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.

17 Apr 2019

AGM & Users Meeting – New Date

All tutors, organisations and users are invited to our AGM & Users Meeting on Friday 1st November 2019, 7.00pm

This is an opportunity for you to provide us with your opinions, comments and suggestions to help us to improve.

If you have any particular topics you’d like discussed at the Users Meeting, please inform us beforehand so they can be added to the Agenda.

 

13 Jun 2018
21 Nov 2017

Users Meeting Rescheduled – 19th January 2018

Users Meeting

Friday 19th January 2018, 7-9pm

 All users of the Centre are invited to join us for a cheese and wine evening to welcome in the New Year.

We will be talking about our plans for 2018, and you will have the opportunity to provide us with your opinions, comments and suggestions to help us to improve.

We look forward to working with you for another year!

The meeting was originally planned to take place on the 8th December 2017, but we unfortunately had to reschedule due to diary clashes – apologies for any inconvenience caused.

20 Jun 2017
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