Twickenham Art Circle
Twickenham Art Circle holds its Winter programme in the Main Hall from October to March when its members meet regularly to paint or draw still life or the human figure. Several demonstrations or workshops conducted by professional artists or teachers are always included, covering a variety of art media.
The Circle was founded in 1948 and currently has about 120 members. As well as the Winter programme, there is a Summer programme of en plein air painting and sketching sessions usually held on alternate Saturday mornings from May to September. An annual Spring Exhibition is held at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington.
Full information on all of TAC’s activities may be found on the website twickenhamartcircle.org.uk.
Contact Janet Inman
0208 894 0054
We are a group of artists who meet once a month on Thursdays to show and discuss our work. The group has been meeting since 1980 when it was formed from a group of former students at Richmond College, and takes its name from the road where we used to meet.
Monthly on Thursdays at 11am in the Green Room. Contact Ann Ryves.
020 8546 6006
Pratts Life Art Group
Pratts is a small group of artists who meet once a week to draw from the model.
Every Tuesday at 7pm in the Green Room. Contact Gill Speirs (secretary)
020 8878 8075
Saturday Life Drawing
We are a small group of artist who run weekly, untutored life drawing sessions, drawing from the model.
We meet every Saturday morning, 10-12.30 pm in the Green Room.
The poses all tend to be of relatively short duration.
If you are interested in joining our group please contact Angela Kilenyi on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware however that we have limited availability due to space constraints.
Every Thursday at 1pm. We are looking for new players so please contact Don Palmer. A small friendly group.
020 8574 6673
Play duplicate bridge in a relaxed atmosphere. These sessions are enjoyed by many regular players looking forward to a friendly, mildly-competitive night out but they also provide an ideal transition for bridge players wanting to progress from “kitchen” bridge to a formal club. No membership is required: instead there is a small charge per session which also covers tea, coffee and biscuits. Please arrange a partner before the session but, if this is not possible, contact Tom Tucker to ask if anyone is available.
Every Tuesday at 7.30pm
020 8894 6786
Marble Hill Dance Studio
Ballet, tap and modern dance classes with Abigail Cova. A variety of classes give all-round dance training and help you improve posture and poise, build confidence and self-esteem and make new friends. Ballet classes are based on the Royal Academy of Dance techniques.
3.45 – 4.30pm: Pre-curriculum ballet and tap
4.30 – 5.15pm: Pre-primary ballet and tap
9.15 – 10.15am: Primary ballet and tap
10.15 – 11.15am: Dance and body conditioning
11.15am – 12.15pm: Grade 1 ballet
12.15 – 1pm: Grade 1 ballet coaching (by invitation only)
Elizabeth James Dance Academy
All are welcome to join us for vibrant ballet and pop dance classes Using fun props and imaginative techniques our classes are designed to inspire children of all ages.
Pop Dance classes are perfect for those non-stop movers who can’t resist a good pop song and are particularly popular with boys.
Come join our magical world of ballet where every class follows a story and allows the children to embrace their own imagination.
Classes start from 18 months. Free taster classes and sibling discounts are available, to book please contact Suze on 07815 289306 or email at email@example.com.
Thursday 1.15 pm – 2.45 pm in the Hall
Friday 1.15 pm – 2.45 pm in the Hall
Purple Chakra Events
Reiki and Crystal Meditation with Chetna
Every Tuesday: 7.30pm – 8.45pm in Room 17 upstairs
Weekly Guided Meditation Class combining various healing and relaxation techniques including Sound, Drumming, Singing Bowls, Chimes, Crystals, Reiki and Mantra.
Classes are held by Chetna who is a gentle and compassionate guide. She is also a Reiki Master Teacher with over 15 years experience of practicing and teaching various modalities of Reiki and Angelic healing. All classes are unique and set with an intention for individual healing.
Suitable for all levels, beginners welcome. No experience of Reiki or Meditation required. Simply turn up, switch off and relax into bliss!
This meditation is hosted by Purple Chakra Events in collaboration with Reiki Jewels. For further details of the meditations or any of our other events and retreats please contact Chetna:
reiki-jewels.com and purplechakraevents.com
Meetup Group: meetup.com/Richmond-UK-Meditation-Crystals-Reiki-Workshops-Group/
Thursday’s 7pm – 9pm in the Green Room.
Art Of Living Foundation
The Art of Living Foundation conducts stress-releasing breathing programmes for Art of Living Part 1 Course graduates.
Every Monday at 7.30pm in Room 17 (upstairs). Contact Ewa.
Thursday’s 7pm – 9pm – in the Studio
Contact – Edward Gordon-Smith
0208 994 2112
Shotokan Karate club Fukui (SofM) is working in a partnership with School of Masters, which is a club founded in 2002 by senior instructor Jacek Lipinski. The aim of the two clubs is to introduce this sport to a younger generation as it provides a lot of benefits and opportunities in life. In the future the intention of the Fukui club is to show that karate is an activity which brings together the diversity of different cultures and countries.
