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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

HE meetings in Glos, Monmouth, Newport, Hereford and Worcester: 2011


Aside from the national Home Education Support groups such as Education Otherwise and Home Education UK, the easiest way to keep up to date with local Home Ed meetings is to join the local Home Education e-mail lists.  There are also Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and a South Wales Home Education Facebook HE Groups.  These are closed groups, but can be joined easily if you know someone, or if you write an explanatory note to the administrators.

The relevant email lists for your area are listed below.  Please note that most of these lists are not open to all, and the moderator of the list may ask you to provide information on the reasons you wish to join. If you are either already home educating or thinking of doing so, you can join the list by sending an email to the following addresses:


HE Local Internet links

(for Herefordshire area).

(for Gloucestershire)

(N. Cotswolds)

(For Worcester, Evesham, Blackwell, Malvern)

(For Wales)

There is also a yahoo list for the Forest of Dean, but the moderator is very keen to know people personally before they are subscribed.  Mail cdsnhf@gmail.com if you are interested.

It does make life much easier if you are able to access the information this way, as meetings do have a habit of changing dates/times and even venue.

There is also a website for HEors in Gloucestershire, Wales , Cardiff and West Glamorgan


Local Exam Centres:

Llangattock School, Llangattock-Vibon-Avel, Monmouth, NP25 5NG

Recently registered as an exam centre specifically for home educators and geared up to do both IGCSEs and GCSEs, including controlled assessments. They will be looking at doing other kinds of qualifications soon too.  More information here.


Home Education Meetings in Glos, Worcs, Hereford and S. Wales. 

Below is a list of meetings around the area. Do contact me if you want any further info on any of them.   Listed Monday - Friday.



Forest Kids Home Education Group.  New Road, Parkend, GL15 4JA.

The 1st and 3rd Monday of every month this term. 10am till 1pm, £4 per family. 

You can park opposite the steam train station, in front of the large shed/garage. Then walk round the back of the shed and through the gate to find us.

Come and join us and chill out under the trees, enjoy the campfire, and watch the kids explore and play in the woodland. We will be organising some optional activities most weeks, so far families have offered to run basket making workshops, a friction fire lighting session, Pizza/bread making in the dutch oven over the fire and natural clay sculptures. More ideas welcome!


Malvern Library, Graham Road,  Malvern WR14 2HU  
Home Ed Meet / ICT Session.

10.00 - 11.30 am, Monday mornings, twice a month.  Monthly dates are posted on the yahoo groups.

It's a relaxed and unstructured session or can be more structured to suit. Jenette is a local volunteer who guides the ICT with the children as and when they want her input. 

There's a teenage computer section adjacent to the children's section in the library, both are to the right as you enter the building. All ages welcome from about 3 yrs to teenage. Good idea to bring along earphones/headphones if you have any as we have a couple of spare pairs but not always enough for everyone!

Free 2 hours parking on Graham Road (unrestricted if you go further along a bit) or use the Waitrose car park opposite.


Dean Field Studies Centre, Parkend, Forest of Dean, Glos

10.00 - 13.00 hours. Forest Tots have set up a second group aimed at home educators.  Meeting every two weeks in the woodland of the Dean Field Studies Centre .  The group is entirely outdoors and take it in turns to share skills and activities.

The woods are tucked away behind the large Forestry Commission shed, opposite the train station in Parkend.  Please bring a snack or picnic.  Tea/coffee and juice is provided.  Sessions cost £5 per family.  Please RSVP through yahoo list/facebook group as numbers are limited to under 50 people.


Activity Room 3, Perdiswell Young People's Leisure Centre, Perdiswell Park, Droitwich Road, Worcester, WR3 7SN 

Every first Monday,  from 10.00 am - 12.30 pm.  Usually a themed activity.  Join Worcester list to confirm times, dates and themes.  Cost £2.50 for a family with one child aged 3+, 50p for each additional sibling to a maximum of £3.50.  Basic refreshments available...tea, coffee, herbal tea, squash. Skate park available...bring scooters, skates, bikes, skateboards.



