Groups which staff can join
Choir (Wednesdays) Christian Fellowship
Christians in Parliament
Football 6-a-side (Cons)
Maga Netball ParliAble
ParliOut Poker Rounders
Parliamentary Running Club Sports &
the items above you wish to explore]
This list has grown over the past seven years and the only thing we can
guarantee is that quite a bit of it will be out of date. Clubs
tend to come and go pretty quickly and we rely on you to tell us when
there's something new or when a club dies. We do try and check all those listed below
from time to time and
get it more up to date but please help us by sending any current info
Check out other groups staff can join here.
WORK'S A PITCH,
The RFU, in partnership with the Mayor of
London, are running Touch sessions in workplaces across the capital
and we want YOU to be involved!
The sessions are in Victoria Tower
Gardens on Mondays
starting at 5.30pm for around an hour.
All ages and abilities
welcome, no previous rugby experience required and beginners VERY
welcome. Mixed teams.
The session is free and will be run by
an RFU Community Rugby Coach. Please wear sports kit and trainers
and all other equipment will be provided.
Contact Callum Convery on 07711 385900 or Nicola
NicolaSheldon@RFU.com for further details.
see you there!
Updated 4 October 2012
New Wednesday Choir
A choir is being assembled to sing in the
Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, off Westminster Hall, during some of
the regular Wednesday lunch-time services from 12.45pm to 1.15pm.
We would like to develop a
small, flexible group of singers to enhance the worship at certain
services, including singing motets, hymns or settings of the Mass,
and will begin from September 2012.
If you work in the Palace of
Westminster and are interested, please contact Ben Nicholls on 0207
219 0871 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org stating your voice part or any singing
experience by Wednesday 15 August.
2 August 2012
Parliamentary Running Club
Late New Year for Parliamentary Running Club!
It’s not too late to keep your get-fit New Year’s Resolution. Come
along to Parliamentary Running Club on Wednesdays after work, at
6.30pm, for runs of between 20 mins and 1hour, or Friday lunchtime
for 30 minutes. We’ve got lots of beginners as well as more
experienced runners, so whatever your standard come along and get
some air into your lungs. Cross-party, friendly, free, fun.
See our blog at
Contact: Liz Stephen on
Updated 28 February 2012
ParliAble – Workplace
Equality Network in support of Disability
ParliAble - is a Workplace Equality Network in support of disabled
Members of Parliament, Peers, staff in Parliament, and all who work
on the Parliamentary Estate. We are open to both those who consider
themselves to have a disability and those who have an interest in
supporting disabled people.
ParliAble’s Mission Statement:
“To increase awareness and appreciation of disability issues on the
Parliamentary estate, and to provide a platform where disabled
people can find support, and where disability equality objectives
can be progressed.”
To be informed of future events, questions, comments or you wish to
get in touch, please email us at
or ring 0207 219 1425.
We keep all emails strictly confidential, only accessible to the
ParliAble Committee, and all emails will be 'blind-copied' so as to
Updated 9 April
KRAV MAGA (ISRAELI
FREE TRIAL SELF-DEFENCE CLASS FOR KRAV MAGA (ISRAELI MARTIAL ART)
FROM THE ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY LEISURE GROUP
TUESDAY 12TH JULY 2011 12.30PM UNTIL 1.30PM
THE GYM, ROMNEY HOUSE, ROMNEY ST, WESTMINSTER (we are located
opposite the back of Westminster Magistrates Court) 5 minutes walk
The British Academy of Krav Maga will be holding a free trial class
for parliamentarians and staff on Tuesday 12th July, 12.30pm until
Krav Maga is a reality based self defence system that incorporates
elements of many different martial arts such as grappling, boxing,
kick boxing & weapon defences together to form a fighting system
that works under the stress of a real situations. Krav Maga is used
by Police & Security Services throughout the world.
This system is easy to learn & apply & will get you fit whatever
your level of fitness.
Please RSVP to
email@example.com (Coordinator of the All Party
Parliamentary Leisure Group) to secure a place...
Then, simply turn up on Tuesday 12th July at 12.30pm at the gym in
work out gear (showering & changing facilities are available) and we
will take care of you. All training kit is provided. You will be
taught for 1 hour by the school’s most senior instructor.
After the class the instructor will explain how to join the school
and if sufficient interest is shown then we will then consider
whether a lunch time group class can be set up in September 2011.
