Regular Events at Peterhouse Centre (see below for timetable)

Peterhouse Community Centre

As well as being available to rent on an ad-hoc basis for meetings, contact, counselling or children’s parties, Peterhouse Centre is home to several long-term tenants and regular groups.

Janice Gunner - has a studio in Peterhouse. Janice teaches patchwork, sewing, tie-dying, specialising in Shibori.

Positive Tools 4 Life - are a community-based, volunteer-run organisation aiming to support people in Waltham Forest suffering from stress, anxiety and depression by providing low-cost counselling and affordable wellbeing workshops and classes. We help people manage their lives in a healthy way using a holistic approach in order to move towards mental wellbeing. Our counsellors are fully qualified or trainees in the final stage of their professional qualification. All are registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

CREST who have an office base at Peterhouse have just launched their “CREST Disability and Dementia Day Service – New Centre & New Day .”

The CREST Club will operate at Peterhouse on Tuesdays and Thursdays.It is a full day service starting with collection by escorted transport around 10.00 am and dropping off at home around 5.00 pm .

CREST Club provides a weekly opportunity to socialise, to learn new skills, to become more active and to live healthier, more independent lives. But overall, this is a service that is full of fun and laughter and that makes a very real and positive difference to people’s lives in a safe and secure environment. Escorted transport is provided as well as a freshly cooked lunch made on-site every day.Most afternoons a guest speaker attends bringing older people and volunteers together for an afternoon of stories, information, music and singing, laughter and lively conversation.The all-inclusive charge for this is £60, but first of all potential customers are invited to attend a free taster day to see if it’s the sort of thing they're looking for. If you'd like to find out more and take up the option of the FREE Taster Day, call Paula Lesurf on
020 8521 2975 or at

Peterhouse Playgroup is a volunteer run playgroup for the under- fives. We meet every Monday morning 9.30-11.30 am during term and school holidays, except for Bank holidays. In good weather, we open the doors to the lovely big garden, and we also have a craft table during festive celebrations. The cost is £2 first child, £1 additional child and free for under 6 months.The price includes healthy snacks and a drink. Tea, coffee and biscuits can be bought from our volunteer run coffee bar at nominal cost.

Yoga Classes - All are welcome at these mixed ability classes. Young & old, men & women, youngsters too. You don't need to be flexible or strong to begin. Yoga is great for the mind as well as the body, and is very effective for dealing with depression and stress, as well as keeping us strong and flexible. It’s helpful with sleep problems too. And we do enjoy laughter in class!It makes the world go round!

Peterhouse Centre (Mon.1-3pm & Fri.7-9pm), Quaker Meeting House, Wanstead, Weds. & Thursdays, 7.30–9.30pm, and Old Parkonians Club House, Barkingside, Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm. You can swap.

Cost: Two-hour classes, £9. Students pay every ten weeks, which encourages everyone to attend weekly. Equipment provided to get you started.You only need loose, stretchy, tracksuit-type trousers.

If interested, call me (Kay Russell) during the day on 020 8554 7168 to answer any of your questions.It’s beneficial if you can talk to me about your health before coming to class.

Girl Guiding - want adventure, new friendships, new challenges, be part of a world-wide organisation with over 10 million members? Then come along and join us on a Wednesday evening during term time.We would welcome girls for the following units. There are vacancies for the following:

Rainbows (5 to 7 year of age)

Guides (10 to 14 years of age)

Senior Section 14 to 18 years of age)

We do run a Brownie unit but at present there is a waiting list.

We are also requiring volunteers to help run the units either as a unit helper or with the view to become a leader for any of the units. If you wish your daughter to join any of the units, or you wish to volunteer please register on the girlguiding website:

For further information email We look forward to meeting new members to our unit.


ELSKis dedicated to providing a service to the community.Our school offers something for most age groups starting from 6 years upwards.Our karate classes welcome: children, men & women.We feel that there is a definite need for this kind of activity within our community


Our main aim is to provide a valuable service which promotes the importance of a healthier lifestyle and improves quality of life.Our objectives are to:

-Help build greater confidence within all members of the community -Provide a platform for young people with support and guidance for

future betterment

Encourage young people to develop a positive attitude and approach

to life as a means for self-development


Children 6 years & over: 10.30am to 11.30am.

