Braintree Area

Events

Monthly meetings are held at 2.00pm on the Third Wednesday of each month at :-
Bocking Arts Centre
15 Bocking End, Braintree, Essex CM7 9AE

Next door to Argos, very limited car parking, use Sainsbury or Multi-story.

Our General Meetings include a Speaker and announcements of interest from our Chairwomen, Shirley Tyrell or other members, after the talk.

Linden Martin, Groups Co-ordinator, will have news about new groups. Outings and Events are displayed on the notice board display.

Note - Events dates for groups are provisional, the Group Contact will be able to confirm that the event is as listed.

Please scroll down to see each section, click the BOLD text to view group activity.


Dates for your Diary
January 2020
Mon Jan 27thGrumpy Old Women2.00pm at The Brambles, Quadrant Store, Rayne Road, Braintree.
Tue Jan 28thArt Appreciation2.00pm - John Piper @ Anne's
Tue Jan 28thMurder Book Club2.00pm upstairs in Braintree Library
Wed Jan 29thWalkie-Talkies 2020 Planning meeting & post-Christmas lunch. 1pm Prince Louis, Great Notley
February 2020
Mon Feb 3rdCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Mon Feb 3rdLine Dance10.30-12.00 at St Michael's Church House Hall
Mon Feb 3rdCard Making10.00am and 2.00pm at Jan's
Tue Feb 4thSinging for PleasureSt Peter's Church Hall, 2-4pm
Wed Feb 5thLipreading 10 am Lipreading Shalford Rd Rayne
Fri Feb 7thImprovers French2.00pm @ Anne's
Fri Feb 7thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Mon Feb 10thLine Dance10.30-12.00 at St Michael's Church House Hall
Tue Feb 11thBook Club 22.00pm in Brambles Restaurant Quadrant George Yard
Tue Feb 11thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details. (07800710855)
Bring own laptop.
Tue Feb 11thSnookerMonthly session @ 2.00pm
Wed Feb 12thFrench ConversationMeet as usual 10.15
Thu Feb 13thPainting10.00am at Hawthorns Residential Centre, London Road, Braintree
Demonstration of acrylic painting followed by painting your own pictures
Thu Feb 13thScrabble10.00am @ June's
Fri Feb 14thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
Mon Feb 17thGrumpy Old Men7:15pm @ The King William Pub, London Road
Mon Feb 17thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Mon Feb 17thLine DanceMeeting cancelled.
Tue Feb 18thLocal HistoryTalk at St Peters in the Field Church Hall, Bocking by Mike Bardell
"Braintree Streets over Time, Part 1". 2.00pm £4.00 includes refreshments
Tue Feb 18thWalking Group 2Pat leads walk
Wed Feb 19thMeetingGeneral Meeting @ 2.00pm - Speaker: Lindsey Whitehouse "Life in Prison" (from the view of a Governor)
Thu Feb 20thWalking Group 1Monthly walk,details to follow.
Thu Feb 20thDigital Photography10:00 - 12:00hrs at Elaine's house
Fri Feb 21stImprovers French2.00pm @Wendy's
Fri Feb 21stUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Tue Feb 25thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Feb 25thArt Appreciation2.00pm - Pieter Bruegel @ Maxine's
Tue Feb 25thTuesday LuncheonPlease phone Paul on 07917 548066 for details
Tue Feb 25thMurder Book Club2.00pm upstairs in Braintree Library
Wed Feb 26thWalkie-Talkies 1030 Walk. Details to follow.
Thu Feb 27thScrabble10.00am @ June's
Fri Feb 28thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
March 2020
Mon Mar 2ndCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Mon Mar 2ndLine Dance10.30-12.00 at St Michael's Church House Hall
Tue Mar 3rdSinging for PleasureSt Peter's Church Hall, 2-4pm
Wed Mar 4thLipreading 10am Lipreading Shalford Rd Rayne
Fri Mar 6thImprovers French2.00pm @ Jean's
Fri Mar 6thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Tue Mar 10thBook Club 22.00pm upstairs in Braintree Library
Tue Mar 10thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Mar 10thSnookerMonthly session @ 2.00 pm
Wed Mar 11thFrench ConversationMeet as usual 10,15
Thu Mar 12thScrabble10.00am - venue tbc.
Fri Mar 13thCrafty YarnersAt Carol's house.
Mon Mar 16thGrumpy Old Men7:15 pm @ The King William Pub, London Road.
