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Staple Hill's wheelchair dancers go for a spin

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Published: 14/09/2012

The Concorde Wheelchair dancers, based in Staple Hill, are a group of wheelchair users aged between 8 and 80 who meet on a regular basis for social and competitive dancing across the UK. With an experienced wheelchair dance tutor, the group practice everything from mixed couples to ballroom dancing – all with plenty of opportunities for exercise, fun and socialising.

Would-be dancers can join them during this year’s Discover festival on Monday 10 September at Page Hall, Staple Hill between 19.15 and 21.15. Visit or telephone 07708 791565 for more information.

The Wheelchair Dancing event is one of hundreds of opportunities to discover something new in South Gloucestershire taking place during the district’s new festival which runs from 6 September to 4 November. Bringing together many successful celebrations in the district, the programme includes something for all ages and tastes – including events, talks, walks and workshops celebrating local heritage, local food, local nature, local arts and also special events for life age 50+. Most events are free.

This week alone there will be over 20 events and activities throughout South Gloucestershire including:

Origami taster session, Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s group, Bradley Stoke library

Monday 10 September, 14.00 – 17.00

Have a go at the creative art of origami – all welcome. Bookings or call into your local library.

Community Food Growing, Emerson’s Green Library

Monday 10 Sept, 20.00 – 21.30

Hear about the Emerson’s Green Forest Garden and the Sims Hill community food growing project. No booking required.

Over 50s Information Day, Filton Community Centre

Wednesday 12 Sept, 10.00 – 15.30

A day packed with information, speakers and workshops covering a wide range of topics from health issues to rogue traders! Bookings 0117 9672993

Bat Walks!

Don your wellies and waterproofs and join Avon Bat Group for one of three evening bat walks this week to discover the twilight wildlife on your doorstep! Bat detectors provided but bring a torch. No booking required. Walks will be held on the following dates:

– Wednesday 12 Sept, 19.30 – 21.30 at Lincombe Barn, Rockland Road, Downend

– Thursday 13 Sept, 19.30 – 21.30 at Warmley Forest Park, London Road, Warmley

– Friday 14 Sept, 19.15 – 21.15 at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Fiddlers Wood Lane, Bradley Stoke

Quiz Night, Yate Library

Friday 14 Sept, 19.30 – 21.30

Test your knowledge in this fun quiz. Cost £1.50. Bookings at or call into your local library.

Family History Author Event, Filton Library

Saturday 15 Sept, 10.00 – 12.00

Join author Penny Deverill for a talk about the gruesome stories discovered in her own family history and be inspired to start researching your own. No booking required.

‘The Sing Thing!’ workshop with Arts and Community in Thornbury, Armstrong Hall, Thornbury

Saturday 15 Sept, 13.30 (for workshop, £10 per person) or 19.30 (evening concert, £7.50)

Join a workshop led by two experienced choir leaders and Johnny Coppin, who has written a song for the occasion Bookings 01454 411253

Family History Surgery, Yate Library

Sunday 16 Sept, 11.30 – 14.00

Members of Sodbury Vale Family History Group will be on hand to provide advice and support to help you get started to explore your own family history. No booking required.

To find out more or to book a place for an event, pick up a brochure from your local library or visit

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