Anyone living in Stamford Street want to get involved with workshops at The National Theatre?


Do you live in Stamford Street – or know anyone who does to pass this on to?

Have you got a story to tell about the place that you live, the people you live with, your neighbours, the community you live in?

Would you like to work with actors and directors at the National Theatre?

Then come and get involved in a six week community project with the Learning department at the National Theatre

The project starts with tickets to see the production London Road at the National Theatre on Thursday 6th September 2012 and will be followed by a series of weekly sessions held at the National Theatre studio on The Cut.

Free and open to anyone over the age of 18

To find out more about the project please come to a meeting on Thursday 28th June 2012 at the pop-up workshop at the National Theatre 6pm – 8pm

Refreshments and a light tea will be provided

For information contact Flo on 02074523770


New to the INTERNETZ? Or know someone who is?

Net Worx is a free and friendly workshop designed to help “n00bs” equip themselves to navigate the internet. The Gateway Centre runs sessions every Friday from 11 til 1, don’t be shy come along and learn how to use the web and connect with others.

Net Worx focuses on getting older people connected, on their blog they posted this video and encourage people to come along and have a go at making their own…

Tai Chi starts this Tuesday 1pm

All are welcome to come along on Tuesday at 1pm for a free class. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese Martial Art, often practiced for its health benefits.

The following guidelines are offered by Yang Chengfu, son of Yang Jianhou, and are known as Chengfu’s Ten Essential Points

1. Straighten the Head. Hold the head and neck naturally erect with the mind concentrated on top.

2. Keep the chest slightly inward to help sink the breath to the dāntián. Sinking the chest also helps to round the back.

3. Relax the waist. All movements depend on the waist. A relaxed waist makes the two feet able to form a strong base.

4. Distinguish between solid and empty in stances. This gives stability and flexibility in movement.

5. Sink the elbows and shoulders.

6. Use the mind instead of force.

7. Coordinate all movements of the upper and lower parts of the body.

8. Create a harmony between the internal and external parts.

9. Maintain continuity. All movements are continuous in an endless circle.

10. Tranquillity in movement. Movement occurs while there is stillness inward.

United Artists – Call out for participants

United Artists is a new project aimed at over 60s. Over 10 weeks, starting on Monday 12th March, the group will meet regularly to collaborate on a large scale piece of art which will be publicly displayed in the area. If you want to get involved, or know of someone who might, give us a call on 02070214400 or drop in to The Gateway Centre on Lancaster Street.

Gateway Centre Healthy Eating Project: Every Wednesday 12 – 2pm

Come along to our Healthy Eating Project at The Gateway Centre where you can learn how to cook delicious healthy meals from around the world as well as cakes and other treats all as part of a friendly group.

Gloria, who is running the project, emphasises the importance of food both nutritionally and socially: “there is a lot we can learn from the different cultures and cuisines from around the world: as well as learning about healthy eating and good nutrition, this project hopes to help us learn about each other and to bring the community together.”

The sessions are free and everyone is welcome, come along on Wednesday at midday, there wont always be enough for everyone to have a full lunch – but hopefully we should all get to try some!

Coming Up This Week at The Gateway!

Coming up this week at the Gateway we have our introductory art classes this afternoon (Monday) starting at 2 o clock. We also have our community garden launching on Wednesday at 10 am, so make sure you come down for some tea and coffee and a discussion about how you can get involved in the community garden. The garden will be run by Bankside Open Spaces Trust and you can contact Helen John if you have any queries about the garden on 07786 437200.

Our Clothes Making, Jewellery and Batik workshop is also running on Thursday mornings at 10.30am where you can learn how to use a sewing machine, make some fantastic jewellery and also try your hand at Batik.

As well as all that happening, Networx is starting again this, so if you know someone who needs help getting online, or want to volunteer to help others get online, then drop in to the Gateway on Friday morning at 11am.

We hope to see you here soon!