I'm a little late to post in February but we have been very busy last month!
This month we have the Developing a Voice in Writing class at the community centre and French classes will start at the end of the month.
As usual we have our regular users here every week and to add to this we have been joined by a Neuro chat café from the Stroke Association who will be in the Reynolds Room on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.
In addition to the Tuesday Library café the Job Club will be there to help support people looking for work, creating CV's and helping people through Universal Credit.
Our latest project to start will be Intergenerational Work with Cymryd Rhan - The first session will be Thursday 28th February - Young children, Childminders and elderly are welcomed to come along and see what the sessions hold.
We are very much looking forward to working with all these amazing service providers to create the Hub the Comm is becoming!
Well 2019 is here and we are back with our ever growing list of classes and activities.
Flicks in the Sticks Continue with the Spring Timetable - Great films every other Friday. The first one for this year will be on the 11th January and will be PETERLOO. Please see the poster below.
There will be a new Writing Class with Lara Clough on the 31st January - Developing a Voice in Writing so let us know if this is a class you want to join.
The Welsh Blood Service will be here on the 24th January - Please come along or even click here to book an appointment at your convenience.
Teme Valley Environmental Group will be holding an ordinary business meeting to discuss and decide on how to raise awareness about the use of plastics in our everyday life. James Thompson Senior Waste Awareness Officer from Powys County Council will be attending to have an informal discussion about plastics waste minimisation and recycling and to look at how PCC could support any community projects in the Knighton area. If you would like to be involved please do come. This will be on the 31st Jan 7pm
The fabulous Teme Spirits are here practising every Monday and Friday night ready for their performance of Humpty Dumpty - The Eggs Factor on the 1st February.
Early Man is a 2018 British stop-motion animated historical sports comedy film directed by Nick Park, written by Mark Burton and James Higginson, and starring the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Timothy Spall. The film follows a tribe of primitive Stone Age valley dwellers, who have to defend their land from bronze-using invaders in an association football match.
This is a great film for all ages. Doors will open earlier than usual 6pm for a 6:30pm start.
Knighton Under 5's and The Friends of the School have come together to put on a fun filled, festive afternoon.
Doors will open at 2pm and the fete includes crafts, games, refreshments, community stalls, Afternoon Tea with Santa (Sold out), the £2 bookshop and of course Santa's Grotto! Two choirs will also be joining to provide entertainment. Café and Bar will be open.
Around 5pm the fete will finish and there will be fancy dress competition next to Santa's Sleigh, 5.30pm there will be a parade to the Cenotaph where the Town's Christmas Lights will be switched on and Carols around the Christmas Tree to finish the evening.
The Community Market is back this weekend with the first of two Christmas markets. There are an amazing 31 stalls booked in! Here is just a small selection of the stalls on offer.
If you're unfamiliar with the Little Rumba sound, the following, taken from Little Rumba's fine website (littlerumba.com) should help paint the picture.
"Deep in the Welsh Marches amidst the most beautiful scenery you will find one of the most extraordinary bands in Britain. They have been hiding away, playing the pubs and parties of the Welsh Borders for the last twenty years, honing their remarkable rich romantic tunes. Only recently have they emerged to share them with the world. Little Rumba’s musicians come from very different musical backgrounds which is why the band presents such a unique blend of styles.John Hymas (violin, viola and accordion) trained as a professional viola player in the classical world. He is also a highly regarded composer and founder member of the contemporary folk band Hoover the Dog.
Singer and guitarist Pete Mustill was part of the original R&B boom in the 60’s but subsequently had a ‘Road to Damascus’ moment in the late 80’s on first hearing the music of Astor Piazzolla. This led to the formation of The Tango Band, a top three album in the Czech charts and his first collaboration with Hugh Colvin.
Hugh Colvin is the band’s saxophonist. He is another polymath, combining large scale theatre productions with playing his beloved saxophones. His music is exciting and original and often sounds like the bastard child of Sidney Bechet and King Curtis!
Little Rumba’s inspirational bass player Jacqui Savage has provided the beat for a whole series of border bands – most recently backing up bluesman Dirty Ray and as part of the rhythm section of zydeco masters Joe le Taxi.
