Your Community in Braintree

As a Centre, we aim to improve the condition and quality of life of those living in the district through the provision of facilities at the Centre for education, recreation and leisure time activities.

BBCA Classes

Weekly Classes

We offer weekly classes in a range of subjects from arts and crafts to languages, all with experienced tutors in a friendly atmosphere.
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Room & Hall Hire

We have a variety of rooms available for hire, so whether you need to hold a group meeting for 70 people or a children’s birthday party, just the once or every week all year, we can help.

Craft Hub

Helping unwanted craft materials get passed on at very low cost!
It’s green, it’s fun and it saves you money!

Braintree Open Art

The Braintree Open Art Galleries are all available to browse here on the website. View a diverse mix of works from Braintree and around the world.

Upcoming Events

View our full programme of upcoming events and workshops here.

British Sign Language (January-March 2024)

With Lyndsey Dixon-Barrell. 8-week course: Tuesday 10.00am-11.15am, 16th January 2024 - 5th March 2024. 50% deposit required of £40, then £5 per week (total £80). This Workshop is likely to prove extremely popular so please do not delay if this is of interest to you and register your name below or email us at Welcome and thank you for joining this course. My name is Lindsey Barrell and I am a Wellbeing and Sensory Consultant based in Essex. I am very much looking forward to meeting you and working with you whilst we explore the fascinating topic of BSL […]

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Patchwork from the Start

With Karen Odinga. 28th February; 6th, 20th and 27th March; 10th, 17th and 24th April; 1st May 7pm to 9pm Starting Wednesday, 28th February 2024 Explore patchwork techniques in combination with getting to know you sewing machine in this fun and relaxed 8-week course. Starting at the beginning, learn what your machine can do as well as create useful patchwork projects. Suitable for absolute beginners but do familiarize with your machine by looking at the manual provided (or online manual), where to put plugs and leads and switching on power. At the end of the 8 weeks there will be […]

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Bluebell Woods in Watercolours

With David Pasfield. Saturday 23rd March 2024, 9.30am-4pm (please arrive 9am to set up your equipment) £45 but may be subject to a price rise in 2024. £10 deposit required by 18 December to secure the price at £45. Paint with confidence in this challenging medium. Learn watercolour techniques bringing fresh colours and light to your landscape. Work from your own photos or sketches, or from the Tutor’s ideas. • Free refreshments provided, but bring or buy your own lunch • Please check the class details for the equipment and materials list Equipment & Materials • Watercolour paints – vibrant […]

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If you are feeling sad or down, there is always help available and someone to talk to!
Here are some contact numbers, just in case.

MIND has a helpline: 0300 123 3393 Mon to Friday 9am to 6pm
SAMARITANS: call 116 123, 24/7
CRISIS run a 24/7 textline: text SHOUT to 85258 if you don’t feel you can talk but want to communicate. 


  • Excellent, welcoming and flexible space, a real refuge for those in need of it. - Richard (2018, via Google)

  • This is a really nice, quiet place to have meetings. It is an old house that looks like a Georgian building. It has had some modifications and extensions and the area is just lovely, just beside a shopping area. - Max (2019, via Google)

  • I really enjoyed the Class on June 9th with Maggie. She's an excellent tutor with lots of experience. The piece I made is going to look great mounted and it adds to my portfolio of techniques. Roll on the next class on 23rd June!! - Brenda (June 2018)
  • Braintree Rethink Art Group use the big hall every week ... very clean....warm & friendly welcome.....Excellent venue X - Trina (May 2017, via Facebook)

  • Friendly, professional and helpful staff, very clean and convenient to town. Excellent facilities offering a wide and range of adult classes and activities. - Debbie (September 2019, via Facebook)

  • A good place to have a meeting. It appears to be on a main road through Braintree, though has plenty of parking once you drive in. - David (2017, via Google)

  • Fab day as per usual, can highly recommended Maggie Harling as a tutor and braintree community centre as an excellent venue, thank you all x - Leigh (August 2018, via Facebook)

  • A great looking place that offers a fair few things to sign up to for reasonable prices to help you learn all types of things. - Jordan (May 2018, via Google)