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Clubs / Groups / Activities

Please contact the relevant Clubs below before you attend for the latest date and time information.

For Booking and Hire information please contact our Booking Clerk, Shelley on email:-

If you are interested in hire the Hall or setting up a new, or established club/group in our Village Hall we would love to hear from you.


YOUTH DRAMA - The young people of Highwood would like a singing and drama group/club. If you already run such a group / club and might consider a new group in Highwood, or if you are interested in setting up such a new group in Highwood, please contact Shelley.

YOUTH CHESS - The young people of Highwood would like a Highwood chess club. Do we have any residents in the vicinity that would be interested in starting up or running a club at our Village Hall? If you are interested we would love to hear from you, please contact Shelley.

Group / Club Information


Qi Gong

Similar to Tai Chi, but easier to learn.

  • Monday mornings weekly from 10.30 - 11.30am

Elise Johnson has been teaching Qi Gong since 1988. Classes are in a 12 week course, or per class.  Qi-Gong uses slow, graceful movements combined with controlled breathing to promote circulation of QI [energy] within the body to promote overall physical, mental and spiritual health. As learned and performed it promotes a sense of calmness and well-being, working on every joint in the body improving balance, flexibility and the immune system. Qi Gong is for all ages and the attire required is loose fitting comfortable clothing.  Contact Elise on 07801 254 138, email or see Elise's website at

Table  Tennis  Social  Club

  • Monday afternoon, 1 - 3pm.

£3 Per Session which includes all equipment, a cuppa and biscuits! All adults and abilites are welcome, especially senior citizens. We also welcome accompanied children during school holidays. The club runs all year round including Bank Holidays, subject to demand.

For further information please contact Shelley Fowler on:- 01245 248 519

Pilates with SG Fitness

Beginner and Intermediate mat work classes

  • Monday 6.00 - 6.55 pm 
  • Monday 7.05 - 8.00 pm 

Pilates offers both mental and physical training for everyone , whatever your age , gender , size or ability. By improving mind, body awareness and focus, tension is released from the body and correct postural alignment is taught. The creation of a powerhouse through core stabilization exercises is the most effective way to strengthen the torso and protect the spine for everyday activities. Precise, controlled flowing movements mean that the muscle and ligament damage associated with other fitness routines can be avoided. Many people are looking for a gentler form of exercise that will build strength without adding bulk, improve flexibility , and enhance apperances as well as performance- pilates does just that! PILATES exercises will change the way you move, feel and look when practised regularly and correctly. PILATES was originally called contrology and developed at the beginning of the 20th century. It is a unique sequence of exercises created by joseph pilates, desighned to help you achieve a balance of the body and mind. Pilates offers a  wealth of long term fitness, health and wellbeing benefits. Joseph Pilates famous saying - "IN 10 SESSIONS YOU WILL FEEL THE DIFFERENCE AND IN 20 SESSIONS YOU WILL SEE THE DIFFERENCE AND IN 30 SESSIONS YOU WILL HAVE A WHOLE NEW BODY"



To book your mat for a free taster session contact - Sue 07702 236 841 E-mail 


Iyengar Yoga

  • Tuesday morning weekly from 9.15 - 10.45am with Denise Mehlman
  • Tuesday morning weekly 11.15 - 13.15 with Susan Long
  • Tuesday evenings weekly 7.00 -  8.30pm with Susan Long

Iyengar Yoga improves strength, stamina, flexibility and the ability to relax.  Yoga is suitable for all types of people and all levels of fitness.  The classes are run in blocks. You can book a block of classes or drop in. The morning classes are general level for students with some experience of Iyengar Yoga.  The evening classes are suitable for beginners. There is yoga equipment available to use. Feel free to contact Susan or Denise if you need any advice or information about joining a class. Denise is a qualified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Susan is a Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher and a Teacher Trainer. She has been teaching in Essex since 1980. If you would like to book a place on the 9.15 Tuesday morning class please contact Denise on 07814 593 558 or email If you would like to book one of the other classes please contact Susan Long on 07460 101 510 or email For further information and a full list of Iyengar Yoga Classes in Essex see the website for the Iyengar Yoga Centre for Essex, You can filter the classes by town, teacher or day. Click on any class you want further details of.


