We are the Borough Belles WI Committee and we are a team.

We meet once a month to plan exciting new projects, outings and activities. We laugh a lot and have great fun finding new reasons to make Borough Belles the WI you want to be a member of.

We love new people and new ideas and are always looking for people to take on roles within the committee. If you are interested, drop us a line at for more information.

If you don’t fancy the commitment of being a committee member, we also welcome members to write the blogs for our meetings and events.

Christel Hernalesteen

Acting President

I joined the Borough Belles in 2015, after looking at their website and thinking they looked like they were having a lot of fun. It’s been so much fun so that I quickly joined their committee too. The Borough Belles WI have enriched my life in so many ways: from eye-opening or thought-provoking talks to fun activities and outings, to just finding like-minded women, and making friends.

Rebekah Hayes


I joined Borough Belles in July 2020 after going along to a Culture Club outing earlier that year. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, and I quickly got involved in different clubs and sub-groups. It’s easy to find something you’re already interested in or to get stuck into something new!

From 2022, I have been Secretary. This means I am responsible for facilitating committee meetings and maintaining our membership data. I also keep track of communications from NFWI and the West Kent Federation.

Lara Clements

Acting Treasurer and Raffle Rouser

Joining the Borough Belles in 2010 was the best New Year’s Resolution I’ve ever made. I love hanging out with such a fantastic bunch of creative and inspiring women; I also love that the WI is the largest movement of women in the country and the campaigning voice that the WI has.  I’m really proud that the Borough Belles has supported such a great range of charities over the years – Choir With No Name, Waterloo Food Bank, Women for Refugee Women, Bloody Good Period, Solace, and this years charity, Bede House. Our trusty raffles have a crucial role in helping us raise money for these great organisations.

Lara, committee member 2020

Claire Tomlinson 

Committee Member

I currently live in Greenwich and have been a member of BBWI since 2020 (joining just in time to meet a few people in person before lockdown), and prior to that I was a member of Nunhead WI. For work, I am a management consultant working with the public sector and I really enjoy supporting different communities across the UK through my work.

I joined the WI so I could keep crafting after my craft-buddy left London, make new friends in the area I live and have an excuse to eat cake! I am currently learning to crochet after winning some crochet hooks at a BBWI raffle and being helped by the lovely members of BBWI’s stitch club.

Alison Pearce


There’s no two ways about it, I LOVE the Belles! Joining the WI was absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done and I’d urge any woman to take a leap and give us a try. Through the Belles I’ve had many fantastic experiences, learnt a lot and challenged who I think I am. I’ve made some very special friendships too. I came as a guest twice before joining and I’m pleased I persevered and joined as a member in January 2015. My route on to the committee came through helming the running club, then a stint as Secretary led to me becoming President for two terms.

Woman smiling

Muireann Grealy

Committee member

I tried out a Belles meeting in 2011 and have rarely missed one since! It’s been a joy to be in the company of such interesting and interested women and learn so many new things along the way.

I particularly loved organising our costumed pageant in 2015 for the centenary of the Women’s Institute that highlighted all the important campaigns the WI has spearheaded through the course of its history. I can’t wait to see what we achieve next.

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