Bennetts and the Mayflower Rotary Club
Bennetts has strong links with the Mayflower Rotary Club through Lucienne Young. We strongly support the Christmas Family Fayre every year when the Billericay High Street is closed off for late shopping and entertainment for the community. Bennetts will also be sponsoring a literacy competition for local schools organised by the Rotarys Vocational Committee.
We will continue to support wholeheartedly the work of the Mayflower Rotary Club both locally and around the world through their International Committee.
101 Easy Recipes supporting Help for Heroes
Gill Mass, Lady Captain of Thorndon Park Golf Club has gathered together a group of celebrities to help write a cook book for the charity Help for Heroes. Recipes have come from golfing personalities Sam Torrance and Peter Alliss along with TV Chefs the Hairy Bikers and Delia Smith. Other recipe ideas were sent in by Brentwood pop singer Pixie Lott, former footballer Trevor Brooking, golf club members and people serving in the armed forces. The idea for the book came from the club’s Ladies Captain, Gill Mass, who has a family member serving in the Army.
Mrs Mass said:”My nephew is serving in the Royal Marines and Stuart Loader, the Men’s Captain, and I decided Help for Heroes would be a good cause for our charity fund-raising this year”.
All money raised from the sales of the book, will go to the charity, as sponsorship has been received to cover all printing costs.
The book can be bought through various websites including Thorndon Park Golf Club, Amazon and Help for Heroes. Alternatively you can purchase a copy at Waterstones in Brentwood High Street.
Brentwood Chamber of Commerce
Bennetts are members of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, who help to contribute to the ongoing commitment to support the local community. In last year’s Christmas Raffle Bennetts provided the use of one of their Rolls Royce cars as a prize, to take the lucky winners to tea at The Ritz.
Brentwood Town Centre Partnership
Brentwood Town Centre Partnership is a Company Limited By Guarantee, responsible for managing Brentwood Town Centre through a programme of projects.
The Directors of the Company are all unpaid volunteers and they each led a number of key tasks, intended to ensure that Brentwood Town Centre remained economically viable, green, clean, safe, and attractive.
Jane Bennett joined the partnership in 2001 and has been involved with various projects over that period until it was wound up in 2010. The two most notable projects were the involvement in the design and installation of the heritage column at the junction of the High Street and Kings Road. Jane liaised with John Fryer, who wrote and drew the illustrations for his book ‘Brentwood, A Concise Pictorial History’, Phil Blower and his colleagues at Brentwood Borough Council, and of course the superbly talented Gary Thrussel from Thrussell & Thrussell, who designed and made the column.
The other project which Jane was responsible for was the St Georges Church ground makeover. Jane together with Father Garry Jenkins from St Georges Church, and Ben Page from the Brentwood Horticultural Society and The Brentwood in Bloom Committee, rallied a group of willing volunteers to remove trailer loads of rubbish, clear hedging, dig, weed and plant. Local financial support was gained for the purchase of plants, and gravel. The whole project took less than a year from the initial concept to winning the Anglia in Bloom award in 2004 for the regions Best Dry Garden. The grounds are continuing to win awards each year in the Brentwood in Bloom competition for the Best Religious Grounds and Best Team Effort. The garden areas are maintained by various groups of willing volunteers, Father Garry is very grateful to all who keep his Church grounds looking so colourful, it is truly a pretty gateway into the town.