Monthly Archives: November 2019

Free Cricket Nets at Lords!

Free Cricket Nets session at Lords - 18 Jan 2020
Lords Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN
11.00 am - 1.00 pm
18th January 2020

Free Cricket Nets Session at Lords in 2020

Want to try out Blind and Partially Sighted Cricket, Well here your chance, Book your place now! Learn to play with our trophy-winning team at Lords!  All experience and ability levels welcome. Qualified coaches with VI expertise.

Date: Saturday 18 January 2020 Time: 11 am-1 pm  Age: 12 +
Venue: Lords Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN
To register, or for more info, contact Charlie Raven
Contact: or Phone:07956292046


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E.A.S.T Sailing Dates 2020

East Anglian Sailing Trust E.A.S.T Sailing Dates 2020

EAST ANGLIAN SAILING TRUST Sailing / Cruising Dates for 2020.

TASTER WEEKEND  7- 9  May  2020

  • Thursday 7th May evening meet up and stay on board overnight in Levington.
  • Friday 8th sail all day.
  • Saturday 9th sail and finish back in Levington about 2pm-ish for crews and VI sailors to depart for home.

Priority will be given to first time VI sailors for this weekend

3 DAY WEEKEND CRUISE 29 May – 1 June  2020

  • Friday 29th May evening meet up and stay on board overnight in Levington
  • Saturday 30th sail all day.
  • Sunday 31st sail all day.
  • Monday 1st June finish back in Levington about 2pm ish for crews and Vi sailors to depart for home.


  • Friday 4th September evening meet up and stay on board overnight in Levington.
  • Set sail on Saturday 5th for a week.
  • Return to Levington Friday 11th for a communal evening supper.
  • Crews and VI sailors depart for home in the morning on Saturday 12th.

Hopefully, these dates prove to be popular with you all…..  Many, many thanks for all your previous EAST cruises and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2020.

Contacts: Judith Hedges & Anne Williams  Cruise Coordinators
Tel: 07773 684036 (Judith)  and 07868 226604 (Anne)



Dance Workshops in Wesminster

Dance Wesminster 3 Dates in December 2019

Dance Westminster:  3 Free Dance workshops in December 2019

I wanted to alert you to a wonderful opportunity for disabled people over the age of 11 who live, work, or study in Westminster !

Step Change Studios are working with Westminster Council on an initiative called  ‘Dance Westminster‘ which aims to encourage disabled people to be active through dance. This is a free initiative which consists of 3 components:

  • Dance workshop:

People are invited to join one of  3 free dance workshops lasting 2 hours (during the day). Our inclusive dance workshops are pan-disability, and carers are welcome to join in also.

The size of the workshop with be no more than 30 participants each and will be led by an inclusive dance teacher and supported by other dance team members.

During the workshop, we will also teach a dance routine, which again will be adapted to suit different needs. Each dance workshop has a different dance theme – no dance experience is needed!

The dates of the 3 workshops are:

  • 3rd December at Moberly Centre, starts 11am  (Latin dance theme)
  • 7th December at Tresham Centre, starts  11 am  (musical theatre theme)
  • 11th December at City of Westminster College,  starts 9.30 am (Bollywood-hip hop theme).

Dance Audition: 

After each dance workshop there is a 45-60 min break then participants are invited to audition for the Dance Westminster finals. Participants can audition on their own, with a carer or in groups (we will ask preferences on the day).

They are encouraged to dress up but this is optional. They will perform the routine we taught (and can also incorporate their own moves if they like).

A friendly panel will then select 3 people from each audition to go through to the finals. Every participant will receive a certificate and Westminster will also provide details of other inclusive sports available to try in the borough to encourage people to stay active.

Dance Westminster Finals:

Finalists from each audition will be paired with a professional dance partner who will teach them a performance routine.

The finalists will have four sessions of 2-hour lessons between 11th and 22nd January in the Westminster Borough. Dates and locations will be agreed with each finalist.

The finals event will take place in the beautiful ballroom of Porchester Hall on 23rd January during the day.

We hope every finalist will have their organisation, friends and family behind them cheering them on!

To participate everyone must pre-register.

For details and to register, please visit the Dance Westminster web page:

The spirit of Dance Westminster is very much about having fun, being active and being part of our community.