They are joined on their latest album “Cafe Perdido” by the fabulous Welsh singer and songwriter Jess Hall and it’s her you see performing with the band on ‘Poisson Rouge’ the video featured on this page.
The band writes all their own music and over the years this has developed an instantly recognizable house style which owes debts to East Europe and South America as well as jazz and blues."
The tickets are on sale now from outlets in Knighton and Presteigne listed on the poster above. Alternatively you can click on the WeGotTickets logo below to purchase tickets online (note that there is a £1 booking fee per ticket).
Just take a look at what's on the week ahead! There's so much going on it's getting hard to fit it all in and get rooms ready fast enough.
Mon, October 8th Library closed
• Yoga with Kat Holwill 9.15-11.15am 01686 670579
• Tai Chi for Wellbeing with Sally Price. It's a drop in session in the Reyonolds Room 6.00& 7.00pm so just turn up.
• Teme Spirits rehearsal time 6-10pm
• Welsh Beginners course - 2 sessions 5.15pm and 7.30pm in the Dressing room
Tues, October 9th: Library open 10am - 12.30pm, 3pm - 6pm - Knighton's 1st Literary Festival 10-12
• Welsh FOUNDATION level - 9.30-11.30am
• Line Dancing in Main hall with Karen Hadley. 10.30 - 12 noon. 07464608747 for more.
• Community Café in Bar. 10.00am – 12.00.
• Housing Related Support – weekly all day drop-in. Back office
• Welsh INTERMEDIATE level - 1.00-3.00pm
• Slimming World 5.30 & 7.30pm. New organiser Amanda. Reynolds Room.
• Sign Language Class with Katie Evans 6.30 - 9.30 pm. 07882 168848 for info.
• Weekly Jive Class in Main Hall 7.30 – 10.00. 07767358079 for more info
Wednesday, October 10th Library open 10am - 12.30pm
• Play Radnor with STAY & PLAY 10am -12 noon in the Reynolds Room.
• Children's Indoor Football 6-7pm
• Army Cadets in Reynolds Room. 6pm
Thursday, October 11th Library open 10am - 12.30pm, 2pm - 5pm
• Leg club in Reynolds Room. 9.30-11.30 am
• Autobiographical Writing - Lara Clough 1.00-3.00 pm
• EG Dance - Children's Dance with Emily 07727 141440
• Kids @ the Comm - After school activities for 11-14 Years - 07668 635704 for more.
• Karate 6-8pm Main Hall 07816 926988 for more info
• Yoga with Kat Holwill 6.45 - 8.15pm 01686 670579
Friday, October 12th Library open 2pm - 5pm
• Library Story time 3-3:30 pm
• Craft Club 2.15 - 4.15pm in Library
• Sign Language with Katie Evans 07882 168848
• Flicks in the Sticks - showing "Beast" 7pm
Saturday, October 13th Library open 10am - 12.30pm.
• Karate in the Reynolds Room 10am -12 noon
• Community Market 9.30am -12.30pm
• 2018 BIG CEILIDH 8pm til late. Tickets available at The Comm front office NOW.
And there's more coming your way! As if all the above wasn't enough, below there're posters for upcoming fitness classes for all ages. It's worth repeating that as the centre's range and quantity of activities skyrockets it is becoming increasingly er…. challenging for a small group of mainly unpaid volunteers to keep things running smoothly. If you could spare any time to lend a hand we'd love to hear from you. Phone or call in and see Ceri or Louise in our front office or message us through this website.
There're two fast approaching live music events we think you'll want to know about. First up, on Saturday, October 13th, we have top Scottish accordion player Sandy Brechin and his band getting everyone on our huge dance floor for what's billed as the "2018 Big Ceilidh". Tickets - £12 adults, £6 children - are on sale NOW from The Comm during office hours (9am to 3pm Tues to Thurs, 9am to 1pm Mon and Fri) or telephone 07721-739973.
There will be a bar all evening and food will also be on offer. The organisers guarantee 100% fun and we're sure that's what you'll get.
The following Saturday, October 20th, we have something completely different but equally guaranteed to get toes tapping in the form of The Clint Bradley Band. Though based in Southern England, Clint's
There's so much going on at The Comm these days, it's hard for us to keep up. Here is a selection of the latest posters to be squeezed onto the noticeboard.