Dursley invited to Party Brazilian Style!

Despite the England Team’s lack lustre performance at the World Cup, the sights, sounds and colours of Brazil as the host nation certainly haven’t disappointed.

 As the final weekend of the tournament approaches, whether you love or hate the game itself, a fabulous Carnival Party and BBQ at the Chantry Centre in Dursley promises to be spectacular celebration of Brazilian culture.

 The event is being organised by community organisation World Jungle, as part of a programme of events they have run over the last few weeks themed around the World Cup, with the aim of bringing families and the wider community together.  Taking place on Saturday 12 July from 7pm-11pm, the party will also be a wonderful conclusion to this year’s Dursley Festival which runs throughout the day in the town.

 Experience the spirit of Brazil with live Samba Drumming and Dance from Jamma de Samba (the Bath School of Samba), together with breath taking Capoeira demonstrations, disco and BBQ in the Centre’s  Secret Garden.  Enjoy a summer party evening amongst family and friends, at a free entry event which is open to all ages.

 Event organiser, Ben Ward from World Jungle, explains:

 “World Jungle has really enjoyed running this programme of family events and workshops themed around Brazilian Carnival and the World Cup. The project is with thanks to funding from the National Lottery’s Awards for All programme.  Our aim has been to use the FIFA World Cup as a springboard to developing a healthier, happier, more active community; creating a wave of positive community action and making this World Cup an exciting family event – even for those who don’t like football!

 

 We hope lots of people will come along and join us in this celebration of Brazilian culture as we come to the end of our project.  It is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends, with some amazing entertainment and great music too!”

 

The Carnival Party also marks the climax of this year’s Dursley Festival which sees events running in the town centre itself from 10am-4pm, including a parade, street market, food and family entertainment.  The Chantry Centre will also be open the following day screening the World Cup Final on its HD large screen in Lister Hall.

 For more information, please contact Ben Ward at World Jungle on 07889 512644, visit www.worldjungle.org.uk or email info@worldjungle.org.uk

 

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We’re all set for children’s summer fun activities in the Cotswolds!

Weather forecasts suggest that more great weather is on the way in the next few weeks as children across the Cotswolds look forward to a well-earned summer break.

They can be assured that there will be lots of fun things to do because Cotswold District Council, in partnership with World Jungle, is offering a superb range of activities and events across the district over the entire holiday period.

The 2014 ‘Summer off the Streets’ programme provides activities for children of all abilities to have fun, learn some skills and make new friends – there really is something for everyone! With a mix of Summer Workshops together with a whole host of  FREE events open to all, including Community Fundays, National Playday Events, Fun in the Parks, and ‘Scratch and Skate’ Festivals – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

If you live in the Cotswold District, look out for brochures coming home from school and posters around the area.  Full details of the programme can also be found on the World Jungle Website: www.worldjungle.org.uk

Jane Manning from World Jungle said:

 “This is a fantastic year for the Summer off the Streets programme, building on the success of previous years.  We have listened to feedback and tried to put on more activities that people have asked for and ensure we cover venues across the Cotswold District.  There are lots of free events for families to just turn up and enjoy, together with a programme of reasonably priced workshops that require booking.  These do tend to fill up quickly, so I would urge everyone to look at the brochure and book your space as soon as possible.”

 

To book and pay for activities, please go to the World Jungle website or telephone 01285 623407. The website contains all the activities covered by the Summer off the Street programme.

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Dance yourself fit for summer!

Great news! This Wednesday (25 June) Jane Manning will be starting a NEW Fitsteps Class in Cam Memorial Hall from 7.30pm-8.15pm. This is a beginners class with  four weekly sessions running on Wednesdays from 25 June until Wed 16 July.

FITSTEPS  is an immensely  fun, ballroom and latin dance inspired fitness programme.  There is no partner work – just enjoy moving to the different tracks of music, learning elements of the Cha Cha, Waltz, Quickstep, Jive, Paso Doble, Rumba, Salsa, Samba and Tango.  It’s a fantastic way to improve fitness, burn calories, tone up and improve posture.

£4 per session (or book the 4-week block for £15).  No need to book, just turn up!

