“Really good, met other parents, great sense of community, and kept Freya occupied!”
Neighbours2Friends is our activities programme for people aged 1 – 100! (unless otherwise stated, activities are for all ages) Originally set up with funding from the London Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund to bring residents of our local Alexandra and Ainsworth and Rowley Way estates together, Neighbours2Friends has really taken off over the last couple of years and is now open to all. For more info on any of the below, contact our Activities Facilitator Simone on 02076248378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Trips 2pm every first Saturday of the month, free
Our popular Saturday Trips are a great way to sightsee and socialise! We go out in all seasons, meeting at Abbey Community Centre and travel by public transport to visit amazing free London attractions: museums, parks, markets and events.
On past trips we’ve enjoyed and been inspired by Regents Park Rose gardens, Camley Nature Reserve, Tate Modern, the Museum of Childhood, the Wellcome Collection, Southbank Winter Festival, Charity Recycled Fashion Show, Camden Arts Centre, Geffrye Museum, Kenwood House, Spitalfields Market, Sir John Soanes Museum and many more! Occasionally we are given free or discounted tickets to attractions such as Kew Gardens and London Zoo thanks to their wonderful community schemes. Children under 16 must be accompanied by their parents or guardians. For details of trips coming up give Simone a ring on 020 7624 8378.
‘Thank you very much for arranging outing to Kew Gardens. I thoroughly enjoyed it very much. I met new friends and had a good company. Simone and Gavin looked after us like a family. All the credits goes to them. I look forward to the next visit.”
Colouring Calm Club Wednesdays 3.30-4.30pm, £1 Ages 60+
Unwind, relax and be mindful! Discover the joy and wellbeing that comes from our new Colouring Calm Club. Improve mood and relieve stress in a calming and relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy an outlet for self-expression, improve dexterity, gain a sense of accomplishment and enjoy being part of a friendly club.
Table tennis drop in 6-8pm, Mondays, £1 donation
Anyone for a spot of ping-pong? Join in every Monday evening with this friendly, all-abilities session lead by a volunteer professional table tennis coach. Children, parents, young and older people socialize, keep fit and have fun together.
Our ping-pong sessions are so popular that we had to invest in a new table! We now have four, some of which were courtesy of the brilliant Loop in the Community initiative. Under 16s must be accompanied by their parents or guardians.
‘Great people, atmosphere, laughs. Does not feel like 2 hours, great fun getting fit. Nice to meet community and find out things. Thank you.’
Chess Club Mondays 6.30 – 7.45pm £1
If you have a spare hour on Monday evenings, make sure you pop by Abbey for our brand new Chess Club with our fab tutor Mike. Taking place from 6.30 – 7.45pm, the group is for all ages and abilities. A great chance to get to know other locals while getting to know the beautiful game!
Re-cycle-art Tuesdays 4.45 – 5.45pm. Ages 60+, Free
A chance to turn everyday items into something extraordinary with easy-to-learn techniques. Using recycled materials that might otherwise go to waste, the group create beautiful items for their homes, gardens or as gifts. Crafts made in Re-cycle-art are also used to decorate the Abbey Garden. This class is tutored by our wonderful activities worker Simone. Just drop in if you fancy it!
Dance Fusion 6-week courses, Wednesdays from 4.30 – 6pm
For ages 19+, our FREE Dance Fusion courses, run by our fantastic instructor Emma Weir, will give you the basics in all kinds of dance styles. Release your inner Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire!
Please ring the centre to find out the upcoming course dates and to book in advance.