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Hobbies, Interests and Wellbeing 2020/21


Autumn Term is 8 weeks for in school classes and 10 weeks for online classes, starting w/c Monday 28th September 2020. Please see individual classes and workshops for exceptions.

African Drumming & Ukulele

Level Day Location Time Tutor
Improvers
An advancing class for those who have studied African Drumming for at least two years. This class would provide progression for those who have been drumming for some time and have already reached a good standard of knowledge, fluency and skill. You will need a djembe drum to take part. Taught on Microsoft Teams and can be joined with any email, or any device. Working towards a Monday evening class in school, 7-9pm, when possible.
Monday Online
Please note: online classes will require us to share your email address with the tutor, in order that you can take part in the class.
7pm to 8.30pm

Alison Lyon

Further tutor info: www.drumsagogo.co.uk

Taster Workshop

Aimed at adults who have never played before at all, or who might have experience up to a couple of years. If you’ve got a heartbeat you’ve got rhythm! Learn to tap your natural human potential with Drums Agogo – hand-drum tuition on genuine African instruments. This will include an opportunity to record a demo of separate parts at the end, plus recording of the full ensemble playing live. Your tutor will also provide via email, to those who give their email addresses, a computer-generated audio file of the full ensemble to play along to later on whatever percussion you have at home. Drums provided.

Saturday 24 October

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10am to 1pm

Alison Lyon

Further tutor info: www.drumsagogo.co.uk

Family Drumming Session 
Aimed at parents looking for activities they can do with their children (aged 8 plus) in half term. No experience necessary and drums will be provided. Parents must participate alongside their child(ren) and are responsible for supervising their child(ren).

Monday 26 October

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10.30am to 12 noon

Alison Lyon

Further tutor info: www.drumsagogo.co.uk

Family Ukulele Session  

Aimed at parents looking for activities they can do with their children (aged 8 plus) in half term. Absolutely no musical experience necessary! Ukuleles provided. Parents must participate alongside their child(ren) and are responsible for supervising their child(ren).

Tuesday 27 October

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10.30am to 12 noon

Alison Lyon

Further tutor info: www.drumsagogo.co.uk

African Drumming Workshop for Experienced Drummers

Aimed at experienced drummers (adults), who have already been playing for a couple of years and have already reached a good standard of knowledge, fluency and skill. This workshop will include an opportunity to record a demo of separate parts at the end, plus recording of the full ensemble playing live. Your tutor will also provide via email, to those who give their email addresses, a computer-generated audio file of the full ensemble to play along to later on whatever percussion you have at home. The session will include all djembe parts, all dunduns, some dundun variations and djembe solos. Bring your djembe or borrow one from us. The tutor will provide dunduns and other materials.

Saturday 31 October

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10m to 1pm

Alison Lyon

Further tutor info: www.drumsagogo.co.uk

 

 

Art History & History

Course Day Location Time Tutor
Bayeux Tapestry
Explore the Bayeux Tapestry with with Archivist and Historian Jennie Kiff

Wednesday 28 October

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10am to 4pm Jennie Kiff
Women in the asylum, West Yorkshire's Asylums in 19th and early 20th centuries
Explore this history of women in West Yorkshire’s asylums with Archivist and Historian Jennie Kiff.

Saturday 5 December

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10am to 4pm Jennie Kiff
Images of Women
Partly an art history course but also a discussion forum for an exploration of how women are depicted and how women see themselves in a range of contexts with Archivist and Historian Jennie Kiff.
Starts Wednesday 20 January 2021*
(7 weeks)

In School

*We are reserving places without payment on January 2021 classes. See How to Enrol. Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

7pm to 9pm Jennie Kiff

Cake Decorating (Beginners & Improvers) 

Tutor: Roslyn Scott. Starts Thursday 21 January 2021* 7pm - 9pm. In School.

Designed to inspire confidence in basic sugarcraft techniques and develop new skills and challenge
the more able. From cupcakes to celebration cakes - wow your friends with stunning edible art! Basic equipment and materials needed, details given during the first evening. Additional costs of up to £10 per week for icing etc.

