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New Capoeira Class

The Cambrian Centre is delighted to be hosting a new capoeira class for children on Wednesdays. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. The sessions are fun and very active. For more information please contact Mosiaco capoeira. The groups run for ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 10 years old.

Groups returning

From 17th May, assuming no changes in the national Covid picture, some groups will be returning the Centre. These are as follows.

17th May- Cambrian Choir 12.30-2.30 (with online access as well)

18th May- Table tennis 2.30-4pm and Ilkay’s yoga 7.45pm

19th May- Lifedrawing 7-9pm

21st May Papier-mache group 1-3pm

These groups are in addition to the children’s activities that are currently on offer- Richmond Ballet (Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri), Hartbeeps (Thurs) and a new Capoeira group on Wednesdays.

Other groups not listed above will be starting back in the weeks following the 17th May. Please contact us for more information.

Can you help us?

The Cambrian Community Centre is looking for a volunteer Treasurer and Trustees

This is a great opportunity to contribute to a local charity working to improve wellbeing and social cohesion through health and leisure activities.

Our Centre provides a programme of community activities, hires of community rooms for other groups to meet and our community gym has a specialism in providing rehabilitative exercise programmes and support.

We are looking for suitably experienced people to take on the role of Trustee and in particular one person suitable for Treasurer, when some current trustees and our Treasurer stand down in the Summer of 2021.

For further information please contact David Lemon, Centre Manager on                                      

Gym Reopening

We are delighted that the gym has reopened today (12th April). The booking system is working well via this website- Please use the “Book Your Gym Session” button to book a session by following the instructions. If you need any further assistance please contact the gym on 0208 332 1102 or the Centre office on 0208 948 3351. The Covid security steps that were in place at the end of last year remain in operation. In particular this includes a one way system with gym entry from Cambrian Rd (via the black metal gate.) Please wait under the the green gazebo for your session to start. We are looking forward to welcoming you all back in soon.

New Exercise Class

Victoria Anderson is starting a new “Full Body Workout” class on Fridays 9am-10am. This will be a 45 minute exercise session followed by a 15 minute chat and advice to desal with any specific issues/concerns .

The cost is £6 per session and this will be launching on Friday 5th March. A great way to keep those fitness levels up whilst we await the gym reopening!

Gym Reopening update

Hi all, We hope you are well!  Following the recent government announcements we are planning to reopen the gym for users from Monday 12th April.

Covid security measures that we had in place prior to our closure (limits to numbers, pre – booking via this website, one hour slots) will remain in place. This is all subject to the continuing drop in infection rates and we will of course keep you informed if plans change.

Online Activities During Lockdown

As before we have a range of activities online for people to enjoy. These are delivered via Zoom and you will need to contact us to request a meeting link to access the sessions.

Gym Sessions

General strength routine with Victoria – Tuesdays 10 am – 45 min session

Legs Bums and Tums with Paul – Thursdays 10.30am – 45 min session

General chat (gym/exercise advice) with Melissa from 10am Saturdays

We are considering making some short videos in response to particular requests/issues. If you would like some bespoke exercise advice and maybe a short video to outline any suggested exercise programme please let us know.

For gym sessions or exercise advice please email

Centre sessions

Tai Chi with Paul – Mondays 3-4pm

Choir with Deirdre – Mondays 12.30am-2.30pm (starts Jan 18th)  

Gentle Yoga with Noreen – Tuesdays 11.30-12.30pm

Creative Writing with Gwen (1st Tues of the month)

Ukulele with Nicos Thursdays 8pm

Drawing with Claire  Fridays 10am and 1pm.

All of these sessions have a (minimal) fee to attend.

For new enquiries please email . For existing participants please continue to communicate with the relevant tutor for your activity.

Ongoing Gym and Centre Closure

Following the announcement re Tier 4 restrictions in December and with no current plan to reduce these restrictions for Richmond as we move into the New Year we will be unfortunately continuing with the current closure of the Community Centre and gym.

We are awaiting news on the small of number of activity groups that have been permitted to continue – Largely those providing services and support for under 18s. The gym team will be meeting virtually next week to plan a small programme of online classes and support that we will offered during this enforced closure period. A newsletter outlining this programme will be sent out in the week of 4th January and details posted on this website.

