You will be able to go to the ‘Book and Pay’ tab, above, to pay for classes in the ‘Learning at the Mill’ programme and to buy tickets for our arts and music events once our 2018 learning and events programme is up and running – it will be ready soon! in the meantime we can now announce that MILLFEST IS BACK – put Saturday 23rd June in your diaries!. 

Below is a calendar of all up-coming events and courses at the Mill.  Use the Categories filter button to refine your search.

Click here to see our “Run of the Mill!” wall calendar for events during October and November 2017 (email greenelephantcoop@gmail.com to go on our mailing list to receive this regularly).

And click here to see our NEW Full Colour 2017 AUTUMN BROCHURE  with details of all courses, events and activities September to December.  (Available to pick up in all the usual outlets from end August.)

Nov
18
Sat
Day of Mindfulness with Martin Summerfield
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Day of Mindfulness provides an opportunity for those with some previous meditation experience to take some time out to nourish themselves and put their wellbeing first.

The day is largely run as a day of secular guided practices (breath, body, movement and walking) with participants in silence. It is aimed at providing a space to support those who wish to deepen their current practice.

The day runs 10am – 4pm. Lunch Is not provided.

Cost is £25. Booking is essential.

Contact: martin@anchorpoint.org.uk   07971554316

More information on Martin’s courses and work can be viewed on his website anchorpoint.org.uk

River Room: Martin Summerfield Mindfulness Day
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Day of Mindfulness…18th November 10am-4pm

An opportunity to refresh and replenish with a day of practices led by Martin Summerfield (UK Network Registered Teacher). The day is composed of mostly silent practices and incorporates movement, walking, sitting and lying down. The day is aimed at those with prior mindfulness meditation experience. Pre-booking essential. [anchorpointmindfulness.com](http://anchorpointmindfulness.com/)

Improvers Bike Maintenance Week 3 Alex Brett Learning @ the Mill
Nov 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Improvers Bike Maintenance Week 3 Alex Brett Learning @ the Mill

Bicycle Maintenance for Improvers (Alex Brett) 4 weeks on Saturday mornings 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Sats 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov and 25 Nov.

In this course we’ll look at cables, bearings, wheels and headset bearings, torque settings, troubleshooting, derailleur set-up, rim wear and wheel truing – and there’ll be a chance to bring along your own problems and questions.

Alex Brett is a former surveyor who has been an independent cycle mechanic for the past 8 years, delivering cycle maintenance classes and a ‘Dr Bike’ service in the Nottingham area. He’s recently moved to Lancaster. Contact him on 07837027096, or email alexthebikeman@yahoo.co.uk.

To book and pay go to: https://haltonmill.org.uk/learning-at-the-mill/

Amateur Photography Week 3 Charles Willmott Learning @ the Mill
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Amateur Photography Week 3 Charles Willmott Learning @ the Mill

Amateur Photography (Charles Willmott) 4 weeks on Saturday afternoons, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Sats 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov.

Learn how to improve the composition, lighting, and editing of your home photos. Get to grips with those complicated settings on your camera! Take better photos and become more knowledgeable behind the lens. Please bring a camera.

Charles Willmott_ graduated from Film Theory & Video Production at University of West London. His final year experimental short film was selected in London Short Film Festival (The Cool Club). He went on to work as a freelance videographer and Animation teacher. He has created videos for the NHS, Sport Direct, Martha Lane Fox (co-creator of lastminute.com), Stonegate pubs and more.

To book and pay go to: https://haltonmill.org.uk/learning-at-the-mill/

John Tams & Barry Coope in Concert
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
John Tams & Barry Coope in Concert

**John Tams + Barry Coope** in Concert

Saturday 18th November . Doors open 7.30pm

Tickets £15.00

With Bar.

“Go and see them. John Tams is a National Treasure. They are brilliant.”  BBC Radio 2

John Tams and Barry Coope are a unique collaboration. John, the composer of music for the stage show War Horse and the TV series Sharpe, has been described by Mojo magazine as ‘one of the giants of folk’. His musical career extends back to the Muckram Wakes, taking in the Albion Band and Home Service as well as solo albums. He is a five times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Barry Coope is of course one third of acclaimed accapella group Coope, Boyes & Simpson. Playing as a duo since the early 1990’s, their sound is rich and often includes unusual vocal harmonies. Together, Tams & Coope are former winners of BBC Folk Awards Duo of the Year.

