When does our weekly class meet?
For the last two years up until March 2022, during the coronavirus crisis, we have been meeting on Zoom, but it looks hopeful that we can go back to meeting in a public space and won’t find ourselves back in lockdown after only a few weeks.
So, as from Tuesday 5th April 2022, we will meet on Tuesday evenings EXCEPT for the LAST Tuesday in each month (when the hall is in use by a different group). If Christmas and New Year fall close to a Tuesday, we probably won’t meet then.
In principle, we meet between 7.30 and 9.30 pm. In practice, the doors are usually open by 7.20. When we start meditating, we close the doors, to avoid disturbing the quiet; this will never be before 7:35, but will almost always be by 7.40. If you’re coming for the first time, it really helps if you don’t come at the last minute – we then have time to get you set up with a mat and cushions, or a chair.
At the end of the evening, it’s usually possible to leave by around 9.20, but most people stay on for tea and a chat. We all have to be out by 9.50.
Although we are usually meditating for around an hour and a half, we certainly don’t expect anyone to sit in one position for that long! There are two sitting meditations with a walking meditation in between which will give your legs a stretch and an opportunity to slip out to the toilet if you need to.
Where do we meet?
From 5th April 2022, we will be meeting again (EXCEPT for the last Tuesday of each month) at Lloyd Hall, Brickfield Lane, Outwood, Surrey, RH1 5QX.
Lloyd Hall is at the southeast end of Brickfield Lane, close to the junction with Miller’s Lane; there’s car parking by the roadside and an abundance of yellow handrails outside. Google Street View (taken by a camera car) shows the old hall before it was rebuilt a few years ago – there were no yellow handrails then. But if you click on the Lloyd Hall icon, you get a newer picture.
A note to satnav users: the postcode RH1 5QX belongs to the whole of Brickfield Road and your satnav may send you to the middle of the road where there are only fields and hedges. If you’re coming from the northwest, keep going! If you’re coming from the southeast, you have already passed the hall.
Outwood is a quiet village between Oxted, Redhill, Crawley and East Grinstead. In the evenings, the nearest public transport is at Salfords, three miles away. If you can make it to the Hall by taxi or hire car, we can always get you back to public transport after the meeting and you may be able to make arrangements with someone at the meeting who lives in your direction for subsequent weeks.