Mon Mar 16thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Mon Mar 16thLine Dance10.30-12.00 at St Michael's Church House Hall
Tue Mar 17thLocal HistoryVisit, Braintree Museum, Manor Street. Guided talk and tour of new exhibition on Courtaulds by
Claire Willett. Meet at the Museum at 2.00pm, cost £10 includes refreshments
Tue Mar 17thWalking Group 2Steph and Steve lead
Wed Mar 18thMeetingGeneral Meeting @ 2.00pm - Speaker: Jan Gosling "Medieval Lavenham"
Thu Mar 19thWalking Group 1Monthly walk,details to follow
Thu Mar 19thDigital Photography10:00 - 12:00hrs at Elaine's house
Fri Mar 20thImprovers French2.00pm - @ Frances's
Fri Mar 20thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Tue Mar 24thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Mar 24thArt Appreciation2.00pm - Jack Vettriano @ Maxine's
Tue Mar 24thMurder Book Club2:00pm Braintree Library
Wed Mar 25thWalkie-Talkies 1030 Walk. Details to follow.
Thu Mar 26thScrabble10.00am - venue tbc.
Fri Mar 27thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
Mon Mar 30thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
April 2020
Wed Apr 1stLipreading 10am Lipreading shalford Rd Rayne
Fri Apr 3rdImprovers French2.00pm - venues vary
Fri Apr 3rdUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Tue Apr 7thSinging for PleasureSt Peter's Church Hall, 2-4pm
Wed Apr 8thFrench ConversationMeet as usual 10.15
Thu Apr 9thScrabble10.00am - venue tbc.
Fri Apr 10thCrafty YarnersGood Friday no group meeting
Mon Apr 13thSnookerMonthly session @ 2.00 pm
Tue Apr 14thBook Club 22.00pm upstairs in Braintree Library
Tue Apr 14thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Wed Apr 15thMeetingGeneral Meeting @ 2.00pm - AGM and a short talk "How to avoid Scams"
Thu Apr 16thWalking Group 1Monthly walk,details to follow
Fri Apr 17thImprovers French2.00pm - venues vary
Fri Apr 17thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Mon Apr 20thGrumpy Old Men7:15pm @ The King William Pub, London Road.
Mon Apr 20thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Apr 21stLocal HistoryTalk at St Peters in the Field Church Hall, by Keith Lovell,
"Essex Foods" 2.00pm Cost £5.00 includes refreshments
Tue Apr 21stWalking Group 2Ian and Sandy lead
Wed Apr 22ndWalkie-Talkies 1030 Walk. Details to follow.
Thu Apr 23rdScrabble10.00am @ June's
Fri Apr 24thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
Tue Apr 28thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Apr 28thArt Appreciation2.00pm - subject and venue tbc
Tue Apr 28thMurder Book Club2:00pm Braintree Library
May 2020
Fri May 1stImprovers French2.00pm - venues vary
Fri May 1stUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Mon May 4thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue May 5thSinging for PleasureSt Peter's Church Hall, 2-4pm
Wed May 6thLipreading 10am Lipreading Shalford Rd Rayne
Fri May 8thCrafty YarnersBank holiday no group meeting.
Tue May 12thBook Club 22.00pm upstairs in Braintree Library
Tue May 12thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue May 12thSnookerMonthly session @ 2.00pm
Fri May 15thImprovers French2.00pm - venues vary
Fri May 15thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Mon May 18thGrumpy Old Men7:15pm @ The King William Pub, London Road.
Mon May 18thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue May 19thLocal HistoryVisit to Cressing Temple Barns and Gardens with David Andrews
Meet at Visitor Centre at 2.00pm. Cost £5 refreshments not included
Tue May 19thWalking Group 2Andrew and Pauline lead
Wed May 20thMeetingGeneral Meeting @ 2.00pm - Speaker: Chris Truran "Dabs and DNA"
Thu May 21stWalking Group 1Monthly walk, details to follow
Fri May 22ndCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house.
Fri May 22ndCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house.
Tue May 26thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue May 26thArt Appreciation2.00pm - subject and venue tbc
