The Thomas Gifford Room can cater for all types of small class or studio sports, therapies, dance, martial arts and general wellbeing activities. It has a sprung floor, mirrors and a dance barre. Curtains and blinds can be drawn so that it is fully private.
The classes currently on offer are listed below together with the contact for the course leader. Generally the instructor will book and pay for the hire of the room and you will pay them directly, unless stated otherwise. Please contact the instructor if you would like to join any of the classes.
If you would like to set up a class or book the Thomas Gifford Room on a regular basis for a class, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may be interested to know how our air handling system works. It is very efficient and it does not recyle the air. It draws in fresh air as described here. This is an important point for your safety in these times.
We are offering five exercise/circuits classes every week. All these classes can now be done in the community centre, but the Mon, Wed and Fri classes will simultaneously be done over Zoom, so you can still choose to do these ones at home if you prefer.
You will need to download “Zoom” onto your computer/tablet/phone to see the session. This is really easy and takes about 1 minute. You can do this before by signing up to Zoom clicking on the link https://zoom.us/pricing (it’s free) or alternatively, simply click on the invite and follow the instructions, just before you want to join the session. For circuits, you will need dumbbells or weights of some kind (water filled milk containers are fine) and a mat. This is the link to all classes – just click on this a few minutes before the class start time.
Pay for your class (if you are doing the class online) by Paypal here (if you are coming in to do the class, please pay at reception on arrival):
Some people prefer to pay directly into our bank account – this is fine as long as you put the class name in the reference section. The details are: The Thomas Gifford Trust, s/c 090129, account: 46347925. If you are in financial difficulties, please email email@example.com and we will waive the fee.
The meeting ID for all classes is 725 688 9379 and the password is always Jason (with a capital J). You can click on the class name to go straight to your class – you may be asked to put the password in:
If you have been coming to our classes, you will have already filled out this enrolment form. But if not, please download the form, fill it out and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org (or drop it in at the centre) and be aware that you do the exercise at your own risk. If you have concerns about whether you can do it, please contact Jason first on 01608 811878 to discuss it.
Jason is teaching two line dancing classes. He describes it as “the most fun you’ll have with your boots on”! Though boots are not required – you can wear anything you feel comfortable in!
Gentle exercise, lots of fun and good for the co-ordination and the memory
Why not have a go at Line Dancing? It’s good for the body and the mind! There are two classes a week. Tuesday’s class is for regulars who have been Line dancing for some time. The Friday class is aimed at beginners or those who feel they need more support and to take it slowly. Feel free to email Jason with questions and requests of dances you’d like to go over again: email@example.com.
For those who are coming to the classes and would like to practise the dances, here is a link to YouTube videos of Jason teaching them: Jason’s line dancing catalogue
And here are link to some training for the dances we have done recently “Islands in the Stream”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbr9Lr5HzNw “King of the Road” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kVRIdATLCw “After Midnight”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDihIfXNvb8 “Kelly’s Cannibals”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSuVlaGGsTU
This is a blend of HIIT, cardio and resistance training. For information contact Jess Lees: 07973 323080
These classes are running at the Community Centre:
Suitable for all levels. Please bring your own mat (and props should you wish to use them.)
Prices: £13 drop in ( Pay-as-you-go), £10 per class when you enrol for the whole term
Payment by Paypal or BACS in advance for 6 or 12-week blocks (your choice)
Further information, contact and bookings here.
Fitness for Seniors – Tuesdays 3-4pm
This class is aimed at increasing your strength, stability and flexibility, thus helping to prevent falls. Please contact Louise for more details or to book a place: 07879 685579 or email her on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a YouTube video of Louise Barnes doing a Strength and Balance class at Charlbury Community Centre. You can use this to keep up your exercises at home. Simply click here.
This is a link to Generation Games ho me page, which gives some other classes and ideas for keeping active.
Come on down and do-si-so at Jason's popular Line Dancing class! Beginner's class is every Friday from 11-1, or come along and join the regulars on Tuesdays at 12. You can do one hour (£6) or two (£10) and you go at your own pace. Most importantly, it's a lot of fun - the Sports Hall is full of great country tunes and laughter during every class. No need to book ahead, just pop in and check it out.
Please join us on a Monday afternoon 2-4pm for a game or two of Scrabble. It's very informal and all abilities are welcome. Supported by West Oxfordshire District Council.