Baby Ballet Classes

  • Wednesday mornings 9:45 am - 12pm

Babyballet classes are jam packed full of fun ways little ones can learn the basics of ballet.  Flying through the sky while practicing our tip toes or balancing bean bags on our heads to learn about balance, everything we do in class teaches something exciting and useful to learn about ballet.  

9:45-10:20am babyballet Tinies (18months to 3years)

10:30-11:05am babyballet Movers (3-4years)

11:15-11:45am babyballet Tots (6-18months)

Book a 3 week trial for just £15 so your little one can come and try classes to see how they get on before you sign up to any longer.  Book online at or call Miss Laura on 01708 702 691.

Carpet Bowls

  • Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 - 4.30pm

Carpet Bowls is a scaled down version of indoor bowls. The principle aim is to deliver your wood closer to the jack than your opponent. The game is suitable for all ages, male and female. For more information please contact : Chairman John Walker phone 01245 420 919, Treasurer Yvonne Rush phone 01245 472 993, Secretary Ann Huggins phone 01245 421 479.

Highwood Parish Council

  • Wednesday evenings bi-monthly.

Contact the Highwood Parish Council Clerk, Louise Fuller or see the Highwood Parish Council website for further information

Dates for 2018 are:-

January 10th 7.30pm

July 11th 7.30pm

March 14th 7.30pm

September 12th 7.30pm

May 9th the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council at 7.00 followed by meeting at 7.30pm.

November 14th 7.30pm

League Table Tennis

  • Wednesday evenings from 7.30 - 10.30pm

This is a private table tennis hire from September - April. For more information on the table tennis league, please contact Martin Goddard on or 07795 430 332.


Basking Babies Baby Massage

  • Every Thursday morning 10.00 - 11.30am.

Wonderful Baby massage classes teaching a full body massage routine to enjoy with your baby, a specific colic alleviation routine, settling techniques and much more. Basking babies are all about nurturing both mummy and Baby. We offer a supportive, non-judgemental space to learn the wonders of baby massage.  The benefits of baby massage are wide ranging and impressive. The benefits are also backed up by significant research.  Learn how to massage your baby in a relaxed and friendly environment to reap these benefits for you and your baby. The baby massage classes are fun, relaxed and informative and provide you with tools to be able to confidently massage your baby at home. Please contact or visit for more information and to book your place.  

Pilates with SG Fitness

Beginner and Intermediate mat work classes

  • Thursday 6.00 - 7.00pm 

To book your mat for a free taster session contact - Sue 07702 236 841 E-mail 

Highwood Community Choir

  • Every Thursday evening 7.30 - 8.30pm.

A choir for the community! We're not professional singers, although we do have some very talented members. The musical director of the choir is Kay Gibson a singer, pianist and flautist from Great Baddow. We all have a really enjoyable time Thursday evenings and raise money for a range of worthwhile causes. Open to residents of Highwood and neighbouring parishes, currently £3.00 a session. Contacts are Anita Clark 01277 822 608 or Anthony Pipkin


The Catch Up Café

  • First Friday morning of every month from 10am until mid-day

Last Date for 2017: 1st December

Dates for 2018 include:-

January 5th

April 6th

July 6th

October 5th

February 2nd

May 4th

August 3rd

November 2nd

March 2nd

June 1st

September 7st

December 7th

A ‘Community Coffee Morning’ with cakes, hot drinks, stalls and lots of opportunity to meet friends, neighbours and other members of the community.  The Chelmsford City Council's Mobile Customer Information Team are in attendance from 10.00-11.00am to provide advice about Council services together with the Community Agent for Highwood and police Beat Surgery. Delicious home-made cakes, frothy coffees and a guaranteed warm welcome, with lots of stalls to browse around. A plant stall, jam and chutney stall, cards and gifts, as well as a large double stall selling sausages, meats and bacon.  A chocolate stall and bathbomb stall! "The cafe is there to offer friendship, community spirit and a feeling of belonging. Each month we have a full house, which proves people enjoy the companionship, togetherness and place to 'catch up'. I think every village and town needs a cafe like ours!" Suzie Pugh founder of Highwood's Catch Up Cafe.

