World Jungle’s ‘Full of Life’ Fayre

Award winning social enterprise, World Jungle, is working in partnership with the Chantry Centre in Dursley to help bring an exciting and varied  programme of events and activities for the over 50’s to enjoy at the centre.

The project is being launched on Thursday 16 October with a ‘Full of Life Fayre’ in the Chantry Centre from 10am-3pm, offering lots of free activities to try, arts & crafts,  health & wellbeing tasters,  information stands, interactive stalls, refreshments and more! World Jungle is bringing together groups and organisations from across the county to share with people the best of what is happening in our local area.  Ben Ward from World Jungle explains:

“We are really excited to deliver this event in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, Stroud District Council and the NHS.

We want to welcome older people, their family, carers and friends, in to the Chantry Centre to find out more about what is available in our local area and to encourage the use of this venue as a vibrant hub for the whole community to benefit from.”

The project is linked in with other events marking ‘International Older People’s Day’ this October, celebrating older people, highlighting the issues that affect their lives and signposting people to services available in their communities.

For more information, please contact Ben Ward from World Jungle on 07889 512644, email    or visit  .



As the wave of ‘Strictly Coming Dancing’ fever takes the country by hold this Autumn, World Jungle is supporting the BBC’s national ‘Get Inspired’ campaign – encouraging people to get active and get dancing.  Look out for a wide variety of dance/fitness classes each day of the week at venues across the area, together with special workshops lead by guest teachers bringing new dance forms to experience.  Jane Manning from World Jungle explains:

“There are so many good reasons to get dancing – It’s a fun, social way of keeping fit, great for both your physical health and mental wellbeing.  What’s more, regardless of age, experience or ability, anyone can dance.  We were delighted that over 50 people attended our ‘Fitsteps’ taster workshop at the Chantry Centre earlier this month to launch the project and are looking forward to some more great workshops coming up.”


A series of special ‘one-off’ workshops lead by guest teachers have been planned to encourage people to try something new.  This includes a fabulous ‘Ribbon Dance Workshop’ on Saturday 18 October from 11am-12.30 in the Chantry Centre, Dursley, lead by renowned Dance Teacher Claire Phipps from ‘Flaming Feathers’ in Bristol whose previous workshops held in the town proved incredibly popular.  Claire said:

“I am delighted to have been invited back to Dursley and hope to see some familiar faces and lots of new people too!  This year I have decided to introduce Ribbon Dance, a unique form of movement which combines the elegance and grace of Chinese ribbon work with rhythmic gymnastics.  It is a beautiful form of dance, accessible to all ages and abilities and I look forward to a great session.”

Due to limited spaces, booking in advance is essential for this workshop with tickets £10 available from the World Jungle website ( or by contacting Jane Manning on 07878 865297.

Throughout the Autumn World Jungle will be running regular classes each day of the week in a variety of dance and fitness styles  including Zumba, Zumba Gold, Fitsteps, Dance Fit, Pilates and Bellydance.  Classes have been organised both during the daytime and evening, taking place at venues across Cam and Dursley, together with the surrounding villages of Frampton, Slimbridge, Uley and North Nibley.

To find out more about getting active this Autumn and joining any of the above groups and classes, please visit the World Jungle website ( or contact Jane Manning at World Jungle on 07878 865297, email

Claire Ribbon 2

A cinema for Dursley!

Following the installation of a top of the range HD projector, the Chantry Centre in Dursley is looking for people who would be interested in setting up a community cinema for the town.

 Community cinemas are becoming increasingly popular, with over 600 of them already in existence around the country.  They are particularly valued in small towns and rural communities, both giving access to the cinema to those who cannot travel further afield as well as catering for a wide range of ages and tastes.

 A meeting will be held on Sunday 28th September at 3:30pm for people who would be interested in finding out more and to see the facilities in place at the moment. 

Establishing a community cinema requires a strong and committed team of volunteers and the management committee of the Chantry Centre are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved.  Spokesman Adrian Judge said:

 “The Chantry Centre has the potential to be an excellent community cinema providing films for all ages especially for those who find it difficult to travel.   Dursley used to have a cinema and it would be great to be able to have this again in the town.


 Setting up a community cinema involves all kinds of decision such as what films to put on, what type of license to apply for as well as ensuring the right equipment and stewards are in place.  The more people we can involve the easier it will be, and we can ensure that the best is made from this wonderful opportunity.”


This comes as part of a larger project which sees the Chantry Centre working in partnership with award winning local community organisation World Jungle,  with the hope of establishing the Chantry Centre as an active community resource which is used by all sections of the community throughout the daytime, evenings and over the weekend.

 For more information on getting involved, please come along to the open meeting or contact Ben Ward at World Jungle on 07889 512644 or email: .



The nights may be drawing in and there is a definite feel of early Autumn in the air, but if you are not ready to give up on the summer just yet, get along to this fun, free Samba Drumming taster workshop and capture the essence of carnival and Brazil.

 The free session will take place on Monday 15th September from 6.30pm-7.45pm in the Chantry Centre, Long Street, Dursley.  Organised by creative community organisation, World Jungle, it is hoped the workshop will attract new members to the Dursley-based Samba group which meets every week at that time in the centre. Group teacher, Richard Davis (pictured right) from World Jungle explains:

 “This is a great opportunity to come and see if you would like to join our new Dursley-based Samba Band.  All ages and levels of experience are welcome and all the instruments are provided. 


We will be learning the percussion and drum rhythms of Brazilian Samba with modern and African influences.  It is amazing how quickly progress can be made as rhythms are put together to create a fantastic sound and energy, bringing the whole group together as one.”

 If you would like to have a go, simply turn up on the day or contact Jane Manning at World Jungle for more information on 07878865297.   

 The regular weekly Samba Drumming Class meets every Monday at 6.30pm in the Chantry Centre.  Sessions cost £5 for adults or £3 for under 16’s.  No booking required.

 For more information, please visit the World Jungle website ( or email

 Richard Samba