Monthly Archives: September 2016

Hackney VI Climbing Day – Sat 29 Oct!

The castle climbing centre
The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, London N4 2HA -Meeting/Pick up point: Stratford Central Station – Time TBC
3.00pm - 6.00pm
020 3697 6464
29th October 2016
£5.00 per person

An  Afternoon of Climbing activities for people living with sight loss in Hackney and surrounding Boroughs.

Please note: 24 places are available, priority will go to those resident in East London Boroughs.

The Afternoon will consist of small group climbing experiences beginning in teams of three, suitable for all ages 8+. This activity is appropriate for beginners and those who haven’t climbed before. Time allowing there will be the opportunity to move on from ‘Ropes’ and try ‘Bouldering’ and ‘Traversing’. All sessions will be run by experienced coaches and supported by volunteers.

Please wear appropriate clothing, track suit bottoms or shorts and long sleeved top. Climbing shoes and all other equipment will be provided.

Organisers: The Castle Climbing Centre, East London Vision and Metro Blind Sport.
When: Sat 29th Oct 2016, 3.00 – 6.30pm.
Group 1 session 3.00 – 4.30pm, Group 2 session 5.00 – 6.30pm
Where: The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, London N4 2HA
Meeting/Pick up point: Stratford Central Station – Time TBC
Cost: £5.00 per person
Please note: 24 places are available, priority will go to those resident in East London Boroughs.

For more information and a registration form please contact
Nicola Stokes – Tel No. 020 3697 6464

Or visit – MBS events page at

Closing date to register for this event is Fri 21st Oct

There is an opportunity regardless of age and ability to develop your climbing at The Castle. Please contact Sophie Charles or Tel. 0208 211 1061


Guide Dogs week: 1st -9th Oct: ‘Catching the Ghost’ Exciting theatre event at The Scoop – 4th Oct!

Guide Dog Week 1-9 Oct 2016
The Scoop on the bank of the river Thames, right next to City Hall, overlooking Tower Bridge
6.30pm - 6.45pm
0345 143 0192
04th October 2016

 ‘Catching the Ghost’ – Guide Dogs Week 2016

B&W image of a man in an empty space. His body is transparent and casting two shadows, one in front and the other on on a screen behind him

As part of the week-long media celebrations to promote Guide Dogs, we are producing a one-off show of ‘Catching the Ghost’, a new play written and performed by visually impaired actor Chris Campion, who previously worked with us on ComBUStion in 2015.

Chris’ play tells the story of a man split in two; one half running after the past while the other stumbles his way across the present towards an uncertain future. At turns sad, funny and poignant, the play questions how we often look without seeing, and how it feels to live without sight. Will he ever catch the ghost?

‘I remember lying on my roof, utterly bewildered and for the first time sensed the ghost. Felt him separate from my body. The ghost of the Chris that didn’t break, that didn’t lose his sight.’

This performance takes place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 4 October at outdoor venue The Scoop, More London next to City Hall (nearest tube station: London Bridge). It will also be preceded by an immersive walk experience for members of the press, produced by Extant and featuring three other professional visually-impaired actors: Chloe Clarke, Steven George and Sumit Sahni. Come and lend your support to our performers and be a part of Guide Dogs Week! For those who can’t attend the event in London, it will be live streamed on the Guide Dogs Facebook page.


Guide Dogs Week runs from 1-9 October 2016. You can follow other news and the lead-up to ‘Catching the Ghost’ by following both Extant and Guide Dogs on Twitter with the hashtag #GuideDogsWeek

The performance is preceded by a blindfold walk, where we give celebrities and journalists the opportunity to get a small insight into some of the challenges faced every day by people who are blind or partially sighted.

If you can’t join us, please remember to visit our website and find more ways you can “Move it for Money” for Guide Dogs week 2016.

Find out more about guide dog week

Short link here:

Find out about our London Guide Dogs team in this video:



Low Vision Day at St Thomas’ Hospital – 8 Oct!

Shepherd Hall, South Wing,St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH
10.00am - 2.00pm
0207 188 4569
08th October 2016

Do  you, or a friend or relative, have poor eyesight? Join us at the 10th annual

Low Vision Day!

