Our Classes

Our classes have started back, but are on a staggered start with some not returning until September.

Do register your interest because classes are beginning to fill and first registered will be offered early chances to join in. Further classes are going to be added as they develop, so do keep an eye on this page!

Weekly BBCA Classes

Our classes and workshops generally run weekly during term time (September to July) and are delivered by experienced tutors.

Art, craft, and language classes: £40 for six-week prepay or £7.50 weekly.
Exercise and yoga classes: £32 for six-week prepay or £6 weekly

Try your first class FREE!

Try a class, and if you decide not to continue after the first session you will not be charged!

If you’d like to come along to a class, please use the “Register Interest” buttons below, and fill out the short form with your contact details.
We or the class tutor will then get in touch with further details. Thank you!

Cash and COVID

We understand from government advice that cash handling is a method of spreading Covid-19.

We are aiming to reduce our cash handling to an absolute minimum, and so please note that we will not be accepting cash as payment.

We ask that all students and room hirers etc. use a bank card to pay through our card machine.  Please discuss this issue with us if you have a problem.

Arts and Crafts

£40 for six-week prepay or £7.50 weekly

Creative Needlecraft 150

Creative Sewing

Monday, 10.30pm – 12.30pm
With Essex Handicrafts Association

A creative sewing opportunity with a series of different tutors as well as work with the group sessions. A chance to just sit and slow stitch, social stitch and learn a stitch. All welcome.


Up and running!

Cake Dec 150

Cake Decorating

Monday, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
With Pat Helps

Learning sugar craft skills to make your own special cake or for general use. Beginners welcome but note you need to have some equipment and consumables to join this class.

Resuming in September

Watercolour I & II 150

Acrylic & Watercolour Art

Tuesday, 10.00pm – 12.00pm
or 1.30 – 3.30pm

With David Pasfield

Relaxed learning about and practise of acrylic or watercolour painting skills. David will work with you in your chosen medium.


Up and running!

Prick N Stitch 150

Prick 'n' Stitch

Thursday, 10.00am – 12.00pm
With Carol Vince & Ellen Payne

A wonderful artistic card can be produced by pricking tiny holes in card and then stitching into them. Join the group to learn how easy stunning detailed pieces can be made!

Up and running!

Calligraphy 150


Beginners: Thursday, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Intermediate: Thursday, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
With Jay Ainge

Learn the superlative art of calligraphy. This class will be for existing students only until September, to allow for social distancing. In September it will become a separate Beginners Group and Intermediate Group.

Up and running! (existing students only until September)


Basic Practical Sewing Skills

Wednesday, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
With Karen Odinga

Using your sewing machine, make your own clothes that fit! We will be working on a project at a time over several weeks.


Starting in September!

Embroidery 150

Beginners' Embroidery

Daytime beginners class with Pam Jermy starting in January 2022.


Starting in January!


£40 for six-week prepay or £7.50 weekly

French Tues 150

French Conversation

Intermediate: Tuesday, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Beginners Plus: Wednesday, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
With Peter Schaad

We offer beginners and intermediate learners the chance to speak conversational languages with well practised tutors. Register for the language of your choice to brush up your holiday skills!

Up and running!

German Thurs 150

German Conversation

Intermediate: Tuesday, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
With Peter Schaad

We offer beginners and intermediate learners the chance to speak conversational languages with well practised tutors. Register for the language of your choice to brush up your holiday skills!

Returning in September

Italian Tues 150

Italian Conversation

Wednesday, 10.00am – 12.00pm
With Peter Schaad

We offer beginners and intermediate learners the chance to speak conversational languages with well practised tutors. Register for the language of your choice to brush up your holiday skills!


Up and running!


Spanish Conversation

Friday, 10.00am – 12.00pm
With Gema Jimenez

Alternative session on Tuesday evenings starting in November.


From 10th September

Exercise & Wellness

£32 for six-week prepay or £6 weekly

Yoga Class 150

Yoga with Holly

Beginners: Wednesday, 10.00am – 11.30am
Improvers: Friday, 10.00am – 11.30am
With Holly Summers

A friendly, fun and inclusive yoga session.


Up and running!

Pilates Class 150


Wednesday 11.00am – 12.00pm
With Yolande Green

Pilates is a fantastic method used to help improve strength, flexibility, mobility, overall movement and tone.


