Activities, Clubs and Societies

All activities take place at Wickham Bishops village hall unless stated otherwise.

Click here to see a list of events.

Arts: The Arts Society Blackwater

The Arts Society holds monthly lectures on the first Thursday of the month, and in May, on the second Thursday at 11am. Refreshments are available from 10.30am.  We also hold days of special interest, when we have 3 lectures and lunch. For membership and all enquiries see the website or contact David Anderson on 01621 840956

Badminton: Tuesday & Wednesday Badminton

We are a badminton club with separate sessions for ladies and men.

Ladies play on Tuesdays 2-4pm and Wednesdays 1.30-3.30pm.
Men play on Tuesday nights 8-10pm.

If you are interested, please contact Sue Harding at

Badminton: Thursday Ladies Badminton Club

We meet on Thursday afternoons from 1.45 to 3.45 pm. If you are interested in playing please contact Lilian Laccohee by email at or by telephone on 07562 321049

Bridge: Wickham Bishops Bridge Club

We meet every Wednesday evening at 7pm in the small meeting room. We are a friendly bunch of bridge enthusiasts and welcome new members.  Even if you don’t have a partner, we often have people looking for partners due to holidays etc. If you would like more information call John on 07454 745438. I look forward to hearing from you.

Children: Nursery

We are an established Nursery providing high quality care for children aged 2 and above. We are open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30 am until 4.00pm and Mondays from 9:30am until 1pm.  Sessional hours are also available on these days. Tel: 01621 892991

Children: Performance & Theatre - Vicki Little Stars

Contact: or phone 07743 650845.

Children: Toddlers

Open every Wednesday during term time 10.00 until 11.30. Excellent group, lovely clean toys and friendly atmosphere. Includes access to wide variety of toys, craft activities and a break-time biscuit. (Tea and coffee for grown-ups). Some weeks we have table-top sellers e.g cards, jewellery, body shop, and children’s photographer, to name but a few.  Suitable for pre-school age and babies. Please see our Facebook page for contact details

Country Music: Graham's Country Music

First and fourth Saturdays of the month for live music and line dancing in the Village Hall.

Contact Graham on 01245 491252 or 07970 636580

Dance: Georgia's Dance Academy

Our Thursday class is for our competition squad! Join us and compete across the county winning medals, trophies, sashes and prizes but most importantly having fun with the best dance family! Classes run Thursdays 5.30-7pm £6.50 PAYG. All of our classes are PAYG. You only pay when you dance!

Click here to see our poster.

Dance: Starlight Dancing

Ballroom & Latin Dancers for Adult Beginners

Come and join us for a bit of beginner ‘Strictly’ fun! Each month we will be teaching a new Ballroom and Latin dance from the very beginning at a fun, relaxed pace. No prior experience needed!

For information on what classes we are teaching next month, visit or call us on 07739 518890

Drama: Wickham Bishops Drama Club

The Wickham Bishops Drama Club (WBDC) is a community drama group established in 1928, aiming to encourage the performance and enjoyment of live amateur theatre in the local area.  We stage three performances per year in January, April, and July.  From treading the boards to assisting with set design, if you are interested in any aspects of theatre or simply want to try something new, we welcome new members.  No experience required.  Simply come along to the village hall on a Monday or Thursday evening from 8pm.  For more information, please see or alternatively please email

Film: Community Cinema

Spectrum Community Cinema family-run local business operates from September-April. 

We screen films that have just finished their run at the national cinemas. They are screened on the last Friday of the month. The hall is set with tables and chairs all with a good view of our 16’x9′ screen. Tables can be reserved if there are 4 or more in your party. If you have any special requirements, please request by email; subtitles run throughout. Fully licensed bar, sharing plates, hot dogs and icecreams.

Doors open at 7pm and the film starts 8pm. Tickets are £8 from The Health Food shop or £8.50 online at

Football: Beacon Hill Rovers

Beacon Hill Rovers play at the Wickham Bishops Sports Field in Great Totham Road, behind ‘The Mitre’ pub.  The Club is pleased to be a centre for the local community with teams for all: starting at six through to Walking Football for over 50s and 60s; men, women, boys and girls. The Mens’ teams play on Saturday afternoons, the Women on Sunday afternoons, Youth teams practise Saturday mornings and play matches on Sunday mornings. The tea bar is open to all as is the Clubroom when football is going on. See our Club website or contact the Club Secretary via

Gardening: Essex Hardy Plant Society

The Hardy Plants Society Essex Group meet on a Sunday every month from September to April. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For membership enquiries, email Chris Cheswright on

Jazz: Wickham Bishops Jazz Club

Wickham Bishops Jazz Club meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month, except July & August. We have been running in one guise or another since the early to mid 1950s, and we continue to provide a venue for jazz lovers to enjoy top UK & international bands. Further details by contacting  Pete at

Click here for our latest programme.

Quilting: The Cotton Scatterers

Our group is primarily a patchwork and quilting group but we do have some members who also knit, crochet, embroider and do other crafting activities.  We welcome anyone to our group who is sociable and likes doing crafty things.

Contact: Liz Bickers 07905 654222; 

Social Club: The Beacon Hill Social Club ('BHSC')

The Beacon Hill Social Club (‘BHSC’) is housed on the top floor of the Wickham Bishops Village Hall. It provides recreational facilities for use by residents of the local parishes. It has a bar and social area, along with 3 snooker tables and a dart board. The club is run by a committee, drawn from a membership of around 130. New members are required to be sponsored by an existing member.
Opening Times: 9am – midnight. 
Contact details: .

Tai Chi

Essex Tai Chi Academy meet on Friday mornings. 9.30 to 11.30am. 

We are a friendly group and do Master Moys Tai Chi set and other forms. All welcome.

Contact Lorrie 07813 755156

Tennis: Wickham Bishops Tennis Club

Wickham Bishops Tennis Club is a family friendly and popular club situated in Great Totham Road.  It has four well-maintained hard courts, which are all floodlit, and a light and spacious pavilion overlooking the courts.  The Club encourages both social and competitive tennis through a full programme of club sessions, coaching, tournaments, and local league matches for adults and juniors alike. Adult enquiries: 07946 518614; Junior enquiries:  01621 892816

u3a: Maldon and District u3a

Maldon and District u3a has approximately 400 members; it’s one branch of a UK-wide movement for people no longer in full time work or raising a family. We hold a monthly meeting with a guest speaker at 1.30 pm on the 3rd Monday each month.  We have nearly 40 different activity groups which meet throughout the month at various locations and also organise outings for their particular interests. In addition, there are social events for all members. Interested? Call Alec Fraser 01621 892138 or email:; website:

Wine: The Beacon Wine Circle

The Beacon Wine Circle is a social group with a varied programme including wine tastings. We invite speakers on a variety of subjects, and arrange outings and a summer garden party.  Meetings are monthly, on a Friday. Our growing membership is currently over 100 and we look forward to welcoming more new members. For further details please contact our Secretary, Peter Elvish at