Once again we send our apologies to all Centre users and gym members and hope you will bear with us during this period of disruption.

Have the happiest New Year that you can in the circumstances and we look forward to seeing you all again soon! Here’s to a better year in 2021!

Christmas Greetings

We would like to wish all of our users, friends and neighbours a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year. We have certainly had a tough year. We sincerely hope that 2021 will be better for all! As always we are here to assist in anyway that we can so please do keep in contact.

The Centre and Gym will be remaining open during most of the festive period so if you want to call,email or use the social media accounts we run please do feel free to do so.

From everyone at the Cambrian Centre

Opening hours for the festive period are as follows:
Friday 25th Dec         Closed
Saturday 26th Dec    Closed
Monday 28th Dec     Closed    
Friday 1st Jan            Closed  

Gym Re-opening

Following the recent government announcements relating to the easing of the national lock down we are pleased to announce that the Cambrian Centre gym will be re-opening from Thursday 3rd December. Members will need to book sessions by using the system on this website. This will be possible from this Thursday (25th Nov).

We still awaiting guidance relating to other Centre activities but we very much hope that the majority of activities can also recommence from the 3rd December. We will send out information on this as soon as we hear more.

Walking “Buddies”

If you are feeling isolated during the lockdown period and would like us to help link you up with a friend from the Centre for a walk please let us know. We will then aim to link you up with anyone else requesting a walking buddy.

Online Activities During Lockdown

We are very pleased to be able to offer some online activities whilst the Centre is closed. These include three regular weekly gym sessions with members of the gym team as well as a wide variety of group activities. These are all listed below. To access sessions please email us indicating which session (s) you are interested in and we will then email you a link to the relevant activity.

“Gym” sessions– Paul’s Tai Chi and exercise chat 2.45pm Mondays, Victoria’s exercise advice and exercise sessions 10am Fridays or Stretch and bend with Melissa 11am Saturdays. (All free to gym members)

Centre sessions– Choir with Deirdre Mondays 12.30am, Gentle Yoga with Noreen Tuesdays 11.30, Creative Writing with Gwen (1st Tues of the month) time TBC, Ukulele with Nicos Thursdays 8pm, Drawing with Claire Fridays 10am. All of these sessions have a (minimal) fee to attend.

Please email us with any questions on the sessions.

Centre Closure

Following from the recent government announcement of a further lock down period from 5th November to 2nd December we will be closing the Community Centre and Gym from the 5th (last gym session Wednesday 4th).

Many activity groups will be continuing online. These include Drawing, Yoga, Tai Chi, Choir, Ukulele,Creative Writing. Please do get in contact if you need  any help accessing these groups.

We are also planning to offer some online gym sessions which we anticipate will be led by a member of the gym team. More information on this will be emailed out to gym members and will also be added to this section of our website.

The closure is a great shame as we have been slowly building back up from the previous shut down and all the feedback had been very positive. We very much hope that this will be a short interlude and that we can get back to normal service as soon as possible. Take care all and we look forward to seeing you again before too long!

New Lockdown Requirements

We expect that most of you will have heard the latest government announcement about a second nationwide lockdown from Thursday 5th November. Although MPs will be voting on this on Wednesday, the guidance already issued indicates the mandatory closure of gym facilities.  We will be discussing the detail as further information becomes available however we have halted the ability to book gym sessions from close of play on Wednesday 4th November.

Centre Reopening Update

We are continuing to gradually reopen the Centre with new Covid safety measures in place. This has been going very well and we are so pleased to see people back in the Centre enjoying the gym and our various activities.

The following have now restarted;

Singing group (Monday 12.30-2.30)

Tai Chi (Monday 2-4pm)

Creative Writing (1st Tuesday of every month 9-11am)

Remark Deaf Lunch Club (Wednesdays 10-3)

Life Drawing (Wednesday 7-9pm)

Hartbeeps (Thursday AM)

Drawing (Friday 10-12.30)

Richmond Ballet (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 4.30-7.30pm)

More groups will be starting back next week (starting 21st September). For information of any of these activity groups please email the Centre Manager via

Gym Online Booking System Now Open

We have now launched our online booking system for the gym. To access the booking system click on the “Gym” tab on this page and then select “Gym reopening”. Just follow the instructions to make your booking (s). We hope you find the system simple and effective. Please do give us feedback to enable us to improve it further and deal with any issues.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the gym from the 7th September!

