Reclaim the Night March 18th November

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A free, safe, women*-only fun night out for a good cause. What’s not to like?

Reclaim the night, Nottingham’s biggest and loudest annual grassroots protest against all forms of violence against women and girls is happening on November the 18th.

This is a women-only protest, Reclaim the Night will stomp, sing, dance and shout its way from Forest Recreation Ground to Market square. The event will end with a Reclaim Rally at the Council House steps with women-only speakers celebrating and supporting women’s self-organised action against violence. After the rally, women are welcome at Nottingham Women’s Centre to get warm, have a bite to eat and socialise at the after party.

There are many ways for you to get involved

  • Banner making at the Women’s Centre – 25 Oct 1-4, 8 Nov 1-3, 14 Nov 5-7. Just drop in.
  • Meet at 6.30pm outside Forest Rec Pavilion. There will be escorts from the forest tram stop and Mansfield road bus stop. OR meet at 6pm at the Women’s Centre to walk up with a group. Please sign up using the Facebook event to give us an idea of how many to expect on the march. But you can just turn up too.
  • Meet at the council house steps about 8pm. The rally will celebrate and support women’s self-organised action against violence.
  • Food, warmth and a sit down from 8.30pm at the Women’s Centre.

 

If men wish to join us at the rally, we ask that they maintain a respectful distance at the back. Supportive men/those that self-identify as men are organising a solidarity vigil elsewhere in the City Centre. Gather at 7pm outside the church in St Peter’s Square.

 

*All self-identifying women welcome

Accompanied children of all genders are welcome.

Nottingham Women’s Centre is at

30 Chaucer Street, NG1 5LP

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Arrows Archery at Nottingham Women’s Centre

How archery can stretch your abilities and skills

Arrows Archery runs free beginner’s courses here at the Centre, delivered by Archery GB trained volunteer activity leaders. All equipment is provided, kindly donated by Archery GB. The activity is a 60-minute session and all beginners receive an introduction to target archery and are taught the correct technique.

It can be a very rewarding activity helping you to meet new people, support the Centre and take on new challenges.  Our fantastic volunteer activity leader, Kay, tells us about her experience of archery in this community setting.

Can you tell about the training you received from Amy, at Archery GB?

The training was fun, an enjoyable experience; there were a few of us who had a slight competitive edge to us. Therefore, we were given games and challenges to stretch our abilities. Amy made the sessions fun and a relaxed environment to learn in. However, you were aware of the serious side the need for safety. Professionally run and got me hooked on a new hobby, loved it.

What is your greatest strength as an activity leader?

My greatest strength as an activity leader. That’s a hard question. Hmm. Not losing any students, lol. No seriously. Possibly understand individual people their limitations, for example, if they are disabled, working with their disability, or anxious and feel they can’t take information in. It doesn’t matter how many times I show someone the techniques, provided they are enjoying the sessions.

How long have you been involved with Arrows Archery?

I’ve been teaching Archery for a good year now, however, been involved with Archery sessions for about two and a half years.

Tell us about the first time you shot a bow?

The first time I shot a bow was nerve-racking, quite a few of the people in the group had hit the target straight away. So undeterred, with Amy guiding me through the loading procedure, I pulled the bow back to my cheek, arm shoulder height. Left-arm straightish and not at all relaxed looked down the arrow towards the target. Here was my big moment.” Can you feel the tension in the string” asked Amy? Yes, I nodded. “Go for It!” I did, I went for it! I released the string on the bow. It flew; it flew two foot in front of me to the ground!!

What are the benefits of regularly doing archery?

Benefits are – the camaraderie between the people who go, also it’s lovely to learn a new skill and if you want to be competitive, they’re some like-minded people in the group, so you can try and beat your personal best. Or you can just enjoy the banter between the group. Maybe you may meet some new friends.