Events at Budworth Hall  August Onwards

 Sunday 4 August – Tea Dance

Saturday 24 August – Rock n Roll Fats City Jive Club

September Events

Tuesday 10 – Ongar Music Club AGM followed by tea, cake and short recital.  Doors open 1pm for 1.30pm.  Music (45 minutes) from soprano Jessica Edom, a finalist in this year’s Essex Young Musician of the Year competition, and pianist Jamie Cochrane, winner of Essex Young Musician of the Year 2018.  Tickets £5 from OMC Jane Webster (07970 791945 or

Sunday 15 – Jive Club Tea Dance, Fats City.  2 – 5.30pm.  Tickets on the door £6.

Friday 20 – Ongar Jazz Club.  8 – 11pm.  Enrico Comasso Swing Company.  Some tickets possibly available to non-members of OJC.  For prices and availability call John Root 01277 363 989.

Tuesday 24 – Ongar Music Club hosts Soundbites Recital & Tea.  Doors open 1pm for 1.30pm.  Pianist Alasdair Hogarth will perform a 45-minute programme of varied piano classics.  Afternoon tea served afterwards.  Tickets £10 from OMC Jane Webster (07970 791945 or

October Events

Sunday 6 – Jive Club Tea Dance, Fats City.  2 – 5.30pm.  Tickets on door £6.

Saturday 12 – Remus Horse Sanctuary Table-Top Sale.  9.30am – 3.30pm.  Jewellery, home made cakes and preserves, jigsaws, tombola, bric-a-brac.  All proceeds go to caring for horses (

Friday 18 – Ongar Jazz Club.  8 – 11pm.  Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants.  Some tickets possibly available to non-members of OJC.  For prices and availability call John Root 01277 363 989. 

Friday 25 – 7pm for 7.30pm sharp – Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) North Weald & Ongar Branch – Talk on the story of the Victoria Cross ‘In Pectore Robur – Hearts of Oak’ by Mark Smith of The Antiques Roadshow and curator at former Firepower Museum.  Tickets £7 available from RAFA or the Budworth Hall office (open Mon – Fri 9.30am – 1pm).

Saturday 26 – Rock and Roll, Jive Club, Fats City.  7 – 11.45pm.  Tickets on door £7.

Tuesday 29 – Ongar Music Club hosts Soundbites Recital & Tea.  Doors open 1pm for 1.30pm.  By kind permission of Major General B J Bathurst, CBE, the Major General commanding the Household Division, the Countess of Wessex String Quartet will be playing during a special afternoon tea.  Proceeds go to ABF the Soldiers’ Charity.  Tickets £10 from OMC Jane Webster (07970 791945 or

Regular Activities


Adventure Tots Soft Play Hire Stay & Play Sessions – 10am-noon.  Big fun for little people.  Returns 9 September

KFA Mature Moves – 2.15-3.15pm.  Returns 2 September.  Gentle keep fit class.

Karate – 4-7.30pm.  Classes for all ages and abilities.  Call Daniel 07804 813705.

Cardio Dance Class – 7.30-8.30pm. Call Michelle 07970 1528080.


Pension Wise by Citizens Advice Bureau – by appointment only.  Information and guidance specialists.  Now runs every Tuesday.  Call 0800 1383944 or visit

Barnardos Come & Play – 10.15-11.30am. Returns 3 September.  Free sessions for 0-5 year olds with toys and equipment to explore.  Term time only.

Eureka English and Maths tutorials – 4.30 – 6.30pm.  Starts again 10 September.  For children in school years one to seven.  Call Cheryl 07958 555947 or Steph on 07918 822740.                           

Ballroom & Latin Dance – 6.15-9.30pm.  Returns 3 September.  Dance classes for all ages and abilities.  Private sessions are also available.  Call Emma 07956 116827.

Clubbercise – 7-8pm and 8.15-9.15pm.  Simple, fun, dance fitness routines.  Work out to 90s music with disco lights and glow sticks.  Suitable for all fitness levels.  Call Michelle 07970 152808.


Alzheimers Society Information Hub – 10am-1pm.  Every fourth Wednesday of the month.  25 September.

Adults Group Fight – 7-8pm.  New, exciting way to burn calories.  Exercise to music using mixed martial arts moves.  Call Michelle 07970 152808.

Ongar Singers – 7-9.30pm.  First session after school holidays is 4 September.  Enjoy music and singing.  New singers always welcome.  Call Julia 899917.


Footsteps Dance School – 4.30-6pmReturns 12 September.  For Ballet, Tap & Street Dance classes for 4-11 year olds.  Call Caroline 07789 795766.

Slimming World – 5-9pm.  Experience a warm welcome and all the support you need.  Call Tracey 07584 676670.

Pound Fitness Class – 7-8pm.  Call Michelle 07970 152808. 


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


High Intensity (HIIT) (Aerobic Burning Activities) – 9.15-10am.  Simple, challenging but adaptable to all fitness levels.  Call Michelle.  07970 152808.

Budworth Hall Hire

The Ballroom, Concert Hall and Committee Room are available for hire 7 days a week at competitive rates.  Please contact us for availability.  Individual pricing applies for Weddings, depending upon requirements.

If you’re looking to start a weekly or regular event, we’re always willing to help with new ventures.  Please come along for a chat and have a look at our facilities.

The on site Coffee Bar and Restaurant is run by Nerissa and Claire.  It’s open every day except Mondays.

Budworth Hall office hours:  9.30am-1pm Monday to Friday01277 363888.  Email



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.

For more details, please visit