This week sees the launch of a new exhibition in the living-room – Ink, Press, Go! – which explores the amazing work people in the local area are doing using printmaking techniques. The exhibition will run until 11 March. You could be one of the first to see it by coming along to the launch – where you can meet the artists and participate in an experimental, visual, way of giving feedback and responses to art. For more details, see Thursday 2 February below …
Also below, are details of other activities which are open to all, including newcomers – and details include whether the activity is free, if you have to book, or if you can just drop-in.
But – remember – you don’t have to join an activity. Everyone is welcome whenever we are open … you can borrow a book from the honesty library, bring your little ones to enjoy all the toys in the playroom, make a cuppa and have a chat – and browse leaflets, flyers and posters on display to find out what else is going on throughout Waltham Forest. There’s always someone on reception to welcome you and give more information.
Monday 30 January
The Mill is closed on Mondays, except for those who have booked to join one of the yoga classes.
6pm-7pm – Gentle Yoga – Learn some gentle healing poses and relaxation techniques, which you can also do safely at home. For more information and to book your place send an email to Josetta.
7pm-8.30pm – Ashtanga Yoga – This class is also led by Josetta who specialises in teaching beginners this dynamic style of yoga, but all levels are catered for.. For more information and to book your place send an email to Josetta.
Tuesday 31 January
4pm-7pm – Community Acupuncture Clinic – This community clinic offers low cost, professional acupuncture treatments making treatments affordable to everyone . Patients receive treatments in small groups in reclining chairs or on massage tables distributed in the same room. You decide what you can afford on a sliding scale between £20-£40. No income verification or questions asked. Bookings are by appointment only and there are limited spaces, so to book visit the website or ring 07809211013.
7.30pm-8.30pm – Yoga for Cyclists – This yoga course is geared toward the cyclist. The 1 hour classes are recommended as a course, though drop ins are also welcome (space dependent). To find out more email Vicky.
Wednesday 1 February
10am-2pm – Community Voices – A programme of ESOL, aimed at migrant women of all backgrounds who want to integrate into their community, train as a volunteer, run local community events and gain an ESOL speaking qualification. The level is intermediate, Entry 3/Level 1. For more details please contact Hilary by email or on 0207 2756750
12pm-2pm – Laughter Club – Meets weekly and is for people to socialise and make new friends and enjoy pleasant company. Set up originally for people who are on employment support allowance on the work programme with SEETEC, but others are welcome. For more information email.
6.30pm-8pm – Knitting Drop-In – Suitable for experienced knitters or the complete beginner. Support and teaching where required. Everyone welcome for £1 donation. For more information email – or just come along.
6.30pm – 7.30pm – Move the Body – Still the Mind – This is a moving meditation class, in which you will perform gentle, natural movements based on Chi Kung and Tai Chi practices and principles. Age and mobility difficulties are no obstacle as the exercises are gentle and can be accommodated to any ability. Cost £9. Please bring a bottle of water and wear flat footwear. No special clothing is required, other than that it is comfortable and allows you to move freely. For further information and contact details go to www.simonehealing.com
Thursday 2 February
12pm-1.30pm – Words, Conversation and Scrabble group – Come along to gain confidence in spoken English, or simply if you enjoy a good game of Scrabble to help improve your vocabulary. All nationalities welcome. For more information email Adele Tinman.
12pm-2pm Asian Women’s Support Group – A group for Asian women to socialise and learn skills. For more information email Amarjit.
4pm-5.30pm –Junior Art Club – Please note, this extremely popular after-school activity is now fully-booked until the end of the current 2017 Spring term – but there are sometimes cancellation places, to find out more please email.
6.30pm-8.30pm – Launch of Ink, Press, Go! – all welcome to come along to meet the artists and printmakers whose work is in the latest exhibition. Enjoy spicy, mulled apple juice and nibbles and participate in a new way to give your feedback/response to the exhibition – your feedback will then be part of a communal artwork. Intrigued? Then come along … !
7.15pm-9pm – Singing Class – Have you ever wanted to join a singing class but felt too scared? Then this is the perfect class for you! Come and enjoy some deeply nourishing singing in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. No auditions or music theory needed. All levels welcome. Perfect environment for complete beginners. All songs are taught by ear. No need to book – just turn up! Classes are £9 / £7 (concs) per session and further discounts are available. .For more information email Ania: or visit website.
Friday 3 February
10.00am-1pm – Knitting Group – Suitable for experienced knitters or the complete beginner. Support and teaching where required. Everyone welcome for £1 donation. For more information email – or just come along.
10am-2pm – Community Voices – see above – Wednesday 25 January – for details.
1.30pm-2.30pm – Learn Urdu – Asima Baig is a qualified experienced Pakistani Urdu teacher. £1 donation to The Mill. For more information email Asima or ring 07450 282735
2pm-3.15pm – Bongalong -Fun music sessions for under 5s and their carers together: Singing, dancing, make believe and amazing percussion instruments. Bongalong provides opportunity for fun and interactive learning aimed at supporting social, physical, creative and intellectual development. Booking essential to build familiarity and confidence. Cost – classes work out at £5.25 a week. Come for a trial session £5.50, then book for the remaining weeks. To book contact Fiona by email or 07811 460282.
Saturday 4 February
10am – 11am – Spanish for you … Español para usted. Classes run by a native Spanish speaker for beginners and improvers (of any age) The cost is £6 per session (6 week term payable in advance). You are welcome to come along to a class and try it out. For more information or to enrol please email Roxana or ring 07709937543.
10am – 1pm – Pop Up Pottery ... Join us for another morning of creativity. Learn three fantastic pottery painting techniques and create a unique ceramic piece to take home. Choose to decorate either a mug or a bowl. We will glaze and fire your pieces and you can collect them up to a week later. Places are limited, so you will need to book by email or by telephone to 020 8521 3211. Payment of £10 per participant will be required in advance. Children aged 6+ welcome.
11.00am-1pm – Gardening Group – Call in to join the team of volunteers who will be working to ensure the garden springs into life soon! To find out more email.
Sunday 5 February
11.00am-1pm Chess Club – A drop-in session for beginners and improvers. Everyone aged 11+ is welcome. Attendance is by donation of £2 (all proceeds to The Mill). A few chess sets will be available, but if you have one, please bring your own set.
11am-1pm Mill Bike Group – A gentle 2 hour cycle paced well for all ages and abilities to join, exploring the River Lea and surroundings and stopping for a cup of tea. Meet at 11am in front of The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane for departure at 11.15am. For more information contact Katja by email: or ring her on 07799 411 587