OUR USER GROUPS
Here's a bit more information about some of the groups, clubs and classes listed on the 'What's On' page, that meet at the Centre on a regular basis.
Dingwall Maths Tutor
Lynne Corbett has 7 years experience teaching maths in the Highlands and is up to date with the National Exams and the New National Format.
Call Lynne on 07703 172203 or email email@example.com
Dog Training Unsprung
Dog Training Unsprung offers one to one and group training sessions for you and your dog, including basic obedience, clicker training and foundations for Agility.
For more information contact Emma Ross 07727 753 375 firstname.lastname@example.org
Highland Free Thinkers
Talks and debates: A forum for free thinkers to discuss important contemporary issues such as abortion, religion, science, justice, gender issues and much more. The group meet fortnightly, entry is free and refreshments are provided. Contact Dave on 07766 337632 for more information. www.highlandfreethinkers.org.uk
Pilates Class (Lunchtime)
The classes can help you explore mindful movement, experiencing greater freedom, ease, less pain, confidence, strength and control of your body.
Karen is trained in both STOTT PILATES and Balanced Body Pilates, and has taught these techniques for over 10 years in the Highlands.
Men, women, all ages and abilities can all benefit from Pilates.
Cost is £48 for a block of 6 classes.
Call Karen on 07795465540, or email email@example.com for more information, or to book.
Find us on Facebook under KarenPowell'sHighlandPilatesandNordicWalking
Web page is www.karenpowellpilates.com
Highland Dancing Class
Monday 3 - 4.30pm (Beginners, from age 5)
Monday 4.30 - 6.30pm (Advanced)
Contact Marion Munro on 01349 864124 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Highland Dancing Classes
For all ages and levels
Michelle Wilson/Schofield, Highland Dance Teacher S.D.T.A
Aileen Wilson, Highland Dance Teacher B.A.T.D
Classes run every Friday during school term time
2.00 - 2.30pm - Tartan Tinies
2.30 - 3.30pm - Academy Class
3.30 - 4.15pm - Tartan Tots (age 4+)
4.15 - 5.15pm - Advanced Class
Contact email@example.com or call 0792 133 5187
Dingwall Art Group
This is a well established group of friendly artists of varying abilities with a membership of 25 (max). They are a not for profit making concern with their own constitution and committee and regularly have visiting tutors who provide instruction in a wide variety of mediums. There are 4 terms per year, 2 consisting of 8 weeks (currently at £30 per term) and 2 consisting of 12 weeks (currently at £40 per term). During the summer term members can pay weekly at £4.
Members also enjoy the social aspect of the group, such as 'on location' days in the summer and an organised meal out and a Christmas party. The aim is to provide a welcoming and friendly environment in which to learn new techniques, or just to start you on a new path towards enjoying your art.
Barbara is Hatha Yoga trained, but after over 30 years teaching she has developped her own style with influences from Lyengar, Flow, Kundalini and Yin Yoga. She places emphasis on Pranayama and Meditation. The classes are mixed ability, age and gender and an hour and a half duration. The fee is £7 per class.
Contact Barbara Dillon on 01381 622296
Juliette's Friday morning yoga class is lyengar yoga based, aiming to stretch the body and help with stamina and flexibility, as well as teaching basic yoga breathing techniques. The class is mixed ability with age range 20 - 75. Yoga is not competative, so students work to their own capacity, although this class would not be suitable for the disabled or for people with complex medical problems. Juliette does run a chair yoga class to cover these needs, so if you would like to know more check her website: www.juliettelowe.co.uk or email her on: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to come along, please wear loose clothing and bring a blanket. Please try and bring your own yoga mat.
The class lasts one and a half hours including a relaxation and costs £7/£6 concession.
Friday Craft Group
A group of 'ladies' with a good sense of humour, who meet up to do crafts and CHAT on a Friday evening. There is an annual membership of £10, and a weekly contriubution of £2 per night to help with costs of tea, coffee and biscuits, and room rental. They have been meeting for 22 years in total! The average age is 60+ but there are a few younger members from 30 upwards.
