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July 2021

Reconnect With Your Sewing Machine & Make a Tie Top Bag

Saturday 24 July, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£20

Bought a Sewing machine during COVID lockdown and need some help to make the most of it? Try this basic class in July and follow up learning how to make clothes, starting with a simple pair of trousers over 5 weeks in September: Trousers Sew-Along.Get 10% off the Trousers Sew-Along course starting September if you attend this class! Ease back into sewing or if you want to start afresh with this easy and satisfying soft, lined tie-top bag. The pattern is really a blank canvas for other textile techniques you can try out as well as a great stash buster…

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August 2021

Drawing for Watercolour

Saturday 7 August, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£22

The class will begin with drawing 'warm-up' exercises progressing to a final piece of work. You will use a range of pencils to achieve pleasing results. Whether beginner or a proficient drawer, you will be working from a choice of objects in the classroom or, weather permitting, outside. Please bring you own equipment and paper.

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Dolphin WI Table Sale

Saturday 7 August, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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September 2021

Trousers Sew-Along: Week 1

Wednesday 15 September, 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£50

Starting Your Sewing Bee Journey A five-week course, meeting each Wednesday evening from 15th September to 13th October. £50 for the full course. Get 10% off this course if you also attend "Reconnect With Your Sewing Machine & Make a Tie Top Bag" in July! If you are a beginner to sewing, you don’t have to be stuck making endless tote bags to learn the basics.  Sew up something that you can really use again and again like this smart and comfortable pair of trousers with flattering side pocket. Keep them casual or glam them up. Let’s start doing some…

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Braintree Community Centre Reopening Event

Saturday 18 September, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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The Centre will be celebrating three great things on this day! In celebrating our post Covid re opening you can come and see how our new internal layout gives us a new hall with better disabled access and a changed kitchen. We will also thank Dolphin WI for the planting of a centennial apple tree in our new garden and celebrate the achievements of local community heroes by unveiling a plaque - all in one day. Chair of Braintree District Council, Cllr Sue Wilson, will attend together with several community leaders. Many of the user groups will be showing off…

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Click here to view our regular weekly leisure classes, including art, crafts, languages and more!

Information for Students

Some parking is available to the rear of the Centre. If you have equipment to bring in, you can access the building directly into the main hall through the doors in the car park. If the doors aren’t open, please inform the office you have arrived and the doors will be opened for you.

If you think you may have access difficulties please let us know in advance, as we have accessible facilities available. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor. Wheelchair access is through the door on the front of the Centre.

Free tea & coffee will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your lunch or you can choose to visit one of the many cafes and takeaways in town.

Please wear suitable clothing, and if you’re bringing any electrical equipment please ensure that it is in good working order with a solid plug and undamaged wiring – check it before you come!

Payment

Class fees should be paid in advance by card (which can be done over the phone- 01376 323280).

We will also accept cheques, which will be cashed two weeks before the date of the class once we are sure the class will run, and should be made payable to Braintree & Bocking Community Association.

There may be an additional cost for appropriate materials, which if applicable, should be paid to the tutor on the day of the class – please check the class details.

Cancellation policy

Fees are non-refundable from two weeks before the class unless we can sell the space to another student (subject to a minimum of six students booked). Fees may be transferable at our discretion.

Please understand that the Centre cannot afford to run classes at a loss, since we are a charity. As such, classes may be cancelled if we are unable to achieve a minimum number of students. If this is the case, you will be informed two weeks before the date of the class and your fee will be refunded.