We are sad to announce that Jordan, one of the fantastic gym team, is moving on from the Cambrian Community Gym. Jordan has been a valued member of the team for the past few years and we will miss her. Jordan will continue to offer some of her massage session from the Centre so we will still see her occasionally. Due to Jordan’s departure we will be having to close the gym temporarily on Saturdays. Please bear with us while we recruit to fill this vacancy in the team.

We are sad to announce that Jordan, one of our superb gym team, is leaving us. Jordan has been a valued member of staff for several years and we will miss her as she moves on to develop her various skills in music, sport and massage. She will still be coming into the Centre occasionally to provide her popular massage sessions so we will still see her around. We wish her all the best. Whilst we recruit to fill Jordan’s role at the gym we will be temporarily closing the gym on a Saturday. Please bear with us whilst we seek to do this.

Rachel Dickson MBE 1920-2019

The staff and Trustees of the Cambrian Community Centre were very sad to hear of the death of Rachel Dickson on August 6th. Throughout her many years in Richmond Rachel dedicated her life to public service and campaigned ceaselessly for the improvement of the lives of the more disadvantaged in our community. She worked tirelessly in support of many of our much loved local voluntary institutions and played a large part, along with Richmond Parish Lands Charity, in the creation of the Queens Road Estate and the Cambrian Community Centre.

We owe her a huge debt of gratitude and wish to extend our sincere condolences to her family. She will be greatly missed.

A full obituary is available at the Richmond Society website at

Creative Writing is Back!

After a break we are delighted that our popular creative writing sessions are returning. They restart on Tuesday 3rd September at 2pm (2-4). The group will meet on the first Tuesday of the month thereafter. The group will be facilitated by our new tutor Gwen.

Gwen MacKeith is a writer and translator of fiction, poetry and theatre from Spain and Spanish America, and a fiction editor for the arts quarterly, Ambit magazine.

The sessions are open to anyone interested in developing their creative writing skills in small supportive group setting.

Friendly French Lessons

Announcing a new activity at The Cambrian Community Centre starting on 16th September. French Tutoring for children aged 5-11 years old with Eda Bilgen:

“After a long period of one to one tutoring experience I’m now ready and happy to announce my French Group Classes for children from September at Cambrian Community Centre in Richmond. Sessions will be held for KS1 and KS2 children for eleven weeks, weekly one session for each, at the beginning and due to requests more classes may also be added.
I can guarantee that students will love language learning and I can especially provide them with a good start into French learning with my “Friendly French Lessons.” I can also help them gain basic achievements in French language. 
I also get children prepared for GCSE higher level exams both in French and Turkish languages. You’re also welcome to contact for advanced grammar and GSCE tuition for either of these languages privately. 
I’ve an enhanced DBS check and looking forward to having my new students experience the fun way of language, learning together.”

Lessons start on September 16th- Mondays from 4-5pm (please note this is an amended time from the leaflet). Please contact for more information.
Leaflet available here

Well Being Taster Sessions

The Cambrian Community Centre, in collaboration with Hilal Yildirim, are excited to announce that they will be providing some FREE well being taster sessions for our Centre Users who may have never tried meditation before, for their mental health.

Dates for your diary:
Monday 19th August 11.00am-12.00pm
Thursday 17th October 2.00pm- 3.00pm
Tuesday 22nd October 3.00pm- 4.00pm

A list of topics will be covered and you will be able to take away simple and powerful practices to do wherever and wherever you would like to do it!
These are self empowering techniques, showing you how to feel calmer and release stress and anxiety as well as simple techniques to release the body of pain as well as transforming the area with pain.
They will help you to balance your emotions, related to depression, anxiety, worry, fear, grief and sadness. These techniques will also show you how you can boost energy, stamina, vitality and immunity.

There will be guided meditation with Tibetan Singing Bowl for reaching the state of mindfulness. The practices will be explained step by step and you can comfortably practice while sitting in your chair. There will also be group energy clearing for releasing any blockages.

Hilal has been running the very popular well being and meditation classes at The Cambrian Community Centre for the last 2 years. She is trained in Reiki, Reconnective Healing, is a Tao Hands Practitioner and has worked as a teacher, mentor and a healer. She combines different techniques from the west and the east, which include sacred teachings. The practices are to align your mind, body and soul to have a happier and healthier life combined with body tapping, sound power, mind power and more.

If you would like more information on meditation or Hilal, please go to and see the two sided leaflet here and here.

For more information on these taster sessions please call David on 020 8948 3351 or email

Zumba Summer Timetable

Zumba will be taking a break over some of the summer holiday. Please see below for dates.


Mon 8th evening class as normal
Wed 10th morning class as normal
Mon 15th evening class as normal
Wed 17th morning class as normal
Mon 22nd evening class as normal
Wed 24th morning class as normal
Mon 29th evening class as normal
Wed 31st NO CLASS


Mon 5th August, evening class as normal
Wed 7th NO CLASS
Mon 12th NO CLASS
Wed 14th NO CLASS
Mon 19th NO CLASS
Wed 21st NO CLASS
Mon 26th NO CLASS

To find out about other activities during the summer, please refer to notifications or call David on 020 8948 3351 or email

Art House Open Studios 30th June 2019

The Cambrian Community Centre hosted another very successful Art House event on Sunday 30th June.

There were fantastic displays from the Cambrian Drawing Group (Friday’s 9.30-12.30) and our Papier Mache group (Friday’s 12.30-2.45).


Art Work

There was also a wonderful performance from our new Cambrian Ukulele and (Wednesday’s 7-9pm) complimented by a guest appearance from The Cambrian Community Choir (Mondays 12.45-2.45).

Ukulele and Choir

In addition to all of this creativity, we were very happy to provide a temporary roost for a giant bat who enjoyed a couple of flights up and down Cambrian Road in the afternoon!

Bat and Midges

Art House Open Studios 2019

Come and be inspired at  on Sunday 30th June 11am-6pm, when The Art House Open Studios once again come to The Cambrian Community Centre. Our very popular Papier Mache and Cambrian Drawing Group will be showcasing their amazing work for all to see!

“Lady Cat” by Susan Lee Kerr

“A Cook” by Isabel Grigny







Papier Mache literally means chewed paper and was invented in China in the Second Century. It has been used as a creative technique for centuries, far and wide and with very varied applications.

For example, it has been used for stucco mouldings, boats, furniture, colourful products for folk traditions, picture frames, decorative boxes, screens, paintings and trays, puppets but also fun and frivolous animal sculptures to name but a few!

“Dream Boat” by Sandy Lawrence

“Odd Creature” Antonia Cannon

The technique is simplicity itself, all you need is paper (any kind- good for the recycling!), a flour and water based glue, sometimes a little wire and masking but most importantly, imagination. It is fun and sticky and everyone can do it!

“Three Girls” by Irene Milbrandt-Jiminez

“Boy Falling To Earth” by Sandy Lawrence








We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 30th June 11am-6pm!