Things you need to know before you register (terms and conditions)

Dance Westminster is open to people with a registered disability over the age of 11 who live, study or work in the City of Westminster.
Participants of all abilities are welcome and we will provide different versions of dance moves, including for seated and standing participants. No previous dance experience is required.
Carers are welcome to participate in the workshop and audition with people they support.
Participants should select one workshop they will to attend. Participants may not attend more than one workshop.
There is a set number of participants we can accommodate in each workshop. If you register please ensure you can attend – or please inform us if you can no longer attend so that someone else can benefit from your place.
All workshop spaces are wheelchair accessible and have accessible bathrooms. If you have additional needs, please let us know in the registration form.
Participants should wear comfortable clothing and footwear for the dance workshop. Refreshments will be provided.
There will be a one-hour break between the workshop and audition. Participants are encouraged to ‘dress up’ for the audition.
Friends and family are welcome to the workshop auditions.
Ten finalists will be chosen across the three workshops. We will arrange 1:1 lessons with each finalist between 11th-22nd January to learn a dance routine to perform at the finals.
Finalists will be expected to attend all rehearsals or they may forfeit their place in the grand finals (excluding extenuating circumstance).
The grand final will be at Porchester Hall on 23rd January 2020. Before you participate in the workshop audition, please ensure you are available for the finals.
Participants/guardians will be asked to sign a mandatory health declaration form confirming that no medical professional had advised that they should not participate in physical activity.
Participants will be asked to sign an optional consent form for photography and filming at the workshops and finals.
Dance Westminster is an inclusive dance initiative and we ask all participants and their supporters to be respectful and supportive of each other and the spirit of the event. It is the discretion of Westminster City Council Dance Westminster organisers to withdraw participation at any stage if any participant is found to be in breach of the terms and conditions.
The judges’ decision is final.

Any queries concerning participation should be sent to


Rashmi Becker – Founding Director – Step Change Studios
Tel: 07976 363861 Website:

Please help us to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to participate by sharing the competition on social media and other communication channels you have, and encouraging and supporting people to enter.



Almond Ladies Shelter Sleep Walk!

The Almond ladies are doing the Shelter Sleep Walk

The Almond ladies are doing the Shelter Sleep Walk

My lovely Mother suggested that instead of celebrating her Birthday by exchanging gifts, let’s do a little bonding by completing the Shelter Sleep Walkthrough Central London together. We shall be completing the walk on Tuesday 3rd December and we would be super grateful if you are able to sponsor us.

Across the country, thousands of people are sleeping rough and approximately 6 million households are at risk of losing their homes. Shelter is putting on a great event and we need your help to raise much-needed funds for their very important work this Christmas.

Donate LInk here:

All donations are welcome and thanks so much in advance for donating towards the great things that Shelter do.


What is the Freedom Pass?

Get out and active with a London with a Freedom Pass

What is the Freedom Pass and how can I get one?

 Date  11/11 2019

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There are two types of Freedom Pass: a disabled persons pass and an older person Pass. Both entitle the holder to travel for free on the majority of London’s public transport services, including some National rail services within the Freedom Pass boundaries. Full details of where you can travel for free and any exceptions can be found on the London Council’s Using the pass web page.


Disabled Persons Freedom Pass

To be eligible for a disabled persons freedom pass you must reside in London and have evidence of your sight loss. This may be your Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) or supporting evidence that your driving licence has been revoked or would be refused due to your disability or sight loss. Full details of the eligibility criteria can be found on the London Council’s Disabled Persons Freedom Pass Eligibility web page.

Applications are made via your local borough council. A list of councils and their contact details can be found on London Council’s Apply for a Disabled Persons Freedom Pass web page.

Some councils will issue a discretionary disabled persons pass to people who do not fit the statutory eligibility criteria, for more information please contact your local borough council.

Carers for people with a disability are not eligible for a Freedom Pass unless they meet criteria through a disability of their own.

For further information about the passes, please contact London Council’s Freedom Pass team:

0300 330 1433


Older Persons Freedom Pass

To be eligible for an older persons freedom pass you must reside in London and fulfil the age criteria. You can use London Council’s Eligibility Checker to see if you qualify.

If you are eligible you can apply online or by post, by filling in an application form which can be found on London Council’s Older Persons Freedom Pass first time applications web page.