President: Mrs Esther Brown
Secretary: Mrs Kathleen Hurley
Treasurer: Mrs Christine Bennett
Chaplain: Fr Eamonn Power

The Catholic Women’s League Brentwood Branch was inaugurated on 6th October 1921.  At the first meeting of the Committee it was decided that Sections should be set up in each of the large towns in the Diocese. It currently has 16 Sections with 336 members

St Margaret and All Saints,
79 Barking Road E16 4HB
Bishop Ave, Romford RM6 5RS
Chelmsford – Holy Name
Lucas Ave
Chelmsford:Our Lady Immaculate,
178 New Rd, CM2 0AR
DUNMOW: Our Lady and St Anne Line,
13A Mill lane, CM6 1BG
Forest Gate: St Antony of Padua,
56 St Antony’s Rd E7 9QB
4 Blythwood Rd, IG3 8SH
GRAYS: St Thomas of Canterbury,
16 East Thurrock Rd RM17 6SR
ILFORD Sts Peter and Paul,
342 High Road IG1 1QP
Leigh-on-Sea: Our Lady of Lourdes and St Joseph,
1 Cliffsea Grove SS9 1NG
LEYTON: St Joseph’s
68 Grange Park Rd E10 5ES
NEWBURY PARK: St Theresa’s,
Brook Rd, IG2 7JA
UPMINSTER: St Joseph’s,
Champion Rd, RM14 2SY
WESTCLIFF: Our Lady Help of Christians and St Helen’s
27 Milton Rd, SS0 7JP
WITHAM:The Holy Family and All Saints
14 Guithavon St CM10 1BM
WOODFORD: St Thomas of Canterbury
557-559 High Rd IG8 0RB

St. Margaret Clitherow – Our Patron


On 30th August we made a Branch trip to Ingatestone Hall the home of Lord and Lady Petre, staunch catholic family of Essex who carried on their faith throughout the reformation. It was a fantastic day. We ended the day with mass in Ingatestone Church and Msgr David Mansen wore special vestments – the panels were those from the orginial vestments of Saint John Payne who was the chaplain at Ingatestone HallWP_20160830_031WP_20160830_038




This year Brentwood member joined together to remember the Feast of St Margaret Clitherow (30th August) with Mass at Brentwood Cathedral celebrated by Rev Dr Adrian Graffy.


Fr Jim McCormack

Fr Jim McCormack


Our annual pilgrimage to Aylesford in June saw us blessed with good weather.  Members remembered both fondly and with great sadness our Branch Chaplain, Fr Jim McCormack, who had recently passed away.  Fr Jim had supported Brentwood CWL for 14 years, providing spiritual guidance with a unique sense of humour.


Our annual Assembly Day took place on Saturday 11th July.  As Archbishop Longley and Cardinal Nichols launched Proclaim 15 in Birmingham, Father Martin Boland from the Cathedral Parish of St Mary and St Helen gave members a well-received summary to what this means for parishes and individuals – utilising our Catholic tradition to communicate the message of the gospel. Father Martin also gave an explanation re the ‘Year of Mercy’ – the joy to rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God.  We hope to incorporate these into our meetings throughout 2016. Presentations were also received from Kemal Pervanic on behalf of The Forgiveness Project and Bob McWilliam of RubbishTipKids.  A collection during lunch raised several hundred pounds for both of these charities/projects.


Members are involved in their own Parishes carrying out many different ministries – flowers, Readers, Ministers of Holy Communion, Church cleaning, membership of Parish councils and more.  Across the Sections many other activities are enjoyed including, theatre trips, lunches, quiz nights, guest speakers, concerts, and socials.

Section meetings are held regularly within parishes and there are 3 Branch Meetings each year. In addition there is an annual Assembly Day, a Branch Retreat held during Lent and a National Council and AGM which this year will be held in Torquay, Oct 16th -18th.

CWL Housing 

CWL Housing  (previously CWL Housing Association) provide comfortable, affordable homes for the over 60’s in the Essex area, who are seeking independent living in rented, sheltered accommodation, in a caring environment.  In 1966 CWL Brentwood started a flat lets scheme to facilitate the care for the elderly and sick being provided by the CWL.  Since this time the flats which are on two sites have been refurbished including conversion of studio flats to one-bedroom apartments and installation of wet rooms.  Vacant flats are notified via email to all parishes in the Diocese.  Please note CWL Housing is an independent organisation.

Catholic Clothing Guild

The Catholic Clothing Guild collect and distribute new clothes and garments for the needy.  The project was originally the Catholic Needlework Guild set up in the Diocese in 1923.  Support from Brentwood Branch has helped many families, schools, homeless single mothers, the Fire Brigade, Convents, Hospices, Anchor House, St John Bosco Summer camps, and children from Chernobyl whose health improves greatly during their short stay in this country.

The Guild’s wonderful knitters continue to provide premature baby clothes for the special units at several hospitals including Queens Hospital Romford, St Thomas’ Hospital Westminster and University Hospital London.  Staff are always appreciative of all the knitting received for their babies.

For further information about the Guild please visit their website

If you would like more information on the Catholic Women’s League in Brentwood then please contact

Esther Brown
Brentwood Branch