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Sara White's Blues Nites are a sparkling example of the very best in modern dance. Sara's unique teaching style will propel you to become the dancer you want to be, through the weekly classes, regular workshops and optional one to one tuition.

The classes take place each Sunday evening with monthly Saturday nights too.  For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out www.bluesnites.co.uk

UPDATE - The Valley refurbishment

Our comprehensive renovation of the Valley is finally complete, with Ebsford Environmental, our contractors, formally handing the site back to us in mid-November. It has been a long and challenging 11 months, from the initial CIL bid application in December 2020, to preparing budgets and conducting £48,000 of regulatory surveys for water quality, nesting birds, bats, newts and other wildlife before we could even begin work. Then finally, in late August, moving onto site with a tight nine week build schedule before the weather closed in.

The initial surveys showed that the Valley and its lake had very low biodiversity due to the brambles and scrub vegetation taking over and choking out all other wildlife and blocking light to the floor of the wood. The first task was to undertake much needed land management to allow the strong healthy trees to flourish and increase biodiversity on the floor of the wooded areas. We have planted over 5,000 spring bulbs in this area which will slowly naturalise over the next few years. The banks of the lake have been planted with a wide variety of marsh plants that by next summer will bloom and cover the banks.

 Surveys and testing showed that the lake was slowly dying and had very low oxygen levels. We re-established the feed from the stream that had become blocked by silt, roots and bulrushes which helped the water levels in the lake to rise by a healthy amount, adding much needed oxygen and microorganisms. The two weirs in the stream and at the far end of the Valley were both refurbished and, in the stream, the weir was completed relocated and the stream meandered to improve water flow.

One of the conditions of our grant from Huntingdonshire District Council was that we improve access for everyone. We ripped up all the old paths around the Valley and the playing fields and replaced them with new tarmac, widening the paths to accommodate wheelchairs, mobility scooters and prams. The path down the weir was a particular challenge as it was very steep and rutted. We raised the ground levels with soil and reduced the slope. The path was then laid in a Z-pattern with landing stages for extra safety.

The challenge for the Trust will be to preserve this work to create a lasting legacy for Buckden residents. It will take dedication, regular fundraising and a clear vision by the Board of Trustees. We welcome volunteers to join our trustee board to keep the Village Hall prosperous and well managed.


Falls Prevention Clinic

The Fall Prevention Clinic is commissioned by CCC where appointments will be made over a 6 month period for individuals 50+ who may have a fear of falling, have previously had a fall or just would like to increase their physical activity level. 

The trained staff will conduct falls assessments as well as prescribing personalised home-based strength and balance exercise programmes.  These exercise programmes are evidence based programmes that are proven to reduce falls-related injuries and help with balance and mobility.

Assessments take place in the Aragon Room here at the Hall on Tuesdays.

If you feel you can benefit and would like an appointment, please contact Change Point on 0333 005 0093.

Fitness Classes

We currently have Pilates and Zumba classes at the Hall.  Pilates on a Monday evening and Tuesday morning and Zumba on a Friday morning.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

**Dog's Trust Dog School**

Dog's Trust hold a Dog School each week where they give expert advice and practical training. They aim to help owners and their dogs to enjoy a happier and safer life together, to build an even more rewarding bond and also have fun along the way! These classes are held on Thursday afternoons, but they will accommodate 1-1 lessons at other times if that better suits. The classes are for puppies and adult dogs. Please call 01480 277987 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

Life Drawing Group

The Life Drawing Artist Group meet on Wednesday's 9:30am - 12:30pm and Thursday's 7pm - 9pm. 

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Pilates with Trudy!

Come and improve your posture, tone and core strength!!  Every Tuesday in the Lincoln Room 7pm - 8pm.  Everyone is welcome, but if you're a complete beginner please let Trudy know and she can give you an initial assessment.  £36 for 6 classes - but there is an introductory offer of £30 for 7 classes. For further details contact Trudy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07951 105306.

Stay and Play

Stay and Play is run by the Huntingdon Rural Children's Centre and runs every other Tuesday, 1:30pm - 2:30pm in the main Hall.  It is like the Play a Weigh they used to run, only now there is more room for kids up to the age of 5 to play!  This is a great opportunity to have your baby weighed and to meet other local mums.

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