The following list contains a brief description of some of the groups, clubs and societies which regularly use the church premises.
The St Albans Welsh Society was formed in 1979 by expatriate Welsh people to promote meetings and social gatherings for those interested in matters Welsh. We have a membership of around fifty.
Its monthly meetings are usually held in Homewood Road URC with a varied programme of events involving invited speakers and in-house entertainment.
The highlight of the year is the St David's Day Dinner.
The Society is conducted in English, although it does have a number of Welsh speakers. Membership is not confined to Welsh people.
Contact: Secretary Colin Lewis - e-mail: email@example.com or 01727830707.
We are a group of people who enjoy being out of doors- walking, cycling etc. Adventure means different things to different people and everyone can choose the right level for them.
We have a regular programme of Wednesday evening and weekend events. The Wednesday evenings are slide shows, talks, quizzes, meals, and walks or cycle rides in the summer.
At weekends we have a walk or cycle ride on Sunday and each month there is at least one weekend trip away to explore the countryside. There are no charges for these events other than the costs incurred, i.e. accommodation, food and transport.
Our friendly ladies' badminton club meets every Tuesday, in school term time only, from 9am to 11am. We're mostly of an average standard and we enjoy our games - whilst not taking them too seriously! - with coffee and chat in between. If you fancy some healthy exercise, in good company, and are not a complete novice at badminton or tennis ( ie. you've at least wielded a racquet in the garden!), do come along for a free 'taster' session and have a go.
Contact Sue on 07717 833485 for further details.
Irish Dancing Classes
For children age 4+ from Beginners to advanced level. The Academy aims to provide a happy and friendly environment in which children will enjoy learning all aspects of Irish dancing and be inspired to achieve.
Classes are on Saturdays and Wednesdays age 4+ from beginners to advanced
* Register by email to get the first lesson FREE, limited spaces available *
Rock Choir offers an alternative experience to the traditional classical or community choir, pioneering a new approach to vocal training and entertainment. We offer the general public the chance to sing pop, rock and chart songs with no entry audition, no requirements to read music or have any previous singing experience. Rock Choir is for anyone who just loves to sing! New members are always very welcome and anyone interested in joining can try a FREE 90-minute taster session.
Homewood Road sessions are as follows during term time:
Thursdays 6.30-8pm and 8-9.30pm
Wednesday Badminton Club has been playing for over 30 years at Homewood URC on Wednesday evenings throughout the year except for June, July and August. We are approx. 16 members spanning the decades – mostly with some experience of badminton before joining. We enjoy the game plus social chatter. Vacancies arise from time to time and we welcome enquires from anyone who might be interested in joining us.
Contact Bob on 01727 866619 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Fab Pilates (Karen Jones) holds two small, fun and friendly 1 hour Pilates classes for up to 10 participants in the back hall on Thursday mornings during term time. Open to all adults - please call Karen Jones on 07957 355332 or email email@example.com or go to her website to find out more about Pilates and Karen, or if you would like to try a session – everyone is welcome. www.fabpilates.net
The Penny Waterman School of Dance provides Ballet, Tap, Disco/Jazz, Street Jazz and Musical Theatre classes in St Albans for children aged 18 months to Adults.
Please call us on 01727 858632 for a brochure/to book a trial or go to our website:
Dancing is also one of the most natural and exciting ways of keeping fit & healthy and is recommended to people between the ages of 2 and 92!
Body Conditioning Classes
I run mixed circuit classes for those of varied abilities at Homewood URC on Tuesdays at 7:45pm. Suitable for those looking to get fit or improve fitness - the classes are always varied and those that come are friendly and supportive!
These classes are especially good for those of you that do not like or attend gyms. Class size is limited to 12 and I provide guidance and adjustment to your exercise movement patterns to maximise benefit and injury prevention.
You can find out more on my website at www.markowenward.co.uk or call Mark on 07545 464086 to book your free taster session."
Line Dance Group
I would like to introduce myself and my Line Dance Group. I have been running classes for the over 50's since 1995. This class was originally a U3A class but is now open.
We do have a few more spaces for anyone willing to put in some homework if you are keen to learn the dances that we are currently learning. It used to be just a beginner class but we have moved on to more Improver dances of late. We use all kinds of music not just country and western.
The cost is £5 a class 10.00-11.30.am on Tuesdays. Please go to www.bvlinedancers.co.uk/ for more details and term times and other classes.
Evening Rehearsal Orchestra St Albans
We are a group of about 40 meeting on Monday evenings about 36 times a year The music which we play is mainly from the classical orchestral repertoire. No auditions are required and we do not give public concerts. we do however play through what we have been practicing at the end of each term as though it was a concert.
New members are welcome.
Please see our website for more details – www.stalbans-ero.org.uk – or ring Roger Barnes on 01727 851987.