4 July 2011
PARLIAMENTARY NETBALL GROUP
Enjoyed playing Netball at school? Looking for a fun, new activity?
If so then the Parliamentary Netball Group is for you.
We’ll be holding regular netball sessions for those interested in
keeping fit, learning the basics or just wanting to play a match.
Our sessions will take place for an hour on Tuesday mornings,
starting in May, close to Westminster and will be run by a fully
All are welcome, so please don’t be shy, this group is for players
of all ages & abilities. Whether it’s about rediscovering sporting
abilities you forgot you had or just getting active again, these
sessions are for you!
Please register your interest by
that we can keep you posted with more details – feel free to forward
this to your friends and colleagues around Parliament too.
If you have read this far, then I look forward to seeing you on a
netball court very soon!
Caroline Dinenage MP
29 March 2011
LORDS AND COMMONS TENNIS
The LORDS AND COMMONS TENNIS CLUB offers a warm invitation to all
MPs, Peers and their staff to join this long established and
The club has use of practice courts in Vincent Square every
Tuesday and Thursday morning where you can just have a casual
knockabout or a more serious hit. In addition we have an annual
presentation session by the LTA, with coaching at the National
Tennis Centre. We also have an excellent fixture list with matches
against the leading clubs in London throughout the year.
So why not join us in playing tennis to whatever standard suits
you. We are remarkably affordable at only £10 per annum membership.
Want to know more? Either come along to the AGM on Wednesday,
30th March at 4.00pm in W3 (off Westminster Hall) or contact club
captain Baroness Billingham (Angela)
20 March 2011
CONSERVATIVE 6-A-SIDE FOOTBALL
Based in Westminster and fancy playing in a
Conservative 6-a-side football team? We are looking for 2-3 players
of a semi-decent standard to take part in a power league in or
around the Westminster area. We are in definite need of a
If you are interested please email stating who you work for and why
you would make a good addition to the team. Closing date Monday
21 December 2010
AND COMMONS CRICKET CLUB
Would you like to play for the Lords and Commons
Cricket Club? It is open to peers and members, peers' and members'
staff, and house staff.
It may be very cold and the depths of winter, but
the warmth of spring and with it the domestic cricket season is only
five months away.
You may know that the Lords and Commons Cricket
Club has a full fixture list each year of matches. This year they
have added some very attractive fixtures to the list, and hope to
have a very good summer.
Matthew Hancock has taken over as joint-secretary
from Henry Bellingham, following his promotion to Government. Nigel
Adams is the Treasurer, and Alan Keen the joint-secretary. With such
a large number of new Members, they are very keen to make sure all
are welcome to join in. Their matches vary in ability from the very
modest to the quite good. If you are interested in playing cricket
at all next summer please let Matthew Hancock know so he can add you
to the distribution list. Please also let him know what you do.
The Club’s AGM will be held on 18 January at 6pm
in a venue to be decided. All are welcome, and he will email those
who have expressed an interest nearer the time.
The Lords and Commons Cricket Club is open to
Members of Parliament, Peers and their staff.
For further information, please contact
Matthew Hancock MP, Joint Secretary of the Lords and Commons
Cricket Club on
020 7219 7186.
Last updated: 20 December 2010
ParliOut - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network for
With advice from Stonewall and support from the Speaker, who will
be President of the LGBT network, staff have created the group in
line with the best practice of other employers.
ParliOut is available for all parliamentary staff, including those
employed by the House and for staff of Members, both in Westminster
and in constituencies. The network will provide a forum for
providing mutual support and discussing issues. A mentoring
programme will also be developed in the New Year.
The network will be advised by a cross-party board, including Chris
Bryant MP, Stephen Gilbert MP and Margot James MP.
Welcoming the new group, the
Speaker, the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP said: "Parliament as a
workplace should set an example in good practice when it comes to
equality and diversity. Therefore I am delighted to be able to
welcome the creation of the first LGBT network group - the first of
the equality network groups to be set up on the Parliamentary
Estate. This is another positive step towards breaking down barriers
in the workplace"
To join the network please email
Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive of Stonewall said: "We are
delighted that Parliament is joining so many other leading employers
in creating a forum where LGBT staff can meet one another, identify
otherwise invisible role models and discuss areas of common interest
and concern. We have a great deal of evidence which demonstrates the
benefits of such groups not just to the members, but also to the
9 December 2010
(the next generation)
The flop has been
dealt, you have the flush draw, your opponent bets big, what do you
do? If you know the answer, or even if you don’t, you may be
interested in joining the newly (re) formed Parliamentary Poker
Club. Meeting every fortnight for a friendly game or two of Texas
After some time without a game (as many former members were
recovering from the election/gambling addictions) we are hoping to
have the first game of the new Parliament in November.