Further tutor info: www.cakesbydesignilkley.co.uk

*We are reserving places without payment on January 2021 classes. See How to Enrol. Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

Dru Yoga with Yin Yoga

Tutor: Chrissy Chelinski. Monday 7pm to 8.10pm. Online*

Dru Yoga is for everyone!

No matter what age, shape or size you are, you’ll be able to do Dru Yoga. You won’t need to compare yourself with anyone, and we never talk about the ‘perfect posture’. Instead, the tutor always encourages many ways to do a yoga pose depending on your unique ability. The emphasis is on you. In Dru Yoga the joints of the body are kept relaxed and soft during movement. This creates flexibility and a free flow of subtle energy.

*Yoga mat needed. Please note: online classes will require us to share your email address with the tutor, in order that you can take part in the class.

Some of the Benefits of Dru Yoga

Increase strength, core stability, flexibility and balance
Ease aches and pains, especially back pain
Increase energy levels
Lower blood pressure and improve breathing
Improve resistance to disease
Help overcome insomnia
Increase resistance to and ease stress
Cope with and overcome depression and anxiety
Increase confidence and reduce negative thinking

What is Yin Yoga and why is it beneficial?

Yin is a slow and meditative practice with poses all on the floor either sitting or lying down. Yin centres on stretching deeper connective tissues such as ligaments, tendons and deep fascia with a focus on relaxing and releasing into gravity. This helps the Chi to move more freely through the body and mind, providing better functioning of the organs, improved joint health and mobility, emotional healing and stress relief. We use cushions, blankets and blocks or stacks of books to help support the body into ease in the poses.

Each class will incorporate a couple of Yin Poses and a Relaxation.

About Chrissy

Hi ! I'm a Senior Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance), Dru Yoga teacher (qualified 2008 and teaching for 12 years), Chakradance Facilitator, Yin Yoga &Yoga Nidra Teacher, Reiki healer & also trained in Nada Yoga or the Yoga of Sound. I'm fully insured for all my Yoga Teaching including on Zoom. I formerly worked as a Social Worker for 20 years in mental health and disability services. I am dedicated to teaching yoga that is ethical, and which respects the Indian roots of Yoga, is actively anti-racist, inclusive and accessible to all, particularly to anyone who feels marginalised in society for any reason. My classes are gentle, safe and accessible to people of all body shapes and sizes, ages, physical or mental abilities or sexuality. I am open to listening and learning from all my students. I'm first generation British, born from immigrant Irish and Polish parents.

My yoga teaching has evolved to blend elements from Qi gong, Mindfulness, Emotional Freedom Technique and my own Buddhist practice.

Comments by students

I've attended a few of Chrissy's day retreats and classes. I simply love how her positive energy is contagious. You can't help but just feel good around her, the classes are wonderful and great for all levels and abilities. (A)

I just love Chrissy's yoga sessions. I always leave feeling amazing with a big smile on my face. Chrissy creates a fun, uplifting and nurturing class and is a genuine, beautiful person. (N)

Chrissy's Yin yoga sessions are so soothing for the body, relaxing for the mind and nourishing for the spirit. She holds the space with such beautifully calming energy and ensures every posture is accessible to all. I feel truly amazing after every session. Thank you so much Chrissy for guidance, wisdom and heartfelt presence. I'm truly grateful for all that you offer. (L)

I really look forward to that hour of total peace and quiet, I leave the class feeling so relaxed and well stretched, Chrissy is a brilliant yoga teacher in a very friendly class, everybody would benefit. M

The most relaxing, energising and special part of my week is yoga class Everyone has their own reasons for going and their own standard and everyone is truly welcomed. A

Family History

Tutor: Jackie Depelle. Monday 7pm to 8.30pm. Online* (4 weeks).

Do you want to research your family?  Don't know where to start or have you started to look but become confused?  Our class will help with both theory and computer research - also time for personal queries.

*Please note: online classes will require us to share your email address with the tutor, in order that you can take part in the class.

Further Tutor info: www.yourfairladies.co.uk

Fly Tying (Beginners & Improvers)

Tutor: Phil Holding. Saturday 10.30am to 12.30pm. In School*.

