A wide range of activities are on offer at our premises, a selection are listed here under the day of the week that they take place.

Our Barn Clubs are kindly run by fellow members and have either an annual term or weekly fee, as shown. All those wishing to join these groups are asked to enrol annually and become a member of the Association. The Classes/Groups run by private hirers are marked with * and can be contacted via their email address, website or telephone number provided.

Please note that our programme of classes, courses and meetings changes all the time so please check first before you visit.  You can view our current prospectus here.  Here are a selection of the things that are currently taking place:


KINGSWOOD LACEMAKERS* (Page Room) 7.15pm - 9.15pm - Every 3rd Monday (from 5/9/22)

Group leader: Beverly Gardner 
This is an affiliated self-help group of bobbin Lace makers who meet each Monday afternoon except for the third in the month when the meeting is held at 7.15pm – 9.15pm. New Members are welcome. 

BRISTOL SHOW CHOIR* 7.15pm – 9.15pm Weekly (from 12/9/22)

Contact: Jessica Broderick E: [email protected]  
Singing songs from smash hit West End musicals as well as lesser-known off-Broadway gems, all in acappella, Bristol Show Choir is exciting, fast-paced & a whole load of fun! 

Bristol Show Choir starts at Downend Folk House on Monday 12 September 2022 and meets weekly, during term-time from 7.30-9pm. Your first session is absolutely, FREE after that, it is £9 per session to be paid termly or monthly. For more information, please visit www.bristolshowchoir.com."


GLASS ENGRAVING GROUP* 10.00am - 12.00 noon Weekly Starting 6/09/22 (Grace Room)

Group Leader: Alan Brimson
This operates mainly as a club and caters for those with varying degrees of experience. It also has the advantage of an advice and tuition session every fourth week under the guidance of Mr Chris Ainslee, a professional engraver. New members will be advised where necessary as to what equipment to obtain and a degree of help will be available from existing members during non-tuition sessions.

THE P & Q CLUB 10.00am - 12.00noon Weekly (from 6/09/22) (Jubilee Hall 2) £1.80 per session

Club Leader: Jackie Filer
A happy group of enthusiasts meet as a Club on a self-help basis, with the view to building on the patchwork and quilting skills acquired in previous years. They aim to arrange the occasional demonstration whenever the opportunity presents itself.

TUESDAY ART CLUB 10.00am - 12.00 noon Weekly (from 6/09/22) (Jubilee Hall 1) £1.80 per session

Club Leader: Mrs Sue Brown 
Within a friendly environment our Group members will be encouraged to produce work in any art medium. 
Using oils, water colours, acrylics, pastels, pen, paper, and mixed media. If any members of the group are proficient in any area, we welcome you to offer help and advice to anyone who may need it.  

CAMERA CLUB 7.30-9.30 pm Fortnightly (from 13/09/22) £55 per annum (Concorde Hall)

Club Leader: Mr Roy Shergold, Chairman 
A congenial forum for enthusiasts of all abilities


COUNTED CROSS-STITCH CLUB 10.00am - 12.00 noon Weekly (from 7/9/22) (Page Room) Autumn £ 27.00 Spring £23.40 Summer £1.80 per session  

Club Leader: Mrs I Winkworth 
All levels of expertise welcome, beginners especially. Come and join our happy friendly group. We encourage interest in all cross-stitching techniques.

FLOWER ARRANGING 7.30pm - 9.30 pm Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday (from 7/09/22 (Concorde Hall) £47.00 per annum 

Club Leader: Emma Bayley E: [email protected]   
16 meetings a year (September to May) four of these are for demonstration and the others for practice. 

CLEEVE SINGERS 7.30pm - 9.30 pm Weekly (from 14/09/22) (Jubilee Hall) £55.00 per annum

The overall cost to cover joining the choir (Barn Fee), conductor and pianist comes out at £6.36 per visit. Payment is by instalments.  

Club Leader: Patricia Holmes E-mail: [email protected]
Additional members in all four departments will help this enthusiastic group to sing its cross selection of music.

BRISTOL LACE MAKERS* 7.30pm – 9.30pm (from 14/09/22) (Grace Room) Anne Dye The 2nd Wednesday of the month  


CRAFTERS CLUB 10.00am- 11.30 am Fortnightly (from 1/9/22) (Page Room) £1.35 per session 

Club Leader: Mrs Mary Robinson 
Come and share your joy of crafting with us. We are interested in paper crafting, knitting and crochet 

BARN BELLS 2.00pm - 4.00 pm Weekly (from 1/9/22) (Jubilee Hall 1)

£1.80 per session 

Persons with some music-reading abilities are welcome. Study the skills & techniques of playing music on hand bells. Learn how to perform as a team & entertain.

GARDENING CLUB 7.30pm - 9.30 pm Monthly (from 8/09/22) (Concorde Hall) (2nd Thursday in month) £35.50 per annum

Club Leaders: Mary Head / Ann Noonan 
All those interested in gardening are welcome. Some demonstrations with speakers.


FUN WITH FABRICS 10.00 – 12.00 noon Weekly (from 9/09/22) (Grace Room) Autumn £25.20 Spring £ 21.60 Summer £1.80 per session 

Club Leader: Jenny Tucker 
This group of enthusiasts has also decided to continue meeting on a self-help basis, with a view to building on the skills acquired in previous years. Several demonstrations for group members, by a visiting specialist, have already been arranged.

MUSIC for ENJOYMENT 2.00pm - 4.00 pm Fortnightly (from 30/09/22) (Grace Room) £18.00 per Annum  

Club Leader: Mrs P Gooding
An afternoon of recorded music presented by our own members. Mainly Classical (like Classical FM) but other types may be played

Downend Folk House Association, Lincombe Barn, Overndale, Downend, Bristol, BS16 2RW

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