‘One of our best British songwriters. …..cracking songs….’  Mike Harding Folk on 2

To book and pay go to https://haltonmill.org.uk/events-at-the-mill/

Nov
19
Sun
Rainbow Room: Holistic Angel Massage and Beauty Therapist Louise Jolly
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Traditional Yoga & Meditation Classes with Oliver Thorne: Autumn Course
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Traditional Yoga & Meditation

Tuesdays – 6 to 7.15pm

Sundays – 10 to 11.30am

(Drop-in at £8 per session)

This class offers a step-by-step approach to vibrant energy & health, through traditional Yogic teachings

  • happier relationships
  • better posture and postural awareness
  • improved breathing  
  • reduced anxiety and calmer emotions
  • greater focus, concentration and memory
  • deeper levels of relaxation and awareness

Through focusing on mindful body-breath co-ordination, we can achieve harmony and balance in all aspects of our lives

A basic level of fitness is required, but the sessions are open to beginners and experienced practitioners

Oliver has over fifteen years experience and trained in South India. He is a recognised Yoga Sadhak of Gitananda Yoga, a Dakshini Marga Tantra which dates back hundreds of years

Please contact Oliver if you have any questions: cothorne@hotmail.com and 07514 904812

Aikido Classes with Oliver Thorne 3rd Dan Aikikai
Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Oliver Thorne from Lancaster Aikido club is pleased to offer new regular Sunday training sessions at The River Room in Halton.

Aikido is a non-violent martial art which focuses on the development and transformation of the practitioner in the face of conflict situations. It is a non-competitive practice where each person takes time to learn through co-operation, to fall, roll, throw and strike in interesting and challenging ways, including through traditional weapons forms. Ultimately, aikido practice is not only about self-defence but it is also a process of self-transformation.

Oliver has over ten years of practice on a daily basis with extensive periods of uchi deshi (live in student) in both Europe and Japan totaling more than three years. He travels regularly to international seminars in Europe and to Japan to continue his training. Over the years he has had the great opportunity of training with some of the world’s most renowned aikido teachers. He is the Technical Director of Lancaster Aikido Club and Chief Instructor at Lancaster University Aikido Club.

These classes are open to beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.

Pick up and Drop off from/to Lancaster is possible, please ask for details

Times
12 – 1.15 Aikido -Fundamentals (Beginners, 14+ and Families welcome)

1.30 – 2.45 Aikido – Weapons Training (Everyone welcome)

3 – 4.15 Aikido – General/Principles Training (Everyone welcome)

Prices
1 Class £5

2 Classes £10

Full day £15

For more information on Lancaster aikido club please see

http://www.lancasteraikidoclub.co.uk

Please feel free to contact Oliver with any queries on cothorne@hotmail.com, or 07514 904812.

Nov
20
Mon
Mezzanine gallery: The Fig Tree Fair Trade/Slave Trade exhibition @ Mezzanine Gallery, Halton Mill
Nov 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mezzanine gallery: The Fig Tree Fair Trade/Slave Trade exhibition @ Mezzanine Gallery, Halton Mill

The FIG Tree Fair Trade / Slave Trade Exhibition. FREE. Open Monday to Friday 9-5 and other times when the Mill is open or by arrangement.

Monday 16th October – Friday 24th November – Exhibition on display at Halton Mill

Wednesdays 1pm – 2pm Stall selling FIG Tree Chocolate and Fair Trade gifts

Wednesday 18th October @ 2pm Talk entitled ‘Lancaster slave trade port to Fairtrade City’

Visit the exhibition to find out about:

-How nearby Garstang became the world’s first Fair Trade Town and the growth of the international Fair Trade Towns movement that led to over 1,700 Fair Trade Towns in more than 25 countries. For more information visit Garstang Fairtrade

-Chocolate, especially through Garstang’s link with the cocoa farming community in Africa’s first Fair Trade Town of New Koforidua in Ghana.

-The Atlantic slave trade and its abolition; Lancaster was Britain’s fourth largest slave trade port.

Along with our friends in New Koforidua and Media PA, the first Fair Trade Town in America, Garstang forms a part of the modern day Fair Trade Triangle, which lies on the same three points as the infamous slave trade triangle of the past.

“It is simply immoral that people should be allowed to suffer in order to provide us with luxuries such as tea, coffee and sugar at a cheap price.”

Slave trade abolitionists circa 1790

– Quaker heritage; Garstang is located in ‘1652 country’ where Quakers (The Religious Society of Friends) were founded by George Fox in 1652. For more information visit lancsquakers

Pilates with Nickey Russell @ The River Room
Nov 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Nickey Russell

FullSizeRenderI qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1999 and specialised in orthopaedics and trauma. My great passion from an early age was horse riding and through that I collected numerous injuries, imbalances and tight areas all of which were much improved when I started Pilates.
I continued daily Pilates throughout both my pregnancies and caesarian rehabs and then as my strength program for my current passion, fell running.

I qualified as a teacher with Body Control Pilates in 2015 and have run classes in Bentham, Milnthorpe, Lancaster, Ellel and now Halton. I still work part time at Spire Fylde Coast hospital in Blackpool and I do private 1:1 Pilates sessions.

Body Control is my preferred method of teaching Pilates as it places emphasis on correct alignment and muscle use so teaching the body to be efficient as well as strong. Pilates can range from an all-over “tone-up and de-stiffen” to a super hard abdominal and core workout for those in training for other sports.