Try a whole range of low vision aids and talk to the many Charity and Borough representatives for advice

The programme also includes

10-11am       Tennis for the vision impaired
11-12noon    Cycling with Wheels for Wellbeing
12 noon       Opening by Hugh Quarshie from Holby City and the Royal Shakespeare Company
1215-1230     Short programme from the  VIP Singers

Date: Saturday 8th Oct 2016 Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: Shepherd Hall, South Wing,St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH
Contact: Just turn up or call 0207 188 4569 for more information



Cricket Report: Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Metro Cricket Team

25th September

The cricket season ended with a below-strength Metro side taking a trip to Wolverhampton Cricket Club, who were hosting the David Townley memorial T20 competition for the first time. Seven were hardy enough to face a day that started on the seven forty-three from Euston and finished finding their way home after the return train arrived at ten o’clock.

Matt Dean who had taken Metro to finals day was that missed person on the day; as some of his runs may have resulted in a more successful outcome for Metro. Matt won the BCEW partially sighted batsman of the year award for his 600 runs at an average of 150. Lois Turner had already received the female player of the year award for her efforts for Surrey and Metro.

The draw for the semi-finals resulted in what seems to be a fixture of the draw for cup matches as Metro had to face Warwickshire, while Sussex played Cheshire in the other match. Metro expanded their team by borrowing players from Staffordshire who had turned up to watch and were happy to be given the opportunity to play.

However, after the BCEW bowler of the year, Luke Sugg bowled Rory with the fourth ball of the Metro innings the game was always going to be very hard for Metro to compete in. Shaks top scored with 14 as a score of just 40 all out was posted in under 14 overs as Luke finished with 4 for 9 plus a catch. He then led the chase with 26 not out including a six as despite Rory picking up one wicket – Metro could not take the game into the sixth over.

After an excellent, and early lunch Metro faced Cheshire in the third place playoff game; losing the toss they were asked to bat first and fared much better in this game. Rory scored 71 from a total of 131; which included a partnership of 77 for the fourth wicket with Aemonn, who scored an undefeated 15. A much more competitive score in the very windy conditions that make hearing the ball and bowling with accuracy quite difficult. The opposition had lost a lot of wickets in their semi-final and when Rory took a wicket with his first ball with just two runs having been scored it looked as if a very tight game might ensue.

Tom Kitchen and Paul Knowles however then built a steady partnership from a slow start and when Rory and Charles combined to secure a run out for Metro’s second wicket they had scored 90 together in just over half the allotted overs. This base allowed Cheshire to complete their win with more than three overs to spare; but not before the Staffordshire on loan total had taken a no bounce catch to dismiss Howard Greenhill and Charles had taken a catch to leave the Cobras four down as they reached their target with a boundary.

In the final Justin Hollingsworth scored 98 as Warwickshire posted a huge total that could not be matched by the BCEW league winners Sussex; so there were two winning teams able to collect their trophies at the post-match celebration. Metro passed on the “Spirit of Cricket” award to Somerset and so ends the season – although some may noticed that the BBS Cup final has not been played. Due to unforeseen circumstances that will now take place in the early part of the 2017 season.

– Report by Paul Toplis


Free accessible yoga sessions in London 29 Sept!

Pancras Square Leisure Centre, 5 Pancras Rd, London N1C 4AG.
14.30 - 16.00
020 7014 9318
29th September 2016

Sense to launch free accessible yoga sessions for people with sight and hearing impairments in London

Sense is set to launch a 10 week programme of free yoga sessions for people who have sight and hearing impairments and those with complex needs. A taster open-afternoon is to be held by the charity on the  29th September at the Pancras Square Leisure Centre, London, for those interested in participating.

For more information or to book a place, those who wish to attend should get in touch with the Taylor Huxster at or call 020 7014 9318 (Tues, Wed and Thurs).

Taylor Huxster, Regional Sports Coordinator at Sense said:

“We wanted to provide exercise tailored to the needs of people with sensory loss who often face many barriers to keeping active. Yoga is an accessible and safe form of exercise for people of all ages. It’s an effective way to build strength, flexibility and balance and it’s also great for relaxation and stress management. We hope that these sessions will help more people live active lives and enjoy the benefits of exercise.”

Parents, families and carers are welcome to attend the taster session which is taking place on September 22nd and 29th from 14.30 until 16.00 at the Pancras Square Leisure Centre, 5 Pancras Rd, London N1C 4AG.