Ongar and District Community Association Events

Our Comedy Club Night on Friday November 3rd was a sell out! It was the first-year anniversary of Laughing Chili Comedy Club bringing a top line up of fabulous comedians to Budworth Hall and Ongar, and yet again was a great evening of fun and laughter. The next Comedy Club Night is on February 16th 2024. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment at (scroll down to find Ongar.) Tickets are £15.00. The door & bar open at 7.30pm, and the show starts at 8.30pm.

A Seniors’ Christmas Social was held on Wednesday 29th November. This proved very popular with about 70 tickets sold by the beginning of November.

The Budworth Christmas Party Night is on Saturday 2nd December, 7pm to 12am. Tickets will be £18.00. Further information and how to get tickets on our social media pages and notice board. There will be live singers and a Christmas Disco to get you in the festive mood. Food available from Nerrissa and Claire’s café.

Other News and Updates

At the AGM on October 27th, the officers and committee volunteered to continue for another year and were duly elected. All those who attended were offered a complementary drink and informal chat in the bar after the meeting closed.

A new Salsa Dancing Club will be starting on Thursday 18th January, 8.00pm to 11.00pm. Look out for further information on our social media pages and notice boards.

The OMHS museum, located in the bar area, will be open by the end of the year.

Thanks to Michelle Russell (Maximize Fitness) and Amanda McGregor (Heart of Holistic Health) who have presented us with a donation towards a defibrillator. The money was raised at a sponsored Clubbercise event earlier in the year. Thanks to all who participated.

We have been given a grant from Active Essex towards the installation of a disabled toilet. Thanks to Jackie for her hard work in organising that, and the installation of our new, more welcoming front doors.

The grand piano, which was donated to Budworth Hall by Ongar Comprehensive School in 1989, has been donated back to our local secondary school, now The Ongar Academy. Many thanks to Grandad Phil (Philip Elgie) who organised it. If you are interested in the history of the piano, Grandad Phil wrote an excellent article about it in March’s Ongar News titled “They call me Ibach.”

 Keep checking our social media pages and notice board to keep up to date with information about events being held in the hall.  

Hire and Contact details: –

The Budworth Hall office is closed. The Ballroom, Concert Hall, Committee Room, and Bar Area are available for hire 7 days a week at competitive rates. For any enquiries, please email with your name, telephone number, and the nature of your enquiry. If you have no access to email, please telephone us on 07918 462 959 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you are thinking of starting a weekly or regular event, please contact us and arrange to and have a look at our facilities. 

The onsite Coffee Bar and Restaurant is run by Nerissa and Claire and is open Tuesday – Saturday. 

This is the last News from Budworth Hall before Christmas, and there will be no article in January. We would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful 2024.

Jane Battersby for The Ongar and District Community Association.