Starting 8th September

Our Classes

Swing & Sway

Wednesday, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
With Jackie Scott

Gentle exercise based in dance – have a go at your own level while having fun! Classes are designed for the complete beginner – relaxed, fun, and all ages welcome!

Up and running!

Vinyasa Flow Yoga 150

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Wednesday, 7.15pm – 8.15pm
With Katie Stewart

An energetic yoga class to help balance physical mental, and spiritual wellbeing. All ability levels welcome.


Starting 8th September

Frequently Asked Questions

How much money can I save by block booking?

The price to book a six week block is £40, while paying week by week at £7.50 you would pay £45 in total.

How do I keep track of the classes I have paid for?

When you book a block of classes you will be given a prepaid card to track the classes left in that block. Each time you come to a class we will stamp your card – please remember to bring your card with you and see us in the office when you arrive!

How far in advance will I need to pay?

You will need to pay in six-week blocks and payment will be required at the first class of those six weeks – although you will be able to pay earlier if you wish. We would suggest that if you haven’t yet paid, you arrive early to the first class so that payments can be taken without disrupting the class (or be prepared to stay behind for a while at the end).

Will I be charged for paying by card?

You will not have to pay any additional fees for using your card to make payments with us.

What if I miss a class or am unable to attend during my prepaid block?

If you do not attend a class during your prepaid block, without giving prior notice, there will be no refunds or reductions. If you are unable to attend one of your classes due to unforeseen circumstances (illness etc.) please contact the office as soon as possible and we will extend your prepaid block to the next week.

If you will be going on holiday we would suggest that you pay weekly (at £7.50 per class) leading up to your holiday, and then start a new block booking when you return.

In the case of long-term illness where none of the classes in a pre-booked block are attended, a full refund will be given. Other situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

What happens if I want to try out a class before committing to six weeks?

You will be able to try your first session of a class completely free of charge as a taster session. If you choose to continue you can then pay for a six-week block at your second session (or pay weekly if you prefer). If you decide not to continue after the taster session, you will not be charged.


We also run a variety of special workshops and courses outside of the weekly class programme, which can be a great opportunity to have a go at something you’ve always wanted to try, or just spend a few hours on a fun project. Look out for our occasional Saturday School classes, as well as the Braintree Summer School!

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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Landscapes in “Thick & Thin” Acrylics

Landscapes in "Thick & Thin" Acrylics With David Pasfield Heavy body acrylics can be used with a palette knife to create textures and expressive paintings. David will demonstrate his technique during this inspiring day; first using a brush and then palette knife. Free up your painting style – being bold and not worrying about detail. Equipment & Materials: Acrylic paints – preferably heavy-bodied (or you can use ordinary paints mixed with an impasto gel). Impasto gel – Winsor & Newton Galeria range has a heavy structure gel which is idea for creating strong surface texture. MDF board or hardboard at […]

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View all of our upcoming workshops here.

Other Classes and Meetings

These sessions are run by outside hirers so fees will vary and are paid directly to the organiser.

For further information and contact details, please see our Community Partners & Affiliates page.

Gamblers Anonymous

Monday evening (to be confirmed)

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to do the same.

Restorative Yoga

Tuesday, 10.00am – 12.00pm

A gentle stretching and sequence Yoga class, with emphasis on breathing, stress management and relaxation techniques, suitable for all ages and abilities. With Patricia Pullen, Dip. BWY. Resuming 7th September.

Rethink Art Group

Tuesday, 1.00pm – 4.00pm

A mental health support group – not a drop in group.

Cardiac Rehab Exercise

Tuesday, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Cardiac rehabilitation helps you get back to as full a life as possible after a cardiac event such as a heart attack, heart surgery or stent procedure. For people referred either by themselves or by health professionals.

Armchair Exercise

Wednesday, 9.00am – 10.00am

Easy exercise class.

Parkinson’s UK

Third Thursday of the month, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

People with Parkinson’s, family and friends – come along and enjoy our friendly meetings and take part in gentle exercise and singing if you wish to – suitable for all levels of ability. This group will be returning in September.

EHA Creative Needlecraft

Thursday, 7.00pm – 9.30pm

A creative sewing opportunity with Essex Handicrafts Association. A chance to just sit and slow stitch, social stitch mostly for more experienced stitchers. All welcome with the expectation that you will join EHA.

Dolphin Women’s Institute

Fourth Thursday of the month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Dolphin WI is a member of The Essex Federation whose head office is based in Hatfield Peverel. This group will be returning in September.