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Art + Creativity
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Art + Creativity
Bradford Writers Circle

Bradford Writers’ Circle

First and Third Monday of the month, 7-9pm, £2

Whether a beginner or experienced, all writers are welcome. This group offers mutual support and feedback to those wanting to write creatively.
There is an annual £7 membership fee.

Tina Watkin, 01274 834273


Craft Club

Craft Club

First Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm
Third Wednesday of the month, 1-3pm

A friendly group of creative ladies that meet every month on an afternoon and evening. You can attend both sessions, or just the afternoon or evening. This is an open drop-in group – just come along!
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Our cafe is open (daytime only)
Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Let

Dabble, Do & Tinker

Fourth Saturday of the month, 10.30–12.30pm. £2 per child

Science + Art = FUN. Nature, science, art and craft skills for all the family.

Our cafe is open
Nicola 07914 495626, Paula 07914 389726
www.sponge-tree.com


Doodle Club

Doodle Club

Bi-monthly on a Saturday morning. 10.30-12.30pm
£2 per child. Adults go free!

Creative and fun art sessions with a fun theme for all ages. No matter what your drawing skills, you’ll learn something new. Plentiful materials, tuition and inspiration.
Check our calendar for the next event.

Our cafe is open


Painting and Drawing Club

Drawing and Painting Club

Every Friday 12.30-3.30pm
£2.00 per person

A social drop-in run by and for people who enjoy painting and drawing in good company.
Easels are provided but please bring your own art materials.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Our cafe is open
Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Kirkgate Art and Craft Group

Kirkgate Art and Craft Group

Every Tuesday 10-11.30am (term-time only). £2

A friendly and supportive group for over 55s, exploring a wide range of art and craft techniques.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Our cafe is open
Kirkgate Centre, 01274 58086


Kirkgate Book Group

Kirkgate Book Group

Fourth Thursday of the month, 2-3pm. £2

If you love reading and literature, this small and friendly group may be for you. They select and discuss a different novel every month - books are provided free of charge by Bradford Libraries.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Light refreshments are provided
Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Painting with Chris

Painting with Chris

Maondays, 1pm–3pm, £2 Thursdays, 10am–12pm, £2

A hands-on painting class For over the 55s. Most people who join this class have never painted, but soon find themselves producing landscapes with acrylic paints on canvas.
This is a practical class, so please wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on!
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Shipley Bread Group

Shipley Bread Group

Occaisonal meetings, usually on a Sunday

A group which explores the pleasures of making your own bread. All sorts of artisan breads are made in a friendly social setting.

Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Shipley Alternative

Shipley Alternative

Occaisonal Saturdays, 11-3pm. Free entry

The Shipley Alternative is a popular, occasional marketplace for creative makers, up-cyclers and other imaginative traders from the Shipley area.

Admission is free.

Stalls are charged at £5 each and must apply online

Click here for dates and more information.

Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Children + Families
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Children + Families
Bumps and Babes

Bumps and Babes

Every Monday. 9.30-11.30am

An opportunity to meet other parents and their babies in a friendly, welcoming environment.
Along with lots of play, mornings typically include:
• baby massage
• story time
• messy play
• song time

Owlet Family Centre, 01535 605272
owlet.childrencentre.org


Let

Dabble, Do & Tinker

Fourth Saturday of the month, 10.30–12.30pm. £2 per child

Science + Art = FUN. Nature, science, art and craft skills for all the family.

Our cafe is open
Nicola 07914 495626, Paula 07914 389726
www.sponge-tree.com


Doodle Club

Doodle Club

Bi-monthly on a Saturday morning. 10.30-12.30pm
£2 per child. Adults go free!

Creative and fun art sessions with a fun theme for all ages. No matter what your drawing skills, you’ll learn something new. Plentiful materials, tuition and inspiration.
Check our calendar for the next event.

Our cafe is open


Kirkgate Catch Up

Kirkgate Catch Up

Mondays, 9am–12.30pm. Free

An opportunity for new and expectant parents to catch-up with midwife appoints, get additional midwife support, meet a community support worker, a breastfeeding mentor, receive stop smoking support or just drop for a chat.

Refreshments are provided
01535 605272
owlet.childrencentre.org


Lego Fun Day

Lego Fun Day

Third Saturday every month, 12.30-3.30pm. £2 per family

Once a month, the main hall of the Kirkgate Centre is filled with Lego, Kinex, Meccanno for children (and parents) creating all kinds of amazing things.

