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Venues

Our courses are normally held at different places in the St Albans and Harpenden areas but when this was not possible we used ZOOM. Some of our Microsoft Office courses worked well, so some will cntinue this way. All other courses are back to Face-to-Face.

Drop-in Centres

Need some help or advice? Why not call into one of our popular Drop-In Centres, held at a number of locations in the area? Some of these are also used as venues for our training courses.

Map Location Address Day and Time Access
The Healthy HUB
at the Civic Centre
more details
St Peter’s St,
St Albans AL1 3JE
Wednesdays
9:30am to 12:00 starting 13 April
Marshalswick Baptist Free Church
more details
Sherwood Avenue, Marshalswick,
St Albans AL4 9QL
Thursdays
1:30pm to 4:00pm
Islamic Community Centre
more details
145-147 Hatfield Road,
St Albans, AL1 4JY
Saturdays
2:00pm to 4:30pm
Quaker Meeting House
more details
12 Southdown Road,
Harpenden AL5 1PD
Thursdays
9:30am to 12:30pm
The Spotted Dog
more details
8 High St,
Flamstead AL3 8BS
1st Wednesday
of the month
10:00am to 12:30pm
see note (1)

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When things go wrong or you just have a question, drop in to a Drop-In. It’s free, although we always welcome donations.

If you want to talk about the courses we run, times, dates, locations; we will also be able to assist you in finding the best course to suit your needs and skills.

Our Course Venues

Using different locations means there will be somewhere you can get and we swop days and times to increase the availability of the courses. All are run by volunteers who give up their time to share their knowledge amongst the community. Details of planned and current courses can be found on the Course Planner and Course Timetable pages.

Location Address Wheelchair access
Harpenden Indoor Bowling Club more details Waldegrave Park, Aldwickbury Crescent, Harpenden, AL5 5S
Harpenden Library more details 27 High St, Harpenden, AL5 2RU
Marlborough Science Academy more details Watling Street, St Albans, AL1 2QA
St Paul’s Church, St Albans more details Blandford Road, St Albans, AL1 4JP
Hertfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, Wheathampstead more details 29 High St, Wheathampstead,  AL4 8BB
Marshalswick Baptist Free Church
more details
Sherwood Avenue, Marshalswick,
St Albans AL4 9QL

 

We currently hold our training courses at a number of different locations in St Albans and Harpenden. The following map shows their exact location. Cursor over the markers to see more details of the venue,  you can also click and hold and drag the map to move the markers back into the viewport.

Venue Details

Some of these sites are also used for drop-in sessions, so if you are thinking of trying a course you can always pop into a Drop-In  first and have a chat with one of our volunteers and see what is involved.

St Albans Civic Centre – starting 13 April 2022

The HUB

St Albans Civic Centre

The Healthy HUB  is located at the Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JE,

Access: Entrance is through the main entrance with a ramp from the pavement. The Healthy HUB is to the right.

GETTING THERE
Public Transport
Bus: Many buses stop in the Town Centre.
Train: St Albans’ Railway station, with trains serving London and Luton is just under 1/2 mile walk away.
Car: The Civic Centre Car Park (pay & display) is open to the public from 10:00. A Senior Citizen permit, allows up to 3 hours parking within any of the St Albans City and District Council owned Car Parks, is available for £30 per year. more details

 

Marshalswick Baptist Free Church

Marshalswick Baptist Free Church

Drop-in sessions are held at Marshalswick Baptist Free Church every Thursday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Located in Sherwood Avenue, Marshalswick, St Albans, AL4 9QL, there is parking in the nearby Quadrant Shopping Centre. Marshalswick Baptist Free Church can be reached by buses 653 and S3.

Harpenden Indoor Bowling Club

Harpenden Indoor Bowling Club

Harpenden Indoor Bowling Club (HIBC), Aldwickbury Cres, Harpenden, AL5 5SA, is located off Waldegrave Park. Classes are held in the club meeting area – see photo (left) – and are usually in small groups, with a lecturer and an assistant. Depending upon the course the classes usually run for 2 hours. There is plenty of car parking in the area immediately in front of the club.  The nearest bus stop is in Aldwickbury Crescent; it serves routes 307 and HA1.

Access: Entrance is through the front door with an ramp from the pavement. All rooms are on the ground floor as are the toilets (no steps)

GETTING THERE
Public Transport
Bus: The following buses stop close by in Aldwickbury Crescent: 307 & HA1
Train: Harpenden Railway station, with trains serving London and Luton, is 1.2 mile walk away (less than 25 minutes).
Car: There is a large car park immediately in front of the club.

 

Harpenden Library

Harpenden Library – hertfordshire.gov.uk, used under Open Government Licence v3.0

Harpenden Library is located on Bower’s Parade – the side road running parallel to the High Street (A1081) situated between Sainsbury’s and Boot’s The Chemists. Being in Harpenden Town Center access to local bus services is excellent with some bus stops literally outside the front door. Normal opening hours can be found on the Harpenden Library Website and classes will be held during those hours.

