Goodbye Fiona

Sadly last night we said goodbye to Fiona our Youth Worker.

Fiona has been with us for the last 18 months – in that time she’s met many local young people (and parents) and says it’s been great getting to know you all! We thank her for her work developing our excellent youth provision.

Please keep coming along – last week of term next week Linda will continue helping on a Tuesday and we have a team covering all the other gaps until we appoint a new Youth Leader.

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Folk Dancing Classes

A new year and another new booking with another new skill you can learn!

Folk dance classes starting in the centre from 10th January.

Tuesdays 8pm til 9pm.

These classes are suitable for everyone, whether you think you have two left feet or whether you enjoy lots of kinds of dance and want to try something new.  Under 16s will need to be accompanied by an adult.  There is no need to bring a partner.

We’ll be doing dances from the English tradition of social folk dances, which includes barndance and ceilidh, village dances, and the more elaborate dances you see in period dramas like Poldark.  We’ll be focusing on dancing for fun and exercise, rather than historical accuracy.  But if you are interested in the rich and complex history of these dances there will be opportunities to find out more!

Folk dancing is fun, social and good exercise.  It is a great way to relax, get some low impact exercise and make new friends.

For more info, email Jen Morgan or phone me on 01926 810 415.  Classes will be £5 each, pay on the door.

NCT Mother and Baby Yoga

nct_logo-landscape-green-webrsbwbWe are pleased to be welcoming NCT Mother and Baby Yoga classes to the centre in January.

Friday 10-11am

These are suitable for you and your baby to attend from 6 weeks after birth. You need to have had your six / eight week check from your GP and been given permission to restart exercising before attending classes.


You’ll have the opportunity to do exercises and stretches to:

  • Strengthen and tone your muscles; especially abdominals, pelvic floor and back.
  • Encourage you and your baby to find time and space for relaxation.
  • Use the breath to increasing calm and confidence.
  • Improve your sleep.
  • Re-energise and motivate you.

Babies can join in and experience some yoga especially for them to:

  • Encourage their reflexes to develop.
  • Enhance their motor development.
  • Increase their awareness of their surroundings.
  • Calm and relax them, helping them to sleep better.

These enjoyable classes are run by Gemma (our local NCT practitioner) who has undergone extra training in teaching postnatal yoga.

They allow time for the bond between mum and baby to develop, enhancing understanding of your baby and so increasing your confidence in being a parent.

The use of music and rhymes throughout the class creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere, so re-learn those nursery rhymes and come and join us.

For more information and to book your place see the NCT website and contact Gemma.

bumps-and-babiesStay on for some social time afterwards at the NCT Southam Bumps and Babies group which runs in the same room 11am-12noon (everyone welcome whether or not you’ve been to yoga before hand) – see Southam & Villages NCT branch for more information.

Learn Something New in 2017

Southam College Community Education team are back at the centre in the New Year with seven opportunities for you to learn something new – so whether you wanted to learn to sew, learn to paint, learn Spanish, trace your family history or do a gentle exercise class there isn’t a better time to start – why not ask for your course or materials as a Christmas present?

Family History for beginners – Tuesday Mornings (Oak Room)

This introductory course covers the basic sources and skills needed to begin effective family history research. This course is suitable for beginners and for those with a little research experience.

Topics include:

  • Effective website research
  • Sourcing and using records of Births, Marriages and Deaths online
  • Examining Victorian census returns
  • Conducting a successful interview
  • Searching data sets
  • Creating a family tree

Your tutor will guide and support you throughout the course with illustrated tutorials, overviews and case studies to highlight key points. There will be also be the opportunity for plenty of hands-on research practise using the ancestry websites and

Bring along your own laptop or tablet so you can access these family history websites via Wifi at the centre. Basic computer skills are required and you need experience of using the internet to search for information (e.g. using Google or other search engines). Please also bring a notepad, pen and a folder to store hand outs. If you have any documentation to assist your search this may also be helpful. Advice will be provided at the first session.

Fitness, fun and flexibility – Wednesday morning (Youth Club)

A “nice n’ easy”, fun but effective one hour class of which 20 minutes is seated. To help you: • Move more easily • Feel energised and be stronger • Gain health benefits • Improve balance • Feel more relaxed • Enjoy moving to a wide range of music

Creative Hand Stitching Techniques – Thursday Mornings (Youth Club)

This course delivers a host of stitching techniques using a variety of tools and materials from traditional and contemporary genres. Explore colour, texture and pattern using a selection of fibres, fabrics and threads and gain skills in simple hand embroidery to produce a unique piece of work. The course is suitable for beginners and those with a little experience. Bring a basic sewing kit and any oddments of fabric, threads and yarns. The tutor will advise weekly about additional materials / resources to bring to the next session (recycled materials used where possible).

Spanish for Beginners – Thursday morning (Oak Room)

During the first term we will be learning about: Spanish alphabet and sounds, Introducing yourself to others, Questions and answers about personal information. What is there in a town? Ask where things are. Going shopping and ask how much something is. , Numbers in Spanish, Talk about your family. We will be practising with different types of exercises such as listening, dialogues/ fill in the gap exercises/ role plays…in a relaxed, friendly group atmosphere. The tutor will provide information and advice about additional useful resources such as course book and small dictionary.

Watercolour and Mixed Media Art  – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon – Youth Club

The course is intended for anyone who wishes to explore watercolour and other media in a refreshing way. You will have access to a broad range of technical and professional expertise from a qualified art teacher. There is the opportunity to explore subject matter and materials that interest and challenge you whilst learning a variety of techniques which will enable you to gain more confidence within a friendly and supportive group setting.

For the less experienced, the emphasis will be on equipping you with basic technical knowledge to enable you to explore your own imaginative potential. The more advanced will be encouraged from the outset to initiate your own ideas and with the support of the tutor, to experiment with techniques. Demonstrations will be a part of the course.

A basic equipment list is given below:

  • Best quality watercolour paper you can afford
  • Daler Rowney ~Watercolour paints either in tubes or blocks
  • A selection of brushes
  • Masking fluid
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Black/blue biro
  • Scissors

For more info visit or contact Sue or 01926 810942.