Tue May 26thMurder Book Club2:00pm Braintree Library
Wed May 27thWalkie-Talkies 1030 Walk. Details to follow.
June 2020
Mon Jun 1stCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Jun 2ndSinging for PleasureSt Peter's Church Hall, 2-4pm (Last session until September)
Fri Jun 5thImprovers French2.00pm - venues vary
Fri Jun 5thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Tue Jun 9thBook Club 22.00pm upstairs in Braintree Library
Tue Jun 9thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Jun 9thSnookerMonthly session @ 2.00pm
Fri Jun 12thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
Mon Jun 15thGrumpy Old Men7:15pm @ The King William Pub, London Road.
Mon Jun 15thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Jun 16thLocal HistoryVisit to Colchester for guided walk with Tony Fraser. Cost and meeting place to be confirmed
Tue Jun 16thWalking Group 2Sylvia leads
Wed Jun 17thMeetingGeneral Meeting @ 2.00pm - Speaker: Roger Dorking "Tales from the Smithy"
Thu Jun 18thWalking Group 1Monthly walk, details to follow
Fri Jun 19thImprovers French2.00pm - venues vary
Fri Jun 19thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Tue Jun 23rdComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Jun 23rdArt Appreciation2.00pm - subject and venue tbc
Tue Jun 23rdMurder Book Club2:00pm Braintree Library
Wed Jun 24thWalkie-Talkies 1030 Walk. Details to follow.
Fri Jun 26thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
Mon Jun 29thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
July 2020
Fri Jul 3rdUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Tue Jul 7thSinging for PleasureSummer Break Jul-Aug
Mon Jul 13thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Jul 14thBook Club 22.00pm upstairs in Braintree Library
Tue Jul 14thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Jul 14thSnookerMonthly session @ 2.00pm
Wed Jul 15thMeetingGeneral Meeting @ 2.00pm - Speaker: Tony Harris "The Titanic Conspiracy"
Thu Jul 16thWalking Group 1Monthly walk, details to follow
Fri Jul 17thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Mon Jul 20thGrumpy Old Men7:15pm @ The King William Pub, London Road.
Tue Jul 21stLocal HistoryVisit to Braintree Public Gardens, guided tour/talk by Julien Courtauld
Time to be confirmed cost £5.00 refreshments not included
Tue Jul 21stWalking Group 2Pat and Ray lead
Wed Jul 22ndWalkie-Talkies 1030 Walk. Details to follow.
Mon Jul 27thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Jul 28thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Jul 28thArt Appreciation2.00pm - subject and venue tbc
Tue Jul 28thMurder Book Club2:00pm Braintree Library
August 2020
Tue Aug 4thSinging for PleasureSummer Break Jul-Aug
Fri Aug 7thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Mon Aug 10thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Aug 11thBook Club 22.00pm upstairs in Braintree Library
Tue Aug 11thSnookerMonthly session @ 2.00 pm
Fri Aug 14thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
Mon Aug 17thGrumpy Old Men7:15pm @ The King William Pub, London Road.
Tue Aug 18thLocal HistoryVisit to the Gardens of Easton Lodge, talk/guided tour. Meet at the Visitor Centre entrance at
1.30pm, cost £6.50 refreshments included.
Tue Aug 18thWalking Group 2Colin and Chris lead
Wed Aug 19thMeetingGeneral Meeting @ 2.00pm - Speaker: Michael Grillo "The Day the Music Died - The Story Rock and Roll"
Thu Aug 20thWalking Group 1Monthly walk, details to follow
Fri Aug 21stUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Mon Aug 24thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Aug 25thArt AppreciationNo meeting - summer break
Tue Aug 25thMurder Book Club2:00pm Braintree Library
Wed Aug 26thWalkie-Talkies 1030 Walk. Details to follow.
Fri Aug 28thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
September 2020
Fri Sep 4thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Mon Sep 7thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Sep 8thBook Club 22.00pm upstairs in Braintree library
