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special resident membership rate of £39 a month enabling them to use all the facilities and classes, a saving of £17 a month on the non resident £56 a month rate. There is an off peak membership offer exclusive to residents of Golden Lane, Mansell Street and Middlesex Street Estates which is just £15 per month. Alternatively, anyone can also use the centre on a “pay as you go” basis for classes, the gym or swimming a complete listing of pay as you go rates is available from staff at the centre. The 38 station gym is equipped with the latest treadmills and static cycles featuring built-in screens and i-Pod docks; it also has a separate free weights area. Alongside the sports hall and studio, there are two outdoor courts for tennis, netball, children’s 5-aside football and short tennis. Thirty minute power classes before work and at lunchtimes offer an easy exercise solution for City workers and on Monday lunchtimes there are tennis lessons for adult beginners on the outdoor courts. A raft of exercise classes is being introduced including Zumba, Aqua and Circuits The sports hall will be back in action and, as well as badminton, will feature dodgeball, short mat bowls and table tennis. Yoga and pilates classes are also planned in the new studio and swim school enrolment has now started for all age groups and for all levels of ability. The complex is managed by Fusion Lifestyle, a registered charity specialising in leisure management, members of Golden Lane Sport and Fitness will be also be able to use the sailing, windsurfing and kayaking and discounted courses at Surrey Docks Water Sports Centre and have free use of the outdoor lidos at its Brockwell and Hillingdon centres.

Cripplegate Ward Club looking for new members

ll wards in the City of London also have a ward club. Members of the ward clubs – which were originally formed as ratepayers associations – include Liverymen, Freemen, Common Councilmen, City professionals and residents who look to promote and encourage interest in the City’s affairs and to help maintain the high traditions and prestige of the City. They also offer support to the Alderman of the Ward, the Deputy and Common Councilmen in carrying out their duties on behalf of the City of London and, in particular, the ward itself. Most Ward Clubs hold annual banquets, meetings and dinners for members, as well as make charitable contributions. The Ward, into which most of the


The new gym has an impressive array of state- of-the-art fitness equipment

Barbican falls is Cripplegate and the Cripplegate Ward Club is keen to attract new members. It is more of a social entity being non-political and has a vibrant programme of events throughout the year, culminating in an annual banquet in one of the Livery Halls. The Civic Luncheon in the Guildhall is held following the Annual General Meeting at which a new Master is elected and installed which usually takes place early in the year. There is also a special luncheon to coincide with the

annual Lord Mayor’s show and an annual carol service. The additional programme of events and functions tends to reflect the current Master’s particular interests and usually end with suitable refreshments enabling members to socialise and make new friends.

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The cost of membership is a very low £23 a year – falling to £18 for the over 60s – and there is a £20 entrance fee for which you will also receive a fascinating e History of Cripplegate W

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