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Download a copy of our Spring newsletter from the World Jungle website and find out why Brazilian Football fever is about to hit Dursley – and more importantly, how you can enjoy the World Cup with us (even if you don’t like football!)






All in one Rhythm!

With thanks to funding from the BIG Lottery’s ‘Awards for All programme’, we are delighted to introduce our “All in one Rhythm”project .  This special project aims to use the FIFA World Cup in Brazil over June and July 2014 as a springboard to developing healthier, happier, more active citizens and a wave of positive community action across an area suffering rural poverty, economic downturn, a lack of public services, high youth employment and low esteem .

Over the summer the Chantry Centre in Dursley will be bouncing to the beat of Brazil! As well as showing all the major games on the large screen, our ‘All in One Rhythm’ project will help make this World Cup an exciting family event even for those who don’t like football!

On offer will be Community Fun Days, regular classes in samba drumming, dance classes and capoeira lessons, all building up to a wonderful carnival party to bring the full colour and energy of Brazil right here to rural Gloucestershire. All the activities will be family friendly and based around a Brazilian and World Cup theme.

Put these dates in diary now!

  • Thursday 29th May – FAMILY FUN DAY to launch and promote this project.
  • Saturday 14th June – FAMILY FUN DAY
  • Tuesday 24th  June (evening event) – Watch ‘England V Costa Rica on the big screen at the Chantry Centre. Activities for the kids to enjoy too.
  • Saturday12th July – Carnvial Party & BBQ
  • Sunday 13th July – World Cup Final Fun day


‘Past Times’ creating the ‘Best of Times’

World Jungle’s new friendship club, the Past times Café, in Woodfields, Cam is making a real difference to the lives of local residents and is fast becoming a social hub for the community.

Since January 2014, older residents from across Cam Woodfields have been meeting each week at the friendship club which is based at the Woodfields Community Centre.  Known as the Past Times Café, the club is run by Lisa Barnfield and  Rosheen Windsor from World Jungle.  As well as offering a friendly and welcoming place to have a cup of tea and a chat with friends, residents are also invited to take part in a range of activities.

Project leader, Lisa Barnfield explains:

 “The Past Times Café is all about breaking down barriers, combating loneliness and getting people together.  The benefits to how you feel just by getting out of the house, having a chat with friends, or getting to try something new are huge.

 Activities that we have done include art, knitting, poetry, fitness, dance and raffles. Coming soon we have lots of new stuff including Tai chi, Nia Dance and Lindyhop! Some of the residents have used their time at the café to join together to work on a beautiful, hand crafted blanket.

 I have loved seeing the smiles and the obvious increased self-esteem of our visitors – we have actually seen people change since coming to the club.  It’s wonderful.”

Feedback has been enormously positive and really demonstrates the importance of projects such as this in combatting loneliness and increasing the well-being of older residents within the community.

Barbara said: “I love coming here because it  is the only time I get to socialise, I don’t see anyone except my dog”

Martin said:  “It is a great break from being at home, a social time to meet people and the handicraft is fun!”

The project is made possible with funding from People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthTotal through The Health Lottery, and has so far been completely free for residents of the Cam Woodfields area to enjoy.  Due to its popularity, it is hoped to extend the service by inviting people from other areas of Cam and Dursley for a small charge of £1 per session.

Residents of Woodfields are encouraged to go along and get involved in the café and suggest activities that they would like to see. For more information, contact World Jungle on 07878 865297, visit www.worldjungle.org.uk or email info@worldjungle.org.uk

PastTimes Photo April 2014

The Chantry Centre needs YOU!

Could you spare a few hours each week and help make a real difference to your local community?

Trustees of the Chantry Centre in Long Street, Dursley, have joined forces with local community group, World Jungle, to help breathe new life in to the building so it can fulfil its potential of being a fantastic resource and venue for the local community to use.

The Chantry Centre is located in the heart of Dursley and is home to the famous Lister Hall, a regular host of visiting bands, productions by the Dursley Operatic and Dramatic Society and concerts by Dursley Male Voice Choir to name but a few.

High running costs have left the building in need of some work and volunteers are urgently required to get involved in a whole range of activities including DIY, decorating and design.

Mark Prowse of The Chantry Centre says:

“The Chantry Centre is full of so much potential, an amazing building just needing a bit of love and some hands-on hard work to give it a face lift!

 We are looking for people to volunteer their skills for an hour or so on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm and get involved in transforming the space.

The centre is a super resource for the whole community to enjoy and use. We are excited to have World Jungle working on this project to help maintain and develop The Chantry Centre’s reputation as the major entertainment destination in Dursley.”

The project hopes to see the Chantry Centre become an active community resource which is used by all sections of the community throughout the daytime, evenings and over the weekend.

If you would like to get involved please contact Mark Prowse at the Chantry Centre on 01453 542016 or email info@chantrycentre.org .  Alternatively, contact Ben Ward at World Jungle on 07889 512644, email: info@worldjungle.org.uk    Website: www.worldjungle.org.uk  .
For more information about ‘The Chantry Centre, please visit www.chantrycentre.org

Easter fun for children & young people in Cam Woodfields!

World Jungle &  Young Gloucestershire  are joining forces to run a number of fun activities for children and young people aged 10 – 14 years in Cam Woodfields at Cam Youth & Community Centre this Easter.

All activities are free – and we are starting with a PARTY tomorrow night Thursday 3rd April 6 – 8pm .

Then activity sessions are as follows:

  • TUESDAY 8th April – Sports
  • THURSDAY 10th April – Cooking
  • TUESDAY 15th April – Arts & Crafts
  • THURSDAY 17th April – Circus Skills

All activities are FREE just turn up on the day at Cam Youth & Community Centre, Frederick Thomas Road, from 3pm – 5pm. (Download poster)

Come and join us!