Clubs and Societies in Ealing

This section aims to provide a comprehensive listing of local societies, hobbies, classes and social groups in Ealing.

To add your club to our listings please visit the EalingToday.co.uk directory.

Music and Theatre

The Artists' Theatre School provides Saturday drama workshops at Ealing Studios run by working actors for students aged 5 years to adult. The principal is Amanda Redman and master classes are often taken by well known actors who volunteer as the school is run on a non profit making basis. Contact artiststheatreschool@hotmail.com.

Ealing Choral Society - a choir of about 80 voices performing major choral works, with professional soloists and orchestral players, in Ealing and other locations, occasionally at the SBC.

Ealing Symphony Orchestra - is a leading, independent amateur orchestra and welcome new players.

Ealing Variety Shows - Quality musicians perform a range of music for senior citizens in Northfields; none of your "knees up, Mother Brown" here. They are always interested in hearing from professional-standard musicians who could perform.

Ealing Youth Orchestra - Independent youth orchestra, self-financed, run by and for its members who come from a wide area of West London. It has more than 80 players aged between 13 and 19 years drawn from over 25 different secondary schools. Usually rehearses on Fridays in term time from 6.00 - 8.30 pm at Twyford Church of England High School.

The Questors Choir: a 50-strong mixed-voice choir conducted by Musical Director Philip Norman and affiliated to the Questors Theatre. Rehearse from 8.00 pm till 10.00 pm on Wednesdays at St Martin's Church Hall, Hale Gardens, Acton W3 and singers of all abilities are welcome. email.

The Questors Theatre : Largest community theatre in Europe, with a 350-seat Playhouse and 100-seat Studio theatre, and a membership of around 2,000. It offers members activities onstage and backstage, social events, plus a season of around twenty shows a year. Members can get involved in all aspects of production. Call 020 8567 0011.

GLOC Musical Theatre : performs contemporary (last 50 years rather than Gilbert & Sullivan) musicals, rehearses in Hanwell and welcomes new members.

St Matthew's Choir - lively, sociable choir with varied repertoire, based in Ealing Common, rehearsing on Thursday evenings from 7.30 pm. Welcome new singers at any time. Call 020 8998 2879.

West London Sinfonia : symphony orchestra based in Ealing, which performs locally, in central London and occasionally abroad. The orchestra numbers quite a few music teachers and other professional musicians in its ranks, although the majority of their members are keen amateurs.

Social and Networking Clubs

Ealing Rotaract Club - Friendly social and community group for 18-30 year-olds. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 8.15pm at the Drayton Court Pub, The Avenue, W13
Activities include cinema outings, quiz nights, exhibitions in London, meals out and community projects. Tel: 07092807045 (voicemail)

Acton Saturday Venture Club is an action-packed club for young people with learning disabilities and their friends, who meet at the Log Cabin near Northfields station. Sounds like they have a lot of fun!

The Ealing Pubcrawl Group was started by newcomers to the area in 2003 as a casual and relaxed way of making friends with other 30-somethings and getting to know the local pubs. Contact ealingpubcrawl@hotmail.com

Hanwell and Northfields Rotary Club - have fun whilst helping others! Rotary is a worldwide association of local clubs for men and women in business or professions who provide humanitarian service to the community, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work for goodwill and peace in the world. Weekly dinners and visiting speakers.

Trojans Speakers Club - Trojans is a friendly speakers club. Everyone is welcome and it's free to visit! Meet upstairs at The Haven, 1a Haven Road, Ealing W5. Meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month, starting at 7pm and finishing no later than 9.15pm. Call 07768 336872

West London Business Network - a self-supporting club people who run or are thinking of setting up a small businesses.

Community Action

Ealing Cycling Campaign is a group of cyclists linked to the London Cycling Campaign. Meet on the first Wednesday of every month to discuss cycling and related matters. Also have regular social rides every month and other cycling related activities

Ealing Passenger Transport Users' Group - established in 2001 in order to secure better public transport and related facilities for users of such services in the Borough of Ealing, and in neighbouring areas frequented by residents of the borough.

Ealing Volunteer Police Cadets : open to young people of 14-19 years old, the cadets meet weekly for activities and sports, with the opportunity to take part in policing local and pan-London events. Useful either for those interested in a career in the police or just for those who wish to become well-rounded individuals.

