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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!

Afternoon Tea

Please come and join us and Richmond Good Neighbours for Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 12th June 2.00pm-3.30pm, where there will be lots of tea, cake and friendly chat! Please see the poster here.

Meet the Manager!

Following Mary’s retirement the Cambrian Community Centre welcomes David Lemon as the new manager.  David is looking forward to working with the Trustees and staff to maintain and further develop the Centre and generally continue the great work that has been achieved by Mary.

David joins the Cambrian Community Centre from the London Wildlife Trust where he has been developing and delivering youth conservation programmes across London. He will be continuing to deliver some school sessions from the local LWT reserve- Crane Park Island so you may see him occasionally standing in the river in his wellies!

Prior to working for the London Wildlife Trust David spent 8 years as Director of Richmond Youth Partnership where he made many useful contacts across the borough which he hopes to utilise to develop the Cambrian Community Centre. David is looking forward to meeting you all.

New Zumba Session

Due to popular demand our Zumba classes are now taking place on Monday evenings 7.30-8.30pm as well as Wednesday 9.30-10.30am. Come and have a go with our amazing Zumba tutor Sally. Starting 10th June.

A Fond Farewell and Thank you

On Wednesday 22nd May, we said a fond farewell to Mary, who has been serving as Manager of the Cambrian Community Centre since 2010. Her job hadn’t always been easy, as from the off she was faced with the uphill struggle of keeping the Centre alive despite its bleak looking future. All of her hard work has paid off and not only does the Centre now flourish but Mary has become well known and loved amongst Trustees, Staff and all who use the Centre for its various groups and activities. We are all so very grateful to her for her tireless work to make the Centre what it now is, a thriving Community Space, just reaching it’s 30th year of operation.

Mary’s Leaving Party was very well attended by Trustees, Staff, Users of the Centre and affiliates of other groups, charities and organisations within the Borough, whom Mary has managed to create lasting positive relationships with for the Centre. Drinks, nibbles and cakes were enjoyed by all! A lovely speech was made by Alan Sanders, who was the Chair of the Trustees when Mary was appointed, followed by a brief speech from Sue, our current Chair, and a presentation of cards and presents. The great turn out is a definite testament to the appreciation we all share for her hard work over the years. We wish her all the very best for a long, happy and restful retirement.

December 2018 News

December has been a busy month with us gearing up for the festive season. Richmond Good Neighbours held their final afternoon tea of the year, providing an array of festive treats for their guests and volunteers. If you know of anyone who would like to be involved next year, their teas will be held on 9th January, 13th February, 13th March, 10th April and 8th of May.

                             

The Cambrian Community Choir held their Christmas Concert on 10th December. This was very well attended and they got us well and truly into the festive spirit with a great mixture of songs and festive nibbles.

               

With all of our classes now coming to a close for the year, please get in touch with Mary on 020 8948 3351 or email manager@cambriancentre.org if you would like any more information on events and groups starting up again in the New Year.

We would like to wish all of our supporters and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of the Team at The Cambrian Community Centre.

Exhibition Invite

Richmond Parish Lands would like to invite you to a public exhibition to view its plans for the more efficient use and improvement of an underused area of Queen’s Road Estate, located at the junction of Queen’s Road, Cambrian Road and Grove Road.

Their plans include the construction of new affordable housing, the reorganisation of on site car parking and minor refurbishment works to the Cambrian Community Centre and Dickson House. Please click here for more information on this event.

The exhibition will be held at the Cambrian Community Centre on Saturday 10th November 10am-2pm and Monday 12th November 4pm-8pm.

 

 

October 2018 News

October has been a busy month for us at the Cambrian Centre. Richmond Good Neighbours have been doing their bit to end loneliness in Richmond by hosting an Afternoon Tea at The Cambrian Centre on 10th October. Volunteers helped with transport, baking and chatted to guests and the event was very well attended. They have scheduled another Afternoon Tea for Wednesday 14th November 2.00-3.30pm here at The Cambrian Centre, so please get in touch if you know someone who would like to come.

We had a successful weekend 13th and 14th October supporting London Children’s Book Project, who redistribute thousands of new and gently used books to children and their families across London. Our book drive collected 582 incredible books and we would like to say a really big thank you to everyone who donated for this amazing cause.

If you would like any more information on events at The Cambrian Centre please call Mary on 020 8948 3351 or email on manager@cambriancentre.org

 

Singing for Fun End of Term Concert

On 9th July, the Cambrian Community Singers, “Singing for Fun” group performed an end of term concert. They had a great turn out singing a range of songs, which were followed by refreshments for all! We would like to thank everyone who attended. The Singing group meets every Monday in term time 12.45pm- 2.45pm and welcomes new members. If you would like more information please contact Mary McDonald on manager@cambriancentre.org or 020 8948 3351

 

Annual Supper Quiz – a great success!

The Supper Quiz on 3rd March 2018 was a great success.  The attendees had a great evening pitting their wits against a formidable set of questions.  We raised about £1300 despite a few last minute cancellations due to the weather.  Many thanks to the Friends of the Cambrian Centre who ran the very popular and enjoyable annual event and to everyone else who helped.

Winning team
Cambrains 2018: The Flying Zucchinis

The winning team were the “Flying Zucchinis” who won a closely fought battle for the accolade of “Cambrains 2018” for which they all received a medal.  This was the fourth supper quiz – we hope to run it again next year.

