THE PURLERS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH : 1030-1130
Do you enjoy knitting – or would you like to improve? This sociable knitting circle meets to knit squares for blankets which are sent to displaced families in Northern Iraq and Syria, via the Brighton-based charity, Samara’s Aid Appeal. The group also makes simple baby clothing for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. For venue and contact details, click here
FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNING
RENDEZ-VOUS AT THE BARLEY MOW PUB: 1900
Would you like to improve your french? This is an informal teaching group for adults in the relaxed and friendly Barley Mow pub, to which all levels are welcome. To book a place, call 07704 188055. For venue details, click here.
FAMILIES / KIDS
THE KEMPTOWN KOALAS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH HALL: 1430-1600
An afternoon playgroup for babies and toddlers and their parents or carers. The entry price includes snacks for the little ones and afternoon tea for the adults. For venue details,click here.
Entry: £1.50 (£1 per additional child).
SPORTS / FITNESS
FITNESS AND FEELGOOD KEMPTOWN, ACTUALLY! : 0845-1000 AND 1930
A fitness meet-up of up to 12 women, organised by personal trainer Jeannie Hignell. Taking full advantage of the sea air, beach and open spaces which Kemptown has to offer, the group welcomes beginners and improvers. The Tuesday morning session exercise includes hooping, cardiovascular, dance, resistance, body weight and small equipment exercises and relaxation. The Tuesday evening session 7.30 is fitness training for runners. You need a pair of running trainers, a good sports bra and some sensible layered clothing. For details of where to meet and prices, click here
DISCUSSION / WOMEN’S RIGHTS
TEA AND COMPANY FRIENDSHIP CAFE AT ST MARY’S CHURCH: 1530 – 1700
Tea and Company is a friendly and relaxed weekly meet-up for people aged 50+ in the beautiful interior of St Mary’s. A chance to chat, socialise and reminisce over cups of tea, sandwiches and home-baked treats, with live music and extra company often provided by some of the lovely sixth formers from nearby Brighton College. A community success story organised by award-winning, Brighton-based charity, Time To Talk Befriending with St Mary’s and Brighton College.
Entry is free – just drop in. Click here for venue details
LIFE DRAWING AT THE BLACK DOVE: 1930 – 2130.
Relaxed life drawing evening session for all abilities in the intimate and eclectic interior of the Black Dove at the top of St James St. The regular Wednesday session is run by Letgo Life Drawing, which also holds sessions on the first Monday of the month at the Black Dove’s cousin, Twin Pines Coffee, at the other end of St James. Basic materials are supplied (on a donations basis.) For venue details, click here.
Fee: £7 /£6 (concessions)
LIFEFIT FITNESS CLASS AT ST MARY’S CHURCH HALL: 1945-2015.
To busy to go to the gym? Or do you find exercise classes too frantic? This is a weekly, slow-motion fitness class, lasting only 30 minutes and limited to 10 people. It’s led by qualified personal trainer and pilates instructor Ben and fitness instructor-in-training Vic. For more information, contact Ben 07855 850 733 or Vic 07792 968 974. For venue details, click here.
SUPPER ‘N’ SCREEN – VANISHING POINT AT BOM-BANE’S : 1900
It may be one day off the longest day of the year, but there’s still a need for comfort food and good cinema. Bunker in tonight with Bom-Bane’s regular Wednesday night Supper ‘n’ Screen slot. Tonight’s film is the American action road movie Vanishing Point, directed by Richard C. Sarafian and starring Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, and Dean Jagger. Supper and the film cost £7.77. You need to book in advance, though. For venue details, click here
TRADITIONAL ETCHING AT BIP ART (5 WEEK COURSE) 1830-2130
Learn the techniques of traditional etching under the guidance of Ann d’Arcy Hughes in the lovely creative environment of the Bip-Art print room. The class (a maximum of six) works with zinc and steel to create intricate semi-embossed prints. Materials (except metal and paper) are included in the course fee. Metal and paper can be bought at the studio. For venue details click here
Course fee: £150 (five weeks)
FAMILIES / KIDS / COMBAT
LED LIGHT SABRE TRAINING AT BRIGHTON YOUTH CENTRE: 1800, 1900, 2000
Channel your inner Luke Skywalker at these innovative combat training classes, using LED ‘Star Wars’-style light sabres. Organisers Silver Sabres have an ‘armoury’ of sabres for students to use. There are three classes on Thursdays: 1800 for kids, 1900 mixed levels — and 2000 for adults. For more about Silver Sabres, click here. For venue details, click here.
Tickets: £8 / £6
DRAMA / ACTING
YOUNG ACTORS GROUP AT ST MARY’S CHURCH : 1600 (JUNIORS), 1805 (SENIORS)
Weekly drama classes, run by theatre professionals, for young people aged between 8 and 19 in two locations in Kemptown: St Mary’s Church tonight – and Dorset Methodist Church on Saturdays. The Young Actors Group runs a number of schools across the southeast and has won an award for Best Young Production the Brighton Fringe. They also run a talent agency which has placed young talent in films, TV series, commercials and West End shows. Class members get a chance to write and direct their own material — and to take part in a theatre performance at Easter. The session for Juniors (8-11 years) is 1600-1800, and for Senior (12-15 years) is 1805-2005. For more information see the YAG website or contact email@example.com
SING FOR BETTER HEALTH AT PATCHING LODGE: 1030-1200
You don’t have to be a seasoned singer to join this weekly group, which supports people who are older or have health challenges such as breathing difficulties, Parkinson’s, depression, Alzheimer’s, MS, stroke, heart conditions, cancer, or mental health problems. The group practices relaxation, stretching and breathing exercises, and sings songs together. Sessions take place at Patching Lodge which is on the corner of Freshfield Rd and Eastern Rd, opposite the Gala Bingo Hall.
Click here for more details and links to the Sing for Better Health website or contact organiser Udita Everett on 01273 556755 or 07969 129992
BOOGALOO STU’S BIG QUIFFY QUIZ AT THE MARLBOROUGH PUB & THEATRE:2000
Brainteasing fun at the Marly with the well-coiffed quizmaster Boogalu Stu, including anagrams, picture rounds and music questions. Things could get more squiffy than quiffy as bonus rounds involve double vodka prizes. Six people maximum per team. Click here for venue details.
QUIZ WITH QUIZ MASTER DEEN AT THE BARLEY MOW: 2000
A lot of fun to be had at this weekly quiz at the cosy Barley Mow, with rounds including arts and entertainment, sport, musical intros, science and nature, general knowledge, a picture round … and the acclaimed plasticine round, which has a bonus prize. Teams up to seven people. For venue details, click here.
Entry: £1.50 per player.