Please visit www.worldjungle.org.uk/health.html for more information.

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Looking forward to meeting up with our European partners

Jane Manning and Ben Ward from World Jungle are excited to be heading off to Turkey next week on a trip that marks the culmination of a two-year long European Project aimed at promoting learning to disadvantaged groups.

 

The Grundtivig Learning Partnership project called ‘Beyond the Book’ brings together educators, artists, and video technicians from 9 different European countries to share their skills and explore the ways in which video production can help to support the learning of those most disadvantaged including school leavers, youth at risk, elderly and the long term unemployed.  Through learning the skills of video production,  the group have been shown how other key learning skills are embedded in the process and how this can be a fantastic way to engage learners who perhaps struggle with a straight classroom based experience.

The group meet for the final time in Aliaga, western Turkey next week where they will each get to show the results of their work, presenting their videos to the whole project team which includes representatives from Austria, Germany, Turkey, Italy, France and Wales.  Ben Ward explains:

“Creating videos is a great way for people to learn a whole range of skills, especially for those who struggle with literacy and other ‘basic’ skills. Through making a video you can learn a whole range of additional skills including team building, writing, organisation and problem-solving.  

The approach is called ‘problem-based learning’ and it gives the learner an innovative and exciting learning experience based around ‘real-world’ needs.

 We are really excited to have been part of this project and learn about this approach which we can now use with groups of learners, together with sharing our knowledge with other local learning providers.”

Once they return to Dursley, the couple are keen to start sharing what they have learned from this project with local groups across the area.  Community groups and learning organisations who would be interested in finding out more about this model of learning are encouraged to get in touch with Ben on 07889 512644 or email: ben@worldjungle.org.uk    Website: www.worldjungle.org.uk  .

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Capturing some Brazilian Sunshine!

It may have been rather a soggy half-term holiday, but families in Cam & Dursley got to experience some Brazilian Carnival Fun last week that chased the rain clouds away and got The Chantry Centre bouncing to the ‘Beat of Brazil’.

Over 200 people, young and old, attended World Jungle’s free community fun day last Thursday. With a wide selection of activities on offer ranging from carnival arts, table tennis, skittles and circus fun, to an amazing samba drumming workshop and performance from the Bath School of Samba, the afternoon proved a big hit and is set to be followed by similar events over the coming weeks.  World Jungle’s Ben Ward explains:

“This Fun Day was a fantastic start to our ‘All in One Rhythm’ project – a special programme of family events and workshops themed around Brazilian Carnival and the World Cup. The sun even came out for us and we were able to hold the Samba Drumming Workshop outside in the centre’s ‘Secret Garden’.

 The project is with thanks to funding from the National Lottery’s Awards for All programme.  Our aim is to use the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this June and July as a springboard to developing a healthier, happier, more active community; creating a wave of positive community action and making this World Cup an exciting family event – even for those who don’t like football!”

Comments from people attending were all very positive and many were impressed with The Chantry Centre itself as a great resource for the whole community to benefit from.  Feedback included:

“Well done World Jungle! What a great afternoon of fun and wonderful community spirit.  Lovely atmosphere and brilliant use of the Chantry centre. Thanks for organising it all.” 

 “It was a lovely afternoon with so much on offer. The kids especially enjoyed the circus activities, the drummers and the table tennis.” 

 

The next ‘All in one Rhythm’  Family Fun Day is planned for Saturday 14 June from 1pm-4pm.  Again, there will be lots of free activities on offer for the whole family to enjoy, bringing the colour and energy of Brazil to the heart of rural Gloucestershire. All the events will take place at The Chantry Centre (Lister Hall) in Long Street, Dursley. 

 

Put these dates in diary now!

Saturday 14th June – 1pm-4pm  FAMILY FUN DAY

Tuesday 24th June (5-8pm) – FAMILY FUN EVENING with the England Game showing on the big screen.

Saturday12th July – 7pm-11pm Carnival Party & BBQ

Sunday 13th July – 3pm-7pm World Cup Final FAMILY FUN DAY

 

For more information, please contact Ben Ward at World Jungle on 07889 512644, visit www.worldjungle.org.uk or email info@worldjungle.org.uk

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