Ealing Friends of the Earth : "The local group for the London Borough of Ealing. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 8pm at: St John's Church Hall, Mattock Lane, West Ealing, W13."

St John's Ambulance volunteers - It's not all just watching the footie or carrying out love-sick fainting teenagers from gigs, you know. You might be surprised at what else they get up to.

Ward Radio: Ealing Hospital and St Bernards' Radio Service.

Arts, crafts, hobbies and culture

The Brentham Heritage Society  - The Brentham estate, a collection of 560 houses, was built through the inspiration of various 20th century movements, including the Labour, Co-operative, and Arts and Crafts movements.

The Ealing Bridge Club - play duplicate bridge at the Ealing Bridge Club, Polish Centre, 1 Courtfield Gardens, Ealing, W13 0EY on Tuesday evenings. Sessions start at 7:30pm. Around 12 tables each session. The cost is £1 for members and £2 for visitors.

Ealing Arts - You may be familiar with the Ealing Arts leaflets you can find in local libraries. You will be pleased to learn that they also have a website with all the latest information on it. It covers music, drama and "recreational and visual arts" (sensible ones only), and is a mine of information, describing various artistic organisations in the area and giving listings.

Ealing and District Bee Keepers' Association promotes and encourages the ancient craft of beekeeping. The Association has an Apiary in Perivale and holds beekeeping courses & demonstrations.

Ealing Book Club - WEN’s reading group meet at The Star and Anchor pub on the last Wednesday of each month and review a chosen book in a relaxed and friendly environment. Lively discussion and a chance to be introduced to new people, new books and new points of view. Contact Sara WENreadinggroup@live.co.uk

Ealing Video and Film Makers - independent club of movie makers affiliated to the IAC and one of the most respected clubs in the country.   Meet weekly to discuss work-in-progress and to presentcompleted projects. A fclub interested in helping amateur film and video makers share and expand their knowledge through a comprehensive programme of events and range of movie-related activities. Club also regularly participates in amateur film competitions in the UK and throughout the world.

The Ealing & Hampshire House Photographic Society meet weekly at Ealing Town Hall. See their web site to find out more about them and see examples of the work of local photographers.

Literature courses take place at the Questors Theatre every Tuesday and Wednesday morning - 10.00 am - 12.00. Everyone is welcome. Topics vary, ranging from in depth studies of Shakespeare plays to general topics. Further details from Susan Hamlyn susan.hamlyn@btopenworld.com or www.questors.org.uk

Middlesex Heraldry Society - For those who enjoy exploring the heraldry, ancient and modern, of the historic County of Middlesex. Chairman: Stephen Kibbey 3 Cleveland Court, Kent Avenue, Ealing, W13 8BJ Tel: 020 8998 5580 Email: stephen.kibbey@which.net

Northfields Camera Club - a not-for-profit club with a lively programme including workshops, talks, visits to exhibitions, competitions, socials. Meets on Tuesdays from 8pm - 10pm except the second Tuesday of the month and all of August.

North Ealing Wine Tasting Society or NEWTS as it is more affectionately known is a local wine tasting group that runs monthly wine tastings, held in the St Barnabus Millenium Hall. They usually meet on the last Friday of each month, with a break in July and August. If you'd like to go on the mailing list or find out more, call Chris Moxey, on 020 8566 4134

Pottery Classes, Hanwell : Techniques include hand building, throwing on the wheel and decorating with slips and glazes. They meet day and evening times. Contact Paul Tierney on 020 8840 0015 or email at paultierney99@hotmail.com

Westender Stitch 'n' Bitch is a friendly knitting group who meet regularly at a the Ha Ha Bar, Mattock Lane, Ealing (the comfy seats to the right of the bar!), 7.30 - 9.30 pm every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. People of all levels are welcome so come along to knit, chat and drink! Bring your knitting, needles and yarn and a big smile. Contact kate*at*giftedfilm.co.uk.

West London Organic and Wildlife Gardeners Association : the name of the group says it all really. Centred around Ealing, meeting monthly at the Friends Meeting House at Haven Green.

Westender Knit Group  is social group of knitters. Meet to knit and chat on Mondays in Ealing Broadway and Wednesdays in West Ealing. Although this is not a knitting class, experienced knitters will be on hand to help with any knit-related queries. For more information, search for the group on www.ravelry.com

To add your club to our listings please visit the EalingToday.co.uk directory.