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We are continually finding new activities to hold which will be of interest to our members. Our activities provide social interaction and help to break the monotony of the present day and help those who may feel isolated to find new friendships which they may never have found.

A ZOOM link is provided for those attending external online activities and this will take you to the activity, shortly before it commences.
If you are not already registered to receive the Age UK Westminster weekly email Newsletter please contact Enquiries: Tel: 020 3004 5610 Email: enquiries@ageukwestminster.org.uk

As there are continued cases of Covid-19 and the Winter months will increase risks of flu infection please do not attend our activities if you show symptoms of Covid-19 or Influenza. If you are showing signs of either you should self-isolate in order to reduce the chances of infecting others.

To register for any of the activities please contact: Souad Abdellaoui.

Tel: 07903 255384

Email: souad.abdellaoui@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Activities Timetable - Monday 19th Feb - Friday 1st March

Tuesday 20th February

1.00pm-3.30pm

Fit4Life Exercise at the Beethoven Centre 

Wednesday 21st February

11.00am-1.00pm

Create Art Workshop

Wednesday 21st February

2.00pm-5.00pm

Bridge Club at Mayfair Library

Thursday 22nd February

11.00am-12.30pm

Coffee Morning at Regent Hall

Thursday 22nd February

1.00pm-3.00pm

‘Hope in the Community’ at the Gordon Hospital

Friday 23rd February 

11.00am-12.00pm

DanceWest at the Beethoven Centre

Tuesday 27th February 

1.00pm-3.30pm

Fit4Life Exercise at the Beethoven Centre

Tuesday 27th February 

 

1.00pm-4.20pm

The Barber of Seville at the English National Opera

Wednesday 28th February

11.00am-1.00pm

Create Art Workshop

Wednesday 28th February

2.00pm-5.00pm

Bridge Club at Mayfair Library

Thursday 29th February

 

2.00pm-4.00pm

Tea and Chat Afternoon at St Marylebone Parish Church

Friday 1st March

11.00am-12.00pm

DanceWest at the Beethoven Centre

Forthcoming Activities

If you would like to attend please contact Souad Abdellaoui.

Tel: 07903 255384

Email: souad.abdellaoui@ageukwestminster.org.uk

 

Fortnightly Coffee Morning Forum - Regent Hall, Welcome Hub, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ, near Oxford Circus Tube Station

Thursday 22nd February 11.00am – 12.30pm

With Guest Speaker Chris Barlow with the English National Opera – Opera

If you attend you will also able to attend the ‘Magic Flute’ performance on 22nd March

Thursday 7th March 11.00am – 12.30pm

Guest Speaker Manuela de Groot – Kenwood House

Thursday 21st March 11.00am – 12.30pm

Guest Speaker Alison Fraser,Community Dental Service - Oral Health Awareness

Thursday 4th April 11.00am - 12.30pm

CREATE Art Workshop exhibition of participants creations.

 

Every Tuesday 1.00pm-2.00pm & 2.30pm-3.30pm - Age UK Westminster’s weekly FIT4LIFE levels 1 & 2 exercise programme at the Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, London W10 4JL  

With Sharon our Qualified Senior Years Fitness Class Instructor.  

Level 1 - 1.00pm-2.00pm - A chair to standing exercise class for those people who are less mobile. Combined movement helping to build strength and stronger bones, increase flexibility and balance. 

Level 2 - 2.30pm-3.30pm - An exercise class that caters for those who are more mobile. Providing exercise to increase fitness, to work muscles and encourage movement. 

 

Every Wednesday 2.00pm-5.00pm Bridge Club at Mayfair Library, 25 South Audley Street, W1K 2PB 

If you are an experienced Bridge player and would like to join the group or have friends who would like to attend, please do join us. There is now an agreed attendance fee of £3.00 per session.   

 

DanceWest will be returning to the Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, London W10 4JL 

Our partnership with DanceWest continues with further dance sessions 11.00am-12.00pm:

Refreshments will be provided.

Friday 23rd February

Friday 1st March

Friday 8th March

Friday15th March

Friday 22nd March

Friday 5th April

 

Community Zooms from the Royal Collection Trust

Community Zoom talks run as part of our Inclusion Programme, which aims to make the Official Residences of The King and Royal Collection as accessible as possible to visitors with disabilities, and those who wouldn’t normally visit. We work with Community partners who support under-represented, disadvantaged and disabled people.