Our cafe is open
James, 07747 042959


PAC UK

PAC UK

By appointment only

A team of specialist workers who support people affected in any way by adoption, including adopted people, adoptive families and birth families.
They offer counselling, advice, support, parent/child search services, mentoring and workshops.

PAC UK 0113 230 2100
www.pac-uk.org


Sponge Tree Saplings

Saplings

Every Tuesday, 9.30-11.30am (term time only)
£2.50 per child (£1 for under 1’s)

Very popular play sessions for pre-school children that link nature with colour and creativity.  Providing hands on learning and discovery about what is happening in the outside world, through sensory + natural art, craft and play, stories, music and singing.

Our cafe is open
Nicola 07914 495626, Paula 07914 389726
www.sponge-tree.com


Classes + Meetings
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Classes + Courses
WEA

The Growth of a City Bradford 1750-1950

Fridays from 23rd September to 4th November, 10am-12pm
£48, FREE for those on income related benefits

This course explores the development of Bradford and includes two guided walks.
Topics include:
· Welfare & the Poor Law, workhouses charitable foundations, alms-houses
· Public Health – Slum conditions, cholera outbreaks, hospitals and dispensaries
· Cemeteries and Burial Grounds
· Education – from church school to comprehensive
· Public utilities – water, gas, electric

WEA, 0113 2453304
Book online with the WEA



Aspire-i

Aspire-i: National Careers Guidance

By appointment only

Workshops and one-to-one sessions for people to improve their CVs.
The sessions are run through referrals from the Job Centre.

Aspire-i, 0113 225 9000
www.aspire-i.com



Buddha Land Meditation

Buddha Land Meditation

Wednesdays, 7.30–9pm. £6

A drop-in meditation class which includes guided meditation, explanation and discussion.

Kelsang, 01535 958298
www.enjoymeditation.org


Cook Together, Eat Together

Cook Together, Eat Together

Thursdays, 9.30am-12pm. £2

Whether you’ve never cooked before or are a master-chef, this sociable group for over 55s enjoys cooking a lunch together and enjoying a communal meal.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Counselling Skills

Counselling skills

Please contact the organiser to join a course.

A range of courses throughout the year for people with either new to counselling or wanting to develop their skills.
The courses provide a deeper understanding of counselling as well as developing counselling skills.


French with Cecile

French with Cécile

Tuesdays, 1– 2pm or 2–3pm. £6
Thursdays, 7–8pm. £6

A great way to learn or top up your French, with a qualified local tutor whose also a native French speaker. There are even a choice of times to learn. Parfaite!

Cécile, 0797 681 5373
www.cecilebb.com


Learn English

Learn English

Beginners’ group: Monday 10–11.30am. Free
Improvers’ group: Tuesday 10-11.30am. Donation

Especially for those recently arrived from overseas - welcome to Shipley! Join us to make new friends and learn or improve your spoken English.

Light refreshments provided.
Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Kirkgate IT Club

Kirkgate IT Club

Tuesdays, 12pm–2.00pm. £2

A club for over 55s. Bring along your laptop or tablet and learn new skills eat week.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Our cafe is open.
Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Painting with Chris

Painting with Chris

Thursdays, 10am–12pm, £2

A hands-on painting class For over the 55s. Most people who join this class have never painted, but soon find themselves producing landscapes with acrylic paints on canvas.
This is a practical class, so please wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on!
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


RSPB

RSPB

Usually the first Friday on the month from 7.30pm, September – April. £3 (children free).

A local branch of the national nature charity, the Airedale & Bradford group have monthly meetings between September and April. Each meeting has a theme and a guest speaker,with slides or films about birdlife across a range of habitats. Please use this link to see their current programme, which also includes guided walks and field trips.
The meetings are open to everyone.

01274 582078
www.rspb.org.uk


Repair Cafe

Shipley Repair Café

Second Saturday of the month
10.30am – 12.30pm

Shipley Repair Café is where people can come with their broken things and be supported by local volunteers to get them fixed.
We have a big team of volunteers who may be able to help you fix all sorts of household items including furniture, textiles, electrical items, audio equipment, computers, etc.
Please let the repair café know in advance what you intend to bring along. You can send details via twitter, email or Facebook - click on the links below. Everyone is welcome
The Repair Café is all about fixing, repurposing and upcycling. If you have skills in repairing textiles, woodwork, electronics, computers or any other common items, and would like to support local people to fix their stuff or are just interested in being involved, please get in touch and come along if you can!

