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Teen Book Club

We are launching the Teen Book Club, on Saturday 29th June at 3:00pm.
Each month you will vote from a hand-selected three titles and that will be the following month’s book. However, as this will be our first meeting, Natasha has chosen the book for the coming month, so that it is ready and waiting for you to collect.
For our first meeting, feel free to bring along a favourite book or two to talk about.
Natasha has selected William Sutcliffe’s ‘The Gifted, the talented and Me’.
Here’s a little about the book:
Fifteen-year-old Sam is not a famous vlogger, he’s never gone viral, and he doesn’t want to be the Next Big Thing. In fact he’s ordinary and proud of it.
None of which was a problem until Dad got rich and Mum made the whole family move to London. Now Sam’s off to the North London Academy for the Gifted and Talented, where everyone’s busy planning Hollywood domination or starting alt-metal psychedelica crossover bands.
A brilliantly funny look at fitting in, falling out and staying true to your own averageness.
The group just costs the RRP of the book.
01277 230068
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Sensory Story-time

Today, the Bookseller’s Association has announced the successful applicants for their latest tranche of the Diversity and Inclusiveness Grant launched in 2018.

After months of anxiously awaiting to hear if we were successful, we have found out that we were! So now we can tell you all about our plans, including the catalyst behind it.

As you may know, Mrs Claus visits us once a year, to give out free gifts to children who are in town for the Brentwood Light Up. It’s a really special time and one that we absolutely love. However, for children with sensory needs, the experience can be rather overwhelming, which is why we provided a sensory friendly grotto for children in 2018. Because the event was very well received, it will become a permanent fixture in our annual calendar.

The grotto got us thinking about what else we could do to support families with sensory needs. We wanted to provide a regular story-time session, with a resource lending library available. But, to get it right, in terms of adapting our space, creating the perfect loan resources and ensuring that the storyteller has the perfect books, songs etc. takes money…enter the brilliant BA Diversity and Inclusiveness Grant.

Ta da!

Here’s a quick run down of our plans:

  • The sessions will run once a month in the first instance.
  • Places will be booked in advance, so that the space doesn’t become over crowded.
  • Families can borrow story bags (for a refundable deposit).
  • A social story will be emailed to families, introducing the space and storyteller.
  • A schedule of focus stories will be made available, so that families can pick and choose sessions to suit their child/ren.

As soon as we are ready to rock and roll, we’ll let you know. You may need to give us a month or so, to gather resources – we are super excited and hope that you are too.

In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, let us know.

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Baron Munchausen

We are super excited that this brilliant show is coming to Brentwood.

This BBC-Featured show promises swords, duels, elephants, castles built of cheese and all of it completely and irrefutably true! Discover how the Baron invented Morris dancing, how his actions saved the Isle of Skye from sinking beneath the waves, why every fourth child in Bruges is named after him and other fantastically delightful stories.

This exciting new concept show features award-winning comedians and improvisers who are challenged by one another to invent outrageously exaggerated swashbuckling stories based on the The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

You can pay whatever you feel on the day, but tickets must be booked in advance, as space is limited. Call, pop in or message us!


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Creative Writing Club

Creative Writing Club is having a mini-makeover. It will remain as bright and beautiful as before, but with a little nip and tuck.

As of 4th May, the format will change slightly. For the first 15-20 minutes, children will be invited* to take part in a group activity, with Natasha leading the way. Each week will have a theme – sometimes this will be linked to a specific day or event, others may appear more random!

For the rest of the session, the group may choose to continue with the suggested theme, or go off on a tangent.

We will trial the new format for three months, to give it  a fair chance. Hopefully the children (and parents) will welcome the change.

The sessions will continue to be a drop-in, with no need to book. We suggest age 6+. Parents do not stay, although you are welcome to chill out in the cafe corner. Juice and biscuits will still be provided and drawing will, as always, be highly encouraged.

*If any child wishes to do their own thing from the beginning, that’s absolutely fine.


4th May: Star Wars Day – space will be our setting.

11th May: Link to Book Club (The Closest thing to Flying) – imagine finding someone’s diary.

18th May: Author, Lexi Rees will be joining us.

25th May: Maps – we will draw maps to kick start our stories.

1st June: Family Trees – create a family tree, which links characters together.

8th June: Alice Day! We will be creating topsy-turvy, nonsense poems.

15th June: Dads feature in so many wonderful tales. Who is your favourite?

22nd June: Surprise!

29th June: Knock-knock…International Joke Day is on the 1st July. What makes something funny?

6th July: Pick a prompt – it’s a lucky dip with a difference.

13th July: Story cubes for zany mini tales.

20th July: It’s the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. We are astronauts.

27th July: J.K.Rowling’s birthday is on the 31st – create your own magical creature or a new cohort of children for Hogwarts.


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Easter Holidays

Hello all. As the Easter holidays are almost here – schools in Essex are finishing super early – we have a whole host of fun activities to keep the children busy and the adults happy!



The author events, Rhythm and Rhyme, Creative Writing Club and Fine Motor Skills are all drop-in, with no need to book.

Lego is now fully booked on Tuesday 9th April, sorry!

Art with Bailey must be booked and paid for in advance, so that we can provide all of the materials needed.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us on 01277 230068 or email

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As you may know, Godspell will soon be showing at the Brentwood Centre:

Tickets are available with us, as well as online. Each ticket sold will result in a donation to our daughter’s drama school fund. Here’s a message from Holly:

I have been offered a place at Emil Dale Academy to study foundation musical theatre. This is the next step to me reaching my dreams of performing on the West End! To help with the cost of equipment I’ve held a concert, and now will be helping to promote the brilliant Godspell, soon to be performed at the Brentwood Centre.

I hope to see you there❤️


Tickets are available at Chicken and Frog Bookshop, with £5.00 from each sale going towards Holly’s Drama School Fundraiser.

Please note: Tickets must be purchased with cash or cheque only.


A little about the show:

The musical is structured as a series of parables, primarily based on the Gospel of Matthew. However, four of the featured parables are only recorded in the Gospel of Luke, and the narrative of the woman taken in adultery is only in the Gospel of John. The parables are interspersed with music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ appearing briefly near the end of the show.

The score is rock-tastic and it’s sure to be a fantastic show!

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Community Space

Our classroom/events space is a lovely little nook, which currently goes unused at various moments throughout the week. So, we are opening it up as a community work space.

We can accommodate 8 people comfortably – groups and individuals are welcome. To avoid disappointment/frustration, we ask that you book your slot in advance.

Term time availability is as follows:

Mondays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Tuesdays 11:00am – 1:00pm

Wednesdays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Thursdays 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Fridays 10:00am – 3:00pm

For further information, or to book a place, please complete the contact sheet below or call us on 01277 230068.