Friendly excerse classes for older adults designed to improve mobility, strength, confidence and independence.

Friendly excerse classes for older adults designed to improve mobility, strength, confidence and independence.

FAB/specialist instructor starting exercise classes for the over 50s in Bingham. There will be a regular weekly class at The Methodist Centre, Bingham from Thursday 7th September, 10am – 11am. They are friendly exercise classes for older adults designed to improve mobility, strength, confidence and independence. Exercise sitting, standing or chair support. All abilities welcome and the first class is FREE! Jeannette – 07811011634 –...
Nottinghamshire families are invited on a camping trip this Father’s Day – with YMCA Adventure Guides!

Nottinghamshire families are invited on a camping trip this Father’s Day – with YMCA Adventure Guides!

Nottinghamshire YMCA is inviting families from across the county to join its Adventure Guides programme and take part in a fun-packed camping expedition to Holme Pierrepont this Father’s Day weekend (17-18 June 2017). Adventure Guides is an activity based programme which focuses on strengthening bonds between dads, and their sons and daughters. The programme, which promotes community, nature, friendship and fun, has been popular in America for a number of years. Nottinghamshire is the only area in the UK to benefit from the Adventure Guides programme. Since launching a year ago with support from The Big Lottery, Adventure Guides groups have enjoyed Christmas at Chatsworth House, wooden car making for their a pinewood derby as well as archery, bowling and even a group trip to Planet Bounce. This Father’s Day Adventure Guides are heading to Holme Pierrepont for camping, paddle sports, laser tag, team games and loads more. This jam-packed weekend is generously subsidised by Nottinghamshire YMCA and The Big Lottery Fund – and the best thing is; there’s still space left for families to join them! Adventures Guides is open to all families with children, and there is no need to be a YMCA member to participate. Each Adventure Guides group, or ‘circle’, plan their shared monthly adventures together. Circles are member led. You can join a circle or form your own. Whichever circle you choose, you’ll get chance to meet all the other Adventure Guides at regular meet-ups and expeditions facilitated by Nottinghamshire throughout the year. Amy Oakes, Sports & Family Service Manager at Nottinghamshire YMCA and employee of 13 years says: “This is such a great...
Scoreboard Developed To Expose Good and Bad EU Laws

Scoreboard Developed To Expose Good and Bad EU Laws

An exciting new tool has been developed to help identify good and bad EU laws and regulations, East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE has announced. The news follows months of work to create an electronic Scoreboard to identify EU laws which are having the biggest negative impact and need reform. Using new and existing evidence, the prototype Scoreboard ranks and exposes the gap between the intended and actual effects of EU laws on businesses and Member States. Spearheading the Scoreboard project Andrew Lewer said: “This is an exciting development which will be useful in exposing both good and bad EU regulation. “I believe it could be invaluable as we Brexit the EU and help us to identify those regulations in need of urgent reform, those we want to keep and those which need changing. Mr Lewer said the Scoreboard was ready to be used and refined to fit the needs of government departments or Local Government policy-makers. “Ultimately, the Scoreboard could ensure the right decisions are taken at the right level of government. It should also help to design better laws which do what they are intended to do rather than putting unexpected burdens on business, local government and individuals.” The scoreboard uses evidence from a range of sources to: identify, ranks and prioritise EU laws for reform identify, ranks and prioritise EU laws for reform links the claims and concerns in the legislative process with the actual burdens and real world effects show which EU laws are likely to have the most negative effect on business. bring together data from many sources to a single platform reveal whether...
Nottinghamshire YMCA will host a Celebration of Culture showcase on Saturday 20th May at Nottingham Contemporary

Nottinghamshire YMCA will host a Celebration of Culture showcase on Saturday 20th May at Nottingham Contemporary