Our programme of Zoom talks is for people who cannot easily visit the Official Residences of The King. Talks take place on the first Wednesday of the month, from 2.00pm. Join us to hear about the different works in the Royal Collection and the history of the Monarchy. Talks are free and informal, and you can participate camera on or off.

Wednesday 6th March - Hans Holbein at the Tudor Court

Wednesday 3rd April - Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House

Wednesday 1st May - Queen Elizabeth II’s Life at Windsor Castle

Wednesday 5th June - The Royal Collection and LGBTQ+

Wednesday 3rd July - Royal Photographs

Wednesday 7th August - Buckingham Palace

Wednesday 4th September - Paintings at Hampton Court Palace

Wednesday 2nd October - Royal Fashion

Wednesday 6th November - Drawings in the Royal Collection

Wednesday 4th December - A History of Performance at Windsor Castle

 

Join Zoom Meeting – camera on or off:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4407732986

Meeting ID: 440 773 2986

 

English National Opera 

The Magic Flute singing activities

Singing sessions with the English National Opera

Sing with professional artists and chorus members from the English National Opera this winter and explore the wonderful production of The Magic Flute ! 

The English National Opera is inviting everyone from Age UK to take part in two singing sessions, exploring the themes and music of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. 

Session 1: Thursday 22nd February 11.00am - 12.30pm during Age UK’s Coffee Morning at Regent Hall. 

Session 2: Friday 22nd March 10.00am – 12.00pm at the London Coliseum. This session will involve other community groups and will be an opportunity for you to sing on the Coliseum stage!

Everyone taking part will also be invited to watch the full production of The Magic Flute at the ENO, London Coliseum. 

 

Wednesdays 11.00am-1.00pm ‘CREATE’ Visual Art 8 week workshop which will include Collage, Decoupage, mixed media work and printmaking in the Howard de Walden Room at St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT. Limited number of places.

This is an 8 week workshop, those registering must but available on the 

following dates and must be committed to attending all sessions. 

At the end of the workshop an exhibition will be held to showcase your works.

Fully booked.

Wednesday 21st February

Wednesday 28th February

Wednesday 6th March

Those who have attended this Art Workshop and the previous Jewellery Art Workshop will be invited to attend with family and friends and exhibit their wonderful creations at the Coffee Morning held at Regent Hall on 4thApril.

 

Fortnightly Tea and Chat afternoon at St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT

Thursday 15th February – Guest Speaker TBC

Thursday 29th February – Guest Speaker TBC

Thursday 14th March – Guest Speaker TBC

Thursday 28th March – Free Health Checks -provided by Crawford Street Surgery

 

Thursday 22nd February 1.00pm-3.00pm and every fortnight thereafter - Hope in the Community the Gordon Hospital, Bloomburg Street, London, SW1V 2RH

Tea and Chat afternoon with activities and Guest Speakers from Age UK Westminster.

 

Age UK Westminster Dementia Service for those residing in Westminster and diagnosed with early stages of memory loss:

Monday 19th February 11.00am-1.00pm 

‘Heart of Westminster’ Monthly Memory Café at Regent Hall, Welcome Hub, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ, near Oxford Circus Tube Station. 

Every Tuesday 2.00pm-4.00pm

Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) workshop face to face sessions for those residing in Westminster diagnosed with early-stage dementia. Our weekly group takes place at St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5LT.

Please contact the Dementia Service: Email:dementia@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Or contact our enquiry line: 0203 004 5610

 

Thursday 21st March 1.00pm-2.30pm and every 3rd Thursday of the month - Dementia Café Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer Street, London W1U 2QT provided by ‘Right At Home’

If you or a family member lives with Dementia or you are friends with someone living with Dementia, come along to our Dementia Café and say Hello!

It is absolutely free and no prior booking is needed.

 

Tuesday 27th February 1.00pm – 4.20pm - Relaxed Perfomance of ‘The Barber of Seville’ English National Opera, London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4ES

It’s a comic masterpiece by Rossini

The Barber of Seville (in Italian Il barbiere di Siviglia) is an opera in four acts by Italian composer Gioachino Rossini. Despite a disastrous opening night – the music teacher tripped over and had a prolonged nosebleed and an unexpected cat wandered on stage – it has gone on to be ‘perhaps the greatest of all comic operas’. Indeed, Rossini himself stayed at home for the second night, until he was awoken by the sound of applause and cheering and his opera has delighted audiences ever since.

Based on a play called Le Barbier de Séville by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais, this is the first of three plays about a character called Figaro.

