A great night out to chase away the January Blues!

Help chase away the January blues and enjoy a great night of music and dance at the Chantry Centre in Dursley with the ever popular Bristol-based band, ‘The Soul Destroyers’,  supported by ‘Latino Groove’.

Back by popular demand, ‘The Soul Destroyers’ will be performing at the Chantry Centre (Lister Hall) in Dursley early next month on Saturday 4th February.  Tickets sold out quickly last time they performed in the town, so organisers are encouraging people to book up quickly to avoid missing out.

The Soul Destroyers are a fourteen piece band which the Bristol Evening Post say ‘just have to be the best party band around’.  The evening has been organised by creative organisation World Jungle.  Money raised from the evening will be going towards supporting local community projects together with  the upkeep and development of the Chantry Centre as a resource for the whole community to use.

Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets are £12 each and are available from The Chantry Centre,  online from the World Jungle website (www.worldjungle.org.uk/whatson.html) or at World Jungle’s local health and fitness classes.

For more information, please phone 07878 865297, email info@worldjungle.org.uk    or visit  www.worldjungle.org.uk  .

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Equality & Diversity training really can be fun!


World Jungle’s Global Play team visits Ashton Gate Out of School Care

Earlier this year members of World Jungle’s Global Play Team spent the day delivering training for the staff of ‘Ashton Gate Out of School Care’, a south Bristol playsetting rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

The training was part of World Jungle’s award winning global play programme designed for teaching staff, childcare, youth and play workers who want to help children and young people have the opportunity to explore cultural diversity in fun and exciting ways.

During the day staff were taught a whole variety of games from around the world to use with their children in the setting as a creative tool to explore other cultures, promote cultural diversity and effectively challenge discriminatory behaviour in an age appropriate way.  Ways were discussed around how to effectively meet the diverse needs of children, promote positive attitudes to diversity and the differences between each of us, with the aim to equip staff with the skills to prevent discrimination and challenge prejudice.

Giving feedback on the session, Bella Wright from Ashton Gate Out of School Care said:

“We all loved the training, it was so fun and we got a lot from it. It met all of our needs and more. The two workshop leaders were brilliant!”


Ben Ward from World Jungle, who developed and led the programme said:

“We have had lots of positive feedback from organisations who we have delivered this training session for.  Settings have reported that not only does it let them learn more about multi-cultural play and meet some of the challenges around delivering ‘British Values’ within the National Curriculum, but it also provides a team building experience for staff too as an added bonus!”


World Jungle’s Global Play programme has won a national award and the organisation has worked with primary and secondary schools across the South West, London and Midlands, together with over 50 different Early Year Providers and Play Settings, County Councils and national charities.

In addition to offering training to staff, World Jungle works directly with children and young people visiting childcare settings, holiday play schemes, nurseries, schools and community groups delivering lots of fun and cultural activities ranging from African/Caribbean/Indian/Carnival dance, music, arts and African/Samba drumming, to circus skills, games from around the world and outdoor play and bushcraft.

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


Make a Difference in Cam & Dursley

“It can be amazing where a simple conversation can lead…”  That is the basic idea behind a new programme being launched in Cam and Dursley this month which hopes to kick-start some new community projects and groups by asking people what they care enough about in their area to do something about.

Residents of Cam and Dursley are being encouraged think about what they would like to see happen in their community to help make it even better.  From starting a new group or helping an existing group develop, organising an event or working to improve a community space – the idea could be anything. What is important is that ideas come from the hearts of people living here and are driven forward by local people coming together to share their strengths, skills and experience to help make it happen.

The programme is being co-ordinated by local community organisation World Jungle working in partnership with Barnwood Trust.  Ben Ward from World Jungle said:

“When we look at communities, all too often the focus is on what is ‘wrong’ with a place.  We want to turn this way of thinking on its head and look at what is ‘strong’ instead.  Through having lots of conversations with local people, our aim is to identify the gifts, strengths and passions of individuals,  find out what they care enough about to want to make happen and help people come together and achieve their aim.”

 If you would like to have a chat with their team, they will be on hand every Wednesday morning in Dursley Library or call 07889 512644 to arrange a good time.  You can also go along to meet them at the next Farmer’s Market in Dursley town centre on the morning of Saturday 12 November where some fun activities will be on offer too including face painting for children.  Ben continues:

“People coming together are what help make communities strong and what help make things happen. From having lots of conversations with local people we hope  to encourage people to go forward with their ideas and connect with others in the community who may share the same aim, ambition or interest.”

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

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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 Richardd@worldjungle.org.uk .  Further information can also be found on the World Jungle website: www.worldjungle.org.uk  .


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 (www.worldjungle.org.uk) .  For more information, please contact Jane Manning at World Jungle on 07878865297 or email info@worldjungle.org.uk



As ‘Strictly Coming Dancing’ sets to return to our television screens this Autumn, community organisation World Jungle is bringing lots of opportunities to the town to encourage people to get active and get dancing.