Our cafe is open
Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Spanish with Cecile

Spanish with Cécile

Tuesdays, 3–4pm. £6

A great way to learn or top up your Spanish, with a qualified local tutor whose also a fluent Spanish speaker. ¡Perfecto!

Cécile, 0797 681 5373
www.cecilebb.com


Spiritual Sanctuary

Spiritual Sanctuary

Thursdays, 7.00–9.30pm. Donation

A friendly, open circle which extends a warm welcome to all visitors, irrespective of faith or philosophical perspective. This is an open group - just call in to find out more.



Dance + Singing + Theatre
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Dance + Singing + Theatre
Owlet Dance

Owlet Dance

Thursdays, 1pm–3.30pm. £1

A long established tea dance for the over 50’s. Original sequence dancing and wonderful company, so come along even if you are unable to dance. Membership is £2 per year.

Light refreshments are provided
Jean, 01274 627048


Sing for Joy

Sing for Joy

Wednesdays, 2–4pm. Free

A singing group not just because it is great fun, but because of the health benefits singing brings! Everyone is welcome to join and sessions are free. There is no need to book - just turn up!
Sing for Joy is a Champions Show the Way project.

Our cafe is open
Fiona 01274 321911
Champions Show the Way Website


Shipley Little Theatre

Shipley Little Theatre

Tuesdays, 7–9pm

A lively, welcoming community theatre group, committed to cultivating new writing & acting talent in Shipley & Airedale, presenting new work alongside respected classics.


Shipley and Saltaire Improv Troupe

Shipley & Saltaire Improv Troupe

Wednesdays, 7–9pm. £4

A community theatre group open to all. A madcap bunch of lovely folk who get together regularly to indulge in learning and performing long & short form improv (mostly comedy).

Light refreshments are provided
Steve 07766 738247
www.sasit.org.uk


Vocal Aires

Vocal Aires

Fridays, 1pm–3pm. £1

The choir is all about singing for pleasure, both for its members and the community groups and care homes it performs to.
It is open to all senior citizens, no audition required, but please contact the organiser before attending.
The cost is £1 per session and an annual U3A membership fee of £11.

Our café is open & light refreshments are provided
Sue, 01274 404021


Exercise
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Exercise
Dharma Yoga

Dharma Yoga

Tuesdays, 6pm–7pm. £6

Dru Yoga can be practiced and enjoyed regardless your age or fitness level. Joints are kept relaxed and soft during movements creating flexibility and a free flow of subtle energy, while flowing movements that help release physical, mental and emotional tension.

Palvinder 0791 4672684


Dru Yoga

Dru Yoga

Tuesdays 11am – 12pm, £5.

A Dru Yoga class especially aimed people aged 50+. Work at your own pace and ability in a relaxed setting.

Maria 01274 955132


Fitness League

Fitness League

Wednesdays, 7.15pm–8.45pm. £4

Exercise to music for ladies, including toning, stretching, mobilisation and floor work. Many of the group are aged 50+ so exercises are tailored accordingly.

Barbara, 01274 630146


Gentle Exercise

Gentle Exercise

Thursdays, 9.45-10.45am. £3

A seated exercise for the for over 55's, run by local health and wellbeing charity HALE.

HALE, 01274 271088
www.haleproject.org.uk


Physical Yoga

Physical Yoga

Wednesday, 6.10pm–7.10pm. £5

While focusing on the fitness benefits of yoga, this is a popular intermediate class for men and women benefits all aspects of physical and mental wellbeing. You need to wear loose clothing you can move in and please bring a mat along too.

Elaine on 07751 791335


Pilates

Pilates

Thursdays, 6.15pm–7.15pm. £5

A mixed ability class for men and women – beginners are welcome. Wear loose clothing that you can move around in and bring a mat if you have one.

