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Understanding American Politics

To what extent is the USA a democracy? We will look at the interplay between conflicting party-political philosophies and their ‘use’ of Christianity to serve party-political aims.

Introducing Tablet Computers

’This group will pay special attention to Apple iPads and Android O S Tablets and will be suitable for beginners’

The group will meet weekly from September at the Convenors home.

Numbers are limited, so apply as soon as possible.

Play Reading

Members of the group will be assigned a part at the beginning of the 90 minute session: with the agreement of group members this may be shuffled about halfway through.

There is a vast collection of titles to consider and I imagine we will concentrate on plays for which the text is crucial; Shaw, Wilde, Ayckbourn, etc.

Suggestions for plays to be read will be welcome. The group will be limited to about 12 members, and occasional absence is acceptable.

Pilates

Hello, I’m Ginny – a Mat 3 Pilates instructor specialising in exercise for older adults.

My focus is on maintaining and/or increasing flexibility & mobility, developing core stability, and building strength & endurance to help you achieve a pain-free, balanced lifestyle.

How the class runs: 15 min warm-up to include all-important balance; 30 min Pilates exercises to strengthen specific muscle groups; 15 min stretch.

Classes are suitable for all levels of fitness and experience so whether you are beginner or advanced you are welcome to join.

Please bring your own mat and also any equipment you have (e.g. resistance band, small ball, block)

To find out more about me please go to: https://www.exercisewithme.co.uk

Ukulele

All-comers are welcome to join the Ukulele group – no experience necessary!
We will start with learning a few simple chords and rhythms and use them to play and sing songs.  After we’ve mastered the basics we may increase the level of difficulty but unlikely to rival the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

German Improvers

We follow a coursebook, though not slavishly, for the basics of vocabulary and grammar.

There will also be regular diversions into various aspects of national life. The accent is on Lernen mit Spaß

Green Conversation

A chance for members to share their thoughts about environmental issues and climate change.

For members not able to attend, you can join using zoom by contacting the convenor.

Camino de Santiago

If you’ve ever thought that one day you’d like to perhaps walk the Camino de Santiago, but you’re not too sure about what might be involved, then please join this monthly supportive planning/training group.

This group is now closed for 2021 – 2022

Members are advised of dates and times via a WhatsApp group.

Programme

Various Camino routes, maps, books, and online forums. What’s your goal/dream?
Kit: rucksack, water, footwear, clothing, and other basics.
Accommodation and the Pilgrim Passport.
Travel arrangements to the start and end points, and also during your Camino.
Food, drink and useful Spanish phrases. (Guest Spanish speaker)
Camino fitness and general safety concerns. First Aid Kits.
Bed bugs, blisters and other nasties.
Planning your trip.
History Culture and Geography.

The aim is for participating members to learn about: the different Camino routes, the all important kit, how to train for a long walk, practical tips and advice on accommodation, travel arrangements, footwear, and keeping safe. Here is an opportunity to gain insight from someone who walked the Camino in 2016 for 6 weeks carrying all their gear, lived to tell the tale and is planning to return in 2022 (that’s me by the way!).

Members may be planning to walk the Camino themselves someday, or might have already done so, or would simply enjoy learning about what’s involved in preparing for a very long walk. A few paeticipants may have already walked parts of the Camino and plan to go back or are simply happy to share their experiences.

There will be opportunities for practise walks during the year for a few participants; including 2 and 3 day walks involving early starts and carrying a full kit. The way this will work is that we will meet up early each day to walk locally and you will return home each night and promise yourself to only use the kit that you are able to carry.

Writers’ Group

A monthly meeting for writers and would be writers to share their work and give feedback.