Sports and Activities

Sports and Activities

The following groups have provided information for this listing:

Bentham Beagles Running ClubBentham Beagles Running Club

Bentham Beagles Running Club was formed on 4th October 2011. We welcome all runners interested in joining the club.

Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced runner that is looking to run with a group on a regular basis we would like to hear from you.

We usually have between 20-30 people attending club nights. We normally run in 3 groups with a selection of distances and paces to suit.

A regular night will have 3, 5 and 7 mile options. Over the winter head-torches and reflective bibs are a must. We also try to do a Fartlek or speed session once a month for those that want to try something different.

We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm meeting at the Club House, Bentham Playing Fields unless otherwise stated and try to post on twitter beforehand details of what is planned.

Whether you have never run at all or are an experienced runner we hope our club has something for everyone.

Follow us on twitter @benthambeagles to keep up to date with the latest club news.

Contact: Diane Armstrong

Bentham Footpath Group

The group aims to encourage appreciation and use of the footpaths in the Bentham area and to promote good relations between those who work on the land and those who use it for recreation. Members lead a programme of four walks per month throughout the year, both locally and further afield, varying in length from four to fifteen miles. There are some evening walks in the summer months. We have walkers of mixed ability in the group and members choose the length of walk that suits them best.

We are a sociable and friendly group; newcomers and holidaymakers are extremely welcome on any walk. Appropriate footwear, waterproofs, food and drink are needed when joining a walk. A reasonable level of fitness is required, depending on the length of walk and terrain involved. Up-to-date programme information and leader contact details are available from notices displayed in High and Low Bentham and a publicity column in the Bentham News. Some members assist North Yorkshire County Council in practical conservation work on the local footpath network. There is an Annual Dinner and the Annual General Meeting is held in October. Annual membership is open to adults and families and costs £5 per family.

Contact David Longton
Tel: 015242 61838

Bentham Homing Society

Members of the Royal Pigeon racing Association (RPRA)

Monthly meetings are held on a Monday evening at the Black Bull, High Bentham, after the racing season.
We have several members actively racing pigeons and would always welcome new or prospective members with help and advice- pigeons could be provided to get a new member started. These days the arrival of a pigeon is recorded automatically with an electronic timing system (ETS). So, if for any reason you are unable to be there to witness a pigeon’s arrival from a race or training flight, its time of arrival will be recorded automatically.

We hold races weekly, in conjunction with the Blackburn Federation of Homing Societies, starting in April and every Saturday until September. Members also race with the National Flying Club with race distances usually in the region of 380 to 750 miles.

Through fund raising events we are able to subsidise races and ETC systems for all members. Subscriptions are usually £20 a year.
Contact: Jack Pickup
Tel: 015242 41579

Bentham Indoor Bowling

Venue: Bentham Town Hall
Time: Monday afternoons October to the end of March. 1.00pm-4.00pm

All ages are welcome at the Winter season Indoor Bowling, session cost £2.00

Contact: Sue Park
Tel: 015242 62099

Bentham Line Dancers

Venue: New Butts Farm, Clapham Road, Bentham
Time: Thursdays 7.30pm-8.45pm

Line dancing for fun and exercise, for all. – small charge;money raised goes to local charities, £4,500 so far! Beginners to intermediates- all welcome.

Contact: Mrs J. Durrant
Tel: 015242 62501

Hot Cat Pilates

Venue: The Lower Hall, Bentham Town Hall
Time: Thursdays 9.30-10.30 & 10.45-11.45 also 1 to 1 sessions in your own home

Body Control Pilates classes. Run by a chartered physiotherapist with 16 years experience.

Small classes for more individual attention and high quality teaching. Intelligent exercise with great results. All equipment provided.

For more information about Body Control Pilates, prices, dates and enrollment forms, please contact Nickey Russell on 07887608412 or email

Low Bentham Badminton Club

Venue: Cedar House School, Low Bentham
Time: Tuesdays 6.15-7.45pm

Season runs 18/09/2012 to 30/04/2013
Subscriptions c.£45 p.season
All ages and abilities welcome.

Contact: Julie Bridgeman
Tel: 015242 62276

Low Bentham Line Dancers

Venue:Low Bentham Victoria Institute
Time:Wednesdays 2-3pm

Line dancing for fun and exercise, for all. Small charge includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Beginners to intermediates- all welcome.

