Jane Miles – President
Jane is the President of TBBWI and a founding member. She is also the Vice Chairman of the Essex Fed’s Communications & Marketing Committee and their Digital Storyteller. Jane is married with 2 busy children. She is active in the local community, including as trustee for a local children’s literary festival. Jane is a wannabe children’s author and a freelance L & D consultant. Jane co-runs the Sewing Bee & the Techno Belles, and is Captain of the ArrowBelles ‘B’ Team. Jane’s interests include films, geeky science, Asperger’s & being creative.
Viv Shooter – Treasurer
Viv is the current Treasurer for The Brentwood Belles WI. Having recently retired as Headteacher of a primary school she now has more time for social activities and enjoys being on the Belles committee. Retirement has also given her more time for her favourite activities, tennis and golf, as well as leading the Belles walking group. She is married with no children and if you don’t see her at one of our meetings she is probably on one of her many well-earned holidays.
Tricia Dyke – Secretary
As our secretary, Tricia deals with all correspondence and keeps members informed via the monthly newsletter. A former primary school Headteacher not quite ready to retire her red pen, Tricia works on a part time basis mentoring student teachers. She likes reading, dabbling in craft and singing in a contemporary choir. Tricia is determined to make the most of her leisure time and get outdoors as much as possible and so started up the Walking Group.
Liz Francis – Vice President
Liz joined the Belles in 2014. An enthusiastic Vice President, Liz is keen to be involved in all that goes on with the Belles, Liz also performs with a local operatic society, keeps chickens, battles with weeds in her polytunnel, belly dances and loves to sew and embroider! Liz is Captain of the ArrowBelles ‘A’ Team and runs the Sewing Bee.
Margaret Webb – Membership Secretary & Refuge Liaison
Margaret is a retired teacher, living in Billericay and is married with two sons. Margaret is our Membership Secretary and also coordinates our donations to the Basildon Women’s Refuge. She is a keen allotment gardener and swimmer, enjoying outdoor life and travel. Other interests are preserving the fruits of the allotment, crochet and reading.
Carol Allen – Craft Group & Tripping Out Organiser
Carol is our craft group leader and teaches all kinds of crafts. With Marion she runs Tripping Out With The Belles. This is Carol’s third year on the committee and she was also involved in the WI centenary fashion design project based at Kingston that resulted in designs she had input into being demonstrated throughout the centenary celebrations.
Marion Tracey – Tripping Out Organiser
Marion joined the Belles when it first started and this is her third year on the committee. With Carol, she runs Tripping Out With The Belles and has organised a wide variety of trips this year to suit all sorts of tastes and schedules. Marion is a keen gardener and has organised our annual plant swaps, tennis watcher (not player!!), enjoys walking and trips to concerts and theatre.
Natasha Radford – Minutes Secretary & Food Bank Liaison
Natasha has been happily married to her childhood sweetheart since 1996 and is a mum to 3 lovely children – 2 teenage girls and 1 cheeky boy. She’s a ‘retired’ primary school teacher, who owns and runs a specialist children’s bookshop in Brentwood, with her husband Jim. She is enjoying the relatively new skill of dressmaking and enjoying the challenges it brings! Natasha is our Minutes Secretary as well as our liaison with the Brentwood Food Bank.
Kirsty Halsey – Joint Bookings Secretary
Kirsty has been a Belle for several years and this year has decided to join the committee. Kirsty will be taking on the role of Bookings Secretary, alongside fellow committee newbie, Breda Bower. Kirsty runs her own successful jewellery making business.
Breda Bower – Joint Bookings Secretary
Breda has been a member of the Belles since the very start. Breda joins Kirsty as Bookings Secretary and is a whizz in the kitchen who we can always count on for a lovely cake or two when we need them!
Colleen Wells – Catering
Colleen is new to committee this year, and has recently been promoted from milk monitor to catering organiser. She has recently become a grandmother again and her skills at playing darts are progressing each week!
Mary joined the Belles in .