Find fun and friendship at The Past Times Café

The doors to the Past Times Café are set to open again this Autumn as the Cam Woodfields-based friendship group for older residents moves to a new venue in Springfields Court.

The weekly club which is free to residents of the Cam Woodfields area, will meet every Wednesday afternoon from 10 September, 1pm-3pm in the Community Room at Springfields Court in Cam.

As well as enjoying a cup of tea and a chat with friends, there will also be different activities on offer each week including arts and crafts, gentle exercise, dance, music, reminiscence, knitting and talks.

The friendship group is organised by local community organisation World Jungle and was made possible with funding from People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthTotal through The Health Lottery.  It aimed to help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation within the older sections of the community.

Initially just planned for a short period, the group proved so popular with local residents that plans were put forward to extend the project and reopen the café this Autumn.

Rosheen Windsor who helped to establish the group will be joined by Fiona Campbell from World Jungle to run the café each week.  Rosheen explains:

“The Past Times Café has made a real difference to people’s lives, providing a welcoming space for people to get together socially and enjoy a range of activities.

The benefits to how you feel just by getting out of the house, having a chat with friends, or getting to try something new, or go somewhere different, are huge.


We are delighted to be able to continue to run and develop the friendship club and look forward to inviting both regulars and new members to our new venue in Springfields Court.”


Anyone interested in finding out more about the Past Times Café should contact Fiona Campbell at World Jungle on 07904 993103, email or visit





As the new series of the BBC’s ‘Strictly Coming Dancing’ hits our television screens this Autumn, you too can experience some of that ‘strictly magic’.

 Strictly Dance stars Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite have developed a unique dance and fitness programme called ‘FitSteps’, which combines the best known and most popular Latin and Ballroom dances with proven fitness techniques.  It all goes in to making a fabulously fun exercise session, which quickly improves fitness and posture, burning lots of calories too.

 A FREE taster session will take place on Monday 8th September from 7.30pm-8.15pm at Lister Hall (the Chantry Centre) in Long Street, Dursley.  The session will be led by accredited Instructor Jane Manning who has trained with Natalie Lowe and takes a regular Fitsteps class at that time each week in Lister hall.  She explains:

 “Fitsteps is a great way to exercise, without even realising it!  You don’t need to be able to dance – and it doesn’t involve any partner work or require special shoes.  Just turn up in training shoes and comfortable clothes for a workout, enjoy the music, get fit and have some fun!”


So, if you’re ready to take to the floor and FitStep your way to a new you, just turn up on the day or contact Jane Manning for more information on 07878865297. All ages and levels of experience welcome.

 A second free taster session in Samba Drumming is organised in the Chantry Centre for the following week on Monday 15th September at 6.30pm-7.30pm.  The free sessions have been organised by creative community organisation, World Jungle, as part of their ongoing work to promote the Chantry Centre in Dursley and encourage the local community to make more use of the venue.


For more information, please visit the World Jungle website ( or contact Ben Ward at World Jungle on 07889 512644, email

Fitsteps Jane with Natalie

Let’s get arty and crafty this summer!

Cotswold District Council’s Summer off the Streets Programme, run by World Jungle, has some exciting arts and crafts-based activities on offer this month. 

There are three workshops available, all led by local artists and they all need to be booked in advance.  Only a few spaces are left so any children interested must act quickly to guarantee attendance.  Go to the World Jungle website and reserve your space now.   Details are as follows:


Cool Drawing

Friday 15 August, 2 pm to 4 pm, Moreton Area Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh (£7 per ticket)
Age: 7-12 years. Join artist and illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis in this fast paced, dynamic drawing session.


Funky Fashion

Tuesday 19 August, 10 am to 12 noon,  Youth Centre, Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold (£6 per ticket). Age 9 years plus.  Fantastic fashion and costume making workshop using a variety of ‘found’ materials.


Felt Making – Get creative!

Friday 29 August, 10 am to 12 noon,  St Lawrence Church Centre, Cirencester (£7 ticket)

Age 7 years plus.  Join local textile artist Pauline Chidlaw and have fun with fibres and colour, making a hand-rolled felt picture, a case for your MP3 player or mobile phone, or flowers to wear in your hair.


For more information, and details of more free community events coming up throughout August, please visit the World Jungle website ‘Summer off the Streets’ page:



FREE fun events this week for children across Cotswolds! 

Cotswold District Council’s Summer off the Streets Programme, run by World Jungle, is now underway and will feature the following great FREE events this week, which promise to be very popular:

STOW-ON-THE-WOLD FUNDAY – Celebrating National Playday! – 

Tuesday 5 August, 1pm – 4pm at QE II Field, Stow-on-the-Wold – lots of activities for all the family!


CIRENCESTER FUNDAY –  Celebrating National Playday!

Wednesday 6 August, 1pm – 4pm at St Michael’s Park, Cirencester – a fun-filled time for the family!



Friday 8 August, 10.30am-2.30pm at Deer Park School, Cirencester.  Although this is FREE, participants (boys and girls) must be 8-15 years old and should please register in advance – see note below*.



Sunday 10 August, 2pm-4pm, Adam Philby Skate Park, Tetbury – an afternoon of skateboarding competitions for children of all ages – features music, DJs, and graffiti demonstrations.


 For more information, and details of more free community events coming up throughout August, please visit the World Jungle website ‘Summer off the Streets’ page:



*Please note, that whilst the Community Football Day event is free, we do ask you to register your child in advance via the link below so that organisers will have the information they require for the day: to register please go to