Groups Restarting from September

We are delighted to announce that many of our popular activity groups will be restarting from September. This begins with our drawing group on 4th September. All activity groups must complete a risk assessment before restarting. There will also be a number of changes to the way groups are run including the changes to the layout of the Centre.

We don’t expect all groups to restart at the same time and there will be a gradual return to a full programme at the Centre.

Further updates will be posted as we develop the reopening of the Centre over the next few weeks.

Thanks for your patience and we are really looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Gym Reopening Update

Hello everyone. We are writing to update you all on our plans for reopening the sorely missed Cambrian Community Gym. We have been working hard to develop plans to ensure a safe reopening and implement new procedures to ensure the ongoing safe operation of the gym. These are outlined briefly below.

We are intending to reopen to members on Monday 7th September.

The gym will operate normal hours 9am-3pm and all our previous gym staff team (Vicki, Paul, Sam and Victoria) remain with us.

There will be a number of changes to gym operation. These will include;

  • A new one way entrance and exit system – with entrance into the gym via Cambrian Rd and exit out onto the car parking area.
  • A booking system- We need to limit numbers of users and this is the only way to ensure this.
  • 45 minute exercise slots for users. Starting probably on the hour- IE 9-10am including a 10/15 minute gap between groups using the gym to allow cleaning and air circulation . 
  • Layout alteration to increase space.
  • Installation of extractor fans.
  • Closure of shower/change facilities and lockers for the time being.
  • Increased overnight cleaning by our contracted cleaners and ongoing cleaning by staff and users of equipment.
  • The provision of hand santiser, wipes, and additional PPE if required.
  • Separation of other Centre activities and users from gym by locked door.

This is not a full list and other changes will be implemented before the reopening, which we will update you with in due course. We would be interested to hear any specific suggestions or concerns from members whilst we arrange for the works to be carried and the new systems are set up.  Please do email with any such points.

Take care everyone and we are very much looking forward to seeing you all again very soon.

Everyone at the Cambrian Community Centre

Centre Reopening….Update

Hi all,

It’s been a long break and we hope you have been taking care of yourselves. We have now started to make plans for reopening and will be able to provide more news next week following a Cambrian Centre Trustee meeting scheduled for the 4th August.

We have been working hard on opening plans and there will be many changes when we do reopen our doors. Your safety remains our number one priority so we need to make sure the Centre is able to offer all of our amazing services and activities safely to all of our users. We’re sure you can appreciate this is quite a complicated job!

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all again!

More news to follow on this next week!

Online (Zoom) Yoga

In additon to our Zoom yoga sessions run by Noreen on Tuesdays we can also offer access to two further yoga classes delivered by Ilkay’s yoga. Details below. Any questions please contact Ilkay direct.

Online Classes

We have started delivering some online classes whilst the current lock down is in place. These are at present Tai Chi with Paul, Mondays 3.15-4.15, Gentle Yoga with Noreen, Tuesdays 11.00-12.00 and Drawing with Claire, Fridays 10-12am. We can also link interested people with our ukelele group which is meeting online on Wednesday evenings.

All of these classes are running on the Zoom platform which we have found quite simple to use . It just requires participants to either download or access Zoom online and then click on a link sent out by the class tutor prior to the session. We are available to assist with setting people up on Zoom if you need help.

We are charging the normal price for these session- £5 but will be waiving fees for anyone unable to pay at this difficult time. Payment can be made to our bank account via transfer or if you don’t use online banking we will be happy to settle up once the lockdown is relaxed.

Please email with any questions on this.

We hope to bring more classes to you shortly.

Take care all and see you soon!

Centre Update

We all hope you are doing OK in this weird world we find ourselves thrown into.

We are continuing to offer exercise guidance whilst the gym is closed. This guidance will be emailed out to gym members and can be emailed if you request it. Please do read the introduction letter and guidance carefully and follow the instructions. We will aim to email out regular updates. We are also available to respond to questions so please email any queries to

In other news the drawing group have managed to continue running on Friday mornings via the app Zoom. We are available to help other groups that meet at the Cambrian Community Centre if they are interested in maintaining contact in this or other ways that comply with the social distancing requirements. Please do get in contact if you would like to explore this option.

