About Us

The Cambrian Community Centre is located on the Queen’s Road Estate, in Richmond Upon Thames and has been supporting health and community for over 25 years. Read more about us.
Have a look at our What’s On page for a list of our current activities.
We also run a friendly Community Gymcheck it out here.
Please see our Hire page if you are interested in hiring one of our rooms.
For the latest news, please see below. Older news is in the news archive.

Sarah Olney MP Visit

21st July 2022   View     Author: David Lemon

The Cambrian Centre was delighted to welcome Sarah Olney MP for Richmond Park to the Centre recently. Sarah took part in our Friday drawing group. She was very impressed with the creativity on display. She also visited the Cambrian gym and saw our new pieces of equipment in operation. She was interested to learn how the gym contributes to health and well being in the area and in particular how the gym offers a bespoke rehabilitation and reconditioning service to users.

The Cambrian gym is open Monday to Friday 9-3 and Saturdays 10-2. Drawing takes place every Friday 10-12.30. Please contact us for further information

Claire McCormack, our drawing Tutor, Sarah Olney and Sue Pendle Chair of Trustees at the Cambrian Centre

Gym Closure – Extreme Heat

15th July 2022   View     Author: David Lemon

In the light of the recent forecast and weather warnings for Monday and Tuesday 18th/19th July we have decided to close the gym for these days. We will be open as usual from Wednesday 20th July. Thanks for bearing with us.


New equipment now installed in gym

17th June 2022   View     Author: Nick Aked

Three items of new equipment were installed in the gym in early June and are now ready to use.

The new Technogym Cross Trainer offers a wide range of movement. The resistance can be set to different levels, depending on the intensity of the workout desired, and the electronic screen offers plenty of relevant information. In the photo, David, our Centre Manager, puts the new cross trainer to work.

The two other new items, also made by Technogym, are the Pec Deck and the Abductor. They both use the latest technology and will improve our provision significantly.

In addition to strengthening the chest muscles, the Pec Deck can be adjusted to exercise the deltoid muscles in the back. In the image on the right, Hannah, one of our gym instructors, is about to do a chest press.

The final piece of equipment is the new Abductor/Adductor machine. Used in a seated position, it is designed to strengthen the muscles that control the sideways movement of the legs – both outwards, away from the midline of the body, and inwards. Hannah is shown on the left adjusting the equipment.

The Centre is very grateful to LBRUT Civic Pride and to the Local Area Fund for the grants which have enabled us to acquire this new equipment.


8th June 2022   View     Author: David Lemon


Cambrian Centre to be a venue for Richmond Art House

5th June 2022   View     Author: Nick Aked

The Centre is one of the venues chosen for the Richmond Art House Exhibition taking place on 11-12th June from 11 am.

There will be a series of still life pictures on display from our Drawing Group where students are taught the traditional drawing skills of perspective, line, tone, composition and colour theory. This dynamic art exhibition is a celebration of emerging from Covid!

Fantastical figures by our Papiermâché Group will also be on show. These sculptures have been inspired by the Mexican tradition best known for the "Day of the Dead" figures. They are made with flour and water paste, recycled papers, wire and other salvaged bits and pieces.


Open Day at the Centre – sunshine, bunting and fun!

2nd June 2022   View     Author: Nick Aked

Sunshine greeted the Cambrian Community Centre’s Open Day on Saturday May 28th – making it possible to place bric-à-brac stalls outside and attract people on the lookout for that perfect vase, stuffed elephant or set of table mats – things none of us really need but discovering them feels like fun.

The light-hearted feeling continued inside with delicious refreshments, a crochet demo, tours of the gym, Guess the Weight of the Cake, a bookstall brimming with must-have paperbacks and delightful entertainment from actor, Geoffrey Drew, and folk-guitarist, Johnny.

Thanks to David Lemon, Centre Manager, and to the Trustees and Volunteers for putting on the Open Day. It was great to meet everyone, hear what else you want us to offer in the future, and talk about our plans for a Community Café at the Centre.


Gym Easter Closure

8th April 2022   View     Author: David Lemon

Please note the gym will be closed for the Easter bank holiday on Friday 15th and Monday 18th April. We hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend!


NEWS FROM THE CAMBRIAN CENTRE GYM

6th April 2022   View     Author: David Lemon

Many thanks to all those who responded to our recent survey. We had an amazing response and we greatly value your feedback.

In response to your survey answers we will be making the following changes to the gym operation.

  1. To move to 55 minute sessions.  Starting 4th April 2022
  2. We will retain the online booking system and aim to stick to a maximum of 6 per session. (Please note that on rare occasions this number may be exceeded.)
  3. We will purchase a new Cross Fit trainer after successful fundraising. This will take around 6-8 weeks to be installed
  4. We will also be purchasing a new pec deck and leg abductor machine
  5. We will investigate the provision of new group activities- esp Cardiac, Pilates and Bums Legs and Tums
  6. We will also investigate the possibility of a later slot (10-4 maybe)
  7. We will ask gym users to try to limit times on machines to 10 minutes- Instructors will try and esnsure this happens- we will moving the PC screen so that instructors are looking out onto the gym.
  8. We will also retain on the hours starts and ask you to try and attend and leave promptly to allow for a smooth flow of users in and out of the gym.

We were very pleased to have so many postive responses! Many thanks for these!

If you want to contact the team at the Cambrian Community Centre please phone on 020 8948 3351, or email to manager@cambriancentre.org

As always, thank you for your support,

David Lemon,
Manager, Cambrian Community Centre.


Older news is available on the News Archive page.