Need help with your computer (or Smartphone)

Would you like some help with your Computer (or Smartphone etc)? Our FREE Computer help drop-in sessions run every Wednesday morning, 10:30 to 12:30. To ensure everyone gets support, we are now operating a booking system. Please call the Centre on 020 8948-3351 to book a slot. Please note the later time. There are no prerequisites – if you need help just call us – bring your device if appropriate.  Flyer available here.

Christmas concert, 11th December

Concert
Cambrian Centre Singing Group Concert

The Christmas Concert, given by our Singing for Fun group, was  well received and we would like to thank the many people who attended.  There was even demand for an encore! The Singing group meets every Monday in term-time 12.45pm- 2.45pm and welcomes new members. If you would like more information please contact Mary McDonald on manager@cambriancentre.org

Richmond Park Film – very well attended.

stag beetle
David Attenborough studies a stag beetle

We were very pleased to be able to show the film Richmond Park, National Nature Reserve at the Centre on 26th November to a capacity audience. This beautiful 20 minute film features David Attenborough who was also its narrator. It was made by the Friends of Richmond Park to highlight the environmental importance of our Park and conservation issues in the face of increasing visitor numbers. Afterwards trustees from the Friends responded to questions and comments.
If you would like to know more about the film and The Friends of Richmond Park, please visit www.frp.org.uk

Gym Open Day on Saturday 28th October

Thanks to all those who attended our gym open day on Saturday 28th October.  In our annual sponsored walk, our users made it all the way to Richmond and back to Greenwich (56 miles), twice as far as planned, walking “along” the river from the Thames Barrier to Richmond Bridge, using the treadmills in the gym.  Thank you so much and well done to everyone who took part, sponsored and supported us over the day.  We are still collecting sponsor money and will update everyone with a grand total over the next couple of weeks.  You can still   sponsor the “walkers” online using the MyDonate Button on the “How You Can Help” page on the website.

We were visited by the Mayor of Richmond, as the Mulberry Centre, our local cancer support service, held a Fun Information Session to explain how they can help all affected by cancer, including family and friends.  More information is on the flyer.  Those attending enjoyed teas, coffee and cake  and lucky visitors won super prizes at the raffle – thanks to all who helped.

Women In Art: Returning the Male Gaze

Art-cool imageThis 10 week class starts on Thursday 14th Sept and runs every Thursday Evening, 7.00 – 8:30 pm, until 16th November, at the Cambrian Centre. We will focus on the role women have played in Art and look in depth at different female artists over the course of history.
£150. Pay by 1st September and pay only £120 (concessions available). More details here. Call Kelly on 07707743146 to book.

HAM FAIR. June 10th 2017

The Cambrian Community Centre went to the Fair! Our pitch (see picture) attracted much interest, and we managed to raise close to £700 for the Centre. Our thanks go to all the many people who helped; on the day, in preparation and also by donating Bric-a-brac or Tombola prizes. More pictures can be seen by clicking here.

ART AUCTION (9th June 2017)

“Blue-Red Dancer”

The auction of local artist Desmond Jones’ work took place and the picture we were allocated was sold. We are extremely grateful to his family for the generous donation of some of the proceeds – many thanks!

“Our” picture is shown on the right, Blue/Red Dancer (catalogue number 9.) The sale was at Richmond upon Thames College/ Full details can be found at http://desmondjonesart.co.uk

Supper Quiz

The Supper Quiz was a great success – we raised more than £1300! Many thanks to the Friends of the Cambrian Centre who ran the very popular and enjoyable annual event. We hope to repeat this event next year.

Sunday 2nd October 2016: Our thanks to Kew Village Market

cheque presentation
The mayor presents us with a cheque

We are very grateful to Kew Village Market for an award of £1000 towards our Gym Equipment fund. We have not replaced much equipment for many years and this year have been attempting to remedy this as reported already. This generous grant will help us make a major improvement to the standard of equipment in our gym. The picture shows our manager, Mary McDonald, on the left, and Chair, Teresa Grafton on the right, receiving the cheque from the Mayor and Lady Mayoress on 2nd October. The market runs on the first Sunday each month and is well worth a visit!

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Walk The Thames

Our “Walk the Thames” Gym Fundraising Event was held on Saturday June 11th. We are delighted to say that we have raised a total of over £2000! (including donations, Quiz Winnerssponsorship and gift aid). Our mission this year was to get as many people involved as possible. 28 people took part over the day – a big increase on previous fundraising years. We hit our target of 28 miles (Thames Barrier to Richmond Bridge) during the afternoon and were able to continue on to 32 miles (back to Chiswick Bridge). A BIG thank you to everyone who helped, either by contributing to the mileage walked or by donating money!
We will shortly be replacing one of our old treadmills and this will help us to do so.

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Our thanks to Heathrow Community Fund

Arm Ergometer
Our new Arm Ergometer

(June 2016)  We are delighted to acknowledge that the Cambrian Community Centre has been awarded a £2,500 grant towards our recently acquired “Arm Ergometer”, a vital new piece of gym equipment.

This offers valuable exercise opportunities to gym users especially those needing to improve their cardiovascular fitness, and is particularly useful as the Centre fulfils its role supporting the new Exercise Referral programme in the borough.

We have just issued a press release which you can read by clicking here.

This equipment has been on the “wish list” of the gym team for a long time and it is great that, with the support of this funding, we are able to increase the choice to those keen to exercise as part of their recovery programme or to keep mobile as they age.