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Wednesdays 12pm – 2pm, Free

There is nothing else quite like chess. It’s a game of endless emergent properties, it contains metaphors for many aspects of life, and it’s full of elegant, artistic possibilities. It’s also a lot of fun to learn and play!

Masterchess is run by our instructor, Ian, who has been playing for nearly 30 years and has a deep love of the game and all its intrigue. He has over a decade of experience teaching chess to people of all ages, and has a great belief in the many purposeful benefits that taking up the game can bring.

Sessions typically begin with some teaching from Ian, where he might talk about strategies or demonstrate great matches of the Grandmasters through history. After that, everyone gets a chance to play throughout the second hour in the quiet setting of The Old Mortuary – it’s good for concentration!

The group is suitable for adults of all ages and abilities.



During the national lockdown, all face to face activities, groups and home visits are suspended.


The safety and wellbeing of our employees, volunteers and users remains our priority and we continue to reduce risk of transmission and ensure that unnecessary risks are not taken. This means that members of the public are not allowed to enter the Old Mortuary building or use the toilet.


The team is working as usual and we continue to adapt our services and activities so that we can work safely to support our community.


Current services include:


For any urgent issues contact the Southwark Council COVID-19 Community Hub in one of these ways:


  1. Complete an online referral form
  2. Email
  3. Phone 0207 525 5000 and choose option 3


As always, we welcome volunteering applications

Please support the Time & Talents Food Hub via our fundraising campaign

You can contact us as usual on 020 7231 7845 and at

With our very best wishes,

Sarah Gibb, Director, and the T&T team

11 January 2021