Leicester Circle Dancing

dancing around the world
dancing around the world

Leicester Circle Dancing group. 2018

We meet at the Friends Meeting House, Queens Road, Leicester at 7.30 pm until 9.15 pm on the first and third Thursday of each month from September until June.
We dance simple community dances from around the world.
Everyone is welcome – you don’t need any previous experience.
You do not need to commit yourself to coming every time.
Just pay £3.50 (£3.00 concessions) when you attend

Co-operation with other groups in Clarendon Park

This could be an important way forward for local groups.

Friends of Clarendon Park (FCP) would like to explore ways of local groups working effectively together where there are synergies and learning from each other where there are opportunities. To this end, we invite representatives of ArtBeat to a meeting of local community groups from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on Monday 10th September in the small meeting room at Quaker Meeting House, 16 Queens Road, Leicester LE2 1WP.

Some background: since FCP’s inaugural meeting in April 2015, we recruited over 130 members, held quarterly members meetings with guest speakers, established and grown our online presence, participated in the Clarendon Park fairs, monitored and responded to many consultations and planning & licensing applications, supported local campaigns, liaised with other local community groups and established relationships with large neighbouring institutions such as the University of Leicester and De Montfort Hall. All of this has been achieved with only three or four committee members working hard behind the scenes to make it all happen. Despite our best efforts, the current committee members are now struggling to manage our FCP commitments on top of our other commitments. As a result, FCP have been less active than usual in the last few months and most of the committee members are now looking to either step down or take on a reduced role in future.

We still believe FCP serves a useful purpose for our members and for the wider Clarendon Park community, but we do need to find a different way of working. We’ve discussed options at our recent committee meetings and would like to consult with people running other community groups about how they manage their workload with a view to making proposals for future ways of working at our October members meeting. These proposals are likely to involve recruiting a larger committee to spread the workload, reducing the scope of our activities, and/or working with other community groups to reduce individual groups’ workloads.

This is the list of community groups that we’re inviting to the meeting:

AB – Art Beat
AH – Art House
EFCAS – Evington Footpath Conservation Area Society
FNW – Friends of New Walk
FVP – Friends of Victoria Park
KNF – Knighton Neighbourhood Forum
LCS – Leicester Civic Society
SCAS – Stoneygate Conservation Area Society
SHN – South Highfields Neighbours

Here’s a draft agenda for the meeting, but feel free to suggest what else you’d like to see covered:

FCP issues (too much work, too few people to do it)
Group overviews (structure, officers, membership, meetings, activities)
Identify synergies (opportunities for cooperation and/or collaboration)
Explore solutions (coordinate planning objections, hold joint meetings, avoidance of duplication)

If you’re able to attend, we suggest two or three people from each group – perhaps the honorary officers (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) or others as you feel appropriate.

We look forward to seeing you in September.
Best regards,
Bart MacCarthy, Chair
Ian Brown, Treasurer

FCP online
e: admin@ClarryPark.org
w: ClarryPark.org
f: @ClarryPark
t: @ClarryPark

What did you think of ArtBeat 2018?


We had a great time at ArtBeat 2018 and we’ll soon have to start thinking about ArtBeat 2019, which is our 5th birthday.

To help us create the best ArtBeat yet we need your feedback about ArtBeat 2018. What did we do well, what could we improve and what sort of events would you like to see next year? It doesn’t matter if you didn’t attend any ArtBeat events, you can still help with your answers.

Just fill in our quick survey here 

And if you’d like to put on your own event next year, or help out in organising the festival, in anyway, then come along to our Public meeting on:

Monday 17th September, 6.30pm, at the QuakerMeeting House, small meeting room on Queens road.

No experience needed just enthusiasm and ideas.

If you can’t attend the meeting email us at info@clarendonpark.net for more information.

Goodbye ArtBeat 2018, Hello ArtBeat 2019

Natural Collage pictures
Natural Collage pictures
Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga
Hello everyone
We hope you have enjoyed the events as much as we did. There’s been some great craft activities, inspiring music, poetry and dance, thought provoking talks and workshops, as well as events that were just fun.
There are some photos – click on 2018 ArtBeat Gallery, or on the menu. There are more (like the one above) over on Facebook.

If you’ld like to help ArtBeat 2019, or if you just have something to say, come to the Public Meeting/AGM on Monday 17th September 2018, 6.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House (small meeting room).

Sunday 24th June ArtBeat Events

Open Mic: Paul Roberts + Greg
Open Mic: Paul Roberts + Greg
St John’s Fun Day
Sun 24th Jun 11:00 – 15:00 St John the Baptist School
Celebrate with us in an open air service at 11am. Message and live worship, music. FREE bouncy castle, bring and share picnic, crafts, games and races, face painting. Special feature: Loughborough’s very own JONEZY the rapper on stage at 13.15 .
Lunchtime Ragas
Sun 24th Jun 12:00 – 13:30 Leicester Antiques Warehouse
The Jaipur School Orchestra play Indian raga influenced music, featuring Neil Donoghue on Sitar, Will Fidoe on Guitar and Jim Tetlow on Cajon. With the Greenshoots Ceilidh Band, playing a variety of folk and dance tunes.
Leicester SingSong with Lizzy Rushby
Sun 24th Jun 15:00 – 17:00 Stoneygate Baptist Church
Leicester SingSong’s summer concert includes choir and solo performers. Enjoy a mix of barbershop, pop, musical theatre and Gospel. Entrance: pay as you want.
Salsa Workshop
Sun 24th Jun 19:00 – 21:00 Creat Studios 5
Learn some basic steps for this beautiful dance. Come and give it a try. No partner needed. Experienced Salsa teachers will inspire you and help you.
Live Music at Rosebud
Sun 24th Jun 19:30 – 21:30 Rosebud
Round off the festival with a drink and some good music.