There’s a range of activities you can join at the Hall and in the village. This page talks about where and when they are, and who to contact. You’ll find details of sports clubs, exercise groups, children’s activities, hobbies & interests groups and community organisations who help around our village.
Sports & Exercise
Table Tennis Group – Club nights at the Village Hall are on Wednesday evenings – except for the first Wednesday of the month. A separate match night, part of the Newbury League, runs on Mondays during the winter, depending on whether matches are at Home or Away. Everyone’s welcome on Wednesdays, whether you want to play for fun, or take it more seriously.
|Wednesday TT Club Evenings|
|Adult Ping Pong for Fun
||17:45-19:15||£2.50||Mike Gilbert (658192)|
|Intermediate & Insufferables team||19:15-20:30||£2.50||Steve Connors (668642)|
Pilates – Group Matwork Pilates Classes are run on Tuesday at 11am and Thursday at 11.30am. All levels welcome. Pre-booking required as limited places. Missed classes can be made up.
First class FREE.
Pilates helps promote:
Deep muscle toning, Back Strengthening, Postural awareness, Core stability and Inch Loss
For further details and to make a reservation contact Caroline McCord on 07817 503546
email@example.com or 01672 511360 or www.backinbalancepilates.com
Fitsteps: *Not currently running*
Fitness with a twist. Have you always wanted to dance like the stars from strictly come dancing? Well now’s your chance. On Tuesday mornings at 9.30 am at the Village Hall.
NO experience needed, any age and ability can come and best of all you don’t need a partner. Strictly fitness based.
See this link to know more about the instructor, Tracey Richings and Fitsteps http://www.richglow.co.uk/fitness.html”
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Inkpen Tennis Club meets on Tuesday evenings all through the year (with flood-lighting) from 18:30 at the Recreation Grounds. There are 2 hard courts. Once you have joined as a member, you can play at any time if the courts are free (the School makes use of the courts on occasions). Contacts are Charles Isaac (Chairman, Tel: 668102) & Nigel Pateman (Treasurer, Tel: 668563).
Inkpen Cricket Club plays Sunday social matches throughout the summer against local opposition. The home ground is the Inkpen Memorial Playing Field on Post Office Road. For last minute updates on matches, visit the website or contact David Glitz (Captain, Tel: 668148) or Simon Hanna (firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 669028).
Carpet Bowls is a friendly indoor bowling club that meets in the Village Hall on Thursdays at 2pm until 5pm. No skills, level of fitness or equipment necessary! For contact info please follow this link
Biking Team Inkpen is a group of Inkpen cyclists that meets at 9:30 a.m. on the first Sunday of every month at the Playing Field for a cycle ride close to inkpen.
If you have a bump, baby or toddler, come and join us on a Friday morning for a cup of coffee and a chat with other mums, grannies and nannies. There are toys and snacks for the children as well as a craft each week.
Hobbies & Interests
Stitch and Knit – if you’d like to rekindle your love of textiles and crafts, come along to the Village Hall on the first Wednesday evening of the month from 19:30-21:00. You can polish-up your technique, share expertise, or work on your project with a group of like-minded individuals. We occasionally have guest speakers and demonstrations which are advertised on the Events sidebar.
Contact: Jan Honey (Tel: 668222).
Inke-Ukes is a ukulele group for beginners which runs fortnightly from 7:30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Children aged 7 upwards stay for the first hour only and should be accompanied by an adult. New members invited to join the club at any stage – £4 per session which includes refreshments. Contact Helen Bates (757918) for dates and further information.
Inkpen Art Group started in Spring 2013, is for those interested in developing their technique and widening their horizons. A handful of enthusiasts, who individually gravitate towards watercolours, oils and pen-and-ink, meets once a month, generally on the second Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Don Honey (668222).
Inkpen Writers is an informal, local literary group which encourages members to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard. The group meets monthly, and each member writes a short piece based on a suggested topic. At the end of the year, an anthology is compiled of suitable works; it is published and sold, with profits going to local charities. If you would like to join the group, please contact Gilly Burrough on 668882.
