New group creating a noise in St Paul’s!

Last Wednesday saw the launch of a new weekly music group based at the St Paul’s Learning Centre in Bristol inviting people of all ages, experience and cultural backgrounds to come together through rhythm, song and voice.

The DRUM group is being led by Bristol based musician and singer, Richard Davis, from community organisation World Jungle.  They plan to meet each Wednesday from 10.30am-12.30 over the coming ten weeks at the St Paul’s Learning Centre in Grosvenor Road and it is free for people to just go along and join in the fun.

The group is being supported as part of the ‘Bristol Ageing Better’ regional initiative working to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people and help residents live more fulfilling lives.  Richard explains:

“We are keen to meet lots of local residents from the area and are particularly hoping to attract the over-55’s.  Having just celebrated turning 60 myself, we want to emphasise the positive aspects of getting older, so many experiences to share, people to meet, new skills to learn and enjoyment to be had.”

No experience is required at all, just a love of music and rhythm.  All instruments are provided too.  It is hoped that as the group grows in knowledge and confidence, they will go on to be able to share performances with the rest of the community.

If you would be interested in getting  involved, please just turn up on Wednesday at 10am or contact Richard on 0117 9551508, 07828 072070 or email .  Further information can also be found on the World Jungle website:  .



Getting Dursley Dancing!

As the new series of the BBC’s ‘Strictly Coming Dancing’ gets ready to hit 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 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.

To correspond with launch of Strictly Come Dancing on 23rd September, a FREE taster session will take place on Monday 26th September from 7.30pm-8.15pm in the Chantry Centre (Lister Hall) in Long Street, Dursley.  The session will be led by accredited Fitsteps Instructor Jane Manning from ‘World Jungle’ who has trained with Natalie Lowe and takes a regular Fitsteps class at that time each week in Lister hall.  If you would like to take part, just turn up on the day and join in with the class. All ages and levels of experience welcome.  Jane 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!”

World Jungle is bringing lots of other opportunities to the town to encourage people to get active and get dancing this Autumn.  Their programme also includes two special Saturday morning dance workshops which will also take place at the Chantry Centre from 10am-12noon:

  • Saturday 24th September: CHARLESTON – Take a trip back to the 1920’s as you learn the vintage dance moves that were once danced by flappers.
  • Saturday 5th November: JIVE – Learn the flicks, kicks and twists of latin and ballroom style jive dancing!

Tickets for the Charleston and Jive dance workshops are £8 and available from the World Jungle website ( .  For more information, please contact Jane Manning at World Jungle on 07878865297 or email