User Groups


The “Over 21 badminton Club” has been meeting at Lydbrook Memorial Hall since 2009. Meetings are at 20:00 to 22:00 every Wednesday. The club has a few racquets and supplies shuttlecocks. Dress is casual rather than particularly ‘sporty’.

Before meeting at the Memorial Hall, the Club played at the Old Community Centre in Coleford and records show that the club started in 1968.The Club was open to all residents of Coleford and surrounding areas who were 21 years old. Other activities such as table tennis, chess and cards took place at the Club.

In 2009 the present Club moved to Lydbrook as the Community Centre was to be demolished and a new Centre built, which is now known as The Main Place”. This new Centre does not have facilities for badminton.

The Club is suitable for people seeking gentle to moderate exercise and is a good way to meet new people, it is not really suitable for players of league standard.

For more information, contact club secretary Sue Brain on 01594 835427 or email her here.

1970 Badminton club members-Jethro Forester
Jethro Forester donated this picture of the 1970 Badminton Club members, along with the following identifyinf caption:          Back row: 1 John Knight, 2 Eric Hoare, 3 Mike Brain, 4 Mike Meredith, 5 ?, 6 Don Knight.
Front Row: 1 Harold Walton 2 Joan Creed, 3 Janice Knight, 4 Jane Hale, 5 Judith Brain, 6 ?, 7 Charlie Punter.              If anyone can fill in the blanks, we’d be most grateful. (contact me using the ‘contact’ tab at the top of the website. Thank you.


Joan added: “… We played in the memorial hall until the balcony was considered unsafe then we played for a while down at Reeds”

Yoga wheelYoga at Lydbrook. Autumn 2018

You are invited to come and enjoy sharing Yoga as a group. – Suitable for all ages and abilities.

10 weeks course:

Sept 5th,12th,19th,Oct 3nd,10th,17th,31st,

Nov 7th, 14th,  21st.

Wednesdays -5.30 – Lydbrook Memorial Hall.

Please bring a mat, blanket, cushion and wear comfy, loose clothing.

Drop in rate -£5 a session.

Whole course – payable in advance: £40.

(Accompanied young people £2.50).

If you have any questions about the course please contact Jane Rothery –  01594 544149 or email:

(British Wheel of Yoga Tutor and member of Register of Exercise professionals).


Yoga class

Zumba Dance Fitness at 6.30pm every Thursday for all ages and abilities.
Yoga, breathe, flow and relaxation 7.30pm every Thursday, all ages, abilities and no flexibility required, feel free to bring a cushion and a blanket for the relaxation at the end.
To book, contact Kate on 07973421711 or email Kate here.

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Yoga at Lydbrook.

Yoga at Lydbrook on a Wednesday evening is a newish activity. We meet at 5.30pm on a Wednesday evening.

A group of keen students, ranging from people for whom yoga is a new experience to those who have enjoyed Yoga for years all meet to share yoga and learn together.

“Yoga” is a Sanskrit word which means “to Yoke” and Yoga literally means the joining together and balancing of all the aspects of ourselves, body, mind and spirit. In our practice we use asanas (postures) to help keep supple, flexible and strong, Pranayama (good breathing) to help us calm and focus our attention, and relaxation and meditation to help us keep our lives in perspective and see things as they really are.

Doing yoga together brings a lovely energy to our practice. We study a mixture of many schools of yoga, including some Kum Nye (Tibetan tradition). The tutor, Jane Rothery, is a British Wheel of Yoga trained teacher and believes that yoga is for everyone, regardless of fitness levels or health status. Classes are designed to help all students feel better physically through exercise and stretching, and mentally through reflection and relaxation.

The sessions are usually themed over a short course; but all sessions can stand alone so that people can come when they are able.  The cost is £5 a session, though there is a discount for people who want to pay for the whole course upfront. If you would like to know more please contact Jane on 01594 544149, or email her here.

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Lydbrook Players

The Lydbrook Players amateur dramatic society formed in 1986.  The group annually puts on a pantomime for Christmas entertainment, and currently also performs a play in the Spring, together with supporting events in and around the Lydbrook area.

Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at the Lydbrook Memorial Hall.  Many of the original members are still involved in all aspects of the group’s shows including performing, writing and directing.  The group supports the Lydbrook Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground charity and regularly helps the Trustees in the running and maintenance of the Hall.

The group is open to all, and new members are always welcome to come along and join in for all aspects of putting on a show, which includes all the work that goes on backstage as well as on stage.

Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall and new members are always welcomed.

If you are interested in joining either just come along or email us at

Lydbrook Parish Council

Lydbrook Parish Council. on the web. Information on Lydbrook Parish Council, information from the village of Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

Lydbrook Parish Council

Lydbrook Parish Council covers the civic parish of Lydbrook which includes Upper Lydbrook, Lower Lydbrook, Worrall Hill, Joys Green, Hangerberry, Hawsley and Stowfield.

The council meets every second Monday of the month at 6.30 pm in the Memorial Hall. Every meeting starts with a public question time. There is no need to submit a question in advance, but you are advised to do so if a detailed answer is required.

The council is made up of eleven members elected every four years on the same date as the District Council elections. The next election will be in May 2019. If insufficient candidates are nominated the Council can co-opt .

Details of the Council’s membership, agendas and minutes are available on their website:

Email contact: Clerk,  Chairman, Bruce Hogan


Lydbrook Women’s Institute:

The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in food production during the 1914-18 War.

The Lydbrook branch was founded around 1918. And they donated £100 toward the purchase of property to build the Memorial Hall in 1920.

This year’s activities include topics as diverse as Willow-weaving, Vintage Jewellery, and a Murder Mystery. Events include Strawberries and Cream, Cheese and Wine, a Harvest Festival and a Charity Auction.

The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, usually in the Memorial Hall at 19:00. And the contact for further information is Marion Henry by email here, or by phone 01594 726286, 07791506764.

OAPs Group:

The senior citizens committee has been going for over 50yrs, they raise money for the old folks of Lydbrook, so they can take 3 coaches to Weston Super Mare in the summer for the day with them not paying anything. They also give them £10 each for their dinner. At Xmas, every senior citizen aged 65 or over who has been living in the area for over a year gets a voucher that they can spend in the village. The group raise this money by coffee mornings they hold, 3 to 4 times a year, then in September and October they auction at the pubs in Lydbrook and all proceeds go to the senior citizens; ‘These nights are brill.’

The chairperson is Janet Brain, and the Secretary is Sandra Watkins, or you can ring Ali Watkins, after 19.30 as she works, on 01594 860635.

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