Learn how to tie your own ‘flies’ with expert tuition to help you to get started in this delicate skill and then develop your skills for more complicated flies. Materials and equipment will be available for you to purchase at class. Working towards a Wednesday evening class in school, 7-9pm, when possible.

*Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

Guitar (Beginners)

Tutor: Jon Harvison. Saturday 11.15am to 12.15pm. In School*.

Whatever style you want to play - rock, jazz, folk, blues - the basics are the same. Learn tuning, rhythm styles, finger pick and plectrum techniques, basic chord structure, progressions, theory and performance skills. Group lessons for total beginners. Working towards a Tuesday evening class in school, when possible, 7-8pm.

*Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

Further tutor info: www.jonharvison.com

Guitar (Improvers) 

Tutor: Jon Harvison. Saturday 12.15pm to 1.15pm. In School*.

Whatever style you want to play - rock, jazz, folk, blues - the basics are the same. Learn tuning, rhythm styles, finger pick and plectrum techniques, basic chord structure, progressions, theory and performance skills. Group lessons for intermediates. Working towards a Tuesday evening class in school, when possible, 8-9pm.

*Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

Further tutor info: www.jonharvison.com

 

Improv (Beginners)

Tutor: Mel Taylor. Tuesday 7pm to 8.30pm. Online*

Improv is a great way to unlock creativity and increase spontaneity. In this online introduction you’ll be learning the fundamentals of improv – step-by-step – while building skills and confidence in a friendly and supportive environment. 

Each week, you’ll be playing improv games and creating stories collaboratively, and there’s always lots of laughter. But it’s not about being funny or coming up with one liners – it’s about listening and responding in the moment; saying ‘yes’ to other people’s ideas and then building on them.

And, in case you have any concerns about doing improv online, you’ll be surprised at how easily improv adapts to an online environment (see feedback below). So long as you have a device – a laptop or tablet – a reliable internet connection and a room where you won’t be disturbed, your tutor (and Zoom) will take care of everything else. Working towards a Tuesday evening class in school, 7-9pm, when possible.

*Please note: online classes will require us to share your email address with the tutor, in order that you can take part in the class.

About the tutor:

Mel Taylor has been performing and teaching improv for over 7 years. She has run classes at Prince Henry’s since 2017 and has taught improv online to multiple groups since March 2020.

What Mel’s students say:

Mel's online improv classes have been the absolute highlight of lockdown. Being a classic introvert, I was worried about performing, feeling exposed or about having to be 'funny on demand'. Nothing could be further from the truth.  But more than that, three months on, I have forgotten my self-consciousness entirely and more and more 'want to play'. Even Zumba Gold and Modern Family don't make me laugh this much: it's life-changing.

The combination of furlough, lockdown and living alone would have been unendurable without online improv classes. Joining groups up to three times a week has brought fun, laughter and companionship, and closeness with people I hardly knew. It’s never scary or demanding or competitive. Better than an apple a day, Joe Wicks, or Netflix. And hilarious!

I always marvel at the capacity of Zoom improv classes to completely take me away from home and immerse me in the group. I finish the session and really feel as though I’ve been out for the evening with friends!

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Tutor: Mel Taylor. Thursday 7pm to 8.30pm. Online*

Take your improv to the next level with this continuation course. We’ll be practising and extending our short form skills, as well as playing with some long form improv formats, including Montage, La Ronde and Armando. So, there’ll be more games, more stories, and definitely more laughter!

At least one term (or equivalent) of improv experience required - if in doubt, please contact the tutor.

And, in case you have any concerns about doing improv online, you’ll be surprised at how easily improv adapts to an online environment (see feedback below). So long as you have a device – a laptop or tablet – a reliable internet connection and a room where you won’t be disturbed, your tutor (and Zoom) will take care of everything else. Working towards a Thursday evening class in school, 7-9pm, when possible.

*Please note: online classes will require us to share your email address with the tutor, in order that you can take part in the class.

About the tutor:

Mel Taylor has been performing and teaching improv for over 7 years. She has run classes at Prince Henry’s since 2017 and has taught improv online to multiple groups since March 2020.

What Mel’s students say:

Mel's online improv classes have been the absolute highlight of lockdown. Being a classic introvert, I was worried about performing, feeling exposed or about having to be 'funny on demand'. Nothing could be further from the truth.  But more than that, three months on, I have forgotten my self-consciousness entirely and more and more 'want to play'. Even Zumba Gold and Modern Family don't make me laugh this much: it's life-changing.

The combination of furlough, lockdown and living alone would have been unendurable without online improv classes. Joining groups up to three times a week has brought fun, laughter and companionship, and closeness with people I hardly knew. It’s never scary or demanding or competitive. Better than an apple a day, Joe Wicks, or Netflix. And hilarious!

I always marvel at the capacity of Zoom improv classes to completely take me away from home and immerse me in the group. I finish the session and really feel as though I’ve been out for the evening with friends!

Kommunity Kwire

Tutor: Alison Lyon. Tuesday 7 to 8.30pm. Online*.

Just for the joy of it! Aimed at anyone who loves singing, whether you are a seasoned extrovert or strictly a bathroom singer so far. Aimed at adults, in the main. The tutor will provide all the necessary written and audio materials and there’s no need to be able to read music – just have fun! Taught on Microsoft Teams and can be joined with any email, or any device. Working towards a Tuesday evening class in school, 7-9pm, when possible.

*Please note: online classes will require us to share your email address with the tutor, in order that you can take part in the class.

Mindful Meditation for Beginners 

Tutor: Maxine Amos. Starts Wednesday 24 February 2021 7pm - 9pm (6 weeks). In School*.

Want to learn more about meditation and mindfulness but don't know where to start? This is a beginner’s class, designed to teach the basics.  Learn how to relax the mind, increase concentration and feel more energized and refreshed. Mindful meditation can provide tools for dealing with stress and anxiety, help to overcome negative states of mind and cultivate positive thoughts. Essentially practical but with the opportunity to discuss other stress management techniques.

*We are reserving places without payment on January 2021 classes. See How to Enrol. Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

Mindfulness & the Alexander Technique for Musicians and Singers

Course Day Location Time Tutor

Introductory Workshop

In this introductory workshop, we will explore a set of simple techniques to help train your attention and reduce tension and strain.  Depending on the wishes of the group, we will also explore:

  • Holding instruments and microphones
  • Sitting and standing whilst playing or singing
  • Breathing easily

Please contact Bridget Barr, Alexander Technique Teacher attbridgetbarr@gmail.com if you would like more information.

Monday 26 October

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10am to 4pm Bridget Barr
Weekly Course

In this course we will explore a set of simple techniques to help train your attention and reduce tension and strain.  We will also explore:

  • Holding instruments and microphones
  • Sitting and standing whilst playing or singing
  • Breathing easily

In the last few weeks there will be the option for each person to get individual tips on their playing or singing. 

You will gain most benefit from the course if you are able to practice a set of simple exercises for 10mins twice a day.

Please contact Bridget Barr, Alexander Technique Teacher attbridgetbarr@gmail.com, if you would like more information

Starts Monday 18 January 2021* 

In School

*We are reserving places without payment on January 2021 classes. See How to Enrol. Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

7pm to 9pm Bridget Barr

Patchwork, Quilting and Applique 

Course Day Location Time Tutor

Christmas Cards and Tree Decorations Workshop
Intermediate level. Creative textiles strip pieces of man made and natural fabrics, ribbons, machine embroidery threads, beads etc. Please bring a sewing machine to use at the workshop, preferably one that has a few embroidery stitches on.

Saturday 10 October

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10am to 1pm Margaret Wightman

Intermediate Patchwork Workshop
Create a vintage cushion or bring your own project to complete. Not suitable for those who attended this year’s interrupted Beginners’ class, but could be joined by those who had the confidence to finish their quillow. Sewing machine needed.

