Clubs, Groups and Societies

Clubs, Groups and Societies

1st Yeldham Scout Group

The Group provides a varied programme of activities and takes part in Group camps, District and County events.

Venue:  The Scout Hut, Recreation Ground, Toppesfield Road, Great Yeldham.

Beavers:  Children 6-8 years.   Meets Thursday 4.30 – 5.30 pm.

Cubs:  Children 8-10½ years.   Meets Thursday 5.45 – 6.45 pm.

Scouts:  Children 10½-14 years.   Meets Thursdays 7.00 – 8.15 pm.

Contact:  The Group Scout Leader Hazel Callaghan Tel: 07958 176025


Yeldham Brownies

Term time only

Contact Corrie Rutter on 01787 237689 for more information

Bell Ringers: 

Evening practices at Gt. Yeldham, Toppesfield or Ridgewell Churches.

Ringing for Church Services/Weddings/Special occasions at Gt. Yeldham, Toppesfield, Ridgewell and Stambourne.   Everyone welcome   Instruction arranged for new comers.

Contact:  Mike Brewster, Bell Captain. Tel: 07896 341028.

Gt. Yeldham Carpet Bowls Club:

Open to all ages, a little eye and hand co-ordination needed, for which training is given!

A social evening where friends are made.

Tuesdays 7.15 – 9.30pm at The Reading Room.

Contact:  Margaret Rawlinson, Club Secretary, 01787 237049

Gt. Yeldham Cottage Garden Society:

The oldest Cottage Garden Society in the country, founded in 1854.  Open to all.   No need to be an expert gardener – just come along and enjoy the activities.   No regular meeting time.   Annual diary includes trips to places of interest; talks; Open Gardens; Plant Sale and Annual Show.

Contact:  Anne Burrows, Secretary, 01787 237959/

Gt. Yeldham and District Ladies Club

Enjoy a wide variety of speakers/demonstrators, summer and Christmas Parties.   Husbands, partners and friends are welcome to all meetings.

Last Thursday of the month (excluding December) 7.30-9.30pm at The Reading Room.

Contact:  Margaret Rawlinson 01787 237049.

Gt. Yeldham Footpath Walking Group:

Explores the local footpaths.   Walks are usually about 2 hours long; all are welcome including dogs.   Walks not suitable for pushchairs and young children need to be carried.

Meet on the Village Green, by the Drs Surgery, 10a.m. on the second Saturday of the month.

Contact: Mark Wood, tel: 01787 237593, email:

Gt Yeldham Men’s Shed

Work has started on establishing a Men’s Shed for the village (opening Autumn 2023). Sheds are set up across the country for a variety of activities including model making, gardening, carpentry, bike refurbishment and woodwork. They help reduce loneliness and isolation but most importantly, they’re fun. Follow the Shed’s progress on facebook

Gt Yeldham Parent and Toddler Group

New-born up to and including pre-school children. Supporting local families as they play, learn and grow together.  Group Leader: Rachel

Meets 1st Wednesday of the month from  9.30am – 11.30am (term times only) in The Reading Room.

Information about the group 2023 Yeldham Parent and Toddler Group

Gt Yeldham Table Tennis Club 

Open to all ages.  Meets every Wednesday from 7.00pm to 9.00pm in the Reading Room.

Contact: John Marks on 01787 238297

Gt Yeldham Youth Club.

This group is currently not running.

Line Dancing Classes (Sundowners Line Dancers):

Teaching of line dancing and some partner dancing + some social events.

7.30pm Monday evenings in the Reading Room.

Contact John or Cherie Taylor   Tel:  01787 461973 / 463427


Move It or Lose It

An exercise class with a difference.  Easy to follow exercises for over 50’s and people with health and mobility issues. Every Tuesday at 11.00 am, Reading Room.

Contact: Georgina Burr on 07547 927238 or email

Neighbourhood Watch Group:

Clive Stewart, Braintree District Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, Braintree District Council Area, Email:

Sophia Allen Dance Movement & Exercise

Contact email Tel. 07938 520672

All classes run term time only in The Reading Room

Children Classes

Ballet & Movement: Saturdays 9.30am

Theatre Dance Club, Dance Troop & Intermediate Ballet: Thursdays from 4.00pm

Adult Classes

Adult Ballet: Monday 4.00-6.00pm

Circuit Training: Thursday mornings 9.45-10.45am

Stretch & Strengthen: Fridays 5.15-6.45pm

St Andrews Café

1st Thursday of the month from 10.00-11.30am. Please note that there is no café April or August) Dates: 2nd February, 2nd March, 23rd March, 4th May, 8th June, 6th July, 7th September, 5th October, 9th November, 7th December.  The monthly café, run in partnership with St Andrews Church in Great Yeldham. The purpose of the café is to provide a regular space for people in the village and surrounding areas to connect and catch up with friends. The café is run by volunteers who provide refreshments, cakes and biscuits.

Veterans Club, Great Yeldham:

This group meets socially for bingo, raffles, outings and meals out.

Meets every other Wednesday, 2.00-4.00pm at The Waggon and Horses, High Street.

Contacts:  Joint Treasurers – Sylvia Wilson Tel: 01787 238396 / Joan Storrar Tel: 01787 237740