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Pilates - Mixed Abilities

Led by Zoe Brennan

Suitable for all abilities, Zoe’s class will help anyone wishing to improve their flexibility, alignment, co-ordination, posture, balance and breathing and will focus on stabilising and strengthening your core.

Zoe will adapt exercises to suit your individual needs and mobility. At the end of the class we will take a few minutes to relax and unwind with some mindfulness.

All abilities are welcome.

You will need your own mat.

Spring
9 Jan - 6 Feb (5 weeks)
20 Feb - 26 Mar, exc 12 Mar (5 weeks)
Drop in: 16 Apr and 23 Apr

11am - 12pm
£12 per class | £50 per 5 week course.

Suitable for 18+ years.

Other classes include:
Pilates - Beginners
Pilates - Intermediate

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Pilates - Intermediate

Led by Zoe Brennan.

Suitable for people with some Pilates experience or those who are looking for a slightly more challenging class. Still covering alignment, breathing and centering but with more focus on strengthening and toning your body. At the end of the class we will take a few moments to relax and unwind.

You will need your own mat.

Spring
9 Jan - 6 Feb (5 weeks)
20 Feb - 26 Mar, exc 12 Mar (5 weeks)
Drop in: 16 Apr and 23 Apr

12:15pm - 1.15pm
£12 per class | £50 for 5 weeks

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Other classes include:
Pilates - Beginners
Pilates - Mixed Abilities

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Visions of Landscape

Led by Jo Hall

Explore the work of five artists and their very different approaches to landscape painting. Over the five sessions we’ll explore works by Samuel Palmer, André Derain, Georgia O’Keeffe, Richard Cartwright, and David Hockney. Starting in week 1 with Samuel Palmer, you will be invited to make a composition in the spirit of the artist or to make your own version of one of Palmer’s works. Please bring your own materials; any water-based media or pastel would be suitable. For full information see below.

Please bring;
All artists; water-based media (watercolour, gouache or acrylic) or pastels
Drawing board, clips or tape to attach support, paper towel, pencil, sketchbook for notes/ working out composition.

Artists using water-based media will need a block to angle the board, water pots, palette, brushes, watercolour or mixed media paper, pencil.

Pastel artists will need a table easel, putty eraser, spray fixative for use outside only, charcoal and a few pastel pencils may be useful.

Wed 21 Feb then Tues 27 Feb - 26 Mar, exc 12 Mar
12.30pm - 3.30pm

£105 for the 5 week course

  •  27 Feb
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Pilates - Beginners

Led by Zoe Brennan.

Suitable for anyone new to Pilates or wishing to improve their flexibility, co-ordination, posture, balance, breathing and focus on stabilising the core. At the end of the class we will take a few moments to relax and unwind.

All abilities are welcome.

You will need your own mat.

Spring
9 Jan - 6 Feb (5 weeks)
20 Feb - 26 Mar, exc 12 Mar (5 weeks)
Drop in: 16 Apr and 23 Apr

1.30pm - 2.30pm
£12 per class | £50 per 5 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

Other classes include:
Pilates - Mixed Abilities
Pilates - Intermediate

  •  27 Feb SOLD OUT
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Creative Writing: Memoirs (online)

Led by Guy de Ferrer

Do you want to write about your life, the people you have known, the places you have seen?

These five sessions will help you write your memoirs/autobiography. We will look at how to convincingly capture people, places and stories from your life.

Each week a homework will be set and discussed the following week. You will also receive tutor feedback by email.

All levels are welcome.

Tues 27 Feb - 26 Mar (5 weeks)
7pm - 9pm
£100 per 5 week course

Online course

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Norden Farm Choir

Led by Seann Wilkinson

A non-audition community choir open to all. Working on everything from Madonna to Les Mis, from gospel to pop - this is an opportunity to meet people, learn some harmonies and sing your hearts out. No experience required. Enthusiasm absolutely necessary!

Spring
Tues 9 Jan - 26 Mar (11 weeks)
7.30pm – 9pm
£11 per session | £110 per 11 week term

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Jim Maving

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the very beginning. This is a foundation course for those with little to no experience of playing guitar. You will learn how to hold a guitar and to make the right noises out of it. The aim of these lessons is to get you playing your first song within 4 weeks of lessons, as no-one takes up guitar to strum random chords, it’s all about the songs.

If you are returning to guitar having not played for some time and can barely remember chords this is a great way of getting back into the swing of things.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.