Elaine on 07751 791335


Shipley Swimming Buddies

Shipley Swimming Buddies

Alternate Tuesdays, 10.30am

Are you over 50? Would you like to join a friendly, social swimming group? Join us at the Kirkgate centre on alternate Tuesdays to enjoy a swim at the nearby Shipley Pool.
We then return to the Kirkgate Centre for a cuppa and a chat.
Supported by the Big Lottery fund

Our cafe is open
Vick, 01274 580186


Tai Chi

Tai Chi

Tuesdays, 7.20pm–8.20pm
Tuesdays, 8.30pm–9.30pm.
£6 per session or £30 for six.

Gentle exercise to improve joint flexibility and resilience, relieving symptoms of stress and help to improve balance.

Bar, 07582 824244
www.ridethetiger.org


Film + Music
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Film + Music
Bradford Writers Circle

Afternoon Matinees

Every Monday, 1pm, £2

Come and enjoy films, meet people who love movies, have a cuppa and a chat.
We show a wide range of films, alternating between classics and newer films each week.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

Light refreshments are provided
Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Front Room Disco

Front Room Disco

Saturday 18th June, 8–11.30pm. £4

Front Room Disco brings you an eclectic alternative mix of music. Covering indie, alternative, ska, reggae, punk, disco and 80's pop. With Wil Oddsox (Love to Boogie).
Please visit the Front Room Disco Facebook page for details of tickets.
A bar serves local ales, quality wines and soft drinks.

Our bar is open.


Golden Cabinet

Golden Cabinet

Occaisional

A local collective bringing exciting music to Shipley from around th UK, Europe and the world!
Golden Cabinet are currently taking a break. You can keep an eye on any future events at their website or on social media.

Our bar is open
www.goldencabinet.co.uk


Music Club

Music Club

Third Friday of the month, 1pm–3pm, £2

Come and enjoy music and good company. If you like, you can bring along music such as records and CDs to listen to and share. It’s a great way to meet people and share memories over a cup of tea.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Light refreshments provided


The Record Club

The Record Club

Saturday 25th June from 8pm. Donation

Bring tunes that deserve to be heard by others, or just come along to enjoy the music and fine company.
Each month there is a theme which people try to comply with (often dubiously or ironically!) with their choice of records to bring along. There’s always time to play other music as well. A great night.

Our bar is open
www.recordclub.org.uk


Shipley Film Society

Shipley Film Society

Once a month on a Friday, 7.30pm, £4/£3

Since 2010, Shipley Film Society has been bringing the best cinema from around the world to our little corner of Yorkshire.
Click here for film showings.


Health + Wellbeing
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Health + Wellbeing
Buddha Land Meditation

Buddha Land Meditation

Wednesdays, 7.30–9pm. £6

A drop-in meditation class which includes guided meditation, explanation and discussion.

Kelsang, 01535 958298
www.enjoymeditation.org


Cook Together, Eat Together

Cook Together, Eat Together

Thursdays, 9.30am-12pm. £2

Whether you’ve never cooked before or are a master-chef, this sociable group for over 55s enjoys cooking a lunch together and enjoying a communal meal.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186


Headway

Headway

Second Tuesday of every month, 10.30am–12.00pm

A local branch of the Brain Injury Association, offering information and support to survivors, carers, family members and interested professionals.

Refreshments are provided
Iris, 0785 6076866


Kirkgate Catch Up

Kirkgate Catch Up

Mondays, 9am–12.30pm. Free

An opportunity for new and expectant parents to catch-up with midwife appoints, get additional midwife support, meet a community support worker, a breastfeeding mentor, receive stop smoking support or just drop for a chat.

Refreshments are provided
Owlet Family Centre, 01274 436600
owlet.childrencentre.org


Memory Club

Memory Club

Wednesdays, 10am–12.30pm

Support for people with a dementia diagnosis, and the people who care about them. Fun activities that boost confidence and encourage friendship along with support and advice.
The group alternatives each week between meeting in the Kirkgate Centre and out and about in Shipley.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund

Elizabeth on 01274 583364


Bradford Zen Group

Zen Meditation

Tuesdays, 7.00pm–8.30pm

All newcomers welcome to this weekly meditation class of the Bradford Zen Group.

Kate: 0799 985 1103


Shipley Alternative
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Shipley Alternative
Shipley Alternative

Shipley Alternative

Occaisonal Saturdays, 11-3pm. Free entry

The Shipley Alternative is a popular, occasional marketplace for creative makers, up-cyclers and other imaginative traders from the Shipley area.
Admission is free.

Click here for more details

Kirkgate Centre, 01274 580186