What's going on at the Hall - clubs and groups

Donnington has few public facilities - which is why St George's Church is so keen that our parish hall is put to community use.

We missed it during lockdown, but we used the downtime to improve the facilities. A list of the clubs and groups using the hall is below - but it is always expanding and if you want to make an inquiry get in touch with our amazingly helpful booking secretary Liz Cooper by emailing [email protected]

We are always looking to expand activity at the Hall and have set up a £10,000 Community Initiative Fund to help groups get started. You can find out more on the page 'building a loving community'. 

Here is a flavour of the sort of clubs using the Hall:-

Zumba Gold is a modified version of a regular Zumba Class geared towards active older adults seeking lower impact workouts. This program offers easier-to-follow moves that focus on low joint impact, making it safer for active older adults to practice. The Gold program incorporates music such as salsa, merengue, cumbia and lots more Latin Flavours. This class is great fun and a great way to meet others in your local community.To book please visit www.bodyfitbymel.com/book-now/#/events or email [email protected] for more information Tel: 07824668368

Road Trip Yoga. Ancient ways of tribal living inspired Vince  to become a yoga teacher. Getting back to something we have lost. His yoga classes have classic yoga sequencing, preparation for postures with a general emphasis on breathe work and alignment. Encouraging us to re-connect to our senses and our bodies by building strength and also creating space in our lives to relax 07817 135472

Donnington Short Mat Bowls Club was founded in 1990 to enable local people to play bowls. A skilful game played on a 40+ foot carpet with a block of wood in the middle. The skill is bowling your full size bowls without hitting the block and reaching the small jack. Sessions are Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoon 2-4.30pm, Wednesday and Friday evening 7-9.30(Only Monday and Wednesday  May - August) Fancy trying bowls Tel: Allan 01243 783434

The Donnington Village Lunch would like to welcome new diners to their very sociable and happy lunch held on the second Thursday of each month from 12.00 noon to 2.30p.m. in Donnington Parish Hall. We hold a 5* Hygiene Certificate and offer a restaurant style two course traditional lunch cooked on site and served by our volunteer helpers, with soft drinks and tea and coffee with chocolates to complete the afternoon. For further information or to make a booking please telephone Valerie Clark 01243 786957.

The St. Wilfrid's Hospice Choir. The St. Wilfrid's Hospice Choir is a group of friendly people who meet on a Wednesday 5.15pm - 6.15pm to enjoy chatting, singing and representing St Wilfrid's Hospice. All are welcome - no audition needed nor is there any requirement to read music. Anybody interested should contact choir leader Mark Anstead on 07535 924100 or [email protected]

Chichester & District Philatelic Society. The Club was formed in 1959 and celebrated its diamond jubilee in 2019. Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month (December excepted) commencing at 7.30pm and concluding at 9.00pm. Meetings generally consist of either a member or a guest from another club displaying and giving a short talk based on the subject matter of the display. Two evenings a year are put aside for the club’s competitions whereby members exhibit extracts from their collections. Further details can be obtained from the club’s website . If you wish to attend a meeting please feel free to just turn up or contact our secretary Frank Griffiths 01243 527068 for further details.

Book and Puzzle Swop. A Community Book and Puzzle Swop held each Saturday morning between 10:30 and 12. It's free but donations help pay for the use of the Hall and to purchase new books. Contact Marilyn McAuslan on 01243 782198.

Community Keep Fit. Every Thursday 9.30-10.15am the class is aimed at people over 50 but any age group is welcome. Run by Becky who is a YMCA/rRSA qualified ‘exercise to music’ instructor who's been in the industry for 26 years. Her emphasis is on enjoying the class and having fun as well as getting stronger and fitter. Classes are aerobic style and low impact class to 60s/70s music with the aim of getting the heart rate up but at our own fitness levels. Mats and hand-weights are provided and the cost is £5 per class, but if paid upfront it works out as £4 per class. Any questions please call 07768642481 (or leave a text message) or email [email protected]

Martial Arts and Kickboxing for younsgters. Lee holds two sessions at the Hall on Fridays. LiL Ninjas between 4.45pm-5.15pm for 3-6 year olds. Learn martial arts and kickboxing skills for the littles ones to improve motors skills, boost confidence, motivation and determination and help build strong muscles and bones. 

Kids Champions kickboxing at 5.30pm for 6 years plus. All the benefits of the LiL Ninjas plus learning the art of kickboxing, great fitness, build confidence against bullies, work through levels and towards competitions if wanted. All sessions are covid secure, great fun and the first session is free! To book your free taster ,please text 07824504768, email [email protected] or visit www.arofitnesskickboxing.com

Al-Anon Fridays 8pm – 9:15pm West Wing. Al-Anon has one purpose: to help the families and friends of alcoholics and those who have a problem with alcohol. Through self-supporting, confidential meetings, Al-Anon members come together to share their experiences and draw on one another's strength as they work to solve their common problems. All meetings are confidential: who you see here, what you hear here, stays here. To find out more look at https://www.al-anonuk.org.uk or just turn up on a Friday, you will be sure of a warm and encouraging welcome.

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