Spring
Tues 16 Jan - 6 Feb (4 weeks)
Tues 20 Feb - 19 Mar (5 weeks)
Tues 26 Mar - 23 Apr (5 weeks)
7.45pm - 8.45pm

£50 per 5 week course | £40 per 4 week course

Suitable for 18+ years.

  •  27 Feb
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The End We Start From

Dir: Mahalia Belo 2023 | 101 mins

When an environmental crisis sees London submerged by flood waters, a young family is torn apart in the chaos. As a woman and her newborn try and find their way home, the profound novelty of motherhood is brought into sharp focus in this intimate and poetic portrayal of family survival.

Starring Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Joel Fry (Cruella), Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Gina McKee (Notting Hill), Nina Sosanya (Love Actually), Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog).

'Jodie Comer is phenomenal in end-of-days survival thriller' ★★★★ The Guardian

£10.50 | £9.50 conc

Special Ticket Offer
£9 | £8 conc tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. Offer applied in basket.

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Beginners/Gentle Yoga

Led by Julie Potter

This class is particularly suited to beginners, those returning to yoga having had a break, those with specific injuries or conditions or even those that consider themselves to be of a ‘certain age’ that might need a less challenging approach. We will cover general breathing practises, the basic and gentler postures, together with general information and possible discussion around movement and the potential difficulties we might come up against.

The aim will be to relax and enjoy.

The yoga I teach is an evolution of nearly 30 years of practice and study, with a broad experience of many styles and teachers. In recent years I have been moving away from ‘external’ evaluation of the postures and moving towards an ‘internal’ sense of the postures, moving away from the more used traditional approach of systemised yoga to a more experiential and ‘felt’ approach, influenced by teachers who have been inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.

Please bring a blanket, a yoga / Pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing

Spring
Wed 10 Jan - 7 Feb (5 weeks)
Wed 14 Feb - 13 Mar (5 weeks)
Wed 20 Mar - 24 Apr (6 weeks)
11am - 12.15pm
£12 per session | £45 per 5 week course | £54 per 6 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

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Studio Art Sessions

Led by Sue Bridge

These sessions are suitable for those with some prior experience of drawing and painting (either previous study or art course participation).

As with the preceding course 'Transform your Sketchpad' these 3 hour studio sessions will be wide ranging both in terms of media and subject matter. Over the duration of the course you will gain experience in a range of media, acrylic/watercolour, pen and ink and collage. Some sessions will be one off activities other topics may spread over a couple of weeks.

Students to provide their own materials.

Wed 10 Jan to 14 Feb (6 weeks)
Wed 28 Feb to 3 Apr (6 weeks)
11am - 2pm

£160 per 6 week course

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Baby Signing

Led by Funky Monkeys

Have you ever wondered what your baby is thinking or feeling? Would it help if they could communicate those thoughts and feelings to you?

Sign & Rhyme teaches parents/carers and their little ones, simple sign language that enables them to communicate before speech takes over. Just like waving and clapping, your baby can learn to tell you when they’re hungry, in pain or just that they’ve seen a dog! This is empowering to them and hugely rewarding for you! In most cases babies who sign learn to talk sooner than their non-signing peers.

Signs are used in class, like actions, to accompany songs and nursery rhymes and with an array of props, puppets, instruments and the use of disco lights, bubbles and parachutes to enhance the sensory experience and make learning more fun.

There's also:
* Free on-site parking
* Café (open all day)
* Baby changing facilities

Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Carers all welcome with their babies under 18 months

Spring
Wed 10 Jan - 24 Apr, exc 14 Feb and 10 Apr
1.45pm - 2.30pm

£7.50 for 1 Adult and 1 Child | £4.50 for additional siblings

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Crafternoons

Led by Creative Eye.

From January 2024 Norden Farm are delighted to extend our Crafternoon sessions to Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons!

Norden Farm's Crafternoons are relaxed crafting sessions for older people.

Get crafty with a range of activities, or bring along your own projects to work on with support from tutor Kayleigh Robinson.

You can learn new skills, meet new people and try something new, a cup of tea is included with the ticket price. If you are unable to attend in person you can log on from home to chat and join in the session.

