Classes & Workshops

In addition to our events programme,  we host a wide variety of clubs, societies and classes take place at Otley Courthouse every day, there is something for all ages from music to creative writing and children’s activities.

Cant find a class to suit your interests, why not set one up? Come in and talk to us about setting a new class

 

LANGUAGE CLASSES

FRENCH

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Do you want to improve your French?

Daytime French classes for adults are offered at the Courthouse on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays:

Monday 10 am – 12 – Intermediate 1 (post-beginners)

Monday 1 – 3 pm – Intermediate 3

Thursday 1 – 3 pm – Advanced

Friday 9.30 – 11.30 am – Intermediate 2

You will learn from Sue Kent a sympathetic, patient, experienced teacher in a class of up to 15 people.

You will gain confidence to speak French, improve your knowledge and have fun!

There are no exams or formal assessments, just lots of practice with people of a similar standard.

All classes are 2 hours long, including a short break in the middle.

Classes cost £8 per session daytime, payable termly in the first class you attend.

Classes are ongoing but you can join at any point.

If you are interested in joining a class, email Sue otleyfrench@gmail.com or phone her on 0113 2789250 so that she can discuss what level you are, and which class would be best for you.

 

SPANISH

New and starting on the 19th September

Saturdays

Early Years   0930-1000

KS1                 1015-1100

 

Wednesdays

KS2                 1545-1645

GCSE               1730-1830

For more information please contact Isabel on 07878 160251 or email lauburulanguages@gmail.com

 

YOGA, FITNESS & DANCE

CHAIR YOGA & MINDFULNESS CLASS

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This session is run by Chrissie Chelinski, Dru yoga teacher, for people with MS, ME, Fibromyalgia & any conditions which impair mobility.  The group meets on Mondays from 10.30-11.30am & it’s £6 per class.  Classes run on an ongoing basis and you can join at any time.

For more information please contact Chrissie on 07423 057790 or email chrissysnake@hotmail.co.uk

 

MIND, BODY CONNECTION CLASS

This class runs every Monday from 12-1pm in the Courtroom.  Classes are led by Patricia Wood and you should bring your own towel/mat.  Classes are £4 per person per session.

For more information please contact Patricia on 01943 467 014

 

LADIES EXERCISE GROUP

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An ever popular class, they meet every Tuesday from 11am-12.30pm.  For more information and to reserve a place, please call Jackie Harris on 07847 760773

 

BALLROOM DANCING

These classes run from 6.45 – 9.45pm every Monday in the Courtroom.  Come along and try your hand at the American Smooth, Ballroom & Latin, and West Coast Swing.

For more information call Ping on 07931 195506 or email otleyworkshops@amateurballroom.com

 

PILATES

Run by pilates foundation teacher Gaynor, come along every Tuesday from 9.30-10.30am for mat based pilates.

For more information and to book a place call Gaynor on 07970 116408 or email gacoward@yahoo.co.uk

 

OTLEY MEDITATION CLASSES

Explore how meditation can be used to solve daily problems and develop peace of mind.

These sessions run every Tuesday at  12-1pm, 6-7pm or 7.30 – 8.45pm.  The classes are led by Gen Paljin

To enrol please contact Buddahland on 01535 958189 or email info@enjoymeditation.org

 

TAI CHI

 

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This happens every Wednesday  from 10-11am.

For more details please contact Jason Redman on 07712 892550

 

Dancing with Parkinson’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesdays 11.30am – 12.30pm

This is a unique programme for people to take part in our friendly and energised Dancing with Parkinson’s classes in May.  Each class is one hour and is designed to help people with Parkinson’s and other conditions which restrict mobility.

Accompanied by fun and enjoyable music, the classes are expressive, creative and promote feelings of freedom from the physical and social constraints of neurodegenerative disease.

Classes start seated with a stretching and strengthening warm-up, followed by balance work with the aid of chairs, ending with short sequences and social dances. Exercises are adapted of those who prefer to remain seated or aided by one of our dance teachers.

Participants may be learning the Tango, Waltz and Salsa one week, the Hand Jive the next and even be guided around the room for a ceilidh dance. Young and older members are welcome to join in the fun, including carers and friends with or without dance experience!

Participants can choose to take the classes as a course or simply just drop-in to one of our sessions and give it a go. 

Email Classes@ascendance.org.uk for a registration form or Tel 07933 683359.

 

YOGA

Taking place every Saturday from 10.30 – 11.30am this is a Vinyasa Flow yoga class run by North and Soul Yoga.

For more information and to book please contact Polly on 07850 471568 or email polly@nothandsoul.co.uk

 

CLUBBERCISE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Wednesday from 6.45-7.30pm & 7.30-8.15pm this is an aerobic dance class to disco music and lights.  For more information contact Gemma Smith on 07854 739 071 or email bootyful.fit@gmail.co.uk

MUSIC

SINGING FOR THE BRAIN

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This is a fun relaxed and friendly singing session led by a trained facilitator.  Everyone with memory loss and their carers welcome.

