Events at Budworth Hall –  May to June

New: Barnardo’s Come and Play –  Free Entry every Tuesday 10:15 am – 11:30am during term time only. Accompanied children 0 – 5.  Make new friends in your local community, fun filled session full of toys and equipment to explore.

60’s Night – Early note for your diary – we are holding another 60’s night on Saturday 16th November

Weekend and Special Events (see our Notice Boards, Facebook page and our website for more details)

Thursday 2nd May – Day – EFDC Elections

Sunday 5th May – Day – Ongar Town Festival Stalls and early evening Jive Club

Friday 10 May – Evening – Ongar Jazz

Sun 12th May – Fats City Jive Club

Saturday 18th May – Evening –  Forces Friends – Elvis Charity Night

Saturday 1st June – Day – Rotary Club – Stroke Awareness Day – Have a check up by professionals

Saturday 1st June – Evening – Rock n Roll – Fats City Jive Club

Saturday 15th June – Day – Ongar Art Society Exhibition

Sunday 16th June – Day – Ongar Arts Society Exhibition

Regular Events (Please check with organiser for dates during school holidays)


2.15–3.15pm  KFA Mature Moves – Gentle Keep Fit Class

4–7.30pm Karate – classes for all ages and abilities.  Call Daniel on 07804 813705

7.30 – 8.30pm – Cardio Dance Class – call Michelle on 07970 1528080


10.15-11.30 Barnardo’s Come and Play – Free session for 0-5 year olds with toys and equipment to explore (Term time only)

4.30 – 6.30 p.m. Eureka English and Maths tutorials for schoolchildren years 1 – 7. Call Cheryl on 07958555947 or Steph on 07918 822740

6.15-9.30pm Ballroom/Latin – dance classes for all ages and abilities. (Private Sessions also available.)  Call Emma on 07956 116827

7–8pm and 8.15-9.15pm Clubbercise – simple fun/dance/fitness routines, suitable for all fitness levels with 90s music, disco lights and glow sticks.  Call Michelle on 07970 152808.


11am – 12 noon – CIZE Live – call Michelle on 07970 152808

7 – 8 p.m.  Adults Group Fight – new, exciting, burns off tons of calories.  Exercise to music using mixed martial arts moves.  Call Michelle on 07970 152808.

7 – 9.30pm Ongar Singers – meet to enjoy music and singing – new singers always welcome.  Call Julia on 899917.


4.30 – 6pm Footsteps Dance School for Ballet/Tap/Street dance classes 4 – 11 year olds call Caroline on 077897 95766 Slimmers’ World – Experience a warm welcome and all the support you need Call Tracey .0n 07584 676670 Pound Fitness Class.  Call Michelle 07970 152808.


10–11am  Clubbercise.  Call Michelle on 07970 152808.


9.15–10am High Intensity (HIIT) and Aerobic burning activities.  Simple, challenging but adaptable to all fitness levels.  Call Michelle on 07970 152808.

The Ballroom, Concert Hall and Committee Room are available for hire 7 days a week at competitive rates and we currently have limited spare capacity.  Weddings – Individual pricing applies, dependent on requirements.  For details pop in or contact us – telephone 01277 363888 or email  If you are looking to start a weekly/regular event, we are always willing to help with new ventures.  Come and have a look and a chat.  Office hours: 9.30am–1pm, Monday to Friday.  The Coffee Bar and Restaurant on site is run by Nerissa and Claire and is open every day except Mondays. Please see our website for photo’s of our facilities and more information.

Community Health and Wellbeing

The Council’s Community Health and Wellbeing Team provides a programme of community events, activities, courses, classes and projects throughout the district in order to promote healthy lifestyles (see menu on right hand side for more information). The Council’s Community Health and Wellbeing Team’s aim is to encourage and increase participation in sport, physical activity, play and to promote health and wellbeing opportunities for all ages and abilities. We also aim to enable all sections of the community to have access to a wide range of high quality sports, leisure and health and wellbeing services.

Ongar Art Society

Ongar Art Society welcomes artists of all levels of experience as well as those who simply have an interest in the subject.

We meet on the second Thursday of each month, 8-10pm, for demonstrations, talks and critiques of members works. Members may exhibit at our Summer Exhibition as well as a Winter Art Sale, both of which are held at Budworth Hall. We also offer workshops and sketching days for members.

Our monthly meetings are held at High Ongar Village Hall, Mill Lane, High Ongar, CM5 9RN.

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