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. 

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.
Sign up for a class here!

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.


Get your copy of Braintree Community Art Group’s “Art à la Carte” cookbook or a Braintree District Arts Sketchbook here!

Open Art Online

Submissions are now open for our latest FREE online art exhibition. Sumbit your artworks here by 24th October!

Upcoming Events

View our full programme of upcoming events and workshops here.

Mixed Media Landscapes

Mixed Media Landscapes With David Pasfield Use acrylic washes on textured or smooth paper, overlaid with different “stick” mediums, to enhance your original washes. This technique will “free up” your style, producing pleasing and sometimes experimental effects. Equipment & Materials: Acrylic paints – vibrant colours. Watercolour paper – preferable hot-pressed paper (smooth surface) at least 50 x 50 cm square. Large bristle paint brushes / decorator’s brushes. Palette knife. Easel – free-standing. Wax / oil crayons, chalks, soft pastels, felt-tip pens / markers, charcoal, acrylic inks – all colours. Palette – grease-proof paper on cardboard or stay-wet palette. Two water […]

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Practical Sewing Skills: Sewing with Knits (4-week course)

With Karen Odinga A four-week course, meeting each Wednesday evening from 20th October to 10th November. £28 for the full course paid in advance, or £7.50 per week (total £30). Learn to work with stretch knit fabrics to create a tunic or dress. With the basic T-shirt style pattern provided, you will be in control since you will have the opportunity to adjust the length for either a tunic or dress as well as creating a round or v-neck. All styles have sleeves and there are options for a ruffle and adding additional colour bands. Pattern provided is multi-sized so […]

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Make Do and Mend – Illustrated Talk

With Amanda Sutherland Part of our "Green Sewing" series. Reuse, recreate and restyle your wardrobe - finding flattering styling with eco and recycling elements in mind. Amanda Sutherland will show fabulous garment recreations that can be achieved from charity shop finds and old keepsakes, with simple yet effective methods. She will demonstrate various ways of adapting everyday clothing ,including worn and badly fitting garments, into exciting and unique fashion pieces. Amanda will show examples of clothing hacks which are easy to recreate, giving us a talk full of tweaks, surprises and repurposed fashion ideas. Amanda will also be bringing along […]

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  • Braintree Rethink Art Group use the big hall every week ... very clean....warm & friendly welcome.....Excellent venue X - Trina (May 2017, via Facebook)

  • 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)
  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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