HE Sports Group, Upton-upon-Seven.

YMCA Hill Community Centre, Upton-upon-Seven, Worcestershire.  WR8 OEN.
12.00-14.00.  Please see Gloucestershire Yahoo list to confirm.


Home Educators' Circus Skills Class. Cinderford Art Space, 3 Woodside Street, Cinderford, Glos, GL14 2NL.

(Meeting now held on an intermittent basis, so please join lists to keep a look out for time and dates.  You could contact ART SPACE for details of this and other classes, eg: Circus Skills, Art, Animation, Trapeze, Photography). 

Check local lists for dates. For all ages and abilities, and to include grown-ups too! All kinds of circus skills: trapeze, acrobalance, juggling, diabolo, skipping, hat-tricks and great fun games and fitness. You may well surprise yourselves! Cost £2.00 per person, £5.00 per family. Chance of doing the Arts Awards for children over age of 11. Class costs paid for with Arts Award.
Map: http://tinyurl.com/yl3a94c


TyDu Community Hall, Welfare Grounds, Tregwilym Road, Rogerstone, Newport, NP10 9EQ

Every Tuesday from 1-4pm.
We will have the use of a good sized hall and kitchen, that is in the middle of green playing fields with a play park. (Bikes are only allowed on paths, never on the grass.) The hall is served by the No. 151 bus that leaves Newport approx every 10mins. Location here.

Leave the M4 at junction 28 and follow signs to Risca. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit (A467 to Risca) leave the dual carriageway at the first junction and take the 2nd exit at the roundabout onto Tregwilym Road. Follow the road for approx 0.5 mile and turn left after the row of brightly coloured terraced houses on the left. (The turning is into a road the drops down directly in front of a house).


Hebron Evangelical Church Hall, Dowlais Top, Methyr Tydfil.

Fortnightly on Tuesdays from 12pm - 3pm. A fairly stuctured group with different activities.
(Dowlais Top traceable via Googlemaps).


Methodist Church All, Bromyard Rd, St John's, Worcester, WR2 5DL .

Third Tuesday of every month, from 10.00am - 12.00noon.
Music, arts and crafts, team games - any ideas welcome.
Check Worcester list for details.



Bingham Hall, King's Street, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 1JT. Teen Meeting.

Monthly meeting on the 4th Wednesday of every month, 2.00-6.00pm. It is a place teens can ‘hang out’ and ‘do their own thing’. Activities are organised around the group as and when they want them. New people always welcome. Please note parents have to be responsible for their own teens. Charge - £3.00 per family.

See Glos list for more details.


Hereford HE Maths Class, Kindle Centre,  15.00 - 16.00 Asda, Belmont Road, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR2 7JE.  

Helena Stephens is running 'Back to Basics'  multisensory maths classes at the Kindle Centre in Hereford every Wednesday from 3-4pm at the cost of £5 per session.  

Helena assures there will be ample opportunity for all to work at a level and pace they are comfortable with.   The classes are on a drop-in basis, and can be paid for weekly.  

If you are interested, please contact HELENA STEPHENS on 01586-620071 during the day, or email helenastephens@hotmail.co.uk.


Scout Hut, Murray Hall, Tuffley Lane, Gloucester. (near Epney Road). 

From 13.30  hours. Arts, crafts, various activities, outside games. Check Glos HE list for details. For location.


