Friday 31st December 2021


Good morning all,

What a year it has been! It has been another year of anxiety, changes and challenges. However, for the last six months, it felt at times that we had some sort of normality back and I hope that you felt more positive than in 2020 and that there was more to look forward too.

This year was hard for all of us, but working for Dragon Hall and working with you provided me with more good days than bad days and there was much to be grateful for and I take some very happy memories from the last twelve months.

I hope that you are looking forward to a better year ahead, one full of optimism. Though COVID brought our world to a standstill, with rules that meant we had to distance ourselves from loved ones and each other, I want to reach out and send my best wishes to you.

Know you are important, valued and not forgotten and that we will always do our best to support you throughout 2022.



A big thank you to Chris T, who sent this link to me earlier in the week;

10 Questions to Help You Reflect on 2021

Which got me thinking, do you make resolutions? Do you start the new year as a brand new start? Is there something that you want to do for the first time this year? A new hobby? Take up a new class? Let me know, I would be very interested in hearing, and if there was a way that I could help (arrange a taster session perhaps), I would do my best.

Me? I definitely want to lose the extra pounds that I have put on!


Thank you to Judy, Pamela and Fernande for sharing their lovely memories of December!

Upcoming Events


FREE entry to Kew Gardens (Full)
Sunday 16th January (from 12pm)
Blow away the cobwebs and start the new year with a visit to the ever-popular Kew Gardens. It may be cold but the Gardens are still thriving with winter greenery. Take a stroll down Holly Walk near the Temperate House to see one of Europe’s most comprehensive holly collections, planted in 1874.

FREE Bead Crafting and Jewellery Making Workshop (Full)
18th January – 19th March (10am – 12pm)
Find out how to make a necklace, how to make earrings or design your own bracelet! Our jewellery-making classes with Beverly are fun, relaxing and creative.

FREE Creative Digital Photography (Full)
20th January – 31st March (1pm – 3pm)
This course will help you to explore the creative potential of your smartphone and/or tablet and develop an understanding of how to see the world with a ‘photographer’s eye’.

WALK and Talk Tour with Chris Barlow – Imperial War Museum (Full)
26th January (11am)
The Museum houses a very impressive collection of paintings alongside the usual “War” collection and is far from being a “celebration” of victory/war but takes a much more thoughtful approach

West End Community Trust Community Supper
Thursday 27th January, 7pm – 9pm at St Anne’s Church
Viola and Neal will be back next month, with their ever popular get togethers. An evening of good food and good company.
Please email Viola Etienne (westendcommunitytrust@gmail.com) for more details

SECOND Herbal Workshop (1 Space left)
Sunday 30th January (2pm – 4pm)
Charlotte returns to Phoenix Garden with another workshop this time focussing on Fire Cider (a traditional recipe for chasing away winter colds).
Cost £2.00 (more details to follow).

FREE entry to the Queens Gallery (Full)
(Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace)
Monday 31st (10:30 – 1pm)
View some of the most famous paintings in the Royal Collection in this new exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, near the entrance to the Buckingham Palace Garden. Get up close to masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest and best-known artists – including Vermeer, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Rubens, Titian and Canaletto.


VALENTINE TEA DANCE with Vera the Diva
Saturday 12th 1pm – 3pm
Join Edurne as she leads us through a social foxtrot and the “American Smooth”.
More details to follow

Free Freemasons Tour with Chris Barlow
Tuesday 22nd 11:00 – 12:00
Join Chris as he walks us through this magnificent building, which will include the stunning Grade II* listed Art Deco building, the Museum of Freemasonry and the magnificent Grand Temple.

Timetable for 2022 – starting dates to be confirmed

9:30 – 10:30 Line Dancing (Zoom)

10:00 – 12:00 Jewellery Class

10:00 – 15:00 one to one advice from Age UK
10:15 – 11:15 Yoga
11:45 – 12:45 Pilates
18:00 – 19:00 French Conversation (Zoom)

10:00 – 13:00 one to one digital advice
11:15 – 12:15 Flamenco
13:00 – 15:00 Digital Photo Class

11:00 – 12:30 Coffee Morning
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Club
17:00 – 18:00 Belly Dancing (Zoom)

And Finally

And Finally…

If you need to contact me, please contact me only on this mobile number 07759 646507.
Please do not visit me at Dragon Hall. I work at different venues throughout the week and I might not be there.

It is essential that all events/workshops or classes are booked in advance. Dragon Hall is still following social distancing guidelines and most sessions are now fully booked. If you would like to attend an event, please ALWAYS contact me beforehand.

Please note that all payments for classes are paid online via our website. If you have any difficulty with this, I am happy to assist. But again, this must be done beforehand and booked with me.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Can You Help Dragon Hall Trust?

Your donation will support vulnerable members of our communities with food via Covent Garden Food Bank, calls via the phone support line and assistance to get online for those who are digitally disadvantaged.

2021 Christmas lunch video:

Contact Us

Please do contact us if you need a food parcel – CCGG @7Dials might be able to provide you with a free food package each week. If you need help with shopping, collecting medication or just want someone to talk to by phone – please let us know.

You can reach me either at john@dragonhall.org.uk or 07759 646507 in case of an emergency.

Cartoon of John Hayes

Contact John at john@dragonhall.org.uk or 07759 646507 in case of an emergency. 

Be safe – and remember to laugh at the little things!