Bedford House Re-Opening soon!

Dear Members and Friends,
I am pleased to let you know that the Trustees met recently and have decided to re-open Bedford House in August for Summer School taster sessions and short courses, and from Monday 7 September 2020 for academic year courses. 
We are planning an exciting programme of activities from August 2020 to September 2021 and with only a few weeks to go we are working very hard to finalise the Summer School Programme and the Academic Year Courses Programme.  We will email you the programmes as soon as they are ready so there is no need to contact us for a copy. 
It is promising to be a great Summer School Programme which is likely to include:

  • Ballet, Pilates, Yoga, Line Dancing, Guided Walks in Epping Forest,
  • Art for All (Painting), Calligraphy, Drawing and Painting Flowers, Watercolour (Painting),
  • Art Appreciation Lecture

In addition we are planning on having a Virtual Summer Exhibition from 1st August.  More info to follow.
We have also been working very hard to ensure Bedford House is a safe environment.  Some of the main precautions organisations and people can take to control the spread of Covid-19 and other virus are cleaning and social distancing.  We have therefore taken the following steps to enable us to welcome you to Bedford House and to keep you safe:
Cleaning and Hygiene

  1. A stringent cleaning regime by a professional cleaning company several times every day in term time 
  2. Hand sanitizer available
  3. Surface sanitizers available to tutors and learners to maintain their own space
  4. Fitting specialist doorstops to minimise touching doors
  5. Various signage displayed throughout the premises to remind us of what to do
  6. All site users to wash hands frequently and effectively
  7. Hourly ventilation and air change in rooms
  8. Soap washing shared tools before and after usage where sharing is unavoidable
  9. Minimising the shared use of all items
  10. Those with breathing hygiene issues (non-Covid-19 related) such as coughing, throat clearing etc. to use face coverings or visors.
  11. Learners and tutors to use face coverings as required where close contact is required, or where people are vulnerable.  Tutors to discuss with learners and each class to agree usage.
  12. Tutors to check with learners at the start of classes if anyone has symptoms.

Social Distancing

  1. We are providing a compliant distance between learners.  Large classes have been split over two classrooms or moved to the Hall.  This means that there will only be 6-7 learners in each classroom plus a tutor.
  2. Learners will be situated in zigzag rather than opposite each other.
  3. Class starting times have been staggered.  Class break times to be staggered.
  4. Health, fitness and wellbeing classes taking place in the hall have been reduced to 10-12 learners maximum.
  5. When possible, we will make use of the garden in a socially distanced way.
  6. Designating items to each learner such as own portion of clay; learners to bring own exercise mats and other similar items.  Tutors will work with each class to minimise the sharing of items.
  7. Learners and tutors are asked to bring their own drinks such as water and hot drinks.  Kitchen facilities must remain closed until government restrictions ease. 
  8. All tutors have been consulted about issues specific to their courses.
  9. Tutors are adapting their courses to avoid or minimise sharing, to create workstations that are more fixed than usual, to review circulation in spaces to minimise people crossing paths

All measures will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in relation to government advice and inhouse needs.    
Lastly, a big thank you to our Members for all your support, patience and kind donations during this challenging time.  There would be no Bedford House without the Members. 
Your Summer School Programme will be emailed to you around 15 July, and the Academic Courses Programme 2020/21 will follow shortly thereafter.
If you have any particular concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
We look forward to seeing you all again in August and September. 

Best wishes,
Lykke Leszczynski
Centre Manager

PS If you have a query in the meantime we are happy to help.  Please contact Caroline 9:15 to 13:00 Monday to Thursday on or Lykke on Tuesday to Friday.  We are working mainly remotely until 13 July so emailing us asking to be called back may be faster than leaving a message on the office answering machine 020 8504 6668. 


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.