Together with ongoing weekly classes, the programme will include two special Saturday morning dance workshops led by guest tutor Claire Phipps from Bristol’s ‘Showgirl Academy’ themed around the fun and energetic dances of the Charleston and Jive.  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.”

 The programme kicks off next week with the return of ‘FitSteps’ to its regular Monday night time of 7.30pm in Lister Hall at the Chantry Centre in Dursley. This dance fitness class was developed by ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ stars Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe who Jane has had the opportunity of training with.  It is based on ballroom and latin dance styles and involves no partner work. If you are interested in giving it a try, no booking is required, just turn up on Monday and join the class.

The two Saturday morning workshops will run from 10am-12noon in Lister Hall (Chantry Centre) on:

  • 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!

The workshops are back by popular demand after the fantastic success of the ‘Cheeky Charleston’ and ‘Learn to Jive’ workshops held earlier this year.  New moves will be introduced making them suitable both for people who did the previous workshop and for those looking to try for the first time.  Due to limited numbers booking is required with tickets costing £8 available from the World Jungle website or from any of World Jungle’s classes.  Claire Phipps from the ‘Showgirl Academy’ in Bristol who will lead both workshops says:

“I am delighted to have been invited back to Dursley and hope to see some familiar faces and lots of new people too!  Both workshops promise to be great fun, accessible to all ages and abilities and require no partner.   Please do get in touch to reserve a space or if you would like more details.”

To find out more about getting active this Autumn and joining any of the above mentioned classes and workshops, please visit the World Jungle website (www.worldjungle.org.uk) or contact Jane Manning at World Jungle on 07878 865297, email info@worldjungle.org.uk

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Special events for Teenagers this summer in the Cotswolds


A series of youth events and activities targeted at teenagers and young people will take place at venues across the Cotswolds during the school summer holidays.  Activities include graffiti art, music, bushcraft, gladiator duel inflatables, African drumming, henna, unicycling, and juggling skills. Young people will also be given an opportunity to share their views about what it is like to live in the Cotswolds and what is important to them.

Local community and arts organisation World Jungle is organising the programme with support from Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council’s Youth Activities funding.  Events will be based around five locations across the district: Cirencester, Chipping Campden, Northleach, Tetbury and Fairford.

Young people have been consulted on the programme and involved in decision making around what activities should be included.   As well as incorporating events that have proved very popular in the past – including the ‘Scratch and Skate’ festivals in Cirencester and Tetbury and support for the popular Phoenix Festival in Cirencester – a series of special youth events will take place in Tetbury, Fairford and Northleach with lots of activities on offer.  Details of all the events can be found on www.worldjungle.org.uk   and are listed below.

  • SCOOTER JAM – Friday 5 August Kingshill, Cirencester  1pm-4pm
  • SCRATCH AND SKATE FESTIVAL Cirencester  Skate Park- Sunday 7 August, 1pm-4pm
  • YOUTH EVENT – TETBURY – Wednesday 3 August 6pm-9pm on the Recreation Ground (by Dolphins Hall)
  • COMMUNITY FUN DAY – CHIPPING CAMPDEN – Wednesday 10 August on the Recreation Ground, 1pm-4pm – There will be lots for all ages to enjoy at this community fun day – including special activities targeted at teenagers & young people.
  • YOUTH EVENT- FAIRFORD – Friday 12 August 6pm-9pm on Walnut Tree Field, Fairford.
  • SCRATCH AND SKATE FESTIVAL Tetbury – Sunday 14 August – Adam Philby Skate Park, 1pm-4pm
  • YOUTH EVENT – NORTHLEACH – Friday 26 August 6pm-9pm on King George’s Fields in Northleach
  • PHOENIX FESTIVAL – 27 and 28 August Abbey Grounds, Cirencester

At the events young people will also be invited to take part in a consultation exercise to help identify key issues and needs in order to inform future work and planning in this area.

Ben Ward from World Jungle said:

“We hope that this programme gives young people access to some really great events to enjoy over the summer holidays – and importantly also gives them the chance to get their voice heard about the issues which affect their lives and the changes they would like to see happen.  We will be bringing along our “Ideas Pod” (I-POD) to the events, a quiet space people can enter to record their views and opinions on what matters to them. We hope some may be inspired to go on and join youth councils or groups to help make a difference to their communities.”

Cllr Alison Coggins, Cabinet Member for Health and Leisure at Cotswold District Council, has been impressed by the activities on offer:

“Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council’s Youth Activities support and fund this programme of events for young people. It’s good to see so many activities to choose from, and I am sure that children across the District will enjoy them immensely.  There is no need to book the many free activities – families just need to turn up and participate. It’s also worth pointing out that the few sessions which carry a fee are very reasonable with most costing as little as £3.”

As in previous years, World Jungle will also be running activities and events for younger children and families across the Cotswolds over the summer holidays.  Details of both programmes can be found on the World Jungle website with a link from the ‘What’s On’ page:  www.worldjungle.org.uk

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

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