Take care all and here’s to better times in the not too distant future!!

Everyone at the Cambrian Community Centre

Centre and Gym Closure

Tuesday 17th March – Following the recent government advice on the evolving Corona Virus situation we have today reluctantly taken the decision to close both the Community Centre and the Gym. We are very sorry to have to take this step but it was unavoidable in the current circumstances.

Staff will be at the Centre picking up messages and potentially assisting with local efforts to assist people. If you need assistance please do feel free to call on 0208 948 3351 or email and we will do what we can to help.

If you are a gym member with a monthly standing order we quite understand if you decide to cancel in the light of the current situation. If you would like to continue to support the Centre by keeping these payments going we will be very grateful as the coming months look set to be quite challenging.

Please do check this website and our facebook and twitter feeds to further updates. We wish you all well and look forward to seeing you all again in the near future.

Take care everyone.

Repair Cafe – Sunday 22nd March 12-4pm- CANCELLED

The Cambrian Community Centre will be hosting a repair cafe on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd March. “Dr Bike” will be offering small repairs and adjustments to bikes, “Works of Love”, clothing and fabric repair and alterations. We will have tools and materials to help with small repairs of small mechanical items. No electricals please. Please note Dr Bike service will finish at 3pm.

Corona Virus Update

The Cambrian Community Centre and Gym remains open as normal.

We will notify any changes to programme via our website, local social media (Nextdoor, Facebook and Twitter) and through posters at the Centre. Please do check.

If you are feeling unwell or have been to any of the high risk areas identified by Government advice please do not attend centre activities and seek appropriate medical advice.

We have increased cleaning (particularly in the gym) but please do notify a member of staff if there are any areas that you feel need attention.

Thanks for your co-operation and understanding!

Card Payments

We are now accepting card payments at the gym. Centre users attending other activities can use this facility (between gym opening hours- 9am-3pm.) Please do get in contact with any questions on this.

New Yoga Session

We are delighted to be hosting a new Vinyasa yoga session with Ilkay on Tuesday evenings 7.30-8.30pm. Please contact Ilkay for bookings or further information.

Bric A Brac SALE

SUNDAY 17th November

Cambrian Community Centre is holding a BRIC A BRAC SALE on Sunday 17th November  2pm-5pm. Come down and scout out those pre Christmas knick nacks and other items at our Community Centre. All welcome!

Bat Walk

The Cambrian Community Centre hosted a bat walk and talk on Thursday 3rd October. Around 25 local residents attended the centre and made bat themed art and craft items before taking to Richmond Park with bat detectors.

They also had a chance to meet “Biggles” the giant bat who had a quick flight up Cambrian Rd as part of the activity. It was great fun and we hope to run it again next year when the bats come out of hibernation.

Sock Midges

Wednesday Zumba

Our popular Wednesday Zumba classes are ceasing from this Wednesday (9th October). This is due to our tutor Sally starting a new job. We wish her all the best for this! Monday evening sessions (7.30-8.30pm) will continue as normal.

Saturday Gym

We are delighted to announce that Saturday gym sessions are resuming from Saturday 19th October. These will be run by Victoria, our new weekend gym instructor. The sessions will be extended, now running from 10am to 3pm. See you there!

Bat Walk and Talk Thurs 3rd Oct

We will be running a family walk and talk session on the evening of the 3rd October 6pm-8pm. There will be a quick introduction to the wonderful world of bats, a brief craft activity and a chance to meet “Biggles” the giant bat puppet. We will then take a short walk around the Community Centre and into Richmond Park using bat detectors to see what species are to be found in our area. If you wish to attend please email or call to book places. PLEASE NOTE THIS ACTIVITY IS SUBJECT TO WEATHER.

….and Arrivals

We are delighted to announce that Vicki, our amazing gym manager has recently become a mother!! She gave birth to baby Edward last week. We wish Vicki and Chris all the very best for this exciting new chapter of their life together. We are also looking forward to seeing Edward soon!


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!

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 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


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 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

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

Richmond Park Film – very well attended.

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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

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

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

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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.