08 Jun 2020

Nearly on the other side…

Nearly on the other side…

We hope that you are all OK and have survived the break without too many problems. There lots of places to go for help – Braintree District Council (https://www.braintree.gov.uk), Essex Map (https://www.essexmap.co.uk) etc. if you need it.

The government have suggested that leisure organisations, such as Braintree Community Centre, can reopen from 1st July 2020. As the Management Committee of the Centre, we shall be taking a cautious approach to reopening from that date.

Our staff have all been on furlough, so if you have been trying to contact us, please bear with us as we start to get going again. We are planning and installing various measures to ensure that we can be Covid-safe.

 

Groups : Starting back

We are not expecting every group to start back straight away – indeed, we do not want the Centre to get very busy too quickly, whilst we get used to having social distancing measures in place here, to ensure maximum safety.

Covid-safe may mean that in order to avoid very busy periods developing, we will be looking at staggered starts to classes and even changing days, in order to avoid having lots of people moving around at the same time. Equally, we will be expecting people to arrive on time for their meetings – we will be discouraging people being in the Centre waiting for start times. Chairs may be made available in the rear garden where necessary. We will be asking for your support as users, as well!

Every independent group is invited to contact us to discuss their own requirements. Please email to info@braintreecommunitycentre.org.uk. We are aware that many groups are still thinking about what to do – do please let us know if you want to continue or not in the long term. We will not be treating this Covid break as a break for affiliation status purposes, so don’t feel you must start back straight away.

 

Classes

Our own classes will be starting back in conjunction with our tutors wishes and attendees needs. Each group will be dealt with separately and students will probably be contacted by their own tutor. No group will start back before 1st July and some may be left until September. Information will be published here and will be available by phone (01376 323280) from mid July.

If you have prepaid classes outstanding from before we closed down, these will all be carried forward and will start again whenever you choose to rejoin your class – you’re not under any pressure to come back as soon as the class starts up again if you are continuing to isolate.

 

Please note that there is an NHS Health group which is going to be starting back in the next few days. No other people will be allowed in the Centre before 1st July.

We are looking forward to getting restarted and welcoming you back to the Centre; in the meantime, stay safe, keep well, and keep your chin up!

Agnes, Brenda, Lesley, James, David
Management Committe

Debbie, Yaz, Kelvin
Community Centre staff

15 May 2020
18 Mar 2020
16 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Update 2

After Boris Johnson on 16th March : Reduced social contact
Would users please note that the Centre will be remaining open this week and we expect it to be open next week, as some users have confirmed that they are attending.
Further information will be posted as events unfold over the next few days.
Please check with your organiser or tutor and watch our Facebook or telephone 01376 323280 for information about classes.

16 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Update 1

The Centre expects to have to close for some period during May, based on current information.  

We will keep you informed.

As far as possible, we will remain open in order to avoid inconveniencing anybody who needs to use our facilities.

We do, of course, ask that anyone who is not feeling well does not come into the Centre.

We also ask that everybody who comes in does immediately wash their hands thoroughly; and suggest that users wash their hands before they leave.

We will be using anti virus wipes and doing extra cleaning to help reduce the possibility of infection.

User Pre payments will be accepted whenever people attend their class, whether disruption is caused by closures of the Centre, class closures or by the necessity for self-isolation.

Management Committee, 15th March 2020

 

Friendship Club (Wednesday afternoons) has been closed for now and will reopen in the summer.
Cake Decorating (Monday afternoons) and the Board Games Café (Friday afternoons) have been cancelled until further notice.
It has been confirmed that the Art class (Monday mornings) will remain open for the time being.
We will keep you informed of any further news.

10 Mar 2020

The Healing Tree Yoga

Brand new Yoga class starting Friday 1st May! 9.30-10.30, £8 per session. 

Suitable for beginners and more experienced students as modifications and progressions always available.

The classes I teach are Hatha based with a strong emphasis on Pranayama (breathwork), mindfulness and yogic philosophy, so incorporating body and mind (and spirit which you can take or leave as you wish).

My students say they find the classes relaxing and good fun and come away feeling peaceful and grounded yet aware that they have worked their bodies in a good way! We tend to work gently and mindfully, listening and honouring ourselves in each session, often working with closed eyes so we’re not tempted to compare ourselves with others. The classes begin with relaxation and breathwork to bring us into our bodies, and end with a soothing guided relaxation allowing the practice and benefits to settle into our whole being.  As with all my therapies, I aim to provide a nurturing space where it is possible to learn and grow at your own pace.

Sue Cumming @ The Healing Tree (in Essex)
Call – 07811 579209
Email – suecumming.reflexology@hotmail.co.uk
Web – www.thehealingtreeinessex.co.uk

08 Mar 2020
19 Feb 2020

Spanish for Complete Beginners

We have a new weekly Spanish class starting on Monday 16th March for complete beginners. Learn the basics in time for your summer holiday! ☀️
Your first session is completely free so you can decide if it’s right for you. After that it’s £7.50 a week, or £40 for 6 weeks if you pay in advance.
If you’re interested, please call 01376 323280 or email info@braintreecommunitycentre.org.uk to arrange your free taster session.

15 Jan 2020

Open Art 2020

The Braintree Open Art Exhibition 2020 will be from Saturday 22nd to Monday 31st August, with submissions taken on the week beginning 10th August. If you’d like to be kept informed you can join our art mailing list here: https://www.braintreecommunitycentre.org.uk/arts/
If you need something to get your creative juices flowing, David Pasfield (one of the prize winners at the 2019 Open) is holding some acrylic and mixed media workshops over the next couple of months. Details and booking here: https://www.braintreecommunitycentre.org.uk/events/

18 Dec 2019
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