Our Clubs & Societies
The Failand Society
The Failand Society is an active, friendly local society which offers a varied programme of events throughout the year. Currently, there are about 180 members, the majority of whom live in Failand, and there are always plenty of opportunities to socialise over a cup of tea or a drink from the Bar.
Most events happen in the village Hall on a Thursday evening, on a monthly basis, and the programme is designed to interest a range of age groups. The society was started over 50 years ago by a group of enterprising thirty-somethings and has evolved to attract lots of new members as well as long-standing residents.
To give you a flavour of what the Failand Society is like, these are some of the diverse events from recent years:
Wildlife Presentations from the BBC’s Mike Dilger, and from Avon Wildlife
Wine Tastings from local wine merchants as well as local enthusiasts
Our version of Gardeners’ Question Time combined with Failand Open Gardens
A formal buffet style Dinner with an after dinner singer
An interpretation of the role of Artificial Intelligence
A trip to the home of Edward Jenner - inventor of the first vaccine
An insight into the experience of Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Different kinds of Music
Annual family friendly Christmas Quiz with Supper
Cream Tea / Al Fresco Lunch / Picnic - kids love these!
One Woman Show from Kim Hicks - local actor
An International Triathlete on training and competing in multi-sports
Local walks - e.g. at bluebell time
and so on …….
We’ve kept going during Covid, adapting our programme to Zoom presentations, and actually increasing our membership! Many people lined in the January Winter Windows Festival, both as creators of windows and delighted viewers.
Our programme for the coming season is on our website.
You would be very welcome, and can come along as a guest to see what it’s like for only a small charge.
You can join the Failand Society for only £7 a year! This covers all the main Thursday evenings. There are small extra charges for events with additional expenses, e.g. Dinner, Tastings, Trips etc.
Just contact us to find out more, or to become a member.
Failand Art Club
This group started in September 2008 when a small band of local artists decided it would be nice to meet regularly to work together and help each other develop their skills. Since those early days there have been over 70 people use the group and a couple of the original members still remain. We decided from the beginning not to operate as an art class and employ teachers but to help each other develop our skills.
This has meant a very informal and relaxed atmosphere where people can progress at their own pace where there is no competition. We have painters in water colours, oils and acrylics and other members who work in pencil, charcoal and ink. We have had artists who worked in glass and card making and currently have a felt maker. There are artists of all abilities, and with the informal help we provide, all improve their skills and share their talents. In the past we have held our own exhibitions and joined other local groups in their art shows.
The group meets every Wednesday afternoon between 2pm and 4.30pm with the obligatory tea break somewhere in the middle. We are always looking for new members to join our jolly band.
Bristol Bonsai Society
Bristol Bonsai Society has been established for over 40 years and comprises a wide range of keen amateurs and some bonsai professionals with a broad spectrum of experience.
We normally hold our meetings at Failand Village Hall on the last Monday of the month, although these are currently suspended due to the Covid pandemic.
We are still holding online meetings via Zoom and we continue to welcome new members and interested visitors.
Now Yoga at Failand Village Hall is lead by Jo Derrick, an experienced yoga teacher who has been teaching in Bristol & the South West for 7 years. Fully qualified by Yoga Alliance in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and qualified to teach children. Her classes are inclusive, they are not beginners classes but beginners are welcome.
The sessions last an hour starting slowly and moving into a flow of yoga postures using the breath as a connection for mind and body. The sequences are different every week working on strength, stretch, balance or flexibility.
Practising to a music playlist invites a calm safe space to be.
There are challenging poses, with modifications depending on your yoga experience and always with time to pause and focus on the breath, if you choose you can miss bits out. You are always encouraged to listen to your body and make the right choices for you.
If you have an injury or have had a medical procedure please check with your doctor before joining class.
At the moment, we are meeting in the Hall at 6:30pm on Wednesday's.
Book online here.
You will need to bring your own Yoga Mat, and if you like to use them blocks. We practise in bare feet. Wear leggings, joggers or long shorts, with a vest or T. Shirt.
Towards the end of class in relaxation pop on a jumper & socks or bring a blanket if you wish.
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