Saturday, 16 January 2021

Festival of Connection - free activities online

Dear Blogger

Message forwarded by Ingrid Knowles of Oswestry Net.

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JANUARY 18, 2021 AT 8:30AM - 9PM

Festival of Connection (all-day)

Online event

In partnership with virtual venue SocialEyes, we are excited to present our first-ever Festival of Connection. The Great Winter Get Together will culminate in this day-long event of free, cheerful festivities that are sure to boost moods and foster connection.

We know this winter has brought unique and heightened challenges at what is already a very difficult time of year. So, on Monday, 18 January (a day baselessly known by many as 'Blue Monday'), we want to reclaim the day and face loneliness together through virtual heart-warming and interactive activities:

08:30 - '80s Exercise Class with Kim Leadbeater

Kickstart your Monday with an invigorating early morning '80s exercise class led by our Ambassador and Jo Cox's sister, Kim Leadbeater - full of groovy tunes, sweat-busting moves and lots of laughs!

10:30 - Singing Masterclass with Tim Mahendran

Calling all budding thespians! West End star Tim Mahendran will be offering his wisdom and top tips for elevating your abilities in this interactive singing masterclass. Broadway, here you come!

11:00 - Beatboxing Masterclass with Grace Savage

Renowned 4-time UK Beatboxing champion Grace Savage will be hosting a masterclass beatboxing session, where you'll be introduced to some of the basics and get a taste of her insane musical talent.

12:30 - Afternoon Baking & Bake Off Q&A with Ugne Bubnaityte

Keen to improve your quarantine bakes? Known for breaking boundaries and creating healthier treats, Bake Off alumni Ugne Bubnaityte is here to share her top tips.

14:00 - Drawing Class with Rob Pepper (tickets available soon)

Hone your artistic flair with Rob Pepper, Principal of Art Academy London. He'll be covering the basics during this live drawing class - all you'll need is a pencil, some paper and your imagination!

15:00 - Family Dance Class with Lucy Hind

Shake off those January Blues with an uplifting dance class from legendary West End and Broadway choreographer Lucy Hind. Guaranteed family fun and a way to let off some mid-afternoon steam - what's not to love?

17:00 - A Fabulous Drag-Themed Quiz with Rujazzle

Join Scottish drag royalty Rujazzle for a fabulous afternoon of quiz fun. Don't worry if your drag knowledge is rusty - the quiz is open and accessible to all queens (and kings)!

19:00 - Interactive DJ Set with Patsy Palmer

Bust a move with DJ and soap star Patsy Palmer! She'll be spinning some of her favourite tracks as well as taking questions from the audience.

20:00 - A Silly Show with Josie Long

Looking for a good laugh? Get ready for aching smiles and to make new friends as comedian Josie Long will be providing an evening of much-needed silliness, fun and camaraderie.

PLUS more interactive events to be announced shortly - keep an eye out!



FREE on line acting workshops, open to all

Dear Blogger

Message from LADS - Llanymynech Amateur Dramatic Society - What a great opportunity to learn new skills and perhaps take your place as a member of LADS `when all this is all over.

Starting Tuesday 19th January -

five amazing online workshops with a stellar cast of professional theatre practitioners.

These sessions are free and open to all but numbers are limited so you need to email Pam at to register and get the link for each workshop.

Read on Macduff! (sorry, I couldn't resist that!)
Tuesday 19th January 7.45pm - 10pm
Jamie Wilkes on Story Craft for Actors

There are some amazing tools and ideas on storytelling for writers. But actors are storytellers too. Let's explore some of these ideas and whether we can unlock them for acting.
Jamie Wilkes is a top level professional actor whose TV credits include  His Dark Materials, Mr Selfridge and Vanity Fair His theatre roles have been many and include Two Noble Kinsmen, The Comedy of Errors and Oppenheimer for the RSC and Titus Andronicus at The Globe.  He is also a member of The Wet Mariners who play regularly at The Willow Globe in Rhaeadr.
Tuesday 26th January 7.45pm - 10pm
Laura Norman on Character Development

Through a series of games and exercises we use in the rehearsal room, this session will guide you through the process of building a character physically and emotionally. 
Explore some of the building blocks of the rehearsal process. Find unique personal forms of vocal and physical expression to unlock a role and feel the exhilaration of creating a character in which you can find yourself. 
Laura Norman is the Creative Learning Practitioner at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich where she works with schools and groups of young people to develop and enhance their love of theatre.
Tuesday 2nd February 7.45pm - 10pm
Ian Bartholomew - Working on Stage and TV
Ian Bartholomew is an actor and singer whose career spans more than 40 years. His latest high profile part has been as the Geoff Metcalfe in Coronation Street. On the stage, he has played everything from musical theatre to Shakespeare.
Ian is a four times Olivier Awards nominee, has won the Manchester Evening News award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Doolittle in Pygmalion at the city's Royal Exchange and had rave reviews for his role in Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in Liverpool and Nottingham.
On television, his back catalogue includes Heartbeat, The Darling Buds of May, Wycliffe, Crown Court, The Professionals, Minder, The Bill, Spooks, New Tricks, Foyle's War and Maigret.
Tuesday 9th February 7.45pm - 10pm
Michael Corbidge - Finding the Laughter in Shakespeare's Comedy Speeches
Patron of The LADS Michael Corbidge is known to us all as a Royal Shakespeare Company Voice and Text Associate.  What you may not know is that he is also a published poet, an established director and writer.  He runs his own studio and theatre company in Kent, teaches MA studies at the Rose Bruford drama school and until lockdown was working with a group of circus theatricals and touring internationally to teach and direct.
Tuesday 16th February 7.45pm - 10pm
Loveday Ingram - Unlocking Shakespeare

Loveday will be working on dialogue and speeches from Shakespeare, exploring how to approach and unlock the text.  How to identify and practice techniques to use to get the most engaging and visceral performances.   
Loveday Ingram has directed musicals and plays in the west end and extensively throughout the UK as well as Internationally. She trained at the RSC with John Barton, was Associate Director at CFT for 3 years and was
Assistant Director on original production of Mamma Mia.
Her recent work includes Ken Ludwig's Baskerville which played at the National Theatre of China, Henry V and Julius Caesar for Storyhouse in Chester, and the critically acclaimed production of Aphra Behn's The Rover for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her productions in the West End include four-time Oliver Nominated Gershwin musical My One and OnlyThe Blue Room and When Harry Met Sally at the Haymarket Theatre Royal, and Bedroom Farce at The Albery with Richard Briers and June Whitfield as well as Rockaby at The Barbican as part of the Samuel Beckett Centenary Festival. Her production of Pal Joey at Chichester Festival Theatre was nominated for TMA Best Musical Award and her productions in Ireland include Hysteria which won an Irish Times Award, and Boston Marriage which won 3 Irish Times awards. 

Friday, 15 January 2021

Qube January newsletter, with great oportunities

Dear Blogger

Message from Qube, Oswestry.

Latest news and updates from Qube

Happy New Year from us all at Qube...

In line with government guidelines we have unfortunately had to close our doors again this month. However, our team is still working behind the scenes and at home so please feel free to call or email us if there is anything we can help with or if you do need to talk.

Dial-a-Ride and our community car service are still running for essential journeys. You can call them directly on 01691 671571 for more information or to make a booking. Our social groups are temporarily suspended but we are continuing to keep in touch with members over the phone and by sending newletters and activity packs.

Thank you to everyone who supported local artists makers by shopping in our Christmas Arts and Crafts exhibition! We still have a range of exhibitions online and will be adding more soon. You can still get involved too by adding works to our Creativity in Isolation online exhibition or by taking part in our latest 'Light' photography competition. 

If you would like to speak to us about anything or think we may be able to help you or someone you know please get in touch. You can contact us on 01691 656882 or email

Here is some of our latest news and services...

Call for entries! Photography Competition
Our Photography Competition & Exhibition is back for 2021 with the theme: 'Light'. There's a £100 Best in Show prize and a £20 People's Choice prize! The under 16s winner will receive a hamper of art materials. Deadline for entries is 13th February. Full details and entry forms can be found here...
New online filmmaking workshop
Do you want to make your own film content for web or social media? For example: workshops, demos, self-promotion, auditions and instruction videos, etc. We're offering a new 4 week Zoom led by Piece of Sting media. Dates: 25 Feb, 4 March, 11 March and 18 March, 10:30 - 12:45. £49. Only a few places left. Click here...

A Christmas Wish
Thank you to everyone who donated to 'A Christmas Wish', including all the lovely staff at Aico Ltd. More than 50 gift bags were delivered to very grateful local people:
'Its so nice someone is thinking of me, it made my day!'
'Dad was over the moon to receive a gift and saved it until Christmas day.'

Get Creative! Online resources and ideas
Looking for creative things to do during lockdown? We're putting links, ideas and templates on our website. New this month are lockdown still life and botanical coffee painting tutorials by artist Jessica McMillan. We have more creative resources, made especially for Qube, arriving soon. Click here...

Pentabus Young Writers
Are you or someone you know aged 16-25? Interested in telling or writing stories? Would you like to learn to write a short play? Pentabus is looking for 8-10 Young Writers to join us for our FREE 7-month course. Starts in February 2021. For full details or to reserve a place click here...

Your guide to services and activities at Qube
We have a brand new brochure containing information about all our current services and some of our plans for Spring and Summer 2021. We will be sending these out to local venues soon but if you would like a copy posting to you please email us at or call 01691 656882.

Be Alert to Vaccine Fraud
Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine to target the public by tricking them to hand over money or financial details. You can help stop it by sharing this government advice with those who may be vulnerable. Please share with friends, family and neighbours, particularly those without online access. Click here...

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Thursday, 14 January 2021

New Corona 19 spreading fast - act like you have got it

Dear Blogger

Message from David Shearan, Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council. - Poster from HM Government which is also on the Parish Council Website

Corona virus - Act like you have got it, The new Covid-19 variant is spreading fast.  We all need to play our part to stop the spread.

We are not immune in Shropshire. The number of cases here are still on the increase and many of us will now know someone who has got the virus. Please do stick to the rules and 'Act like you've got it'  

New Corona 19 spreading fast - act like you have got it

Dear Blogger

Message from David Shearan, Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council. - Poster from HM Government which is also on the Parish Council Website

Corona virus - Act like you have got it, The new Covid-19 variant is spreading fast.  We all need to play our part to stop the spread.

We are not immune in Shropshire. The number of cases here are still on the increase and many of us will now know someone who has got the virus. Please do stick to the rules and 'Act like you've got it'