Hampton Bishop, Herefordshire

"We meet near Hereford and welcome families from Herefordshire and the adjoining areas. We have an information pack which we forward to interested families and our email address for enquiries is herefordhe@gmail.com

"The children who come to the group range from 4 to 15 years. The venue is excellent with lots of room and facilites for the children to play in and in a lovely safe setting with easy car parking and easy access. The hall that we use is purpose built and modern and has a fantastic outdoor area with swings, climbing frame, football posts etc. Inside the facilites are great too. The group meets regularly, currently every other week but as numbers grow hopefully weekly. We usually meet for about 4.5 hours and have lunch together. We are aiming to have regular activities but our main aim is time for the children to socialise and have fun in a safe environment. "


Cam Meeting, near Dursley, Glos

Every month on the first Wednesday, 13.00 - 16.00 hrs. For more info contact Paula and Simon: 01453 519287



Kentchurch Forest School, Kentchurch Court Estate, nr Ewyas Harold,  Herefordshire HR2 0BZ 

Time: 11.00 - 14.45. Ian Johnstone runs Kentchurch Forest School at Charlotte's Wood, on the Kentchurch Estate nr Ewyas Harold in Herefordshire, for anyone who might be interested.

The Forest School is suitable for children aged 6 to 14 and cost £15 per child, or £20 for two siblings. The concessionary rate for those on benefits is £10. Parents need not accompany their children, but can do so if they wish.

Ian has a mini-bus and will pick up from Hereford Railway station. The mini-bus will leave at 11am, arriving at Kentchurch Forest School at 11.30am. The session is 3 hours long, so children need to bring a packed lunch. Ian will drop off at Hereford Station, arriving there at about 3pm.

If you want to book a place for your child/ren on either or both days. please contact Ian at kentchurch.f.s@btinternet.com or ring him on 01981-241 558. He will be happy to give you any more info.


Caerphilly Meeting, Penyrheol Community CentreHeol-Aneurin, Penyrheol, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan CF83 2PG

Approx fortnightly on a Thursday, from 12.00 - 15.00 hrs. For various activities.  For details, see SWHEN list or visit:



Usk Village Hall,   Maryport Street South, Usk, NP5 1

From 12.00 - 15.00. Once a month on a Friday, though possibly soon changing to fortnightly due to good attendance..Arts, crafts, toys, table tennis tables, climbing ropes and walls, outside park equipment and various activities.  Please check EHEW, Herefordshire, FODHED or Glos lists to confirm dates and times as these are subject to change.


Worcester Active Fun Fridays 

Church of St. George Church Hall, St. George's Square, Worcester WR1 1 HX
12:30-3:30....1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Cost is £4 per family of up to 2 children plus extra 50p per extra child to a max of £5.  Hot drinks and cake afterwards.  Check list to Worcester and Hereford lists to confirm dates.


Hereford Leisure Pool. St. Martin's Av, Hereford HR2 7RQ

From 16.00.  Fun swim for home educators with waves and slides.  All welcome. Please confirm that others are going via the Hereford Yahoo list.


Moreton Library, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Glos.

Monthly get-together, from 2.30 - 4.30pm. Venue - upstairs room of Moreton-in-Marsh Library. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Please bring games, puzzles, activities for everyone to share. The room hire cost of £7 is shared out between the families attending, so usually £1 - £2 per family.  Please confirm that meeting is still happening via the Glos Yahoo list.


Ice skating, Planet Ice, Empire Way, Cardiff Bay, CF11 OSP.

Ad hoc, usually on a Friday 1.00-3.45 at Planet Ice. Meet in foyer at 12.45 to pay. (£4.50 pp. Spectators and under 5's free)


Ad hoc meetings: check Glos/Worc/South Glos/SWales lists!



  • At 2:18 AM, Blogger Our Learning Zone said…

    we run the ballet and ict classes and are starting up drama club poetry club newspaper group
    pdsa pet protectors and nature detectives club various meet ups and workshops and arts and crafts outdoor games based in malvern and surrounding areas

    contact louise ourlearningzone@aol.com

  • At 2:37 AM, Blogger Julie G. said…

    Eardisley meeting now cancelled as Julie has moved

  • At 1:11 AM, Blogger scott davidson said…

    What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
    The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.


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