Please contact Matt
28 October 2010
Westminster Wanderers are an
established football club, with four teams in the Southern Sunday
League and an occasional midweek side. We're always looking for new
players of a good standard, particularly goalkeepers, and strikers,
and welcome players of whatever experience. Many of our players come
from political, public affairs and public relations backgrounds and
the club has always had a strong link with parliament. We were
formed out of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parliamentary
teams in 1999.
Last season we won the Southern
Sunday League Cup, making three trophies and a promotion in two
seasons. We also went on tour to Barcelona, playing the ‘Legends’
sides of a number of Spanish league clubs. We touring to Finland and
Estonia in August. The club has a pre-season programme with training
sessions and pre-season fixtures, midweek and on Sunday mornings.
You are welcome to join us for pre-season training. We will be
training or playing every Sunday from August.
If you want to join the club, or
are simply interested in finding our more, e-mail
Correct at 31 August 2010
28 August 2010
Rounders is on Thursday 2nd September 2010. The matches start at
The Captains are: Holly Mitchell (Labour) and Robert Oxley
Inter-Party Parliamentary Staff Rounders Facebook Group:
12 August 2010 update:
Rounders is back. The ever
popular event is being organised
for a week-day afternoon in late
August or early September 2010,
date and time TBC. If you want
to take part please email Dan
who will pass on your details to
your team Captain (Labour vs
The exact details
will be confirmed closer to the
event so please watch this space
or email Dan.
are sponsoring refreshments
after the game. The event is
being organised by Rounders
England, who prove on their
website that make-up and sport
As well as a prize for the
winning team there will be a
prize for best picnic and best
player from the losing team.
July 2009 update:
It’s that time of year when the sun is out, the
grass is a little wet from the occasional down pour and staff
across the parliamentary estate are counting down the days to
recess. The only other item left on the summer to do list is
attend the Edelman sponsored Inter-Party Parliamentary Rounders
Last year the Tories snatched the title from the
three time champions, the Liberal Democrats, and also won a
clean sweep with Man of the Match and Best Picnic.
This year the rounders will be held on
Wednesday 19th August at 3 pm in Hyde Park.
Edelman will be buying the post competition drinks again at a
nearby pub. Last year over 120 researchers came to play and
watch the matches and this year looks set to be even bigger.
This is the last Rounders competition before the General
Election – which party will go into the election as the
want to play or find out more email Victoria Barton at
don’t forget to join the Inter-Party Parliamentary Staff
Rounders Facebook Group:
12 August 2010
All staff of
both Houses and all Departments are invited to join the most
successful Weightwatchers group in London! We meet weekly in 1
Parliament Street, Conference Room C (Tuesdays, 12.30pm - 1.30pm)
where you can be weighed in confidence and take part in the
Weightwatchers NEW Discover programme. A good range of
Weightwatchers products are available for sale. Initial membership
is free and classes are also free.
Update June 2010:
Watchers will most probably begin again in autumn 2010 as the room
we usually use is being used at present and no other room can be
found for us.
For more information contact Frances Alexander, the
weight watchers leader for parliament:
Correct at 5 June
CHRISTIANS IN PARLIAMENT
Christians in Parliament (CiP)
is a non-denominational and official All-Party Parliamentary Group,
working throughout Westminster with a clear vision: to encourage
relationships in, with and through our Lord Jesus Christ. CiP is
open to Peers, MPs and all policy and house staff in the Palace of
Westminster, and exists as an umbrella for the diverse expression of
the Christian faith in Parliament. When Parliament is sitting there
are informal weekly prayer groups and Bible study groups, and
monthly worship meetings in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft. We
also run evening receptions, an annual Week of Prayer for Parliament
& Government, Alpha Courses, and the National Prayer Breakfast.
Importantly, we act as a point of contact, information and
connection for Christians. So drop me a line and get connected.
Contact: Dave Landrum -
Correct at 5 June
PARTY PARLIAMENTARY HUMANIST GROUP
Update: 14 June 2010:
INVITATION - All Party
Parliamentary Humanist Group - Inaugural Meeting of 2010
17.30-18.45, Wednesday 30th June, Committee Room 3a,
House of Lords
Rt Hon Lord Macdonald of Tradeston, Chair of the APPHG,
will welcome and introduce the group, and the new officers for
the group will be elected.
Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the BHA, will set the
political scene for humanists, and speak on the opportunities
and challenges posed by the coalition government’s agenda.
All welcome, I do hope you can join us.
The All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group is a network of
non-religious peers and MPs, and those sympathetic to the
humanist position, who meet to hear speakers and discuss
relevant issues, as well as to share information and receive
briefings on matters of interest. These matters are wide-ranging
and include the promotion of a rational approach to bioethical,
medical, and scientific issues, the defence of free speech,
civil liberties and education.
We welcome MPs and Peers as full members,
and members’ staff and Parliamentary staff
as associate members.
For more information and RSVP:
020 7079 3585, 07540 257101.
The All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) has opened itself
up to non-religious (and those sympathetic to Humanism!) staff of
Parliament, of MPs and of Peers as associate members.
The group meets about five times a year to hear speakers and discuss
topical issues and also receives briefings on issues of interest. Of
recent interest have been the promoting of a rational humanist
approach to bioethical, medical, and scientific issues, the defence
of free speech, issues raised by the existence and expansion of
faith schools, and other matters related to education, human rights
and equalities from a humanist perspective.
If staff want to join the group, just email me with your name and
the office you work in. You will then receive notices of meetings,
The inaugural meeting of
this year is 17.30-19.00, Committee Room 3, House of Lords, 30th
June 2010 - and staff are welcome. I'll also be sending out an
email invite nearer the time.
Naomi Phillips at:
Correct at 14 June
The Westminster Gym has all the latest equipment, including two
virtual-reality gaming bikes, as well as 32 classes per week on
aerobics, salsa and Pilates. There are saunas and a steam room,
whilst therapies include massage, acupuncture and beauty treatments.
Membership costs just £33.50 per month.
The gym is managed by the Jubilee Hall Trust, a charity which
uses the gym’s profits to run outreach community programmes to
promote healthy lifestyles. The Trust works in partnership with the
Health, Safety & Wellbeing Service offering stretch and relaxation
classes elsewhere on the Parliamentary Estate.
Please contact the Westminster Gym on x5546 or email
5 June 2010
AND SOCIAL CLUB
Membership of the Sports & Social Club is open to anyone who has a
parliamentary photo-identity pass valid for at least six months.
Application forms for Club membership (£5 p.a.) are available in
both of the bars.
For further information, contact the Membership Secretary: Paul
Hannett, Room G26, 7 Milbank. Tel: x 2312 or email:
If you're not a member of the Club, don't be shy; get your friends
and colleagues together and visit us off Peer's Inner Court (the
opposite side to the "flower lady").
Updated: 30 March 2007
Drinks is the social group for gay, lesbian, and bisexual
professionals working in political, financial and legal
industries. The group is open to anyone who wants to visit the
West End of London to meet like minded professionals. We hold
monthly events at some of London's most exclusive venues. For each
event we select a sophisticated, elegant, and exclusive venue for
a relaxing environment that facilitates conversation and
guarantees a good time. When you arrive, you will be greeted and
welcomed by our staff, who will happily introduce you to others.
Guests will usually chat lightly by the bar for the first part of
the evening; then, as the night darkens, the mood changes to a
more upbeat atmosphere with a helping hand from our live DJs. Our
guests make the night what it is; a chance to socialise with
professionals from the “Westminster Village”, MPs,
parliamentary researchers, civil servants, political consultants,
journalists, members of think-tanks and quangos, lawyers,
investment bankers. And it’s a great opportunity to “live in
colour” by forging new business links with other gay
professionals and, importantly, by making new friends.
at 15 November 2006
We are a group of members of staff working in Parliament:
for a Member of any Party or in a Department in the
House. We come together as a mixed interdenominational
group of believers who are fairly committed, although come
along just for company and interest. We meet to pray and
support one another in small groups and larger speaker meetings. We would be delighted to hear from anyone new
who is interested.
Correct at March
Staff, as well as
MPs and Peers, are most welcome to join the Parliament
Choir. The Choir meets at 6.15 for 2 hours on Sitting
Tuesdays in St Mary Undercroft for rehearsals.
here to see an
article about the choir by Baroness Walmsley which appeared in The House
magazine on 25 February 2002.
If you would like to
join the Parliament Choir, please contact the Choir Secretary by
by clicking here
The Choir's website
Correct at 12
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