Shotokan is one of four major styles of Karate-do practiced in Japan today. It was brought from Okinawa to Japan In the 1920s by Funakoshi Gichin and was subsequently popularized and taught across the world by instructors during the 1950s and 60s. Shotokan karate is currently one of the most widely practiced styles of Martial arts around the world. Furthermore it is very safe for kids as it’s without contact.
There are many benefits to be gained from karate training in our club including:
- Improved fitness, flexibility and stamina
- Reduced stress level
- Develop your self confidence
- Improved mental and physical co-ordination
- Improve your child’s discipline, concentration and motivation
- Family training encourages co-operation, team-work and shared values
- The opportunity to take part in tournaments and special seminars
- You can make lasting friendships
Instructor: Sensei Kamil Hejmanowski
- 2nd Dan Attained in 2014
- 5 times World Championship medallist
Mondays 4.30pm – 7pm in the Hall
Fridays 4pm – 8pm in the Hall
Tai Chi Chuan
The Tai Chi Chuan taught is the Yang Family Long Form as taught by Master Chu King Hung, my main influence, and one of his senior students Bob Coleman who I studied with for about 10 years.
The class begins with a warm up. The content varies after that, Chi Kung exercises, some simple partner work, the Tai Chi form, taught at the individuals pace. Movements are demonstrated, then repeated by the students, the movements are then refined through further demonstration and instruction. Followed by group practise of the form and further instruction and practise.
Men and women attend the class. Some have practised for 10 years others a short time. They all practice with respect for each other and co-operate with useful observations and constructive criticism. I didn’t like criticism, but now I see it is indispensable to make progress and should be welcomed as a chance to learn.
When I began practising as a young man, I was interested in becoming fast and strong. That outlook has changed. The longer I practise the more I become interested in ‘well being’ through practising Tai Chi Chuan.
One of my teachers, Master Chu said the main reason to practise Tai Chi Chuan was good health. He taught with ‘happy chi’. I try to follow his practise.
There is a poster in the ETNA hall that advertises the class for HEALTH, MEDITATION AND SELF DEFENCE. All are achievable by student’s effort and regular practise.
Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese boxing art, it strengthens the body, makes it more flexible. It calms the mind and gives an understanding of self defence applications. The words ‘core training’ and ‘mindfulness’ equally apply to the art.
Tai Chi Chuan is sometimes referred to as a 20 year art. This, I was told implies it’s a lifetime’s work. I usually advise people to try it for a year to experience its effects. I’ve been practising for approaching 40 years. I practise and have practised other arts, Yoga, sitting meditation, Hsing-I, Pa Kua, and a Japanese art , Shintaido.
I was impressed by the teachers that could demonstrate the art, teach the art and inspire the students to continue their efforts. I aim to do the same.
The Tai Chi Chuan class runs on Mondays from 7.30-9.00 pm, £10 per session. Contact Simon Suckling.
020 8755 0104
A practical, educational and supportive journey throughout pregnancy and birth
Daisy Birthing® is an all-encompassing active birth preparation programme focusing on you rather than the plan, on your confidence rather than your preferences, and on preparing for a positive birth – whether that is a natural home birth or a planned caesarean section and everything in between.
Daisy Birthing is about you, your choices, your confidence and helping you to prepare in your own way.
Our birth preparation options begin with our ground-breaking Active Antenatal™ classes, the Daisy Birthing weekly classes for mums.
This is the class which is making Daisy a household name in the world of pregnancy.
A unique antenatal class combining pregnancy yoga based movements AND antenatal education, breathing techniques and relaxation. Classes utilise a range of techniques including hypnobirthing, muscle memory, somatic education principles and more.
For those who want to prepare for their birth in an intimate group setting, tailored to your own birth choices and with your birth companion we have our Daisy Birth Workshop. This brings the best elements of our antenatal and active birth education together in a way that gives you an opportunity to explore your labour in-depth, and for your birth partner to learn a range of tools and techniques to support you on the day.
In some areas you may have the option of taking your Daisy Birthing teacher into the birthing room with you, as your Daisy Birth Supporter – a birth companion with a difference! Your Daisy Birth Supporter can be there on the day to support you with all of her knowledge during your labour and birth.
Music classes based on Kodály principles for children aged 3½-10.
Sing-a-Song provides a friendly environment with a qualified and experienced teacher where children really learn about music. Invaluable as pre-instrumental experience – as well as being great fun!
At Sing-a-Song children learn about music through songs and musical games. The songs are then used to teach rhythm and pitch and eventually how to read and understand music.
Lessons last 30 minutes and are organised by age.
