Virtual Ludlow: your guide to online courses and events

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Written byLucy Cook

Health & Fitness


Evergreen Pilates

Ryan is currently offering a 6-week beginners course of 6 x 1hour lessons at a cost of £36 starting on Wednesday 3rd March at 7pm. The course is open to all ages and abilities and conducted via Zoom. Ryan also offers courses for more experienced people and one to one tuition.

For further information or to book your place please contact Ryan Maddox on 07984 816847 or email: or visit his website

Sophie Atkinson Transform

Orleton-based Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist Sophie Atkinson is offering live online group yoga classes and 1-1 private sessions via Zoom.

Mondays @ 9am – 10am STRETCH & FLOW: mindful flowing movement to open your body and ease your way into the start of the week.

Tuesdays @ 9am – 10am STRETCH & HOLD: floor-based poses are held for between 3 – 5 minutes to target the deeper connective tissue, ligaments and joints.  A quiet, still and meditative practice.

Tuesdays @ 6.30pm – 7.45pm REST & RELAX: slow down, consciously relax and rest deeply and completely. We take a series of floor-based poses, using props (blankets, pillows, cushions) to fully support the body so your nervous system and physiology can gradually move out of Stress mode into Rest mode.

Thursdays @ 6.30pm – 7.45pm REST & RELAX: slow down, consciously relax and rest deeply and completely. We take a series of floor-based poses, using props (blankets, pillows, cushions) to fully support the body so your nervous system and physiology can gradually move out of Stress mode into Rest mode.

Classes are donation based from £5 – £10. Any concerns, injuries, ailments or pregnancies please contact me in advance to check the suitability of the class for your needs.

For further details call Sophie on 07930 353 118 or email: You can visit the Transform website or find Sophie on Facebook and Instagram

Nina Walmsley Fitness

Online Fitness for Ladies- 5-week course, starts Monday 22nd February 9.30 am. Join LIVE or option to catch up later with recording sent out to do in your own time. Easy to follow toning exercises, pulse raising moves, from beginners to fitness fanatics, Abs & stretch in all classes. The perfect way to keep in shape & will make your Mondays start with a SMILE. Supplements weight loss programme, perfect for injury prevention & boosts the feel good endorphins + learn new fitness tips weekly Total cost £25 (+ 20% off deal for new comers, £20) .

Online Strength, Balance & Flex for those wishing for a gentler approach to exercise. We all know how important it is to keep moving, look after our health and fitness and not to forget the value of connecting with others. Nina is sure you’ll reap the benefits of joining her for 40 minutes of exercise all possible from the safety of your front room. No special equipment required, standing&seated options for all. Fitness is an individual thing, welcoming 50’s to 80’s . Let’s keep moving together. 5- week course just £25. Starting Tuesday 23rd & Friday 26th February.

Nina is still able to offer 1 to 1 personalised exercise sessions in outdoor spaces. She is able to adapt at quick notice and sessions will become in person once government guidance allows. Her up-to-date timetable of courses is available on her Facebook page.

To sign up or to find out more contact NINA through her Facebook page or email or call: 07824 508 536

Ludlow Slimming World

Michelle provides help and support to lose weight at home, instruction on Slimming World no hunger weight loss plan to help them to be fitter, healthier, happier and slimmer. It’s suitable for everyone, men and women all ages from 16 including diabetics, pregnant women and breast feeding mums.

Michelle is available every day at home for new members and her weekly sessions for members are every week on zoom at 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Tuesdays and 10am on Wednesdays. Her real life groups when we are out of lockdown are at Elim Church Hall, Lower Galdeford in Ludlow.

Call Michelle bishop on: 07976 324862 on Instagram and on Facebook

The Good Grief Café

The Good Grief Café, a bereavement support group, is now running monthly via Zoom. Everybody welcome.

If you would like to join, call Janna Vigar at MFG Solicitors on: 01584 873156 for a quick chat.

Still Mind

Sally offers three different lengths of online meditation, accessible as Video On Demand on her website . They are 10 mins, 20 mins and 30 mins long and are suitable for beginners and more advanced meditators. They will be available from March and anyone can join.

