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Local Groups and Activities

Tai Chi and Chi Kung

My name is John Riddle and I am a Tai Chi and Chi Kung Instructor, giving access to high quality Tai Chi. I am an Instructor member of the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain (TCUGB). I was trained under Master John Hine, one of the most prominent Tai Chi Masters in the UK.

I teach classes which run on Thursdays at 10.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. at Lyneham Village Hall.
I also run classes at Calne on Monday 12.00 and Thursdays at 1.00 p.m. at St Mary’s Sports Centre
and Compton Bassett village hall on Tuesdays at 10.00 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.,
and at Kingsley road community hall on Wednesdays at 1.00 and 7.30 p.m.
Students can come to any of the classes for their one hour session, giving great flexibility to cover those times when you cannot get to your own class.

Tai Chi is aimed at everyone from the young to the very mature. The Yang Style Tai Chi form is a series of gentle, smooth movements which are designed to bring physical and mental well being and a sense of calm and an awareness of the present. It is excellent for those who wish to to become fit and balanced and also for those who suffer with stress, high blood pressure, joint pain, postural issues, sleepless nights and more. Tai Chi is designed to bring into balance mind, body and spirit.

There are many health benefits of Tai Chi and Chi Kung:

How can Tai Chi help me?
When learned correctly and performed regularly, tai chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health. The benefits of tai chi include:

Decreased stress and anxiety
Improved fitness
Brings the mind into the present
Increased aerobic capacity
Increased energy and stamina
Increased flexibility, balance and agility
Increased muscle strength and definition
Enhance quality of sleep
Enhance the immune system
Lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure
Improve joint pain
Improve symptoms of congestive heart failure
Improve overall well-being in older adults
Reduce risk of falls in older adults

The classes start with a warm up, followed by some Chi Kung exercises, followed by tuition and practice of the Tai Chi Form (Yang Style Tai Chi Movement System).

What does it cost?

£40 for 5 classes
£10.00 on a pay as you go basis
£35.00 for a one hour private lesson one to one

All classes come with instruction booklets for warm ups and Chi Kung exercises, free newsletters and information sheets.

For classes, the best clothing to wear are loose and comfortable, track suit bottoms, t-shirts or sweat shirt, comfortable supportive shoes like trainers and daps (plimsoles). Bring a towel and some cool water so you can keep hydrated. No special equipment is needed for Tai Chi, just yourselves.

Free taster sessions for beginners are available – check out the what’s on page for dates.

Contact me for further information:
Tel: 07598 620166

or simply pop alone to your local Riddlersend Tai Chi venue for a warm and friendly welcome and the beginning of a new phase in your life.

Energise – Pilates and Zumba

Tuesday evenings at Lyneham Primary School from 6.30pm to 7.15pm

Tuesday evenings at Lyneham Primary School from 7.20pm to 8.15pm

For more information please call Louise on 07843 388 938

Eudo – an exciting Judo experience

Eudo welcomes new students. Boys and girls from 4 to 18 years of age enjoy a vibrant lesson, combining the serious aspects of judo, peppered with loads of fun. To date, club honours’ include a number of students being promoted to Black Belt and success in tournaments against other clubs and schools.

Judo teacher Nick Lowe (5th Dan Black Belt) has over 40 years experience. He offers judo to other Clubs / Schools and travels extensively, teaching judo across Europe and United States.

With regular practice every Wednesday evening (during normal school term times) from 4.30 – 5.30 pm at Lyneham Village Hall, the main emphasis is on having fun in a supportive environment’.

We also run an adult’s class on Thursday evening (during normal school term times) from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the same location.

Interested in starting? Pop in during practice or contact Nick Lowe m: 07969 776 763 e: or click on for more information.

Extend Class for the over 60’s

We meet on Friday mornings 10am-11am in Lyneham Village Hall

The class is especially aimed at the over 60’s.
It is gentle movement to music with a lot of laughter.

Classes cost £3 and last about an hour.

For more details, contact Allison Bucknell
Phone: 01793 854421 or mobile 07976 891377

Leadership Martial Arts

Courses are run at Lyneham Primary School see the timetable below:

Tuesday 17:30 – 18:15 Family Beginners
Tuesday 18:15 – 19:00 Family Advanced
Tuesday 19:00 – 19:45 Adult Beginners
Tuesday 19:45 – 20:30 Adult Advanced
Thursday 17:30 – 18:15 Family Beginners
Thursday 18:15 – 19:00 Family Advanced
Thursday 19:00 – 19:45 Adult Beginners
Thursday 19:45 – 20:30 Adult Advanced

Leadership Martial Arts teaches taekwondo, weapons training and kickboxing.

For more information contact John Danby 07900 925518

RAOB Dawn Victory Lodge

We meet every Friday in Lyneham Village Hall from 8.00pm to 10.00pm

Please contact Jim Crow for further information 01249 890750

Saturday Coffee Morning

On the first and third Saturday of every month there is a coffee morning at Lyneham Methodist Church starting at 10.30am until 12.00noon

All are welcome

Contact Gwyneth Mitchell on 01249 892756 for more information

Thursday Coffee Morning

Every Thursday morning there is a coffee morning held at St Michael’s Church Hall in Lyneham starting at 10.00am until 11.30am.

Everyone is welcome

Contact Pat Probert on 01249 891472 for more information

Painting with Pastels

Join a 12 week course with Carol Kibble.

Where? Lyneham Village Hall, Lyneham SN15 4PB

Who? Suitable for beginners and those who have experience of using soft Pastels. The course will be tailored to meet the needs of those attending.

When? Wednesday mornings 10.00am – 12.00 noon

Contact? Carol Kibble 01249 760302

Lyneham and Bradenstoke Women’s Institute

Our meetings are at 7.15pm on the last Monday of each month in Lyneham Village Hall. We usually have a speaker, followed by social time with refreshments after which we have some WI business to discuss.

We welcome women of all ages, so come and visit us before deciding whether to join.

We can arrange transport if necessary.

For further information please contact the President,
Jenny Jardine on 01249 890026