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.
A four week course to banish winter blues, including fantasy flowers, floral cakes/handbags, corsages and leaf manipulation. Cost £32, payable Wk 1. Available at two venues:
West Dean Centre, Bream, Wednesday afternoons 1.30 – 3.30pm, starting January 10th or
Woolaston Methodist Church, Netherend, Thursday evenings 7.00 – 9.00pm (Fri pm for Wk 4) starting Jan 11th.
Contact Mrs Alwyn Page on 01291 625294 or email email@example.com to book your place.
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
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
Beginners and improvers very welcome. Friendly group, come and find your hidden talent. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Phone for more information. 10.00am – 12.15pm, Wednesdays, ongoing. £48.00 for six weeks. Just turn up to meet us. The West Dean Centre, Bream.
Contact Sylvia on 01594 562901 or email email@example.com.
To keep going and growing, we need your help!
‘The Forest Bee’ is run totally by volunteers, but with our growing success we are now struggling under the weight of the work – please come an help if you can.
Join our Management Committee
Help us grow ‘The Forest Bee’ into an even more useful resource for the people of the Forest of Dean. The Committee meets most months, usually on a Tuesday or Thursday morning. We are a friendly bunch with love of the Forest and its people at our hearts. New ideas to help support the local community are always welcome. We are happy to reimburse your travel expenses.
About 1-4 hours 3 times a year, plus a few top-ups when you are out and about. Travel costs will be reimbursed. Areas we could do with more help in are:
Drybrook, Ross-on-Wye, Soudley, Chepstow, Distributors – just a few hours 3 times a year for Bream, Chepstow, Drybrook, Llandogo, Mitcheldean, Longhope, St Briavels, Llandogo, Newland and Redbrook, Mitcheldean Longhope, Bream.
Ideally you will collect from Lower Lydbrook, but if that doesn’t work for you we’ll get the brochures to you somehow.
Next issue comes out at the start of January, so we’ll be asking our distributors to help during the first week of the New Year.
Brochures go to local shops, cafes, doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries, craft, cycling, tourist & leisure centres across the Forest.
Someone who is digitally confident and competent to update our website with all the new listings (August, December & April), which takes between 6 & 10 hours. Our website is Word Press with quite a lot of options for editing by us.
Also help with designing our digital ads, coverting promotional material from our advertisers & listers into jpegs and liaising with our social media volunteers.
We have a volunteer covering the southern area of the Forest, but it would be great to have someone in the north too. You need your own initiative, be self-motivated and confident enough to reach out to potential new listers and advertisers in the Forest area. Experience with press released and designing advertising/promotional material would also be useful.
Social Media Officer
We have Facebook and Instagram covered, but could do with a bit more Twitter chat!
Making contact with tutors and groups in the Newent area to encourage them to join The Forest Bee as well as liaising with local businesses both to hold copies for us as as potential advertisers.
To explore opportunites available specifically for young people in the area, encourage voluntary groups to take advantage of our free editorial opportunities, to perhaps write a column specifically aimed at young people, and encourage youth groups to advertise with us.
Someone to keep up to date with grant opportunities available that may be suitable to help support The Forest Bee in its aim to grow to an even better local community resource. Also, an opportuntiy to develop your skills in writing grant applications.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org , or contact Jaqui on 01594 861278 or 07919 851669.
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
You’ve longed to learn to draw and paint? Now’s your chance, from the complete novice to the more talented painter looking for professional guidance and tuition. All you need is a little time, imagination and plenty of enthusiasm. You’re warmly welcomed and invited to an engaging and pleasurable creative experience. £10 per session (pay on the day). 10 a.m. – 1 p.m every Friday (no terms dates to worry about). The West Dean Centre, High Street, Bream, Lydney, GL15 6JW. Contact Gary Fell on 01594 544774, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.gary-fell.co.uk.
Leisure classes using seasonal materials, for all levels including befinners. Students supply own materials, lists provided. Fees include drinks & biscuits. Professional tuition but with fun and friendship guaranteed. 6 weeks, and available at 3 different times/venues, £48 (payable on Week 1) Advance booking essential. Contact Mrs Alwyn Page on 01291 625294 or email email@example.com to book your place.
Wednesday mornings: 10.30am-12.30pm, starting 7th February. Woolaston Methodist Church Schoolroom, Netherend, near Lydney.
Wednesday afternoons: 1.30pm – 3.30pm, starting 7th February. West Dean Centre, Bream.
Thursday Evenings: 7.00pm – 9.00pm starting 8th February. Woolaston Methodist Church Schoolroom, Netherend, near Lydney.