His second play, Le Mariage de Figaro, was the inspiration for another opera – The Marriage of Figaro by Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, therefore, is considered a prequel to the story of Mozart’s opera, although it was composed 30 years later.

The story follows the escapades of a barber, Figaro, as he assists Count Almaviva in prising the beautiful Rosina away from her lecherous guardian, Dr Bartolo.

 

Wednesday 6th March 2.30pm-5.00pm – High School Musical’ American School London – enter by the Loudoun Road Entrance, NW8 0NP

This show involves students from Grades 6 to 8. This year's production is ‘High School Musical’.

High School Musical

Troy Bolton, the star athlete at a small-town high school, falls for nerdy beauty Gabriella Montez at a holiday karaoke party. When they return to campus, Troy and Gabriella audition for the upcoming school musical. Meanwhile, the jealous Sharpay Evans conspires to squelch their chances. The two must struggle to make it to auditions while also meeting their existing obligations to the basketball team and the academic decathlon.

Light refreshments will be provided.

 

Tuesday 12th March 11.00am - Relaxed Perfomance of the ‘Magic Flute’ English National Opera, London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4ES

An enchanted journey into the heart of love

Mozart’s classic follows the adventures of Prince Tamino and the bird-catcher Papageno on their quest to rescue Pamina. Their search becomes one for truth and reason, love and enlightenment. Nothing is quite what it seems in this surprising, fantastical journey.

To help them on their way, Tamino and Papageno are given musical instruments enhanced with magical powers. And these prove invaluable. The travellers have a series of trials and tribulations to conquer to find a deeper understanding of true love and happiness.

Fully Booked

 

Friday 22nd March 2.00pm - Community tour at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace – CANCELLED AND WILL BE REARRANGED

The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace is responsible for all road travel arrangements for The King and members of the Royal Family, from horse-and-carriage to car and from livery to harness.

See behind the scenes at a real working stables in the heart of London, steeped in royal history, and marvel at the iconic 260-year-old Gold State Coach, used at State occasions such as Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953, the Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and King Charles III Coronation in 2023.

 

Activities organised by In-Deep

Over 50’s Lunch Club

Join our weekly lunch club every Wednesday and enjoy a delicious jacket potato with a choice of gammon, chicken, tuna, beans, cheese, beans and cheese, or an alternative hot meal option throughout the winter.

All lunches include a side salad and either a soft drink or unlimited tea or coffee.

Location: Grosvenor Hall, Vincent Street, SW1 4HB

Cost: £3.50 per person

Please email Emma Chapman for further details:

emma.chapman@in-deep.org.uk

or text 07761 263105.

 

Over 50's Community Dinner

Enjoy a delicious three-course roast meal, live music and the chance to socialise with friendly local people, hosted by In-Deep on Saturday afternoon, every other month.

Upcoming Dates!

2024: February 24th, April 27th, June 15th

PLACES MUST BE BOOKED!

To reserve your space, please email Emma Chapman:

emma.chapman@in-deep.org.uk

or text 07761 263105.

People will not be admitted without a booking.

ALL OVER 50'S WELCOME!

Location: Westminster Kingsway College, 76 Vincent Square,

London, SW1P 2PD

Cost: £6 per person

Over 50's Latin Moves Class

Every Wednesday beginning 28th February with qualified instructor Béthany Martínez Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Location: Grosvenor Hall, Vincent St, SW1P 4HB

Come ready to move, groove, and embrace the joy of dance in our new free weekly dance classes! No prior experience required, and steps can

be adapted to suit needs.

For more information or to book your place please email Emma Chapman:

emma.chapman@in-deep.org.uk

or text 07761 263105.

 

Over 50's Choir

Join our friendly community choir and enjoy singing a range of songs from the 50's and 60's musicals and more. No auditions necessary and everyone is

welcome, regardless of experience. We meet twice a month on Monday evenings and sessions are free.

Singing has been shown to support physical and mental well-being and most of all, it is fun!

Dates for February - July 2024!

February: 19th

March: 4th and 18th

April: 15th and 29th

June: 3rd, 17th and 24th

July: 1st and 8th July

(Mondays)

Time:

6:30pm-7:30pm

(please arrive at 6:20pm)

Location: St. Saviours Church, Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3QW

For further information please email Emma Chapman:

emma.chapman@in-deep.org.uk

or text 07761 263105.

 

Information and Advice Surgeries

 

If you need Information and Advice please contact our enquiry line on:  

020 3004 5610 to book an appointment 

We hold Information and Advice surgeries at the Salvation Army Regent Hall, Church Street Library and The Abbey Centre. These are by appointment only. Call: 020 3004 5610 to book an appointment. 