The cafe is organised by Leslie Bridgman and Anne Mitchell. For further information, please email or call 07944 518 598.

Remedial Iyengar Yoga

Remedial Iyengar Yoga Classes are for people with health problems who require individual programmes rather than working in a general class. This is the only class of its type in Essex.

  • Friday Mornings weekly 10.00 - 12.00 Noon with Susan Long (not running on Catch Up Cafe Fridays, which are usually on the first Friday of the month).

The Friday 10.00am class is for people with health problems. Please contact Susan on 07460 101 510 or email


Essex Stretch Academy - Stretch Class

  • Saturday morning 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Saturday morning 10:30am - 11:30am

Stretch class will help you connect your mind and your body by realigning, strengthening and stretching out your body and your mind, we work on mobility and flexibility to improve your everyday life by using a combination of yoga, pilates, physio and general stretches. Whatever your age, size, gender or ability. It doesn't matter whether you exercise everyday or have never exercised before,  the classes are suitable for all. They supply equipment and each posture can be modified and adapted to suit.
**We don't stop moving because we get old, we get old because we stop moving** 
Your first class is free, thereafter you can pay per class or buy a block of classes. For further information and a full list of class times and venues please contact Carolyn Pink on 07789 811 067 or Laura Ross 07850 487561 at Essex Stretch Academy or email 
Website: Facebook: Essex Stretch Academy

Essex Stretch Academy, run corporate classes, so if you are an employer or employee who would be interested in us coming into your place of work, please take a moment to read this to see how we can benefit you. Corporate Classes

Dance Chelmsford UK

  • Saturday afternoon 12.30 - 4.30pm

Offer lessons in Ballroom, Latin, Contemporary, Disco Freestyle, American Smooth, Salsa, Latin Line, Zumba and Argentine Tango and teach from as young as 2 years old. For further information please see: For further detail please call Chloe on 07835 200 802.


Pranayama Class

Pranayama is the science of breath.

  • First Sunday of the month 9.30 - 11.30

Contact Susan on 07460 101510 or email

Time 4 Dance

  • Sunday afternoons (Alternative Sundays) 1.30 - 5.30pm (These times can vary.)

Private dance lessons every other Sunday afternoon. Offering Ballroom and Latin American private dance lessons for all levels from UKA qualified dance professional and previous British, UK and International dance finalist. Private lessons also available for that special first wedding dance. Relaxed and friendly teaching. Time for Dance hold regular tea dances, please see Village Hall website 'Events' page for further details!

All levels welcome from beginners to advanced. For more information contact Debbie Garrard on Tel 07872 427 946, or email or visit

Essex Stretch Academy - Monthly Restorative and Relaxation Yoga Workshops.

  • Sunday evening monthly 6.30 - 8.00pm

Essex Stretch Academy are expanding their classes to a Sunday evening, monthly from 6.30-8pm, for a Yoga Workshop. The monthly dates have not yet been fixed, so please contact Laura for the exact dates and for further information. Tel 07850487561 or email Life is busy and creates tension in our muscular, emotional and mental systems. In order for us to fully restore, we needs to let tensions from all three of these layers of the body and mind fully release. This is extremely difficult to do which is why the majority of people at some time or another suffer with the results of tension; headaches, insomnia, digestive issues, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. Restorative yoga aligns the body and the mind with a gentle practice concentrating on stillness and release.  Yoga Nidra is the scientific evidence of removing tension through a guided relaxation. One hour of yoga nidra is said to be as beneficial as four hours of standard sleep. So if you feel stressed, tired, frazzled or just want to take some time away to focus on you, then please book. 

For booking and hire information, please contact our Booking Clerk, Shelley on email: