St Sidwell’s runs many groups and activities throughout the year and hosts many that are run by other community groups or service providers.
Have a browse through the current listings. Phone 01392 666222 or email bookings@stsidwell’s.org.uk to find out more or book a place at any of these events and workshops:
Regular Activities at St Sid's
St Sid’s Community Gardening Club. Every Friday from 12 to 5pm. Beginner or expert, come and help us look after our city centre fruit and veg garden. Learn to garden or share your skills with others. All welcome.
Waste Not Want Not: Pickles and Preserves. Come and help us make jams, chutneys and other products out of surplus fruit and veg that would otherwise have been thrown away. Produce donated by supermarkets, farms, allotments, etc. Wednesday 15th March and the 3rd Wednesday of every month– by the Autumn, with lots of surplus produce around, we’ll be running these every week
Baking Club – Every Thursday afternoon from 23rd March. £2.50 contribution for ingredients, take whatever you bake home with you. We make something different every week. Beginners and experienced bakers – all welcome. Learn to bake or share your baking skills with others.
Exeter Repair Café. Saturday March 18th (usually the 3rd Saturday of every month) 10am to 1pm. Don’t throw it out! Bring your mechanical, electrical, electronic items or items of clothing to be mended – FREE of CHARGE by the Repair Café Volunteers. Electronic & Electrical professionals, expert Seamstresses & keen Volunteers willing to take on any job no matter how small. Café open for teas, coffees, home made cakes, bacon sandwiches.
Cooking and Eating
Saturday 4th March 12 to 2.30pm Indonesian Lunch Patri and her husband, originally from Pedang in Indonesia, will be hosting an authentic Indonesian lunch in Sid’s Café. £10 per head for two courses. Phone us to book your place.
St Sid’s Cookery School. Free bread-making course. Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Thursday 16th, Friday 17th – 3 to 6pm. This introductory 4 session bread-making course, a new venture for St Sid’s, will be hands on in our kitchen. Only 8 places but we’ll be doing it again later this year.
Saturday April 7th from 7pm Italian evening: A Taste of Sardinia. Italy for Foodies is glad to announce the next amazing event which will present you with a series of typical and homemade delicacies from Sardinia. £20 per head. Bring your own wine (a list of recommended wines will be sent to everyone who books a place)
Wednesdays 19th & 26th April, 3rd &10th May 8pm (doors 7.30pm) start Blitz commemoration talks. A series of heritage talks to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Exeter. £5 per head (£4.50 for members) or £15 for all 4 talks. Finger food and refreshments provided. Nearly 60 people attended our last heritage talk, so book your place early. More here.
Remember the Blitz 4th May. It’s 75 years since the Exeter Blitz when St Sidwell’s church was bombed. We’ll be marking this date with a temporary display during the afternoon and evening of May 4th, a BBQ in the ground from 5.30, local choirs (singing a few period and peace songs) from 7pm and the free screening of a new film of local memories of the Blitz by the Underground Passages at 8pm. More here.
St Sidwell’s Tea Dance Saturday May 6th 3 to 6pm Bring your family and friends and join us to dance away the afternoon to the music of a local Lindy Hop band. £3 per head. Our café will be open for tea and coffee, sandwiches and cakes. More here.
Arts and Crafts
Community Art Sessions. In partnership with Exe-Arts and Superact, a series of Tuesday evening (6 to 8pm) taster sessions. All ages welcome. £3 per session
March 14th and 21st Painting Experience. Hands, brushes & imagination.
March 28th and April 4th Felt Art. 2D and 3D art.
April 18th and 25th Willow Sculpture For home or garden
WHY NOT? WHAT IF?! 7.00pm, Weds 22nd March An evening of dramatic, poetic, musical and artistic enquiry into the whys and wherefores of … DON’T! with: Simon WIlliams, Susan Taylor , Peter Farrie, Jeff Sleeman, Steven Bramble, Ardyn Griffin, Fiona Leishman and Veronica Gosling. An evening of entertainment and good food. £10 per ticket, buffet included.
Woodworking Skills: The Pergola Project James and Niki, who led our fantastic bench-making project in 2016, are back! Join us for a series of 7 sessions between 13th March and 3rd April and be part of our pergola-building team. Total beginners and experienced wood-workers equally welcome – share your existing skills or learn new ones. Contact us for more details of dates and to book your place. Participation free.
Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th March 10am onwards Willow Sculpture making We are looking for people to help Willow Artist Victoria Westaway create a living willow sculpture of Sidwella in our grounds. Learn new skills while helping to create a unique piece of art. Places are limited so, if you are interested in joining in, book your place soon. Participation free.
Activities by other organisations
YMCA Exeter Community Job Clubs
We believe that every young person can have meaningful employment and our Community Job Clubs aim to equip them with the tools and confidence they need to find work.
We run a variety of Community Job Clubs a week and each one is a safe and compassionate environment where trained staff and volunteers provide hands on advice and guidance to job seekers.
Each club offers help for people in searching and applying for paid employment, training courses or volunteering positions.
Specialised practical courses also include:
- Ready for Work Training
- Budgeting and Money Management
- Preparation for Work
St Sidwell Centre
Monday 10am – 12pm (all ages)
Monday 1pm – 3pm (Specialist Workshops)
Wednesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm (all ages)
Newcourt Community Centre, Blakeslee Drive, EX2 7FN
Thursday 2:30pm – 4:30pm (all ages)
YMCA, St David’s Hill (YMCA residents only)
Tuesday 10am – 12.30pm
Thursday 10am – 12.30pm
(Closed Community Job Clubs are also available to ex-offenders and those on probation.)
Te-Ashi-Do Martial Arts
Monday’s from 6pm
Te-Ashi-Do Martial Arts is a friendly, family run Martial Arts academy which has been running for over 20 years.
We run freestyle Karate / Self defence classes at St. Sidwell’s Centre every Monday with separate children’s and adults classes.
We teach punch and kick techniques, locks, throws and grappling. Our emphasis is on practical self defence and effective technique.
Our classes are small and friendly, and beginners are always welcome!
Children 4-12 years Monday 6-7pm,
Adults Monday 7-8pm
Chief Instructor Mark Fry
01392 216113 / 07841 175016
Sing and Sign
Tuesday 9.45 – 12 noon
Wednesday 9.45 – 12 noon
Sing and Sign classes are the fun way to learn Baby Signing. The classes are full of signs, songs, props, instruments and our magic ingredient of music! We hold classes for pre 6 months, 6-14 months and 14+ months. We love to see the babies enjoy early communication with their parents. They then flourish in our small classes as they become confident with a wider vocabulary of signs, which soon develops into lovely, clear speech. The older toddlers enjoy a dance or two in class and we introduce colours, number and phonics. Signing really helps alleviate frustration for both children and parents as well as being lots of run along the way!
For further information please contact Sarah Glover on 07788445223
Olive Tree English Classes
Free English Classes
For speakers of other languages
ST SIDWELL’S CENTRE,
Sidwell Street, EX4 6NN
Wednesday 10-12 noon Lower Intermediate
Thursday 6:30-8 pm Upper Intermediate
Friday 10-12 noon Beginners
Friday 10-12 noon Advanced
For more information see the website.
Tuesday 9am – 12 noon
Devon Recovery Learning Community: Library
Wednesday 1pm – 3pm
Young At Heart Exeter
A club for anyone 40 years young or more.
Come along if you like music, games and quizzes, fascinating talks, bingo, or just meeting people and making new friends.
The club gives people the opportunity to have fun in a relaxed environment.
Fridays 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Entrance £1 per person includes refreshments.
Hikmat Devon is a user-led co-operative supporting black and ethnic minority (bme) communities across Devon, working to promote integration, reduce isolation, whilst improving health and well-being outcomes. We run a variety of activities including health focused activity groups, training, drop-in sessions and skills workshops.
Healthy Living Group
Monday 12 -1pm
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
7.30pm – 9.00pm
Funky Bizness Community Choir
Tuesday 7.15pm – 9pm
Thursday 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Plough and Share Credit Union
Thursday 12.30pm – 2pm
We are known as Exeter Healers and as the name suggests we offer healing in the lovely room known as the Old Chapel in St Sidwells Community Centre, every Friday between 1.00 and 3.00. We welcome everyone. Healing can help us all, no matter what the problem. Even if you don’t have any worries or problems please feel free to come and chat, find out about healing & maybe experience it for yourself.
Healing can be deeply relaxing, it works holistically and is complementary to other therapies.
All members of Exeter Healers have undertaken 2 years training, we abide by a code of conduct and are fully insured. We look forward to seeing you.
For more information please call Jackie on 07710 185216.