They bring their own craftwork to do, but between them they have a range of expertise and help is always available for those wanting to try new techniques.
The group attends all year round, but members come to club when it suits them. Any new members are welcome to come along and join in.
Sing and Sign
Sing and Sign teaches baby signing through music, songsnursery rhymes and lots of fun interaction with instruments, toys and our mascot Jessie Cat. We use signs to help reduce frustration and encourage early communication between you and yor baby.
Babies naturally start to use a combination of gestures and sounds to help their parents understand them. for example; pointing, shaking head, clapping hands and waving 'bye bye' are all natural first signs.
Introudcing extra gestures to your baby, such as 'milk', 'more', 'nappy change' and 'tired' can help your baby communicate before speech, reduce frustration and is wonderfully rewarding and fantastic fun for both parent and baby.
There are 3 different classes:-
Sing and Sign Babes is for the littlest babies from birth to 6 months. A lovely, gentle, sensory class - we use music and songs to encourage excellent communication between baby and parent. Relaxed and friendly, it's also a chance for new parents to make friends and share baby experiences.
Stage 1 is for babies aged from about 6 months and teaches the core curriculum of signs so parents, carers and and babies gain a wide range of vocabulary to help ease frustration and boost communication.
Stage 2 is for those who have completed at least one term of stage 1 and baby is 14 months+. We build on the core signs learned in stage 1 and introduce more complicated signing and themes suitable for active toddlers. This includes a great potty song for those about to start potty training, colours, phonics and more!
In Dingwall classes run on a Friday morning and afternoon. The Babes Class is offered in blocks of 5 weeks and its costs £25 to attend. Stage 1 & 2 are offered in 10 week blocks and cost £55 to. Payment for a 10 week term can be paid in installments to spread the cost. Classes start in January, April and September and places must be booked in advance. There are regular taster classes offered so you can try the class out before coming along for a whole term.
For more information about classes or if you have any questions at all about baby signing please cobntact Eilidh Smith on 01862 842979 or email eilidhsmith @singand sign.co.uk or visit www.singand sign.com
Monday 11 - 12.30pm and 7 - 8.30pm, Wednesday 9.30 - 11am
Monday Evening- Beginners/Early Learners - This may become a composite class with some total beginners and others who have had previous experience of Gaelic lessons. It is hoped that some class members will reach a level competancy that will allow them to go on to the intermediate exam level 1 or 2.
Monday Morning - The Intermediate Class - Class members should have some knowledge of syntax, though perhaps lacking in fluency. Activities will include reading, simple conversation, development of vocabulary, awareness of Gaelic place names, some grammatical input etc. The group numbers 7 - 10 students.
Wednesday - The Advanced Class - Intended for students with a reasonable level of fluency, who are fairly competent in the structure of the language. Emphasis will be on conversation, sometimes in small groups and at other times as a full group. Classes will include a measure of gramatical input, reading of relevant Gaelic atricles etc. The group numbers 8 - 10 students.
For more information contact Dolena Grant 01463 702777 email@example.com
Dingwall & District Beekeepers Association
The group meet every third Wednesday of the month, with the exception of December and January. Meetings are 7.45pm at the Centre September to April and at 7pm during the summer months when they meet at a members' apiary.
The membership numbers 40+ with an age range of 14 to 82, and anyone at all interested in bees is welcome to come along and meet with us. Members come from the Black Isle and an area from Beauly to Evanton and Mid Ross, Poolewe to Ullapool and Torridon/Lochcarron.
They have guest speakers, all the apiary visits are practical and courses are run for novices and those with less than 3 years experience.
The aim is to try and temper the wild enthusiasm of the would-be beekeeper with sage advice and experience!
Dingwall Pheonix Group
The Phoenix Group is aimed at persons aged 60 and over and meets on a Thursday (1st and 3rd of the month) from September through to May. There is an annual membership fee of £3 and a meeting contribution of £2 towards the cost of room rental and cover a cup of tea and biscuits after the speaker of the day is finished (The chat is free!). The Group's programme for this season has a wide variety of speakers on a range of interesting subjects. s
Interested in joining us? -Then contact Anne McArthur on 01349 867183.