Contact: Mrs J. Durrant
Tel: 015242 62501


Venue: Halton Vilage

Orienteering is an activity which combines route finding and map reading with jogging or running and at The Centre @Halton we are delighted that we now have an orienteering map for Halton and are able to offer this activity to local residents.  This is a great activity for families and all ages.

As an alternative to using a paper map, the orienteering course can also be navigated using the “MOBO” (mobile orienteering) app on a smartphone. At each checkpoint, the phone is pointed at a QR code which immediately uploads to the internet.

We are very grateful for all the hard work of the South Ribble Orienteering Club in producing the Halton orienteering map. The Club’s website has full details of its activities. The map (printed on waterproof paper) can be purchased (from mid-October 2015) from the Coffee Shop, The Centre @ Halton, Low Road, Halton, Lancaster LA2 6NB for £2 each.  Because the route crosses busy roads, anyone using it needs to be very careful to look out for traffic.

Contact: Email queries to Chris Roberts from South Ribble Orienteering Club:

Springfield Bowling Club

Venue: The Bowling Green, Springfield, Bentham
Time: April-September Wednesdays, 2.00pm and 6.00pm

Springfield Bowling Club is a crown green bowling club open to all age groups. Club meetings are held every Wednesday at 2pm and 6pm April to September (inclusive). Friendly matches against other clubs take place frequently and two teams are entered into a Seniors League. Various single and doubles club competitions take place each season.

Current annual subscription is £25 per head for players or £5 for non-playing social members. During the winter fortnightly social activities take place in the newly built pavilion, including dominoes, bingo and quiz evenings.

Contact: Helen Cross
Tel: 015242 63041

Tai Chi Qigong

Venue: Victoria Institute, Low Bentham
Time: Mondays 6.15pm-7.45pm

Venue: Clapham Village Hall, Clapham
Time: Thursdays 9.00-10.30am

Venue: Sole to Soul, High Bentham
Time: Thursdays 11.00am -12.30pm

Tai Chi is practised as a martial art and specifically for health. It is practised in what are referred to as Forms: a continuous series of interlinked movements. Qigong underpins how Tai Chi is practised.

Qigong is an element of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Qigong translates as nurturing. Its purpose is to nurture mind, body and soul, or spirit, so as to promote healthy energy, healing and wellbeing. For certain conditions, Qigong is a preparation for the effective intervention of acupuncture in the rebalancing, stimulation, unblocking of energy in specific areas of the body system or more generally so as to affect particular conditions or to promote healthy body/mind functions.

Qigong involves stillness (sitting, standing and lying down), movement, massage, tapping or drumming and visualisation. The whole-body movements are gentle, undemanding, and focused, using the key principles of alignment, centring, coordination and breathing techniques.  Its purpose is to become as relaxed as possible in movement. Qigong is sometimes referred to as meditation in movement.

Qigong is particularly effective in treating otherwise intractable or chronic conditions such as ME, MS, Meniere’s Disease, IBS, Hypertension, joint and back pain. It is effective, too, in the treatment and management of emotional issues, including depression and extreme mood swings. It can positively affect body systems such as fertility, digestion, respiration and removing toxins. It is an aid to the recovery of mobility and coordination following an operation or stroke.
Traditionally, Qigong are used to maintain good health and prevent illness. Qigong is particularly effective in the prevention of the onset of senility, heart problems and stroke.

Tai Chi Qigong is practised for good health in mind, body and spirit and is particularly effective in maintaining flexibility, ease of breathing, balance, coordination, energy levels and general wellbeing. It is effective in the prevention of the onset of senility, heart problems and stroke.

Tony BennettTony Bennett
Tony has a Diploma in Stress Management Training, a qualification in Person-centred Counselling and certificate in Emotional Freedom Technique. He has trained in Qigong for Health, alongside the practice of Tai Chi, and is a Registered Instructor of the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain. This followed a major interruption in his life caused by the onset of Meniere’s Disease after training and practicing as a Town Planner in London.

Tony’s return to health started with extensive acupuncture treatment. The effectiveness of the treatment led to an interest in the wider aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the role of stress on the health of the mind, body and spirit. His focus now is on Qigong, which he has taught for 15 years.

All are welcome to join the group. It’s very friendly and open to new people.

Tony also offers one-to-one therapy and training.

Contact: Tony Bennett
Tel: 015242 61944