 

Post-discharge Support 

Age UK Westminster now offers a post-discharge support service for Westminster residents aged 55+. If you, or someone you know has recently been discharged from hospital, we can help support the transition back into home life.  

This includes services like: light shopping, assistance with prescriptions, helping with GP contact, and a regular friendly face visiting you at home. The service is free, and our Wellbeing & Connections Coordinator can help signpost you to other Age UK Westminster services as well as useful organisations in the borough. 

If you would like to find out more about our post-discharge support, please contact: Email: enquiries@ageukwestminster.org.uk   Tel: 020 3004 5610

 

Age UK Westminster and Westminster Connects (WCC) are collaborating to provide basic gardening to residents of Westminster with help from volunteers. 

If you have a garden and need basic assistance in its upkeep, please contact Stephen Spavin: 

Tel: 07969 302517 

Email: Stephen.spavin@ageukwestminster.org.uk 

 

iTea Parties - Digital Support sessions

Come and join us for our FREE Digital help sessions in a friendly social group with learning in mind. Bring along your own digital device (mobile phone, laptop, iPad/tablet) and receive one to one support from a committed volunteer. 

If you would like to attend any of the following please contact  

Sarah Robinson. 

Tel: 07399 301938 or Email:  sarah.robinson@ageukwestminster.org.uk 

Marylebone Library 

Thursdays –7th March & 4th April 1.30pm-3.30pm

9-11 New Cavendish Street, W1G 9UQ 

Church Street Library 

Wednesdays –13th March & 10th April 2.00pm-4.00pm

67 Church Street, NW8 8EU 

Paddington Library 

Tuesdays - 20th February, 19th March & 16th April - 11.00am-1.00pm  

Porchester Road, W2 5DU 

Mayfair Library 

Fridays - 23rd February, 22nd March & 26th April - 2.00pm - 3.30pm  

25 South Audley Street, W1K 2PB 

 

Thursday 29th February 12.30pm-2.00pm - JoJays will be hosting their Lunch Club at the Beethoven Centre. Third Avenue, London W10 4JL funded by the Peabody Community Fund.  

Serving freshly made,healthy vegetarian and plant-based food. First come first served. Takeaway optiona ls oavailable 

Freshly cooked hot lunch £3.00  

Please contact JoJays to register your attendance:

jojayscommunitylunchclub@gmail.com

07308 155938

 

Adult classes January-March 2024 - Grand Junction st St Madgalene’s Church, Rowington Close, W2 5TF

The classes are taking place at Grand Junction in partnership with Westminster Adult Education Services, and most of them are completely free (it is only for the yoga sessions that we charge £2.00).We welcome all members of the community. If you know someone who would like to enrol, please let me know their name, phone number and email address and I will register them on the course. 

  • Community English (Pre-Entry and Entry 1)
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.30am-11.30am
  • Language Café
    Mondays 11.45am-12.45pm
  • Knit and Stitch Freestyle
    Mondays 1.00pm-3.00pm
  • Lunchtime Yoga
    Mondays 1.00pm-2.30pm
    £2 per session
  • Community Choir
    Mondays 6.00pm-7.00pm
  • Women’s Yoga
    Tuesdays 9.00am-10.30am
    £2 per session
  • Community Art for Wellbeing
    Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Draw and Discuss Art Class
    Tuesdays 6.00pm-7.30pm
  • Mindfulness and Breathwork for Wellbeing
    Wednesdays 12.00pm-1.30pm

To register please email: enrolment@grandjunction.org.uk

www: grandjunction.org.uk/learning/adult-classes

Tel: 07541 477677 or 07719 854505

 

Drama with the Dende Collective

Come along and have an enjoyable, fun time with a friendly group.

At the Church Street Library: Wednesdays until 27th March - 4.30pm to 6.30pm 

The sessions will be be our usual mixture of games, improv, storytelling, drama skills and a bit of devising.

No previous experience is necessary and the classes remain drop-in, so you can join at any moment.

Please enrol for the sessions by clicking this link (only needed doing once and if you have done it for the last batch of classes no need to do it again): https://forms.gle/QXxEoAZ9s8dKg1aM8

Or contact Andre Pink - Artistic Director - Dende Collective: 07984 451 796

 

External Dementia services

Resonate Arts

Our Singing with Friends Choir rehearsals take place in person at Wigmore Hall on Tuesday 20th & 27th February and also online via Zoom on Tuesday 20th February. For more info, please call Shelley on 0300 030 7212.