For further information about my classes, please contact me on hotcatpilates@yahoo.com

Seminar Room: yoga with Sue. Class 12.15-1.15, individual yoga sessions till 7 p.m. @ Seminar room
Nov 20 @ 9:30 am – 7:00 pm

Yoga from the inside with Sue Garner (BWY Dip): Mondays from 4th Sept, 12:15-13:15 ‘Revitalising lunch break’ for all levels of experience and ability. £7/class. Individual sessions available to 7pm. [www.yoga-with-sue.co.uk](http://www.yoga-with-sue.co.uk/), tel: [07814 295570](tel:0781420295570)

Pilates for Beginners with Nickey
Nov 20 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
New for September!
8 week Pilates for Beginners course.
10.45-11.45 on Mondays.
September 4th to October 23rd.
Classes run by a Chartered Physiotherapist trained in the “Body Control Pilates” method.  It will cover the principles of Pilates and correct posture, basic anatomy and what is meant by “the core”. There will be some course notes and exercises to practice at home and we will look at using other small equipment to enhance and vary the exercises in the last couple of weeks.
It will be suitable for all ages and those who need a Pilates refresher or a gentle class.
If you wish to book a place or ask for more details please contact Nickey Russell on 07887 608412 or emailhotcatpilates@yahoo.com
On completion of an enrolment form, full payment in advance will secure your place.
The cost will be £70.
Maximum 12 people.
Classic Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan with Steven Kidd in the River Room
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
NEW on Monday and Thursday evenings!
Classic Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan instructed by Steven Kidd, affiliated with the Lancaster School of Tai Chi Chuan.
Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese discipline that strives to cultivate the mind and the body through martial training, meditation and exercise.
When practiced regularly, Tai Chi provides extraordinary health benefits, improves balance, flexibility and strength while calming the spirit and reducing stress.

Much of Tai Chi is practiced in a slow, mindful way which provides a good workout without inflicting high impact stress on the body. This makes Tai Chi accessible to everyone, including those recovering from injury or suffering from joint conditions.

Steven has studied and practiced Tai Chi to a high level under the Master teacher Paul Florkowski, founder of the Lancaster School of Tai Chi Chuan. Steven studied intensively and quickly found a natural flare for this beautiful Martial Art. Steven used his Tai Chi to overcome a Chronic illness and now wishes to share the benefits of Tai Chi to help others achieve a balanced, healthy mind and lifestyle.

Steven will be teaching the Yang Cheng Fu Long Form, Push Hands, Qigong and various Martial Drills and Applications to further the students understanding of the form movements. Initially classes will be two one hour sessions a week with a view to holding more classes of a longer duration as the class expands. If you are interested please contact Steven directly at:

Email: stevenkidd85@hotmail.co.uk

Or visit Facebook page: Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, The River Room.

Phone: 07850018763. Thank you

Creative Film Making Week 3 Charles Willmott Learning @ the Mill
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Creative Film Making Week 3 Charles Willmott Learning @ the Mill

Intro to creative film making (Charles Willmott) 4 weeks on Monday evenings, 7.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.: Mons 6 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov.

Ever wanted to make a short film or music video? This course will teach you the technique and theory behind creative filmmaking. Learn camera composition, three-point lighting techniques, low budget sound recording and basic editing. You’ll need any device which can record video.

Charles Willmott graduated from Film Theory & Video Production at University of West London. His final year experimental short film was selected in London Short Film Festival (The Cool Club). He went on to work as a freelance videographer and Animation teacher. He has created videos for the NHS, Sport Direct, Martha Lane Fox (co-creator of lastminute.com), Stonegate pubs and more.

To book and pay go to: https://haltonmill.org.uk/learning-at-the-mill/

Nov
21
Tue
Mezzanine gallery: The Fig Tree Fair Trade/Slave Trade exhibition @ Mezzanine Gallery, Halton Mill
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mezzanine gallery: The Fig Tree Fair Trade/Slave Trade exhibition @ Mezzanine Gallery, Halton Mill

The FIG Tree Fair Trade / Slave Trade Exhibition. FREE. Open Monday to Friday 9-5 and other times when the Mill is open or by arrangement.

Monday 16th October – Friday 24th November – Exhibition on display at Halton Mill

Wednesdays 1pm – 2pm Stall selling FIG Tree Chocolate and Fair Trade gifts

Wednesday 18th October @ 2pm Talk entitled ‘Lancaster slave trade port to Fairtrade City’

Visit the exhibition to find out about:

-How nearby Garstang became the world’s first Fair Trade Town and the growth of the international Fair Trade Towns movement that led to over 1,700 Fair Trade Towns in more than 25 countries. For more information visit Garstang Fairtrade

-Chocolate, especially through Garstang’s link with the cocoa farming community in Africa’s first Fair Trade Town of New Koforidua in Ghana.

-The Atlantic slave trade and its abolition; Lancaster was Britain’s fourth largest slave trade port.

Along with our friends in New Koforidua and Media PA, the first Fair Trade Town in America, Garstang forms a part of the modern day Fair Trade Triangle, which lies on the same three points as the infamous slave trade triangle of the past.

“It is simply immoral that people should be allowed to suffer in order to provide us with luxuries such as tea, coffee and sugar at a cheap price.”

Slave trade abolitionists circa 1790

– Quaker heritage; Garstang is located in ‘1652 country’ where Quakers (The Religious Society of Friends) were founded by George Fox in 1652. For more information visit lancsquakers