Fancy A Day Out with The Belles?
No trips planned at present due to Covid-19 however why not join our Buddy Belles Facebook Group which is where you find out details of the latest informal get-togethers with other Belles.
Latest details of trips can be found beneath the Booking Information
- Give your name, mobile number & email address to the organiser at the Treasurers table either before the start of the monthly meeting or at the end.
- If tickets are involved & you think you qualify for a concession, please let Sue or Terri know.
- Once the cost of the trip has been clarified, the preferred method of payment is by BACS direct into TBBWI account. Cash or cheques will also be accepted at the monthly meeting.
Name of Account : The Brentwood Belles WI
Account no: 51794957
Sort code: 40-13-22
- Please enter your name & the name of the trip, so that Viv who is (Treasurer) knows what the payment is for & email the organiser so they know you have paid.
- As with all WI events, if you are unable to come, the costs sadly cannot be refunded unless you are able to get another Belle to take your place (please let the organiser know).
If no trips are currently showing then please either see our Buddy Belles Book at the monthly meetings, or the Buddy Belles group on Facebook.
Buddy Belles on Facebook is a closed group for members of TBBWI only.
Both the Buddy Belles Book and the FB group contain the details for the latest ad hoc trips where members are either already going somewhere, or looking for people to go with them. Lots of variety from local cinema, to museums in London, to much , much more… Click here to join in the Facebook version: The TBBWI Buddy Belles Online
The Brentwood Belles recently enjoyed a day out at the Museum of Power Maldon for talk on Sense and Sensibility and a delicious lunch at the Maldon Smokehouse.
The Cliffs Pavilion visit
Eleven of us went to The Cliffs Pavilion in October 2015.
We had a very informative talk and were able to walk on the stage and see the changing rooms and loading bay. Afternoon tea in the restaurant overlooking the sea made a perfect end to the afternoon.
We hope to arrange a trip to see something here next year, then we will have an idea of what’s happening behind the scenes!
The Hanningfield Smokehouse visit
A couple of visits have been made here. The process of smoking fish was explained, there were mouth-watering tasters and we completed our visit with some purchases.
Guide Dogs Training Centre visit
In May 2016, fifteen of us visited the Guide Dogs Training Centre in Woodford Bridge to see and hear about the amazing work they do there. We went into the indoor training room & watched 4 dogs at different stages of their training taking part in exercises & had a chance to stroke them afterwards, they were adorable! There were different breeds if dogs, including a Labradoodle…tempting to bring one home! Several of us bought the nearest soft toy substitutes in the gift shop!
We were taken into the kennels, which can house up to 150 dogs and saw an outdoor demo with the dogs walking around an obstacle course. Tony, a man who was blind from birth came in with his guide dog, Gibbs and gave us an insight into how his life is with Gibbs and how he copes with everyday life, very inspiring.
It costs about £50,000 to train a dog and they rely on help from many volunteers around the country to dog walk the puppies, act as borders, raise funds etc and they are always looking for new volunteers. There is an open day on Saturday 3rd September when apparently, there will be lots of puppies there!
The Cinema Museum visit
In September we visited the intriguing Cinema Museum, housed in an old workhouse building where Charlie Chaplin and his brother lived briefly, along with their mother.
It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane looking at various pieces of memorabilia and sitting in the plush red seats in the small thirty-eight seater cinema room, where we watched some short films from different eras – all that was missing was some popcorn!