Tue Sep 8thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Sep 8thSnookerMonthly session @ 2.00 pm
Fri Sep 11thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
Tue Sep 15thLocal HistoryVisit to Gosfield Church, Talk/Tour.
Cost and time to be confirmed.
Tue Sep 15thWalking Group 2Richard leads
Wed Sep 16thMeetingGeneral Meeting @ 2.00pm - Speaker: Paula Sutton "Nepal. Its Mountains and Men"
Thu Sep 17thWalking Group 1Monthly walk, details to follow
Fri Sep 18thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Mon Sep 21stGrumpy Old Men7:15pm @ The King William Pub, London Road.
Mon Sep 21stCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Sep 22ndComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Sep 22ndMurder Book Club2:00pm Braintree Library
Wed Sep 23rdWalkie-Talkies 1030 Walk. Details to follows.
Fri Sep 25thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
October 2020
Fri Oct 2ndUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Mon Oct 5thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Oct 13thBook Club 22.00pm upstairs in Braintree Library
Tue Oct 13thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Oct 13thSnookerMonthly session @ 2.00 pm
Thu Oct 15thWalking Group 1Monthly walk, details to follow
Fri Oct 16thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Mon Oct 19thGrumpy Old Men7:15pm @ The King William Pub, London Road.
Mon Oct 19thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Oct 20thLocal HistoryTalk at St Peters in the Field Church Hall by Lesley Killin,"History Detectives"
2.00pm cost £4.00 refreshments included
Tue Oct 20thWalking Group 2Ann and Dave leads
Wed Oct 21stMeetingGeneral Meeting @ 2.00pm - Speaker: John Hutchinson "Concorde"
Tue Oct 27thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Oct 27thMurder Book Club2:00pm Braintree Library
Wed Oct 28thWalkie-Talkies 1030 Walk. Details to follow.
November 2020
Mon Nov 2ndCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Fri Nov 6thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Tue Nov 10thBook Club 22.00pm upstairs in Braintree Library
Tue Nov 10thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Nov 10thSnookerMonthly session @ 2.00 pm
Fri Nov 13thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
Mon Nov 16thGrumpy Old Men7:15pm @ The King William Pub, London Road.
Mon Nov 16thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
Tue Nov 17thLocal HistoryTalk at St Peters in the Field Church Hall, by Alex Bass. "The River Colne from source to sea".
2.00pm £5.00 includes refreshments.
Tue Nov 17thWalking Group 2Steph and Steve lead
Wed Nov 18thMeetingGeneral Meeting @ 2.00pm - Speaker: Par Garrod "A Trip around the World on a Motorbike"
Thu Nov 19thWalking Group 1Monthly walk, details to follow
Fri Nov 20thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Tue Nov 24thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Nov 24thMurder Book Club2:00pm Braintree Library
Wed Nov 25thWalkie-Talkies 1030 Walk. Details to follow.
Fri Nov 27thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house
Mon Nov 30thCards & Board Games2.00pm at The Swan in Rayne.
December 2020
Fri Dec 4thUkulele GroupMeet at Braintree Museum 2.15pm (enter through shop entrance)
Bring own Ukulele and Music stand.
Music supplied.
Tue Dec 8thBook Club 2Christmas special
Tue Dec 8thComputers BeginnersRing Dan for details.(07800710855)
Bring own Laptop.
Tue Dec 8thSnookerMonthly session @ 2.00 pm
Wed Dec 9thMeetingChristmas General Meeting @ 2.00pm - date to be confirmed.
Fri Dec 11thCrafty YarnersAt Carole's house.
Mon Dec 14thCards & Board Games1.00pm at The Swan in Rayne. The Christmas meal is booked for this date. Menu to be filled in nearer the time.
Tue Dec 15thWalking Group 2Colin and Chris planning meeting.
Thu Dec 17thWalking Group 1Monthly walk, details to follow
Mon Dec 21stGrumpy Old Men7:15pm @ The King William Pub, London Road.