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Hobbies & Wellbeing Evening Classes 2023/24

Autumn Term starts starting w/c Monday 18th September 2023. Please see individual classes for exceptions. 

Fees and how to enrol are here.

African Drumming

All Levels. 7-9pm - Monday - Alison Lyon (starts 25th September).
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. For beginners and also those who have already reached a good standard of knowledge, fluency and skill. 
Drum hire of £2.20 per week included, fee reduced by £22 if not needed.
Tutor info:

Beginners’ Bike Maintenance - sold out, waiting list available

Beginners. 7-9pm - Monday - Tom Cullen.
What do you do if your chain snaps or your tyre punctures? How do you check that your bike is safe for the road? Do you have a bike languishing in the back of a shed because you haven’t got round to sorting it out for you or a family member? This is the course for you! Starting right from the basics of bike maintenance.
10 week initial course.

Creative Crochet - January 2024 - sold out

Beginners & Improvers. 7-9pm - Tuesday - Abigail James.
Are you new to crochet or wanting to brush up on rusty skills? Join us for a gentle introduction to crochet, where we will learn all the basics and create 2 coasters, a nordic style bird decoration and a bookmark. Materials cost of £1 per session. See also taster workshop.  Crochet Hooks in size 4.5, 5 and 6 needed. 10 week initial course.  
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Dru Yoga

Beginners & Improvers. 7.30-9.00pm - Monday - Claire Marsh.
Fun, friendly classes to help you stretch, strengthen, calm the mind, relax and feel good.  Never focusing on the ‘perfect posture’, Dru is accessible for all ages, shapes and sizes.  Bring mat, blanket, cushion and drink.

Fly Tying

Beginners & Improvers. 7-9pm - Wednesday - Phil Holding.
Learn how to tie your own ‘flies’ with expert tuition to help you to get started in this delicate skill. The Spring Term develops your skills for more complicated flies. Materials and equipment will be available for you to purchase in class. 


Beginners. 7.30-8.30pm - Wednesday - Leon Child.
Continuation. 8.30-9.30pm - Wednesday - Leon Child.

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 or people with a least a year’s experience.  Acoustic Guitar needed.
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Patchwork, Quilting and Applique


Beginners. 7-9pm - Tuesday - Margaret Wightman.
Beginners will learn basic skills associated with making a simple block quilt and then will be introduced to a number of more advanced techniques to make either a quilt or a throw for the bed. Most work can be hand sewn. 
Sewing machine needed to put blocks together. 

Mixed Ability

Mixed Ability. 7-9pm - Wednesday - Margaret Wightman.
These sessions will be run on a workshop basis. Sessions before Christmas will concentrate on using a variety of techniques to make items for Christmas. ie folded patchwork cards, felt tree decorations, Advent calendars. Students will be encouraged to create their own designs and patterns. Sessions after Christmas will look at a variety of techniques to make bags, cushions, wall hangings and quilts etc. Sewing machine needed. 

Photography for Beginners - sold out

Beginners. 7-9pm - Wednesday -  Richard Sells.
For students new to photography.  Discover the power of manual mode on your camera and unlock your creativity. By controlling things like shutter speed and aperture, while developing your understanding of composition, you will begin to capture the images you’ve always wanted.  A balance between theory and practical.  Opportunities to test and develop your new learning and capture some great images and learn about editing software. DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a manual setting, at least one lens, and a memory card needed.  Tripod recommended, but not essential. 

Pilates with Meditation - sold out, waiting list available

All Levels. 7-8.30pm - Tuesday - Carla Vickers.
Learn to move safely through a sequence of Pilates exercises with ease, flow and grace or develop your current practice. Understand and apply the Pilates Principles of alignment, breath control, core engagement, relaxation and concentration. Improve your posture, strength, stability, balance, coordination, flexibility and mobility and prevent injuries. Strengthen deep core muscles and release unwanted tensions inside the body.  Through the 30-minute Meditation, learn how to relieve stress and mental tensions.  Remain at the centre of your being and awareness. Heal on an emotional, mental, and physical level. Learn to go about your daily life in a balanced, graceful, and positive way, bringing peace and happiness into your life. Pilates mat needed. 

Relieve your back or neck pain with the Alexander Technique

Beginners. 7-9pm - Wednesday - Bridget Barr.
From effort and strain to lightness and ease. A practical opportunity to explore a wealth of techniques and ideas, including simple strategies to bypass habits of tension and gentle ways of improving the tone and strength you need every day. Learn why focusing only on the bits that hurt is pointless. Explore how the way we think about movement affects how we move.  More info: email Bridget Barr on and see 

Sewing for Fun

Beginners. 7-9pm - Tuesday - Emma Garry.
For first-time sewers,  group lessons to 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. Learn technique and boost confidence. Suitable for beginners. 3 patterns per term, £9.50 each. 
Sewing machine needed. Buy fabric or bring your own. 

 Tutor info, patterns and finished items:

Sewing for Further Fun

Improvers. 7-9pm - Wednesday - Emma Garry.
Progressing from beginners, for those with a little more experience. Learning dressmaking basics. If unsure of your level, contact Emma on Pattern sizes 8-18, Prices differ depending on brand. 
Sewing machine needed. Buy fabric or bring your own. 
 Tutor info, patterns and finished items: