You are cordially invited to The Banana Crumb-Ball…

We are really pleased to announce that Banana Crumble are going to be hosting a Banana Crumb-Ball to raise money for our local Cystic Fibrosis Group – The Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association.

The event is on Saturday 5th October 2019 and will be held at :

The Grand Marquee which is at the Halfway House, Brentwood, Essex. CM13 3LL
This is at the junction of the A127 and A128

I know that we have members from all over the country but if any of you that are Essex based and fancy the chance to put on a dinner suit or posh frock then look no further it would be great if you could come and join us and to help raise funds to help with the fight for Cystic Fibrosis. Tickets are £50 a head and it includes a three course meal, welcome drinks, entertainment from The Hugh Rainey Dixieland Jazz Band as well as sessions with a DJ. The event is 7 for a 7.30 sit down and carriages are at 1am.

Tables take between 8 and 12 people so if you can sort out a table then this would be great. If you can’t get a full table don’t worry we will be able to find a table for you to join.

We are also planning on running a raffle, some table games and an auction on the evening to raise money for The Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association. Auction prizes include: Mascot and game package (total of 4 tickets) for Southend United versus Ipswich Town on 26th October donated by Fairfield BMW, Audi car experience donated by Southend Audi, British Touring Car Championships at Brands Hatch hospitality package for four people as guests of the Pirtek Racing Team on Sunday 13th October plus many more great auction prizes. If you want to see a full list email us.  If you are interested then please contact us at:

We will definitely feature some photos and written reports about the evening and hope that we are able to raise money for a great cause.

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Doris’ Story

A really good family friend of ours, lives in an apartment in Brentwood, Essex. I periodically phone her just to check up on her and see how things are going. She is always happy to chat and seems genuinely pleased to hear from me. After the bad weather last week and the fact it is almost Christmas I wanted to give her a call.

We chatted about the usual things and the subject of the weather came up, as it always does. Doris then told me a story and my Banana Crumble Good News radar was alerted!!

Doris – I won’t give her age away but needless to say she isn’t 21 any more had decided she needed to pop to the local supermarket just to pick up a few bits. When she got down to the communal entrance hall there were two lads standing by the door. Doris said she thought she had muttered “Oh no” under her breath but it was obviously louder than she thought and one of the lads who was waiting asked her what the matter was. Doris said that she hadn’t realised the weather was quite so bad and just how icy it was and that she wasn’t confident about walking in the ice.

The young lad told Doris he would go with her and he walked with Doris on his arm all the way across the road to the supermarket, he said he would wait outside and be there when she came out. Doris picked up the bits she wanted and Doris being Doris picked up a box of chocolates for the lad. The lad, true to his word was waiting and again he took Doris’ arm and made sure she was safely back home.

How nice is it when you hear a story where someone goes out of their way to help someone and doesn’t expect to get anything from it. The lad was apparently visiting a grandparent at the time.

Why is it only the youngsters that do bad things that make the headlines. This is a true Banana Crumble Good News Story and if this gets back to the lad then we hope he realises in our eyes and Doris’ he was a true gentleman and a real credit to himself and his family.