Hello and welcome to our new blog. We have a new media team who will be contributing on a regular basis.


I like to write. I enjoy compiling the Belles newsletter and submitting the occasional article for inclusion in Essex News. As the committee know, I like to shout about what the Belles have been up to and get our name in print whenever possible. I could never have imagined that I would now be using terminology such as self-isolating and social distancing when writing a blog post for the Belles. But these are strange times, normal life has been suspended and our weekly structure has all but disappeared. The landscape is very different now with the high street all but closed and those who can are working from home.  In the last seven days we have witnessed panic buying at the supermarket countered by incredible support for our valiant doctors, nurses and others working to fight this virus. Daily briefings from Downing Street have become the norm as we struggle to absorb what is happening globally. Our emotions are all over the place and we miss the physical contact with our friends and family.

It can be overwhelming. Like many, I often feel all at sea in a boat without a rudder as I spend too much time watching continuous news bulletins. It’s amazing how quickly we adapt, however, and this week began with a live streamed exercise class. I wasn’t alone as I could see that Helen W. had joined in too! I have realised that there are many things to fill the time and allow us to stay connected and so many Belles have been sharing what they have been doing. Lesley B, for example, joined in The Big Sing from the comfort of her sofa whilst Liz, who sadly is self -isolating, has been doing a jigsaw. Others have been working out timetables for homeschooling whilst juggling for desk space with a husband now working from home.



Thinking along these lines we’d like you to enter our competition and complete this limerick and post them 

In lockdown but never alone…..



Join Us For AfterZoom Tea This Friday

I had my first ever Zoom meeting with Jane this afternoon. It was so easy and we have discussed ways of keeping the Belles connected. Firstly we’d like to get a few more Belles chatting and so have set up our first Afterzoom tea at 3pm on Friday. To join the meeting simply email by Thursday and an invitation will be sent to you. invitation will be sent to you


Staying Connected

There has been a lot of activity in our facebook groups this week.

Buddy Belles

There have been a lot of suggestions of things to keep us occupied shared in the Buddy Belles this week and this is a forum for simply starting a conversation.

 West End Belles

The lovely Sue has been testing our knowledge of musical theatre by posting a daily Know your Musicals Quiz.

Happy Hookers

Links to free patterns for either knitting or crochet are being shared as we all dive into our stash to fill the hours!

Wooden Spoons

It is a bit like Ready Steady Cook lately with an odd assortment of ingredients found in cupboards on as sole items on supermarket shelves. So why not share some of your favourite or most successful recipes with others in this group.

Shooting Stars

A small challenge for those who like to take photographs – take a photo featuring just one colour – be warned it’s not as easy as it sounds.


Lots of book commentary and recommended reading material shared here.

Craft Group

Crafty Belles have been sharing their projects. Here is Sue C’s lovely Spring Wreath inspired by WI Life.









Other ideas to keep busy include:-

  • playing Lexulous (online Scrabble) with a fellow Belle and I can vouch for the fact that Margaret is a formidable opponent!
  • Listening to craft podcasts.
  • Joining in either The Big Sing or The Great British Home Chorus run by Gareth Malone (Marilyn S and I have had a good sing today!)
  • It is even possible to take a virtual walking tour of London

There are many more so please keep the ideas coming.

And here is our lovely President, Jane, participating in a WI  Fika. Fika is an important part of Swedish culture and simply means making time to share a cup of coffee or tea and a little something to eat with friends. 










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