The following list contains a brief description of some of the groups, clubs and societies which regularly use the church premises.
The St Albans Welsh Society was formed in 1979 by expatriate Welsh people to promote meetings and social gatherings for those interested in matters Welsh. We have a membership of around fifty.
Its monthly meetings are usually held in Homewood Road URC with a varied programme of events involving invited speakers and in-house entertainment.
The highlight of the year is the St David's Day Dinner.
The Society is conducted in English, although it does have a number of Welsh speakers. Membership is not confined to Welsh people.
Contact: Secretary Colin Lewis - e-mail: email@example.com or 01727830707.
We are a group of people who enjoy being out of doors- walking, cycling etc. Adventure means different things to different people and everyone can choose the right level for them.
We have a regular programme of Wednesday evening and weekend events. The Wednesday evenings are slide shows, talks, quizzes, meals, and walks or cycle rides in the summer.
At weekends we have a walk or cycle ride on Sunday and each month there is at least one weekend trip away to explore the countryside. There are no charges for these events other than the costs incurred, i.e. accommodation, food and transport.
Our friendly ladies' badminton club meets every Tuesday, in school term time only, from 9am to 11am. We're mostly of an average standard and we enjoy our games - whilst not taking them too seriously! - with coffee and chat in between. If you fancy some healthy exercise, in good company, and are not a complete novice at badminton or tennis ( ie. you've at least wielded a racquet in the garden!), do come along for a free 'taster' session and have a go.
Contact Sue on 07717 833485 for further details.
Irish Dancing Classes
For children age 4+ from Beginners to advanced level. The Academy aims to provide a happy and friendly environment in which children will enjoy learning all aspects of Irish dancing and be inspired to achieve.
Classes are on Saturdays and Wednesdays age 4+ from beginners to advanced
* Register by email to get the first lesson FREE, limited spaces available *
The Penny Waterman School of Dance provides Ballet, Tap, Disco/Jazz, Street Jazz and Musical Theatre classes in St Albans for children aged 18 months to Adults.
Please call us on 01727 858632 for a brochure/to book a trial or go to our website:
Dancing is also one of the most natural and exciting ways of keeping fit & healthy and is recommended to people between the ages of 2 and 92!
Dinky Dancers combines an exciting mix of dance activities, P.E. and musical fun to develop children's creativity and physicality.
Each week, children are taken on a new adventure that they will love, physically exploring pre-school themes such as Amazing Animals, At The Circus and Up, Up and Away.
Our 'Dinky Dancers' learn through well-planned play, building creative and physical confidence. There is nothing quite like Dinky Dancers and we are extremely proud of our classes which are for boys and girls aged 2-4 years.
Singing for the Brain
This service is run by the Alzheimer's Society which benefits those who have dementia and their carers. In a caring and supportive environment, those who attend participate in singing familiar songs as well as enjoying simple rounds together, and other activities including light seated exercise. The therapeutic effects of singing/music for those with dementia are well documented, and the session has been seen to improve memory and the ability to communicate. The sessions run most Fridays from 2.15 pm to 3.45 pm. There are often waiting lists for our Singing for the Brain groups in Hertfordshire, so if you are interested in attending, please contact Wendy Hyams 01707 294609/ 07985 681583 for further details.
Rock Choir offers an alternative experience to the traditional classical or community choir, pioneering a new approach to vocal training and entertainment. We offer the general public the chance to sing pop, rock and chart songs with no entry audition, no requirements to read music or have any previous singing experience. Rock Choir is for anyone who just loves to sing! New members are always very welcome and anyone interested in joining can try a FREE 90-minute taster session.
Wednesday Badminton Club has been playing for over 30 years at Homewood URC on Wednesday evenings throughout the year except for June, July and August. We are approx. 16 members spanning the decades – mostly with some experience of badminton before joining. We enjoy the game plus social chatter. Vacancies arise from time to time and we welcome enquires from anyone who might be interested in joining us.
Contact Bob on 01727 866619 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Fab Pilates (Karen Jones) holds two small, fun and friendly 1 hour Pilates classes for up to 10 participants in the back hall on Thursday mornings during term time. Open to all adults - please call Karen Jones on 07957 355332 or email email@example.com or go to her website to find out more about Pilates and Karen, or if you would like to try a session – everyone is welcome. www.fabpilates.net
Alpine Garden Society – Hertfordshire Group
We are a friendly group interested in a wide range of plants, seeing them in their habitat and growing them under cover and in the open garden. We have members growing plants in alpine houses, in frames, in raised beds and in troughs. Most of us grow non alpines too. You do not need any expertise to become a member, you just need a love of plants. From time to time we organize informal visits to members gardens through the group, but most people are only too pleased to show you their prize plants if you ask to see them. More information about the group e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a series of monthly lectures from the end of September until June. Lecturers are specialist nurserymen, plant hunters and travellers with a camera from the AGS's list of experts.
Meetings are usually held in the small hall on the 4th Saturday of the month at the Homewood Road United Reformed Church Hall, Homewood Road, St. Albans AL1 4BH. www.homewoodurc.org/ Meetings start at 3.00 p.m. There is an attendance fee of £3.00 per meeting for members and a charge of £4.50 per meeting for visitors, but this entitles you to free refreshments.
We raffle plants brought in by the membership at every meeting. At some meetings a nurseryman sells plants & in addition members plants are sold at the AGM in September.
Members grow plants from seed from distributions by the Alpine Garden Society and propagate their best plants to sell at our plant sales.
Membership is open to all and you do not need to belong to the Alpine Garden Society itself to join our group. (However if you are a paid up member of the Alpine Garden Society you will enjoy a quarterly magazine, 'The Alpine Gardener', and free entry to the regional and national shows.)
Subscription is £6 due in September.