Welcome from the Centre Manager

Dear Members and Friends,

In record time we have managed to organise 14 short courses and workshops in our Summer School 2020 running from Monday 3 August to Friday 4 September 2020.  We have invested in health and safety measures to keep learners, tutors and other staff safe.  We have significantly increased cleaning regimes and have a mixture of Covid-19 compliant measures in place.  We have reduced the number of learners in each classroom and where possible moved larger classes to the Hall.  We are also hoping that the weather will be good enough to take advantage of the garden for the Summer School programme.  During the Summer School you can try out short courses and taster sessions from as little as £6. Make the most of your existing membership and enrol on our summer programme.

We are pleased to launch a unique Special Offer.  Spend £30 or more in one purchase on the Summer School programme and get a credit note for 10% of the value of your Summer School purchase which you can use against courses on the academic year programme.  Credit Notes must be used by 10 September 2020 after which they have no value.

Call us to enrol or if you have a question between 9:30 and 14:00.  You can now pay by card over the phone or in person.  Card payment is our preferred method of payment.  We look forward to seeing you in the Summer School.

Best wishes,

Lykke Leszczynski,
Centre Manager.


Provides language courses for adults and children at Bedford House.


This allows us to provide the kind of courses our members want,
rather than those that central or local government requires.
However, this independence means that the Association must meet all its own administrative costs.

Formed in December 1946,  since 1950 the Association has been based at Bedford House, providing a wide range of classes and workshops in a variety of disciplines, and acting as a centre for community activities.  As well as Buckhurst Hill,  Essex , our members also come from surrounding areas including Woodford, Loughton, Redbridge, Chigwell, Ilford, Chingford and Waltham Forest.