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The Lords and Commons Cricket Club

The Lords and Commons Cricket Club (LCCC) is believed to go back to at least 1850, making it one of the oldest cricket clubs in the world. Its players come from all areas of the House and are by no means uniform in their level of skill. Some are former First Class cricketers, whilst the enthusiasm of others more than makes up for their lack of ability.

The LCCC is active throughout the year, using nets at the Oval during winter and playing across the country (usually once a week) during the summer. This year has been a particularly successful session, as the club played at Lords for the first time since the war and also went on tour to Oporto in Portugal to raise funds for charity.

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.  The Lords and Commons Cricket Club has a full fixture list each year of matches.  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 James Morris know so that he can add you to the distribution list.  Please also let him know what you do.  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 James Morris on 020 7219 8715

Last updated: 23 February 2016

Westminster Wanderers Football Club

Players wanted for successful Football Club in South London Westminster.

Wanderers are an established and successful Sunday League Football Club playing in and around Wandsworth and Merton.  We are looking for new players for the 2016-17 season.

We were born out of the Conservative Central Office side of the 1990s but now have Labour, Liberal and Tory staffers on the side as well as parliamentary researchers, civil servants and PR and PA professionals.  We welcome new players and the growth of the club in a few years is because we are well organised and attract and retain good players.

We play in the Southern Sunday Football League. Our three league teams play to a high standard, train regularly and our home ground is on Tooting Common. We play friendly fixtures and train throughout the year in Battersea Park.

If you are a committed player who wants to be part of a successful club then please contact the Club Chairman Alex Aiken at westminsterwanderers@gmail.com.

The club will be running training sessions during August on Tuesday and Thursday nights and plays 8-a-side on Monday evenings.   New players are welcome to come to any of these sessions.

Last updated 4 August 2016


Weightwatchers for Staff

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

Christians in Parliament (CiP) is an All-Party Parliamentary Group that seeks to present the personal and public relevance of the Christian Faith to all those who work in the Houses of Parliament. We aim to do this in a number of ways:

  • providing support to all Christians of all denominations and parties in their work in the Houses of Parliament, both Members and staff, through prayer meetings, Bible studies, discussion groups and regular chapel services
  • guest speaker events examining the truth and relevance of the Christian faith to personal and political life
  • policy discussions, debates and briefings informed by the Bible and Christian thought that seek to host an informed debate, yet without lobbying for particular issues or causes
  • organising the annual National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast in Westminster Hall

 Particular events of interest may be:

  • weekly Bible study on Monday lunchtimes for Parliamentary staff
  • fortnightly chapel services in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft on Tuesday lunchtimes
  • weekly prayer meeting for Parliamentary staff on Thursday lunchtimes

To find out more or to sign up to our weekly email list, please visit www.christiansinparliament.org.uk or email James Lee at james.lee@parliament.uk.

Correct at 3 March 2016


Commons and Lords Hockey

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

Correct at 29 February 2016


All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group

The All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group is a cross-party group of Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords of all the main parties, including members from the Crossbenches in the Lords. The Group has grown rapidly, from its first beginnings in the 1960s; in 1996 it had 47 members and it now has over 100. Associate membership of the Group is also open to staff of MPs and peers and staff working for the House of Commons or House of Lords.

The British Humanist Association provides the secretariat for the Group.

The Group meets around four times a year 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.

For more information email Richy Thompson, BHA Campaigns Manager.

Correct at 9 March 2016


Westminster Gym

Exclusive gym for Parliamentary employees – work out, right next to work.  The Westminster Gym has all the latest facilities:

  • Fantastic 40-station gym including treadmills, rowers, steppers, cycles and cross trainers.
  • Strength machines and free weights – tone up, slim down or build muscle fast.
  • Brand new Trixter bikes offering virtual reality cycling
  • Air conditioned exercise studio – keep cool, even when the action gets hot.
  • Classes and therapies: Numerous classes including spinning, circuit-training, yoga and pilates, all included in your membership fee.
  • Changing Rooms, Lockers and Saunas
  • If you need some extra motivation or a more personal training plan, our friendly staff and team of Personal Trainers will take you in hand to help you achieve your goals.

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: westminstergym@jubileehalltrust.org  Website: www.jubileehalltrust.org/westminster-gym  

Last updated: 29 February 2016


Parliamentary Book Club

The Book Club isn’t meeting at the moment, but if you would like to re-start it, please let w4mp know and we’ll put you in touch with the previous organiser, who is more than happy to advise you.

Correct at 3 March 2016


Sports and Social Club

The Houses of Parliament Sports and Social Club is open to all staff with a permanent security pass. There is a small annual subscription.

The club’s facilities include a bar with hot and cold snacks.  Private functions can be booked by arrangement with the bar staff.  Football and rugby matches are arranged and the club organises outings throughout the year.

Opening Hours are 12pm – 11pm.

For further information, contact x3028.

Correct at 3 March 2016


Village Drinks

Village Drinks is a networking group for gay, lesbian, and bisexual professionals. Our events are very popular amongst political, financial and legal industries, but are open to anyone who lives, works or just wants to visit the West End of London to meet likeminded professionals.

So – for each event we select a great venue; one that’s not too expensive; and one that’s large enough to comfortably accommodate our crowd. Where possible we have a happy hour. We meet. We chat. We drink. Oh, and we also throw in a complimentary glass of wine (because we’re nice like that).

Our guests make the night what it is; a chance to network with other like-minded professionals; politicians, bankers, lawyers, media – the list is all encompassing.

Then – after the event – you can keep in touch with people you’ve met at our event through our free online community, Village People.

So, please sign up to our website, upload your own profile and come join us at our next event. It’s a lot of fun!

Correct at 3 March 2016


The Parliament Choir

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 Mondays in St Mary Undercroft for rehearsals.  Click 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 Parliament Choir APPG Secretariat, Susan Craig or use the contact form here.  The Choir’s website address is www.parliamentchoir.org.uk

Correct at 11 February 2016