Spring Season

Tues 20 and Wed 21 Feb Wooden Bookmarks
Tues 27 and Wed 28 Feb Wooden Hanging Sign Decoupage
Tues 5 and Wed 6 Mar Squeegee Art
Tues 12 and Wed 13 Mar Mug Decorating
Tues 19 and Wed 20 Mar Mini Scented Pouches
Tues 26 and Wed 27 Mar Easter Wreath
Tues 2 and Wed 3 Apr Wooden 3D Bird Hanging Decoration
Tues 9 and Wed 10 Apr Magnets
Tues 16 and Wed 17 Apr Wire Tree
Tues 23 and Wed 24 Apr Paper Fans

There will be no session on Tues 6 and Wed 7 Feb.

Social Arts Crafternoons is a partially funded project run by Norden Farm with support from The Berkshire Community Foundation.

Local transport can be provided as part of the ticket price for those attending on a Wednesday.

If you need transport to Norden Farm for the Wednesday sessions please contact Jess Thompson at jess.thompson@nordenfarm.org / 01628 682563 to talk through your requirements.

Suitable for ages 60+ years.

2pm - 3pm
£5 per session, including a cup of tea

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Junior)

Led by Emma Duncan.

In each session children take part in a series of drama games and activities that develop their confidence as well as teaching them drama skills. These include focus, communication, developing a character and voice projection.

As the weeks go on the group will each have a part with some lines to learn in a small-scale show. They will rehearse as a team and share what they have learnt during the last session, more details to follow on this after half term.

Suitable for school years 2 - 6.

'Norden Farm is my favourite after school club, it always keeps me moving and relaxed. It is a great place to go for drama and within a short time, I have become far more confident and expressive' Timothy, age 7

'We have sent both of our children to Youth Theatre at Norden Farm and have seen dramatic improvements in there ability, confidence, social awareness and expressiveness generally and specifically. The environment is safe and developmental in a broad and exciting sense' Alex - parent

Spring
Wed 10 Jan - 27 Mar, exc 14 Feb (11 weeks)
5pm - 6pm
£95

Junior Youth Theatre Bookng Form

  •  28 Feb
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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Senior)

Led by Emma Duncan.

Each term we will be focusing on developing the participants confidence and well-being through a series of drama games and activities.

This term the Senior Youth Theatre group are focusing on developing drama skills. They’ll learn a deeper understanding of performance and managing their nerves as well as some more specialised techniques including comedy and physical theatre.

Suitable for school years 7 - 12.

'Norden Farm is my favourite after school club, it always keeps me moving and relaxed. It is a great place to go for drama and within a short time, I have become far more confident and expressive' Timothy, age 7

'We have sent both of our children to Youth Theatre at Norden Farm and have seen dramatic improvements in there ability, confidence, social awareness and expressiveness generally and specifically. The environment is safe and developmental in a broad and exciting sense' Alex - parent

Spring
Wed 10 Jan - 27 Mar, exc 14 Feb (11 weeks)
6.05pm - 7.30pm
£134

Senior Youth Theatre Booking Form

  •  28 Feb
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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (A)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Spring
Wed 10 Jan - 7 Feb (5 weeks)
Wed 21 Feb - 20 Mar (5 weeks)
Wed 27 Mar - 24 Apr (5 weeks)
7pm - 8pm

£50 per 5 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

  •  28 Feb
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Ahir Shah - Ends

The 2023 Sky Edinburgh Comedy Award winner brings his latest show about family, immigration, marriage, history, politics, and beans.

Ahir's last Fringe show, 2019’s Dots, is now a special on HBO Max. He has been seen on Mock the Week, The Mash Report, QI, Live at the Apollo, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Have I Got News For You, and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

'The most important stand-up of the year, if not decade' Stephen Armstrong

'Tis is truly outstanding stand up' ★★★★★ Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

'It’s clear why Ahir Shah won the Edinburgh Comedy Award with this remarkable piece of storytelling' ★★★★★ Steve Bennett, Chortle

'Starts tugging heartstrings before he even sets foot on stage… has long been one of our most eloquent, thought-provoking comic voices… seemingly effortless way it weaves together the personal and the political into a big-hearted, uplifting whole' ★★★★ Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph

'A beautiful, lyrical love letter… which deservedly picked up the Edinburgh Comedy Award this year… Shah is an electric performer, super-intelligent, his material densely packed with insight, yet never far from a gag… Ends leaves you uplifted, radiating positivity. In fact, its no exaggeration to say that Shah’s tribute to his grandparents should be on the national curriculum' ★★★★★ Mark Wareham, Mail on Sunday