Inkpen Food & Craft Market comes to the Village Hall on the 3rd Sunday every month, from 10:00-12:30. There is a variety of stalls, according to the season. There’s always plenty of good local food to buy – jams, fresh fruit and vegetables, marmalade, pickles and chutneys, honey, cakes, etc. Other stalls include the second-hand book exchange, bird feeders, and handmade products. As well as all this, the Market gives you the opportunity to chat with friends, enjoy a tea, coffee or freshly-made bacon buttie. Contact: Josephine Stark (Tel: 668068).
Inkpen Community First Responders is a group of volunteers who are first responders for the local ambulance service, called to a potentially life-threatening emergency. When someone in our area dials 999, a local responder will be dispatched while the caller waits for the paramedic team to arrive at the scene – that is, if volunteers are available to respond. To provide more cover, we need volunteers. Training to become a First Responder is a basic two-day first aid course run by South Central Ambulance Service. Once trained, you need not commit to any specific times/days – whatever you can offer would be great. If you are interested in becoming a First Responder, download the leaflet, or contact David Hamer at South Central Ambulance Service for more information: David.Hamer@scas.nhs.uk. Remember, in a medical emergency, always dial 999.
Friends of Inkpen Common – Help conserve the Common by clearing paths, repairing fences, burning scrub ( … and chatting with neighbours) – all under the encouraging guidance of Lloyd Garvey, who’s a BBOWT Reserve Warden. Tools, gloves, coffee and neighbours are provided. Volunteers meet on the first Saturday of the month, most often at ‘Arthurs Seat’ in the centre of the Inkpen Common, from 9:30 until 12:00 (or earlier, if you drop). Contact Don Honey (Tel: 668222) and he’ll email you monthly with a meeting notice.
Friends of Inkpen Pond
Help conserve and maintain the village pond, which is common land that belongs to and benefits all the villagers. The Pond not only attracts wildlife but the log seat is a resting place for passing walkers and cyclists. We aim to tidy the pond each autumn so we do not disturb the wildlife and all villagers are welcome to help:
Contact: Mark Bates
(Tel: 01488 757918, email@example.com )
and he’ll email you details of the next maintenance session.
Friends of Inkpen Village Hall – The Village Hall depends upon volunteers to keep it running. If you’d like to help the Hall but can’t always spare the time you could consider become a Friend of the Village Hall. You can then be emailed when help is needed to see if you’re available. The sorts of things Friends do to help the Hall are setting up or running events or helping with occasional maintenance working parties. If you’d like to help the Hall by becoming a Friend please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Inkpen Rights of Way Committee (IRWC) has been overseeing the 51 rights of way across Inkpen for over 30 years. IRWC is made up of people representing a variety of interests such as horse riding, cycling, conservation and nature study as well as walking. It also includes a Parish Council representative to ensure good links between the two bodies. The main purpose of the IRWC is to ensure that the rights of way are clearly signposted and way-marked, and are maintained in a state which enables them to be used at all times of the year. To encourage people to walk the paths, it has produced a leaflet (1.2MB) with directions for two walks, taking in some of the best features including Inkpen Common, Walbury Hill and the Gibbet, Inkpen Church, the Crocus Field and The Folly, not to mention Inkpen’s two pubs, the Swan and the Crown & Garter. Contact: Janet Dunbar (Secretary: 669177).
Other Inkpen Groups
West Berkshire Council’s mobile libraries service comes to Inkpen every 3 weeks on a Thursday afternoon. The mobile library has a constantly changing collection of fiction and information books, including large print and audiobooks. Library users can request specific titles or a selection of books on a particular subject. The mobile library will also serve readers who are housebound and unable to come to a library for themselves. The Mobile Library calls at Craven Road (2:10-2:30), The Village Hall (2:40-3:00), and Inkpen School (3:15-4:00). See map for details of where stops are. Dates are posted on the Events side panel, on the Welcome page.