If you would like to improve your core strength, flexibility and balance, to tone up and enhance your stamina, agility and coordination, to improve the look and feel of your body - then Pilates is the class for you. We use resistance bands, pilates balls (both small and small pilates balls and medicine balls), tennis balls for a foot massage, pilates rings and foam rollers. It's a friendly and welcoming class suitable for all fitness levels and abilities. We have over 8 years experience in teaching Fitness Pilates and Pilates. www.natalliasfitness.com 07881814362
Zumba / Zuma Toning (Tuesdays)
This is a combination of Zumba Fitness and Zumba Toning. It combines targeted body-sculpting and high-energy cardio work with latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance, fitness-party. Students learn how to use light weight, maraca-like toning sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all the target zones including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. www.natalliasfitness.com 07881814362
The Dingwall Gaelic Service is interdenominational and meets on the first Sunday of every month at 3pm. Services last up to one hour and are traditional in nature. Everyone is welcome!
Highland Felt Club
Annual membership £20, Day fee £5:
The club meets on the last Saturday of every month (except July and December) in the Main Hall on the first floor of the Community Centre. Felting materials can be purchased at the club and felt makers with some experience are welcome to join for the day, though workshops are occasionally run for beginners. The group is friendly, welcoming and relaxing, and produces a diverse range of colourful items simply from wool, including scarves, bags, gloves, pictures and hats. A very pleasing and therapeutic acivity!
Dingwall Wargames Club
A small, informal wargaming club that meets at the Centre every Monday from 7 - 10pm. Two games are often run and a wide range of historical periods are covered from ancients, medieval, The Civil Wars of 17th century Britain, The Seven Years War, American War of Independenceand the American Civil War, through to The Second World War. New members and visitors are welcome and contact details can be found at www.dingwallwargamesclub.co.uk
The work of Feis Rois, a traditional music and arts organisation based in Dingwall, takes place year round and extends well beyond Ross Shire. In addition to an extensive programme of music tuition in local authorities across Scotland, their local young musicians have toured Scotland, the UK and internationally.
Classes in the Community Centre are for adults and it is hoped that whether you are a beginner or a more experienced player, that there will be something to interest you. Classes are run in other areas too, but at the Centre in Dingwall they run as folows:-
Tuesdays - Guitar with Ruaraidh Campbell for Improver Level from 7.30 - 8.30pm.
Thursdays - Fiddle with Gillian Stevenson for Improver Level from 6.30 - 7.30pm and Intermediate Level from 7.30 - 8.30pm, plus Fiddle with Emily MacDonald for Improver Level from 6.30 - 7.30pm.
Other insrumental and levels of class have been run in the past and consideration would be given to doing so again if there was a demand. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more by visiting www.feisrois.org
Haven & Health (Food Allergy Testing)
Many health problems can be caused by food sensitivities and intolerances. VEGA Bio-energetic analysis can identify the foods that might be at the root of your health issues and it is non-invasive, painless and accurate. A record of the test results is given. along with advice about alternative replacement foods, guidance to eliminate problem foods or a rotation diet for a mild sensitivity. Tests are carried out here at the Centre and can be booked with Bel Esson at Haven & Health on 01381 600 896 or by email - email@example.com
Cheer and Dance Class
TEAM LOVE CHEER - pom, jazz, hip hop, cheer, tumbling, baby ballet - All great fun. Call Rosie on 07511 036208 for more information
FITFELLAS -EXERCISE FOR THE UNENTHUSIASTIC!
If you’re a man, 60+, unfit, don’t know how to change that, not even sure you want to, but know you should, etc. ----then this class is for you. FITFELLAS is a circuit-based class for men only. Mainly for the over 60’s –but no-one’s to going to chuck you out if you’re a bit younger. But you will get removed if you’re too fit. It’s not for blokes who already use the gym regularly, or go running, or kite surfing etc. And absolutely no 6 packs allowed.
The classes are circuit based-which isn’t as terrifying as it might sound, last about 45 mins,are not at all serious, and involve quite a lot of poor jokes..... £4 per class
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Mob 07746951151 Or just turn up on the day