Sessions take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month from 2-4pm

Dates for 2018 are:

October 8th & 22nd

November 12th & 26th

December 10th

Each session costs £1.50 per person and includes tea & biscuits

For more information call 01943 467466 or email admin@otleycourthouse.org.uk or just turn up on the day

 

COURTHOUSE COMMUNITY CHOIR

Courthouse Choir May 2016

Led by experienced teacher and singer Dave Stewart, the choir meets every Tuesday during term time from 1.30 – 3.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

For more information please contact Liz on 01943 461971

 

OTLEY BRASS BAND

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With 3 different bands to choose from the Otley Brass band meet every Tuesday at the following times:

STEPPING STONES – Otley Brass Youth Band – 4.30-6.15pm

WHARFE BRASS – Otley Brass Development Band – 6.15-7.45pm

OTLEY BRASS BAND – Rehearsals – 7.45-10.15pm

For more information on how to join, please call 01943 464805 or email otleybrass@gmail.com

 

OTLEY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Since its foundation in 2009, the Otley Chamber Orchestra has rehearsed fortnightly at the Courthouse. Members come from Otley and surrounding areas, with over 50 experienced players led by Chris Pelly who, as well as conducting, is also a pianist, trumpeter and singer. He started conducting Otley Chamber Orchestra on an occasional basis in 2014 and became our Musical Director in June 2016.
He studied Music at the University of Leeds and now arranges their International Concert Season. He is the Musical Director of the Leeds Haydn Players and Mirfield Choral Society, and also regularly conducts the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.

Rehearsals  are  fortnightly on Sundays from 6.30-9.15 pm . New members are very welcome but please check with Helen Thornton (see below) to ensure there is a vacancy. (We virtually always have room for extra string players.  The woodwind section is currently full but we keep a ‘waiting list’ for interested players who get occasional chances to play  owing to absences for holidays, sickness etc).

2018 dates:

October 14th & 28th

November 11th & 25th

December 9th

For more information contact Helen Thornton on 01943 463099 or email otleychamberorchestra@gmail.com
http://www.otleychamberorchestra.com/.

 

CHILDREN

BABY SING AND SIGN

BABY SING AND SIGH

Sing and Sign Babes is a gentle music and sensory class with a strong emphasis on communication. Classes are open to babies from birth or as soon as you feel you would like to get out with your baby and enjoy some music together.

Sing and Sign Stage 1 is ideal for babies from 6 months old up to around 14/15 months old and their parent/carer. Themes include basic signs, nappies & bath time, emotions & bedtime. You’ll learn over 100 signs related to your routines and also the sort of things your baby may be interested in, such as animals and vehicles.

Sing and Sign Stage 2 is great when your little one is 14/15+ months, moving about and probably starting to talk (although every baby is different, so there’s no hard and fast rule!) as it is more active and interactive. Themes include weather, opposites, colours and the phonetic alphabet, together with simple counting songs, turn taking, sharing and of course, lots of fun!

The classes are on Tuesdays during term time, led by Melanie Macauley and run at the following times:

Stage 1: 10-10.45am

Stage 2: 11-11.45am

For more information please contact Josie Martin on 07980 757 207 or email josiemartin@singandsign.co.uk

 

RHYTHM TIME

RHYTHM TIME

Music and singing classes for babies which run every Friday during term time.  Class times are as follows:

Baby – 10am

Toddler – 10.50am

Pre-School – 11.30am

For more information and details on how to book please contact Laura Justice on 07577 531 359

 

TECHNOLOGY IN PLAY

Weekly coding club every Wednesday for 5-10 year olds with projects, tasks and games using toys and computers.  Led by Rosie Robinson.  For information call Rosie on 07957 111 991 or email rosie@technologyinplay.club

 

WRITING AND SPOKEN WORD

OTLEY WRITERS

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This group meets every Friday from 10am-12pm.  all abilities are welcome.

For more information please call 0300 303 3464

 

COURTHOUSE WRITERS

WRITING WORKSHOPS

Meeting every Friday from 1.30-3.30pm for more details on how to join please email the Courthouse centre director at admin@otleycourthouse.org.uk

 

OTLEY POETRY STANZA

Meeting on the last Sunday of the month from 2-4pm.  For more details please contact Jane on 07766 708273 or email jk@janekite.co.uk

 

PIC ‘N’ KNITS

KNITTING

This group meets on the 1st, 3rd & 4th Saturday morning of every month from 10.30am-12.30pm except the second Saturday of every month when they cast off from the Courthouse and have a joint knit-in with the Parish Church knitters. Everyone is welcome just come along and join in!

 

QUAKERS

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Quaker meeting for worship is held at the Courthouse on the first and third Sunday in each month at 10.45am. If you wish to come along then please call 0113 318 8084 or email otley@quaker.org.uk

ABOUT US

Otley Courthouse is a unique development run by people in Otley, West Yorkshire. After an eight year development period we transformed a redundant nineteenth century magistrates court into a unique arts and resource centre for our community.

Find out about the history of Otley Courthouse by visiting the Heritage section of our website.

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CONTACT US

Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, West Yorkshire LS21 3AN

Telephone: 01943 467466 email: admin@otleycourthouse.org.uk

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