. Grades from white to black. £6/£7 per session. Mondays: Kids 6.15pm, Adults 7.15pm (other classes available – see our website). Forest Fighting Gym, Miners Hall, Cinderford or Thursdays 6.45-7.45pm Naas Lane Community Centre, Lydney. Forest Fighting Gym, Miners Hall, Wesley Rd, Denecroft, GL14 2JN. Contact Michelle Gardiner on 07790025743, email email@example.com, wbsite www.whitelotus.co.uk We now have a Boxing Gym – contact Michelle for more details.
The best fitness activity !!! Suitable for those who don’t think they can dance. Tuesdays, 10-11am, Naas Lane Community Centre, Lydney GL15 5PB , Thursdays 10-11am, Woolaston Memorial Hall, Netherend, Woolaston, GL15 6NW. Other classes available.£5 per session, all classes ongoing. Contact Michelle Gardiner on 07790025743, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.whitelotus.co.uk
For health and relaxation, suitable for all. Seated and standing – people with disabilities welcome. Mondays: 11am-12.oonoon ongoing, Foxes Bridge Hub, Valley Road, Cinderford, GL14 2LJ. £3 per session. Wednesdays: 9.30-10.30am, Foxes Bridge Hub, Valley Road, Cinderford, GL14 2LJ. £5 per session. Contact Michelle Gardiner on 07790025743, email email@example.com, website www.whitelotus.co.uk
A gentle workout for the whole body – toning muscles, improving balance and increasing flexibility. Suitable for all – exercises can be adapted. £5 per session, 11am-12noon, Wednesdays ongoing. Lydney Community Centre, Naas Lane, Lydney GL15 5PB. Contact Michelle Gardiner on 07790025743, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.whitelotus.co.uk
Experience the benefits of yoga from a chair – practicing simple movements, breathing and relaxation techniques. This practice suits older people and those with any health conditions which makes regular yoga inaccessible. Improving health and wellbeing in a relaxed friendly group! Wednesday afternoons, 2 -3 pm, ongoing, term times. £16 for a 4 week course *, Kings Meade Community Rooms, Coleford, GL16 8RS. * Kings Meade Resident discount available Coleford Contact Ali Rose on 07883678629, email email@example.com, website www.yogawithalirose.co.uk
Pilates with Esther – Matwork – Invest in your body and develop good posture, strength, flexibility and balance in a fun way. Costs vary – contact Esther for details. 7-8pm, 10 weeks starting Tuesday 9th January. Dene Magna School, Mitcheldean, GL17 0DU (Contact Dene Magna for details) 9.30-10.30am, 11 weeks starting Friday 5th January. Bishopswood Village Hall, Kerne Bridge, HR9 5QT Contact Esther Fransham on 01452 760120 or 07711 832042, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.estherf.com