Goward House Activities

Art

Both Elizabeth and Owen Goward were accomplished artists and art-making is a popular activity at Goward House. Many of our artists started painting after retirement. We have four active art groups.

Portrait Group Tuesdays 1:00-4:00
Drop-In Art Wednesdays 9:00-12:00
Drop-In Art Thursdays 1:00-4:00
Chinese Brush Painters Wednesdays 1:00-4:00

Billiards

Members play pool, snooker and billiards. New players are welcome to come and give it a try.

Daily except Thursdays9:30-4:00
Thursdays9:30-12:00

Simply add your name to the Schedule in the Games Room.

Bridge

Bridge games are one of the most popular activities at Goward House. In addition to the groups listed below, there are several groups of friends who play regularly at Goward House.

If Bridge is your passion you are welcome to inquire about being included in one or more of these groups.

Lady’s Bridge Alternate Mondays 12:30-3:30
Duplicate Bridge Wednesdays 12:30-4:00
Mixed Sun Room Bridge Thursdays 1:00-4:00
Drop-In Bridge Fridays 12:30-4:00

There are also private foursome and two tables.  As a member you may prefer to set up your own table or tables.  A quiet spot can almost always be found for you to play.  Your friends may come twice as guests then take out a membership.

Weekly Bridge results may be seen by clicking here

Exercise Classes

There are several exercise classes for you to choose from. All exercises may be done while sitting. These classes promote full functional fitness, including balance, strength, flexibility, and core muscles, in a relaxed and fun environment. Good for all!

Strength & Balance Mondays11:30 – 12:30

This class consists of stretching, exercising with balls and hand weights (supplied) and repetitive moves to sharpen the mind. Much of this is done while seated and is followed by a brief relaxing session of quiet meditation. Members of all age groups find these fitness classes invigorating and fun.

Body ShapesTuesdays   9:30 – 10:30

This program offers a variety of benefits including strength and flexibility. Enjoy fluidity of motion and a more relaxed and expressive body, using bands, hand weights and balls.

Strength & BalanceThursdays11:30 – 12:30

This class consists of stretching, exercising with balls and hand weights (supplied) and repetitive moves to sharpen the mind. Much of this is done while seated and is followed by a brief relaxing session of quiet meditation. Members of all age groups find these fitness classes invigorating and fun.

Total FitnessFridays  9:30 – 10:30

This class promotes full functional fitness, using weights, balls and bands. This class enjoys fun and humour while exercising (both body and mind) to the beat of the music. Good for all!

French

Amongst our current membership we have two French language interest groups. Self-organized and self-directed, each group meets weekly at Goward House to study, read and converse in French, at an intermediate to advanced level.

Tuesdays 10:30-12:00
Tuesdays   1:00-  2:30

Goward House Singers

About 25 people meet to sing songs that appeal to Seniors. They like to sing in harmony and perform throughout the year at Seniors’ Residences and Nursing Homes. New members are always welcome.

Mondays   1:15 -   3:00

Mah Jong Club

The Mah Jong group has been active for over 10 years and currently has about a dozen members. New members are welcome to give Mah Jong a try.

If you can play gin rummy, you can play mah jong – and leave the counting to experienced players. You don’t play with partners, so no recriminations. We have tea at half-time and lively conversations (also during the heading). Half the time we don’t add up the score - - it’s the joy of playing that counts!

Wednesdays 2:00-4:00

Quilters Group

We are a small informal group which meets weekly on Wednesday afternoons. We have no set programme, but each works on our own projects, ranging from small items like cushions to full-size quilts. We are quite flexible and trade ideas and help each other when needed.

New members are always welcome and we’ll be happy to see them in the Sequoia Room any Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesdays 1:30-3:00

Spanish

Learn to speak Spanish in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Emphasis will be on using the language in practical situations. Tapes of native speakers will be used to supplement the classroom instruction. This course can be very useful to travellers.

Tuesdaya and Fridays 9:30-11:30