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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


PARLIAMENTARY POKER CLUB (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 Hold Em.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 kaymr@parliament.ukUpdated 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 john.foster@parliament.ukCorrect at 31 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:Weight 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: f.alexander@lcc.arts.ac.ukCorrect at 5 June 2010



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 – david.landrum@parliament.ukCorrect at 5 June 2010



All those interested in playing (men and women, members and staff) please contact Tim Loughton MP on loughtont@parliament.ukWe are always looking for new recruits and welcome both Members and Staff.Tim Loughton MP loughtont@parliament.uk  or ext 4012.Correct at 5 June 2010



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 LordsRt 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: Naomi Phillips, APPHG Administrator, phillipsn@parliament.uk, 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, briefings etc.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: phillipsn@parliament.ukCorrect at 14 June 2010



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 Westminster@jubileehalltrust.org.Website: www.jubileehalltrust.org/westminsterLast updated: 5 June 2010



The book club now (as from 19 October 2006) has its own page at:  http://www.w4mp.org/html/personnel/book_club.aspCorrect at 5 June 2010



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: hannettp@parliament.ukIf 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



Village 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.www.villagedrinks.co.uk Correct 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.Contact:

Correct at March 2011



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.Click hereto 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 email or by clicking hereThe Choir’s website address is www.parliamentchoir.org.ukCorrect at 12 October 2011