Each meditation will have a focus on how to reduce stress and tension. The first sessions are focusing on bedtime and sleep and how to calm yourself in order to get a good night’s sleep. All meditations will focus on gaining relaxation and reducing tension and stress.



Insteps Dance Academy

Insteps are running fun, online Zoom classes in ballet, tap, modern as well as stretch and body conditioning for children aged 3 and over. Insteps have professional Westend and industry professional guest Zoom classes for all ages running next half term.

Call 07800 998261 or email:

Fuzion Dance

Dance classes and cheerleading organised by Ema Paton , including Mum & Me, Lyrical Dance with Ashley, PJ dance party, Show makeup with Emma, cheerleading workshops. All classes are £2.50 and are available to ages 6yrs+.

Shropshire Zumba

Join Gill on Zoom for a great fun workout every Thursday at 6pm “and feel FAB”! Gill is a fully qualified and licensed Zumba fitness instructor. She says, “Zumba is a fresh and exciting approach to exercising, it combines Latin rhythms with international red-hot dance steps. All you have to do is follow my lead”.

Every Thursday 6pm. £5.00pp.

To book your place call/text Gill on 07740 835673 or email:

Arts & Crafts


Loudwater Community Arts

Knit and Natter – Thursday, 18th February 2021 from 11:00am-12:30pm. Loudwater are currently running a Virtual Knit and Natter every Thursday (11am-12.30pm), it’s free for anyone who wants to join and people can access the link by emailing them direct or by clicking the link on their facebook page. They are also offering two virtual workshops, one for learning to knit socks and the other is their Beginner’s Crochet course. The workshops come as kits with all the materials, tools and patterns supplied along with links to a pre-recorded video workshop meaning people can do them at their own pace and keep rewinding and trying again if they need to. These can be purchased on both the Loudwater website (under the lockdown creativity tab) or via their Etsy shop.

Visit Loudwater Facebook page and click on the event for the Zoom link.

And if you’re looking to get creative at home, Loudwater have their own Craft Boxes and Paint your own Pot at Home packs. Prices start from £6 for a piece of ceramic bisque and from £15 for a Craft Box. Each ceramic piece comes complete with your chosen glazes and paintbrush and the Craft Boxes comes complete with all the materials you need, together with detailed instructions to help you create something amazing. Loudwater prefer items to be collected from the Studio, but they can also arrange for delivery at an additional cost.

To find out more visit their website

Food & Drink


Ludlow Gin

Cocktails and Conversation with Shaun Wardington every Saturday Live on Facebook at 7pm. Join Shaun, founder of Ludlow’s eponymous gins, at this hugely popular evening as he regales gin fans with a heady mix of spirits and witty repartie.

Ludlow Food Hygiene Centre

Ludlow Food Hygiene Centre are still providing eLearning courses and 1-2 -1 courses for alcohol licensing , food hygiene and H&S courses with Covid guidelines and their own risk assessment in place. If you need a alcohol licensing 1-2-1 course on a weekend or over two evenings they can accommodate this too.

Message or call 07985672722

History & Culture

Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross

The museum is offering a series of virtual talks hosted by Sun Jester.

Thursday 18th February 2021 from 7.30pm – Archaeology is Rubbish!
Or is it? Most people think of archaeologists, kneeling in holes in the ground, painstakingly uncovering the past with brushes and trowels. Although the objects they uncover are hugely important, archaeology has also embraced exciting new technologies to revolutionise our understanding of the past. This talk looks at how some of these new methods have been used to revitalise the story of our ancestors.

Please email: for further information.

Singing with Kate Jones

Kate is running Singing for Lung Health on Tuesday afternoons and Community Choir on Wednesday mornings, both online.

Singing for Lung Health group is moving to Tuesday afternoons at 2.30 pm and anyone with a lung condition or breathing difficulty is welcome to join. It’s relaxing, can help you develop better breathing habits and it’s also fun. To join the Zoom session, message Kate on her Facebook page

Business Development

Marches Growth Hub

International Women’s Day 2021 – Celebrating Shropshire Women In Business – 10am-12.30pm on Monday 8th March

The 3rd official International Women’s Day event to celebrate amazing business women organised by Hollie Whittles from FraggleWorks Emma Chapman on behalf of the Marches Growth Hub and the Federation of Small Businesses.

