Our Spanish Conversation class with Karina will be starting again from next Thursday 30th July 7-9pm for five weeks. This will be in the hall to enable social distancing, and the number of students is limited.
If you would be interested in coming along, please email us at email@example.com and we will let you know if there are any places left, or add you to the waiting list. Please note that we cannot allow people to turn up without pre-booking.
The Centre is now open and able to take bookings, providing they can be run safely. We would ask all hirers to please make sure you have read our COVID-19 Risk Assessment. You will also find that the booking form has some additional questions, so we have all the information we need to accommodate you and your visitors safely. All forms can be found on the hire page.
Most of our weekly classes likely won’t be restarting until September or early 2021, but we will keep you updated as they start up again. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list for a class please contact us and we will be in touch once they’re back in business!
It is important that anyone visiting the Centre follows these guidelines:
Please do not attend the Centre if you are feeling unwell or have COVID symptoms.
Only visitors who are pre-booked on an activity will be allowed to enter the Centre.
Please do not come to the Centre before your event is due to start. Please do not wait inside the Centre once your activity is finished. Please do not linger in the hallways.
Wash your hands both on arrival and before leaving.
ONE WAY ACCESS
One-way entrance/exit system; rear doors for the main hall only.
OUT OF USE AREAS
Some areas may be out of use temporarily.
TRACK AND TRACE
In order to assist with Track & Trace activity, everybody that attends an activity must leave their name and either mobile or email address with the activity organiser.
To be made within class, not at office.
The full safety guidelines can be read here.
Thank you for your cooperation, and we hope to see you soon!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
Debbie, Yaz, Kelvin
Community Centre staff
We’re taking gradual steps towards being able to reopen – safety comes first though, so we’ll be putting in place all the relevant precautions and following the guidelines.
We know we won’t be back to normal for a while yet, but we’re looking forward to seeing you all again when we can safely do so. For now, stay safe and take care! 😊
The Centre will be temporarily closing after Friday 20th March for the time being, in accordance with the government’s advice to self-isolate where possible.
We may consider the possibility of limited openings later, but will keep you informed of any changes to the situation.
We look forward to seeing you all again once we reopen!
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.
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.
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.
The Board Games Café has been temporarily put on hold – but don’t worry, it will be back! Keep an eye out for news of its return.