Ants Art Class

Evening Art Class – Drawing and Painting for beginners and improvers.

Would you like to learn how to draw and paint? Or maybe you have limited drawing experience and would like to improve on your skills in a friendly group setting?

Ants art class is at Haywood Road Community Centre every Monday evening at 18.30 – 20.30pm. Each 2-hour session is £10.

It is not a set course as such and you can come as and when you are able to. The key to the lessons is to self motivate and grow in confidence to further develop your skills as an artist.

We try to cover a lot of topics and from time to time set some projects. If you are interested in some basic lessons and ongoing group activity, then get in contact. I have been a practising artist and designer for many years now and have a wealth of experience in the field.

For more information on the sessions, then you can email me or telephone me on 07962 865 453.

There is also a Facebook Page that you can join if you want to attend the classes:

Haywood Road Green Official Opening

The long awaited development of Haywood Road Green has now been completed and it looks superb. The area has been landscaped with newly seeded grass and trees, a play park has been added along with two table tennis tables and benches. Within around 10 minutes of the park being completed there were children playing on it and it has been busy all day, every day since then. 

The official opening of the new park will be Saturday 14th September where we’ll be celebrating from 12pm – 5pm with the cutting of the ribbon by the Mayor of Gedling taking place at 1pm. See below for what’s on!

Below are some photos of the park redevelopment taking place….


Silent Disco 2019

On the evening of 22nd June Haywood Road Green hosted the 2019 Silent Disco. This event completely sold out and was a huge success. With a selection of the finest DJs throughout the evening playing a huge variety of music, everybody was up dancing as the sun set, and with a choice of 3 DJs at any one time, there was always something decent to listen to. Have a look at the selection of photos below, with more on our Facebook page…

The Great Get Together 2019

Our third Great Get Together in memory of MP Jo Cox took place on the Green on the afternoon of June 22nd. Several hundred people attended over the day and we saw many happy children enjoying the bouncy castle, sports equipment and dance displays… and many happy grown ups enjoying the community bar and great weather.

Special thanks to Val Holland, our caretaker and vice-Treasurer at Haywood Road Community Centre, and her daughters Annabelle and Imogen, for all their efforts in organising the event.

Meditate at Haywood Road

The hugely popular meditation courses continue at Haywood Road Community Centre…

PEACEFUL ME MEDITATIONS: The universe and you  

– 7 session meditation course.

Starting on Thursday 16th May at both 6:40pm – 7:40pm and 8:00pm – 9:00pm.

More details can be found on the link below via my facebook page.

Click here to visit the Facebook page

These tend to fill up pretty fast these days!

It’s just £53 for the whole course with a £10 deposit to confirm a place.


Contact Detzi Simpson on 07944 570551 to reserve a place.


Monday 13th May from 7:00-8:30pm. 

All are welcome and people can come with or without drum or percussion instruments and drum, play, sit and soak up the vibrations.

The idea is that this is a completely liberating session where the intention people set along with the sound and the essence of the drums and percussion helps them to zone out, zone in, meditate, relax, recharge and, in doing so, heal. The last half hour of the session is much quieter and is a guided meditation to light meditation music, the theme of which arises through the state of meditation and energy in the room.

£5 per person, paid in advance (or £7 on the night).

Click here for further information on facebook

To book your place, contact Detzi Simpson on 07944 570551.

Silent Disco

June 22nd 2019 sees the return of the hugely popular Silent Disco on Haywood Road Green. Over half the tickets have already been sold so get yours quickly if you don’t want to miss out! Click here to book your tickets.

Haywood Road Green Park

Artist’s Image of Haywood Road Park

Gedling Borough Council have recently issued a press release with the news that WREN have agreed to provide £70,000 towards the new park on Haywood Road Green, and Gedling Borough Council will provide an additional £50,000.

Here is the link to the press release:

The new park is expected to be open by Easter 2019.

Art Exhibition

On Saturday September 1st, the centre hosted Mapperley Artists’ annual exhibition. Over 100 pictures from 15 artists were on display and the variety of subject matter and styles was impressive. We look forward to the exhibition returning next year and if you are a budding artist yourself, Mapperley Artists meet at Haywood Road Community Centre every Thursday afternoon 1.30 – 4pm and new members are welcome.

Sunset Cinema July 6th and 7th

Sunset Cinema Club returned to the Green for outdoor screenings of Romeo and Juliet (July 6th) and La La Land (July 7th). These evenings are always brilliant and the showing of Romeo and Juliet was preceded by a performance by local choir Sing it Bold. HRCA ran the bar as always and took over £150 across the weekend. Thanks to Nicky, Paul, Val and Julie for volunteering and to Louise and Paul from Sunset Cinema for their ongoing support of the Green. Next showings are The Goonies (August 10th) and The Greatest Showman (August 11th) and you can buy tickets at 

Porchester Festival 2018

On July 1st, Haywood Road hosted the Health and Fitness Zone as part of the Porchester Festival. Activities were held on the Green and in the Community Centre and included Yoga, Tai-chi, Taekwondo and Pilates. There were also lots of stalls from local groups, a bouncy castle, a child-friendly mini-Silent Disco, some stylish Henna hand painting and a dance display from Studio 3. Well done to Val and her daughters for organising it all and thanks to everyone who helped out or came along to support it – including our local MP Vernon Coaker, pictured below with Val.