The morning will include inspirational talks from keynote speakers with time for networking before and after too. IWD 2021 campaign theme: #ChoosetoChallenge

All are welcome. To register, click here

Ludlow Women’s Hub

An opportunity for women in Ludlow and the Marches to get together online. Every third Wednesday of the month you can share your news, promote your business, advise, celebrate, educate, explain or network with other like minded business women, entrepreneurs, employees, self-starters and go-getters.

Wednesday, 24th February 2021 @7pm via Zoom – Imposter Syndrome. Gaining confidence to show up as our authentic selves with local psychologist, Jess Baker (see below).

For more information, visit their Facebook page or on Instagram

Jess Baker – Tame your inner critic

15-day course facilitated by Jess who is a Psychologist & Coach. This is a gentle mind-hacking heart-centred programme for people who want to swap their self-criticism and self-doubt for confidence, courage and self-compassion. This programme is packed with short video trainings explaining the daily themes and exercises and teaching you about the psychology of your thoughts and self-sabotaging behaviour. You’ll have 24/7 access and your own login to Jess’s Coaching Hub, and you can track your progress and unlock bonus content. The course is automated to run over 15 day period as soon as you sign up.

To find out more, click HERE

Jess is also running a free well-being campaign on her Instagram page called #thebusyheart

Dog & Puppy Training


All Positive Dog Services have a puppy training course for puppies under 20 weeks via Zoom that teaches life skills, how to socialise, basic training and fun bonding activities The next start date for this is 20th February 2021 from 5.30pm. There is a free clicker, handouts and videos throughout. The cost for the course is £100.

Sam and Rick also have a Level one training course (for dogs over 20 weeks) via Zoom that has just started with new dates to be added soon. In the course, they teach all the basics and look at improving handler skills. They also run the foundations of agility online (in preparation for our in person sessions).

Course dates are being added all the time so keep an eye on their Facebook page or visit their website

For virtual classes across the UK try:

Online activity classes including creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills with Virtual Village Hall

Learn a wide range of free courses from across the OU curriculum with OpenLearn

Lunchtime online music concerts 1.00-2.00pm with The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.


Free online planetarium show and stargazing for families with Dark Sky Wales. Learn about the constellations, planets, nebula and galaxies. Join Dark Sky Wales astronomer Allan Trow where he will take you around the night sky pointing out the constellations, planets, galaxies and nebula. Along the way he will help you learn more about these objects and provide you with simple techniques to help you enjoy the night sky!

Gardening with the National Garden Scheme Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, at 7pm. Twenty years with Twenty acres: a story of Hurdley Hall — live online talk. Simon Cain and Simon Quin bought Hurdley Hall in 2001 and after restoring the house set about creating a garden from scratch that would suit the harsh, rocky landscape of the Welsh Marches. Today the garden opens for the National Garden Scheme and was a finalist in The English Garden’s ‘Nation’s Favourite Garden’ competition. In their talk Simon and Simon will show how they have overcome the challenges of their location and created extensive borders, ponds, stone walling, topiary and a kitchen garden that has been merged into the landscape with traditional hay meadows, streamside walks, woodlands and an orchard

Churches with The Churches Conservation Trust Thursday, 18th February, 1pm-2pm. DIVINE DESIGNS: The Secret Lives Of Palaces. The bishops of medieval England wielded great power, and their residences were often as splendid as those built for royalty. At one time, these palaces were scattered liberally throughout the country but now only a handful remain occupied by bishops, while the rest have been destroyed or taken on new uses. This talk will explore the rise and fall of the palaces, and the bishops who inhabited them and put their own mark on them. It will open the doors on some that cannot be visited by the public, as well as highlighting some which can now be freely explored in person. This talk is given by Lisa McIntyre IHBC. Lisa studied Building Conservation at the Architectural Association and specialises in ecclesiastical architecture. She is Church Buildings Team Leader for the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and previously worked as an officer of the Church Buildings Council and as a heritage consultant in the private sector. TO JOIN the lecture, simply make sure that you both LIKE & ALSO FOLLOW ‘Churches Conservation Trust’ as a Facebook page


Virtual Ludlow: your guide to online courses and events

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