Spring in to Action!

Introducing our exciting project to get Cirencester active this springtime!

An exciting new programme is to be launched over Easter in and around Cirencester to inspire more people of all ages and abilities to “Get Active, Get Fit and Get Outdoors!”

‘Spring in to Action’ will work to establish a more strategic approach to the provision of sports and physical activity across the town,  raise the awareness of opportunities for health and fitness in the area, and also encourage more people who are not currently involved in regular exercise to take the first step.

The project is being launched with a large community event in St Michael’s Park on Saturday 2nd April from 11am-3pm, where there will be lots of FREE sports and activities to try and demonstrations to enjoy.  This will then be followed by a week of special events, taster workshops and promotions at clubs and venues across the area.  The focus of the project will be on inclusion, with the aim of attracting all ages, abilities and  interest areas,  and particularly those who are not currently involved in regular physical activity.

Organisers have pulled together a wide variety of sporting providers, local clubs and venues to take part in the week, promoting a diverse programme of activities including yoga, dance, fitness classes, golf, boules, climbing, tennis, Zumba, badminton, netball and running to name just a few.

The project is being delivered by health and community organisation World Jungle in partnership with Cirencester Town Council and support from Gloucestershire County Council ’s ‘Active Together’ fund and  Cotswold District Council.  Ben Ward, Director of World Jungle said:

“We are delighted to be back working in Cirencester on this project having been involved in delivering the holiday activity programme (Summer off the Streets) for families across the Cotswolds for the last 5 years.

‘Spring in to Actionis about creating healthier communities.   The benefit of taking part in more sports and physical activities goes far beyond just improving our physical health.  It is important to our mental well-being too and is also a great tool for bringing people and communities together.

It is fantastic how many local groups have signed up to be involved in this programme.  We hope this will not only help promote the brilliant opportunities available in the town but also inspire people to get involved and perhaps  try something new.”


Details of the programme can be found on the World Jungle website at www.worldjungle.org.uk .  Look out too for brochures and posters appearing across the town.   If you belong to a club or group – or perhaps could be interested in setting up a new health initiative – then there is still time to get involved.  Please contact Ben Ward on 07889 512644 or email info@worldjungle.org.uk .


Could you help make this a regular event in Dursley?

Step back in time at the Lister Hall Tea Dance…

A wonderful afternoon of music and entertainment was had by all who attended the Afternoon Tea Dance at the Chantry Centre (Lister Hall) in Dursley at the end of January.

Organisers had hoped to try and capture the spirit of traditional Tea Dances and certainly those people who came along were not disappointed.  Comments from those who attended included how much they had enjoyed the afternoon, that the “atmosphere was warm and friendly”, “everyone was kind and helpful”,  the mixture of partner and  group dancing was good,  and the dance and music performances made it “extra special”.

The event proved very popular even attracting people from as far away as Stroud and Cheltenham.  So popular in fact, organisers were asked by many who attended to repeat the event again in February.

Jane and Ben Tea Dance

A second date has now been set for Thursday 25th February from 2pm-4pm .  Entry is just £2.50 (which includes your first cup of tea!) and a variety of refreshments including tea and cakes will be on sale at reasonable prices.

Local community organisation World Jungle assisted the Chantry Centre to put on the event by bringing the entertainment which included dance performances to add sparkle and encourage people to take to the dance floor. Ben Ward from World Jungle said:

“We were absolutely delighted at how well the first Tea Dance went.  It was lovely to see so many people using this venue which is so full of history – Many of those attending reminisced about coming to dances here years ago.  

The event links in well to World Jungle’s  ‘Full of Life’ project which has seen us run a number of events at the Chantry Centre over the past 18 months particularly aimed at older people in our community, helping to bring people together and create healthier, happier communities.”

Organisers are very keen to establish this event as a monthly fixture on the town’s social calendar, but for this to happen desperately need to find a group of volunteers who would be interested in getting involved.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Ben Ward at World Jungle on 01453 548880, email info@worldjungle.org.uk    or visit the World Jungle website: www.worldjungle.org.uk  .

Chantry Tea Dance Poster Feb 16 email