'Filled it up like a tornado sweeping in with a high energy set powered by a machine gun style delivery… great comedy set mixed up laughter, with deeply affecting silences… a master storyteller… all of this demonstrated why it was named best show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe' ★★★★ Asjad Nazir, Eastern Eye

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (B)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

These classes are split by skills level;

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Spring
Wed 10 Jan - 7 Feb (5 weeks)
Wed 21 Feb - 20 Mar (5 weeks)
Wed 27 Mar - 24 Apr (5 weeks)
8.30pm - 9.30pm

£50 per 5 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

  •  28 Feb
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Figure with Gown or Cloak in Clay

Led by Dawn Carroll

In this one day workshop you will make a sculpture of a figure in a long gown or cloak. The gown can be decorated with patterns or textures, your figure may wear a hat or headdress. Let your imagination run wild. (References will be available).

Slips will be available to decorate your piece.

At the end of the session your sculpture will be taken and fired in the kiln and a date will be arranged for you to collect your work.

All tools are provided just bring along an apron.

Cost includes clay and firings.

Thur 29 Feb
11am - 3.30pm
£75

Other pottery courses led by Dawn include:

Animal Head Wall Hanging in Clay

Sculptural Seed Heads for the Garden

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Zumba (Thursdays)

Led by Annet Bowler

Zumba with Annet is a fun, easy to follow, dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms!

This 60 minute class feels more than a party that exercise class. It suits all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

It can help make you feel happy, healthy, strong, amazing, unstoppable and confident!

Spring
Thur 11 Jan - 27 Apr, exc 7 Mar and 11 Apr
11.30am – 12.30pm

£7 per class | £30 for 5 sessions a term

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please note that the sessions on Thursday 25 April and Thursday 2 May will be led by Carla Lkech

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Bollybhangra Dance Fit

Led by Nanda Sharma

Welcome to Bollybhangra Dance Fitness Party sessions! Nanda teaches her original choreographies to top hits from Bollywood, Bhangra, Belly dance and also other international music and dance rhythms.

The joyful music and movements encourage us to open our hearts and minds to possibilities, improve wellbeing and body-confidence and encourage us to embrace our individuality.

Enjoy the benefits of dance on flexibility and balance, health and fitness, and mood, memory, in a fun and friendly environment, at your own pace- no pressure. Beginners welcome.

Every class feels like a party and your place awaits! Dress up or dress down, some colour, sequins and a jingly bellydance scarf will add to your experience!
Bring water, a towel, wear dance sneakers or trainers.

Thur 11 Jan - 8 Feb (5 weeks)
Thur 15 Feb - 14 Mar (5 weeks)
Thur 21 Mar - 25 Apr, exc 11 Apr (5 weeks)
6.30pm - 7.30pm

£11 per session or £45 for 5 week course

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (C)

Led by Jim Maving

For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.

These classes are split by skills level:

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Spring
Thur 11 Jan - 8 Feb (5 weeks)
Thur 22 Feb - 21 Mar (5 weeks)
Thur 28 Mar - 25 Apr (5 weeks)
7pm - 8pm

£50 per 5 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

  •  29 Feb
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Bone-afide - Dancing Trombone

Presented by Maidenhead Music Society.

Bone-afide is a quartet of trombones described by the Royal Philharmonic Society as ‘An ensemble to watch – with a collective sound that shimmers and playing that quite simply makes you feel good’

They play music from Bach (an arrangement of his 2nd orchestral suite) to Bartok (three Transylvanian dances) via Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake suite, but also include classics from other musical genres arranged for the versatile combination.

£20/£15 MMS members
(under-18s £5, or up to two FREE with an adult)

Maidenhead Music Society website

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Jim Maving

Play guitar but stuck in a rut? Want to play some notable songs and impress your friends? Then this is the course for you. Rediscover your 6-string and why you took it up originally.

Learn some classic songs as well as learning your pentationic scales, slide guitar and alternate tunings

Spring
Thur 11 Jan - 8 Feb (5 weeks)
Thur 22 Feb - 21 Mar (5 weeks)
Thur 28 Mar - 25 Apr (5 weeks)
8.30pm - 9.30pm

£50 per 5 week course

Alternative classes include:

If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!

Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.

Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords

Beginners C - Almost Intermediate but not quite yet.

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for 18+ years.

  •  29 Feb

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