Every Tuesday in term-time from 3.45pm
020 8892 5183
Thula Mama Richmond is a harmony singing group for mums with their new (pre-crawling) babies. Facilitators, Elaine and Gill, teach beautiful lullabies, from all over the world, by ear and without technical jargon, the mums and everyone sits together, in a relaxed atmosphere, singing. It has been shown that singing has a beneficial effect on physical, mental and emotional well being, giving participants a feeling of togetherness, empowerment and lifting the mood to a more positive level. The group helps new mums connect with each other and bond with their babies as well as equipping the mums with some beautiful lullabies for soothing them.
The group runs weekly at the ETNA Centre. Mondays 11am to 12 noon in the Green Room.
Costs £10 per session
Interested mums should contact Elaine or Gill to get on the list:
Pilates with Karen Askew
Thursday evening PILATES with Karen Askew 2 x 1 hour sessions 7.30pm and 8.30pm
I have been a Pilates teacher for many years and attended the London school of Contemporary Dance where I first experienced the benefits of Pilates. I have also studied Anatomy and Physiology.
In every session my aim is to teach a safe, effective and beneficial set of exercises that work for everyone in the group, modifying exercises to suit, if a person has a shoulder problem I will simplify the move until they are ready to move on. After each class I want you to feel you have worked your whole body but feel relaxed and stretched.
I use the 8 Principles of Pilates which include working for strength, flexibility, co-ordination and I particularly work for good posture. I have received positive feedback regarding the relief of tension in the neck and shoulders, improved stomach tone and a good night’s sleep after the class!
If you would like to attend and further info please contact me
Pilates with Caroline Rutzler
Caroline Rutzler MA BA (Hons) PGCE
Monday 9.30 – 10.30am in the Green room
Introduction to Rutzler Pilates
Pilates helps you to develop and underpin every aspect of physical fitness. Regular class will enable you to build up strength, flexibility, coordination, agility and confident well being.
This class will heighten body awareness, improve your posture, enhance body control and strengthen your core. The exercises are designed to relook at and release tension in the back, neck, hips and shoulders. Caroline’s aim is give you a greater awareness of how to improve the imbalances in your body to gently infiltrate the correct muscle activation. You will also be part of a fun loving group and really enjoy working together.
Based on the 34 Original Pilates exercises, the class focuses on you and helps you move freely. You will correct your posture and alignment. The structure of the class facilitates how to stretch out the spine and work on the core without any pain.Your balance and proprioception will improve gradually. The exercises are learnt and performed slowly and some of them you can take home to do regularly if you want immediate results. The level will be a combination of beginner and intermediate exercises with a view to develop some advanced challenges as the class develop. This allows each dancer to improve slowly and progress from a strong beginner to a confident Intermediate.
The mat work helps keep bone structure in an optimal state and improves your core stability. You will be able to move more freely and sleep better!
After a career as a professional dancer, Caroline Rutzler has been a Pilates teacher for over 20 years. She has trained with the original Pilates teachers and is currently working with Alan Herdman. She has worked in the dance world rehabilitating dancers at The Royal Academy of Dance and at Pineapple, Covent Garden.
Caroline firmly believes Pilates can make a difference and improve your training. Caroline also offers one to one Pilates.
The cost is £7 per class but why not take advantage of Caroline’s offers: do five classes and get the sixth free, or introduce a friend and get your session for half price.
Table Tennis for Over-50s
Every Thursday at 4.30pm. Refreshments provided.
Contact Derek Walker
0208 894 9963
U3A Thoughts and Opinions Group
One of the groups in the Richmond University of the Third Age (U3A). We hear about and discuss philosophers and philosophical subjects, and express our views on the pros and cons of topics of general interest.
Fortnightly on Tuesdays at 10.30am (except August and most of September) in the Green Room.
U3A members only, see website for further information on membership. Contact David Jervis.
020 8892 9825
U3A Tomorrow’s World
Mondays every 4th Monday of the month – 2pm – 4pm in the Green Room.
U3A members only, see website for further information on membership.
Contact Andrew Holt.
Join Sammie Mason for Yoga-Fitness: improve tone, strength, flexibility, posture and energy, as well as rejuvenating and relaxing with Hatha yoga.
Dynamic Yoga Class: Suitable for beginners/intermediate students. Sundays 6.45-8pm.
Complete Beginners Course: Sundays, 8.05pm-9.15pm. Sammie’s award-winning course will introduce you into the world of yoga via the key poses (asana) and sequences, basic breathing (pranayama) and relaxation techniques. The physical postures will help improve tone, strength, flexibility, posture and balance, whilst the breathing and relaxation techniques will help you to rejuvenate and relax. Mats, blocks & straps provided.
Vintage Yoga Mum
Sally Williams has replaced Tuesday McNeill and will be running the Wednesday yoga class from 7.30 – 9.00 pm every Wednesday.
Contact Sally Williams