Our Classes

We expect our weekly classes to resume from the week of the 21st June 2021 (assuming current government guidance).

Note that some class days and times may have changed from pre-lockdown. Please check back for further updates closer to the 21st June when we will be able to confirm the timetable.

If you’re interested in coming back to a class, or starting a new one, please use the “Register Interest” buttons below.

Weekly BBCA Classes

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

You can make a significant saving by block booking your classes, at £40 for six weeks. Alternatively, you may pay weekly at £7.50 per session.

Try your first class FREE!

Your first session will be completely free of charge, with no obligation to continue if it’s not for you.

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

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.

NEW!

From 21st June

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.

Meet & greet 5th July – class resuming in September

Watercolour Improvers 150

Watercolour Art

Tuesday, 10.00am – 12.00pm
With David Pasfield

Relaxed learning about and practise of watercolour skills. Absolute beginners are advised to do a Complete Begniners class before they begin if there is one available, but your needs will be accommodated in this class. There will be a class for Intermediates starting in Jan 2022. Also watch out for a Drawing for Watercolours Saturday class available in Summer 2021.

NEW!

Meet and greet on 22nd June – class starting 13th July

Watercolour I & II 150

Acrylic Art

Tuesday, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
With David Pasfield

Relaxed learning about and practise of Acrylic painting skills. Absolute beginners are advised to do a Complete Begniners class before they begin if there is one available, but your needs will be accommodated in this class. There will be a class for Intermediates starting in Jan 2022. This class will optionally include some extension skills including collage.

NEW!

Meet and greet on 22nd June – class starting 13th July

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!

From 1st July

Calligraphy 150

Calligraphy

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.

From 24th June (existing students only until September)

Languages

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!

Up and running!

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!

NEW!

Up and running!

Exercise & Wellness

Pilates Class 150

Pilates

With Naomi Palman-Titchener

NEW!

Coming soon!

Yoga Class 150

Yoga

Wednesday, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
With Katie Stewart

NEW!

From 30th June

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.

Workshops

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!

Review Your Sewing Machine & Tie Top Bag

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 item. 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. Further classes will follow.Your tutor will supply the bag pattern & participants are given requirements list upon enrolment. First […]

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£50

Drawing for Watercolour

Further details coming soon!

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TBA

Trousers Sew-A-Long: Week 1

Starting Your Sewing Bee Journey A five-week course, meeting each Wednesday evening from 15th September to 13th October. £50 for the full course. 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 serious sewing! We will be sewing these trousers at relaxed pace over 5 sessions with time for loads more sewing info & […]

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£50

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.

Dysphasia (Living With a Stroke)

Monday, 1.00pm – 3.45pm

Restorative Yoga

Tuesday, 10.00am – 11.30am

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

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.

Eyoga

Tuesday evening (to be confirmed)

Eyoga classes – hatha yoga with an emphasis on self awareness, working within your own limitations.

Armchair Exercise

Wednesday, 9.00am – 10.0am

Easy exercise class.

Swing & Sway

Wednesday, 12.30pm – 1.30pm (to be confirmed)

Gentle exercise based in dance – have a go at your own level while having fun! With qualified and experienced teacher Jackie Scott. Classes are designed for the complete beginner – relaxed, fun, and all ages welcome! £5 per session.

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.