Music for Thought at Wigmore Hall returns Thursdays, 25th January – 7th March
Fun, interactive weekly sessions, listening to and making music with young artists from the Royal Academy of Music, guided by professional musicians. No musical experience needed. Limited places, booking essential!! Call 0300 030 7212 or email info@resonatearts.org

Memory CafĂ© North Wednesday 28th February, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
42 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5PH
Providing group-based support for people living with dementia and memory loss.
Call London Care Westminster on 020 7723 5425 or email: marco.sepe@candchealthcare.co.uk

 

Tuesday 20th February 1.30pm-3.30pm – Chelsea Physic Garden

The Chelsea Physic Garden is hosting a free dementia-friendly programme called Forget-me-nots.

The programme is designed for people living with memory loss, their loved ones and carers. We will have a mix of indoor and activities to choose from and of course, the beautiful Garden to explore at leisure. Tea and sweet treats are provided.
https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/about/community-projects/#forget-me-not

Potential attendees should register first by emailing:

learning@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk 

or calling 0207 349 6474/0207 352 5646.

 

Every Monday and Tuesday until 26th March  2024 Warm Space at the Clore Learning Centre at Kensington Palace, London W8 4PX

The Warm Space at Kensington Palace reopens on Monday 8th January, 10:00am-3:00pm

The Warm Space, taking place in the Clore Learning Centre, is open to anyone in need of warmth and community this winter. 

Every Monday and Tuesday until 26th March 2024* local people can ‘drop-in’ from 10:00am-3:00pm. There will be warm drinks, snacks and a friendly atmosphere in which people can connect with each other whilst learning or doing something new. 

These Warm Spaces are only suitable for people aged 18+.

There are board games, cards, puzzles and art materials available for everyone to use throughout the Warm Space Day.  You are welcome to take part in activities or bring your own.

There is free WiFi in the Clore Learning Centre.

Transport: Underground to Queensway tube atation (Central line)

Buses: 70, 94,148 to Bayswater Road/Queensway.

 

FREE Concerts at Regent Hall Concert Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ, near Oxford Circus Tube Station

From 1.00pm

23rd February - Royal Academy of Music presents

Martinu, Schumann & Beethoven

1st March - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

 Vaughan Williams, Bearcroft, Gregson & Lovatt-Cooper

8th March - Royal Academy of Music presents 

  1. Strauss, Saint-Saens, Wolf, Purcell, Bellini, Duparc, Poulenc & Thomas

15th March - Royal Academy of Music presents

Mozart, Bantock, Richard Bissill, Saint-Saens & Ravel

 

The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU 

For those residents in South Westminster The Abbey Centre have a wide range of activities and opportunities. Please follow the link to their website: 

www.theabbeycentre.org.uk 

 

Closure date for Seymour Centre set for Thursday 22nd Feb 2024


Westminster’s planning committee passed a planning application and Listed Building Consent application for the refurbishment of the historic Seymour Centre in Marylebone. 

This means that we can share the proposed date of closure which is set for Thursday 22nd February 2024.

The refurbishment work will include new and enhanced facilities including an open plan gym, refurbished swimming pool, contemporary library, café, children’s soft play area, and upgraded climbing wall, all whilst maintaining the buildings art deco features. 

 

Get your Flu and COVID vaccinations

With both coronavirus and flu circulating this winter getting a flu jab is especially important. The flu vaccine is available for free to those most at risk – if you are pregnant, aged 65 or over, if you have a long-term health condition or are a carer. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, your GP practice will contact you directly by letter or text to arrange it. Book your vaccination at your GP practice or local pharmacy as soon as you are contacted.

 

Voter ID - 'No Vote No Voice' 

Voter registration and Voter ID  

The Elections Act (2022) has changed the way we vote. 

You now need to show an accepted form of photo ID to vote in person in all local, Mayoral, London Assembly and general elections.  

If you do not have any of these accepted forms with your phone of photo ID to vote, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate at: www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate 

You will not need to show a photo ID to vote by post or by proxy. Your proxy will need to show their own photo ID at the polling station, when they vote on your behalf.

Need support registering to vote and aged 50+? Call us on 020 3004 5610, we can help. 

Supported by the Greater London Authority, City Hall, Kamal Chunchie Way, London E16 1ZE.  

Printed and promoted by Age UK Westminster, Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, London W10 4JL.