Tuesday 27 October

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10am to 4pm Margaret Wightman
Beginners & Intermediate Patchwork Workshop for existing students
An opportunity for those who attended our interrupted classes to continue with unfinished Quillows and/or create a small project of a Christmas bottle bag or Santa sack using machine Applique. Alternatively, bring your own project to finish. Sewing machine needed.

Thursday 29 October

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10am to 4pm Margaret Wightman
Patchwork Continuation (weekly course)
Progression from the Beginners’ Patchwork class. Run on a workshop basis, enjoy the opportunity to finish your quillow, if not completed, and learn more advanced techniques to make advanced blocks for throws/quilts. Sewing machine needed.
Starts Tuesday 19 January 2021*

In School

*We are reserving places without payment on January 2021 classes. See How to Enrol. Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

7pm to 9pm Margaret Wightman
Patchwork Intermediate (weekly course)
Progression from this year’s interrupted Intermediate Patchwork workshops. Run on a workshop basis, enjoy the opportunity to develop more advanced techniques to make advanced blocks for throws/quilts. Sewing machine needed.
Starts Wednesday 20 January 2021*

In School

*We are reserving places without payment on January 2021 classes. See How to Enrol. Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

7pm to 9pm Margaret Wightman

 

Sewing for Fun

Course Day Location Time Tutor
Beginners/Improvers Workshop
Make a bag - Fabric and pattern will be available to buy in class from Emma’s shop, Eme. Or bring your own project. Own Sewing Machine needed plus basic sewing kit. Pattern costs £8.00.

Wednesday 28 October

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10am to 4pm Emma Garry
Further tutor info https://emmagarry.com/
Mixed Ability Workshop
Make a Kimono Wrap (Emma Garry Patterns) - Fabric and pattern will be available to buy in class from Emma’s shop, Eme. Or bring your own project. Own Sewing Machine needed plus basic sewing kit. Pattern costs £8.00.

Thursday 29 October

In School

Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

10am to 4pm Emma Garry
Further tutor info https://emmagarry.com/
Beginners Course        
Learn to sew and follow patterns by making 3 simple but useful Emma Garry patterns, such as a Bucket bag, a pair of pyjama bottoms, a Reversible Sun Hat. You will learn useful techniques and boost your confidence. Suitable for beginners. 3 patterns per term at £8.00 each. Sewing machine required. Fabric available for you to buy or bring your own. Starts Tuesday 19 January 2021*

In School

*We are reserving places without payment on January 2021 classes. See How to Enrol. Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

7pm to 9pm Emma Garry
Further tutor info https://emmagarry.com/
Intermediate Course
For those with more experience. Learning dressmaking basics. If unsure of your level contact Emma on 01943 435825. Emma Garry pattern £8.00 (sizes 8 to 18). Sewing machine required. Fabric available to buy or bring your own.
Starts Wednesday 20 January 2021 *

In School

*We are reserving places without payment on January 2021 classes. See How to Enrol. Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

7pm to 9pm Emma Garry
Further tutor info https://emmagarry.com/

Write Your Life Story in a Year (Improvers)

Tutor: Maria Frankland. Saturday 11.30 to 1pm. In School*.

Have you got an interesting life story that you’re bursting to tell?  Do people often say you should write a book? This exciting course will help you structure your autobiography whilst developing your writing skills. For writers with a little writing experience. Working towards a Tuesday evening class in school, 7-9pm, when possible.

*Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

Further tutor info: https://mariafrankland.co.uk/

Write a Novel a Year (Improvers)

Tutor: Maria Frankland. Saturday 9.30am to 11am. In School*.

Have you got in book in you?  This course will help to develop a 'toolbox' of writing skills and encourage a daily writing habit. You will be supported to generate your novel idea then see it through from planning to publication. For writers with a little writing experience. Working towards a Thursday evening class in school, 7-9pm, when possible.

*Please note: We will be engaging with the NHS Test and Trace programme. By enrolling in an ‘in school’ class, you are agreeing that we can share your data with the programme, if necessary.

Further tutor info: https://mariafrankland.co.uk/

 

 Except where stated, weekly courses continue through the year, subject to enrolments.

Courses commence week beginning Monday 28th September 2020, unless otherwise stated.