Islamic Community Centre

Islamic Community Centre

The Islamic Community Centre, 145/147 Hatfield Road, St Albans  AL1 4JX is situated on the corner of Sandfield Road and Hatfield Road.

Drop-In Session Times:
Every Saturday from 2:oo pm to 4:30 pm.

GETTING THERE
Public Transport:
Bus: 
The following buses stop a few yards down the road: Routes 34, 230, 301, 302, 304, 305, 601, 602 and 653
Train: St Albans Railway Station, with trains serving London and Luton, is just under ½ mile walk away.
Car: There is a small car park at the rear, accessible from Sandfield Road plus limited on-street parking. You can also park in Morrisons Car Park.

The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans

Marlborough Science Academy – image courtesy Google Maps

Marlborough Science Academy – image courtesy Google Maps

The Marlborough Science Academy, Watling Street, St Albans, AL1 2QA is located just off Watling Street (A5183).

Access: Courses are currently held in room B1, in the Brunel Building.

GETTING THERE
Public Transport:
Bus: The following buses stop within 5 minutes::  Routes 321, 601, 724 & S5
Train: St Albans Railway station, with trains serving London and Luton, is just under 1mile away. Abbey Station, serving Watford, is within 1/2 mile.
Car: There is a small car park in front of the Brunel building

The Spotted Dog Pub, Flamstead

The Spotted Dog, Flamstead cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Robin Webstergeograph.org.uk/p/4249742

8 High St, Flamstead, AL3 8BS.

Drop-in sessions:
The 1st Wednesday of the month (excepting when it is a bank holiday – New Years Day) from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
it is not necessary to book – just Drop In!

Apart from being a pub The Spotted Dog is also home to The Coffee Dog coffee shop, which serves freshly made to order coffee and tea to your taste, with a wide selection of home made cakes.

Access
Note (1): The Spotted Dog is accessible by wheelchair but there are a couple of steps between the front bar and the rear bar – there are no ramps. The front bar would be difficult to access through the dog leg porch in a wheelchair. The rear bar is on the same level as the carpark and apart from a door tread is accessible by wheelchair from the carpark. The drop-in sessions are normally held in the front bar but helpers would move to the rear bar to assist a wheelchair bound user.

St Paul’s Church, St Albans

St Paul’s Church. Image courtesy of Google Maps Streetview

St Pauls Church, Blandford Road, St Albans, AL1 4JP, is situated on the corner of Blandford Rd and the Hatfield Rd (A1057) in the Fleetville area of St Albans.

Access: Entrance is through the glass doors with a ramp from the car park if necessary. The rooms we use (Garden Room 1 or 2)  are on the ground floor. Straight ahead from the entrance lobby, through the doors, turn left. For the toilets (no steps), turn right.

GETTING THERE
Public Transport:
Bus: The following buses stop right outside:  Routes 34, 230, 301, 302, 304, 305 601, 602 and 653
Train: St Albans’ Railway station, with trains serving London and Luton is just under (1/2 mile) walk away.
Car: There is a small car park with a couple of disabled spaces.
On the road, there is currently a residents only parking scheme in Blandford Road between 1:30pm and 3:30pm. All other surrounding roads have the same scheme BUT 11:00am-13:00pm. These restrictions are enforced.
You can park in Morrisons Car park (about a 10 minute walk) free for 3 hours.

Quaker Meeting House

Quaker Meeting House – Image courtesy Google Maps

The Quaker Meeting House, 12 Southdown Road,  Harpenden AL1 4PD, is between Harpenden Public Halls and Welcombe House (former Harpenden House Hotel).

Drop-In times are:
Every Thursday 9:30 – 12:30
It is not necessary to book.

Access: Entrance is through front door with steps and a ramp from the car park. The rooms we use are on the ground floor as are the toilets (no steps)

GETTING THERE
Public Transport
Bus: The following buses stop close by:  Routes 321, 357, HH1. A short walk into Harpenden offers routes 45, 307, 366, 610 and HA1
Train: Harpenden station, with trains serving St Albans, London and Luton is just under (1/2 mile) walk away.
Car: There is a small car park  to the right of the building. There is no street parking adjacent to the building  so allow extra time if the car park is full and you need to search for parking.

Hertfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, Wheathampstead

Situated in the centre of the village, on the High Street, The WI Hertfordshire Federation venue in Wheathampstead is the latest addition to our list of course venues.

Address: 29 High St, Wheathampstead, St Albans AL4 8BB

GETTING THERE
Public Transport
Bus: The following buses stop close by on the High Street:  Routes 304, 357, 366 and 610.
Train: Harpenden is the nearest station.
Car: There is a car park behind the Bull in East Lane.

Zoom – What is Zoom

Photo by lucas law on Unsplash

Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool for desktop, tablet or mobile devices that allows users to meet online, with the ability to see and hear – if you wanty to. Zoom users can to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another’s screens, all with one easy-to-use platform. Zoom offers quality video, audio, and a wireless screen-sharing performance across a variety of operating systems: Windows, Mac (Apple), Linux, iOS and Android.

Not familiar with Zoom? Just tell us when you enrol on the course that you plan to attend and a tutor will help you get prepared over the phone.