In partnership with Boxsmart & Cultural Vibrations, YMCA Digital will host this special exhibition that will celebrate the history and culture of several Nottinghamshire communities, thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding. African, Caribbean, and Pakistani communities and culture will be celebrated with a range of activities including food tasting, music, art and fashion workshops, and performances by local musicians Amie Cherry (above), HS Jalal, the Mystic Beats Kids Choir, and Blessing Magore & the Afroklectic Band. The showcase will mark the end of YMCA Digital’s ‘The History of Immigration Project’, a ten-month long project funded by Heritage Lottery Funding, which explored the stories of people from African, Caribbean and Pakistani communities, looking at how and why they settled in Nottingham throughout the 20th century. During the project, young people from YMCA digital interviewed members of the African, Caribbean and Pakistani communities, collecting real life stories to showcase at the event. The young people also received training from local journalists, with workshops and creative activities to stimulate discussion. Darren Goodlad, Youth Programme Manager at Nottinghamshire YMCA, said: “This project was unifying and empowering, especially for the young people who heard stories from the three communities. It is important to share oral traditions and to recognise the journeys that people from all different cultures have taken. We cannot wait for the showcase so that we can celebrate all of the project’s achievements.” YMCA Digital is a Nottinghamshire YMCA youth programme, which engages 13-19 year olds in radio broadcasting, film, animation, music, music production dance, acting and singing. With expert advice and guidance from youth workers, young people working with YMCA digital can...
The Hough Ensemble will perform at Bingham Parish Church

The Hough Ensemble will perform at Bingham Parish Church

Bingham Community Arts Committee (BCAC) is delighted to announce that The Hough Ensemble will be performing in Bingham Parish Church on Saturday 27 May, starting at 7.30pm.  A piano and wind quintet – a format BCAC has never before presented during its 20 years of concerts – The Hough Ensemble comprises Zoë Glossop (oboe), Emma Pountney (clarinet), Robert Parker (horn), Antonia Nicholson (bassoon) and Antony Clare (piano). The ensemble’s programme continues BCAC’s 2017 ‘M&M’ theme of Mozart and Mendelssohn, embracing Mozart’s Quintet for piano & wind and two pieces by Mendelssohn – his Concert Piece for Clarinet, Bassoon & Piano and Songs Without Words for piano. Stamitz’ Quartet for Wind, Hindemith’s Cor Anglais Sonata and Schumann’s Adagio & Allegro for Horn and Piano will also feature. Tickets are available now at £10 in advance (£12 on the door), with accompanied children free. Payments by cash, cheque or BACS are all welcome – call 01949 876147 or email stevenhalls@hotmail.com for details. Tickets can also be purchased at Bingham Library. The event is being staged by Bingham Community Arts Committee (BCAC): for more information, visit...
La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children has been nominated for Best Franchised/Licensed Activity

La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children has been nominated for Best Franchised/Licensed Activity

Bingham based La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children has been nominated for Best Franchised/Licensed Activity for Children aged 5-12 in the What’s on 4 Kids Awards 2017. If you love their classes and want to get them through to the finals visit www.whatson4littleones.co.uk/award-voting.asp Select the 5th Category – “Best Franchised/Licensed Activity for Children aged 5-12” – Vote for La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children. *Voting closes 3...
Nottinghamshire YMCA Announce New Activities For Summer

Nottinghamshire YMCA Announce New Activities For Summer

Nottinghamshire YMCA has added four brand-new activities to its summer schedule. Mountain biking, cooking, crafts (including textiles, pottery, and fine art options), and American flag football will be on offer at Camp Williams at the Nottingham Emmanuel School from July 2017. These activities are known at Camp Williams as ‘skills clinics’. Designed to be fun and challenging, skills clinics are opportunities for children to learn and develop a new skill with expert training. Skills clinics are just one of the ways in which Camp Williams promotes positive, experience-led development for young people. Children from the age of four take part in swimming, camp rallies, group games, and Camp Fire Fridays, making friends and lasting memories along the way. Camp Williams helps to build self-esteem, giving young people the confidence that they need to seek exciting, fulfilling experiences in adult life. Steffen Benbow, Camps and Adventure Services Manager at Nottinghamshire YMCA, said: “Skills clinics are perfect opportunities for children to discover a new talent that could potentially change their life. How do you know you can work for somewhere like Ubisoft if you never get to have a go at game design? How will you get to be a world champion kayaker if you never try kayaking? What’s great about Camp Williams is that it’s a safe space to try these things. I love that we can provide the children here with opportunities to try out so many different and exciting activities.” The full range of skills clinics on offer for 8-15 year olds this summer includes game design, paddle sports, American flag football, skateboarding, drama & theatre, music, mountain...