In children’s classes, our influence and teachings are not only confined to the class but also encouraged in the home, school and workplace

Adults: 11.30am to 12.30pm

Alongside karate training, a wide range of cross training routines are practiced ensuring the student gets the most from each session

CONTACT: Kim Singh: 07956 961563 / Email: | Kim (Sensei - Teacher) has been teaching karate since 1980.He is currently a 5th degree Black belt and has a vast knowledge of the martial arts, exercise systems, yoga & meditation.Kim is one of the longest standing instructors within the Borough of Waltham Forest.

WHAT IS KARATE - Karate is a system of unarmed combat.It is also a system of thinking.Karate simply translated means the empty hand, “kara” meaning empty and “te” meaning the hand


The four primary areas that we concentrate on are; Respect, Discipline, Self-control and Focus.Our high energy drills are designed to build and condition each person’s attitude, behaviour and overall character development.Our practical martial arts drills include; mediation, yoga stretching, cross-training, basic karate techniques, competition fighting, boxing pad work and self-defence which form the basis of the karate school’s curriculum.

Acting Bugs

Acting Bugs classes are fun, weekly interactive drama/storytelling sessions. They are carefully devised so the parent/carer can join in alongside the child. The sessions are themed half termly and incorporate an ongoing story which includes singing, movement, games, puppets, props and improvisation. The sessions follow the same structure each week which always ends with our Star Charge section where any child who wants to, can come up and sing a song, tell a joke or simply say hello to our sunflower in the middle. These sessions ignite imagination, boost confidence and encourage independent thought and concentration. There is lots of opportunity for the children to shape the story.

Buzzy Bees 2 yrs 10.00 -10.45 am

Butterflies 3-4 yrs 11.00 - 11.45 am

Price is £7 per session paid on a pro rata basis.

Please go to to book a free taster!

Ballet - Vestry TOts/ Toddlers creative dance classes are FUN interactive 45-minute class for pre-school children providing them with many skills such as balance, confidence, self-expression, muscle development, spatial awareness,coordination and rhythm, imagination and creativity.

Classes are designed to develop movement and coordination in a FUN environment and are not structured dance sessions. The classes are an introduction to dance providing a foundation should they wish to participate in structured dancing when older.

Classes are held on Fridays at 1.15-2.00 pm and 2.00-2.45 pm

There are 3 terms commencing from September:

Winter term (September - December)

Spring term (January - Easter)

Summer term (After Easter - July)

The new Autumn term commences Friday 8th September.

Contact Lyndsey on 07933 314415

Start your Saturday from 9.15 am feeling energised and relaxed – and perhaps taller!

With Pilates at the Peterhouse Centre.

Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Contact Austen on 07798 634763 for details.

RAW Academy is an established training ground for the performing arts and is in its 15th year, the past 10 years having been spent at our home, the wonderful Peterhouse Centre.

RAW Academy runs workshops in Acting for screen and stage, vocal coaching and movement & dance choreography, every Monday Tuesday & Thursday, with ages ranging from 4-21+!All of our workshops are specialised and taught by our dedicated professional coaches, whom all continue work within the industry.

RAW Academy is designed to teach more than just the performing arts, as we believe that a crucial element of a child's development is that they are given the confidence and the diverse skill set to do whatever they wish to pursue in life. We aim to make this possible from nurturing all children's talents from a young age, enabling them to grow and thrive in a fun and creative environment.

Young & Junior Performers

RAW Academy's Young (ages 6-9) & Junior (ages 9-12) Performer workshops run every Monday (4.30 – 7.00/7.30 pm) and Thursday (5.00 – 7.30/8.00 pm).


Our Mini-RAW workshops (ages 4-6) run every Tuesday afternoon from 4.30 – 5.30 pm.

Senior Performers

Every Tuesday our Senior Performers workshop (ages 13-17) runs from 5.30 – 8.30 pm.

RAW Masterclass

Our Masterclass Workshop (ages 17+) also runs every Tuesday from 8.30 – 10.00 pm.Our Masterclass Workshops are designed to give continued professional training and support for actors who are working within the industry.

If you'd like to find out more and book a RAW Academy free workshop for any of our weekly workshops, give us a call on 020 8257 6476 or email us at

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