Hey Joe Music Joins #RefillBrentwood

Hey Joe Music Joins #RefillBrentwood

Refill Station Alert!

We wanted to let our customers know that Hey Joe Music Uk has joined the #RefillBrentwood community!

This is how it works: If you need to #Refill your water bottle, or you’d rather use your own coffee cup for hot drinks, head to Hey Joe Music, who will be able to assist you straight away.

#HeyJoeMusic can be found inside of the Baytree Shopping Centre!

We look forward to seeing you in store soon.

Take time out to relax during lockdown

Take time out to relax during lockdown

As lockdown enters week 8 (we think?) are you finding this enforced time together relaxing or tiring? According to recent You Gov figures, 87% of us think we are coping pretty well, although 25% felt it was putting a strain on their relationship.  So, if you’re looking for new ways to find a little me-time away from it all, look no further.

Just chill

Even though we are confined to a much smaller space than we are used to, it is possible to create a special place in the house or garden to just chill. Treat yourself to a comfy chair from Wilko, new fluffy cushions from Claire’s plus the perfect Wilko footstool and treat yourself to some new books and your favourite music from WHSmith for the perfect lockdown relaxation playlist. It’s all about recognising the need to walk away from work/family/the phone and taking a little time out before moving onto the next task.

Find a new relaxation routine

Many of us have found time to add one hour of permitted exercise into our lives. Whether it’s a gentle walk around the block, a vigorous jog or a speedy bike ride, it’s all good news for our mental health.  Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, and stimulates endorphins in the brain that act as natural painkillers and mood enhancers. So now the one hour restriction has been lifted, you have all day to watch some inspiration from Sports Direct before you get going.

Pamper yourself

Online sales of toiletries have increased, showing that with non-essential stores closed, many of us have rushed to order that special moisturiser, bubble bath or face pack. Good to see that taking care of our skin and looking good is still high on the agenda. Check out the latest natural beauty products from Holland & Barrett and bath and body gift sets from Savers.

Learn to paint

From getting DIY tasks done around the house to enjoying the challenge of painting by numbers, we seem to have been getting creative. With shopping centres managing socially distanced queues outside Wilko, high sales of children’s colouring pencils from The Works and local schoolchildren from Long Riding Primary School hitting the pavements with chalked and painted messages to celebrate keyworkers on the frontline, there is plenty of evidence that the nation’s artistic skills are on the rise. The perfect way to relax the brain after a busy day.

This picture from Long Riding Primary School was submitted to Inyourarea.co.uk by Louise Day

We hope to see you at Baytree Shopping Centre again soon, but in the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!

VE Day 75th Anniversary celebrations at home

VE Day 75th Anniversary celebrations at home

Sadly, most of the planned activities for this year’s VE Day 75th Anniversary have had to be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, but we’re not going to let that stop us celebrating this special bank holiday weekend at home.

We’ve pulled together a few ideas for local families to remember, learn and reflect on the incredible sacrifice, courage, and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period.

Discover the history

Watch this short BBC Teach Class Clip film to find out all about VE Day and VJ Day, and the events that led to the end of the war.

Download a special VE Day poem, Unmentioned in Despatches, by Peter Wyton.

Or read up on more of the history with a selection of books from WHSmith.

Host a ‘Street Party’ at home

Of course, we can’t go out into the street this year, but we can still create a smaller scale party at home.  The English Heritage have created a useful Party Pack, complete with recipes for tasty 1940s dishes, a VE Day poster to display, invitations to send your family, lyrics to popular 1940s songs and tips for dancing the Lindy hop swing.

Wilko have a range of party plates in red, white and blue.

Card Factory are still taking orders online for Union Jack balloons.

The Works have Union Jack flags.

as well as red, white and blue bunting on their website.

And you can buy official VE Day merchandise from the following websites:  https://www.poppyshop.org.uk/catalogsearch/result?q=VE%20Day and https://www.veday75.org/merchandise/  

Interview a neighbour or grandparent on the phone

Local radios will be sharing memories and interviews in the run up to VE day, but you can set up your very own phone interview. Make someone’s day with a friendly chat about their own memories – we’ve put together a list of questions to help.

How about writing up your interview as a school project, or sharing the answers on our Facebook post.

Question 1: Were you born before the 8th May 1945?

Question 2: Do you remember where you were on this special day 75years ago?

Question 3: How did you feel when you heard the war had ended?

Question 4: How did you and your family and friends celebrate in 1945?

Question 5: What do you remember about the war?

Question 6: How will you be celebrating VE Day today?

Raise a toast at 3pm on Friday 8th May 2020

In place of public gatherings, the Pageantmaster is encouraging us all to join in a ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May. Easy to join in from the safety of our own homes, we are asked to stand up and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the following ‘Toast’: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

You can download a copy of the toast here.

This will be a unique opportunity for the nation to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom.

Happy VE Day, everyone!

CLOSED – Say thank you to our community and enter our colouring competition

CLOSED – Say thank you to our community and enter our colouring competition

There’s no denying that life has taken a different course for us all over the past few weeks and it’s been incredibly humbling to see such bravery amongst the NHS, Police, key workers and our own Baytree team.  We’ve been thinking about the little ways we can help show our gratitude for all those who have been doing their bit to keep this country safe. 

We’ve also been thinking about all the children who are stuck at home in lockdown, unable to see their friends…and of course all the parents who are having to juggle childcare, home-schooling and work, whilst keeping their sanity at the same time!!…

That’s why, we’ve put together these fun little colouring activities for everyone to download and say THANK YOU … not only will they keep little ones out of mischief for a while, but you can enter our competition for the chance to win one of five £25 vouchers to spend at The Works.

All you need to do is download your illustration, colour it in, display it in your window and take a picture. Then visit our Facebook page and you’ll see our colouring in competition post. Reply to this post with a photo of your picture and you could be in with a chance of winning. On Friday 15th May 2020 we’ll pick one best picture from each of the five types of illustrations and the lucky winners will get a £25 voucher.

What a fantastic, colourful way to thank all those people working so hard to look after us all!

Download illustrations

Promotion opens at 09:00:00 on 16/04/2020 and closes at 23:59:59 on 15/05/2020.

This promotion is a Facebook competition operated by The Baytree Shopping Centre (‘the promoter’)

  1. This promotion is a Facebook colouring in competition operated by Baytree Shopping Centre (‘the promoter’)
  2. Entry is open to all customers aged 18 or over (‘the participant’ please note that if children are completing the task, the actual entry must be sent by an adult on their behalf).
  3. This promotion excludes employees and immediate family members of the Promoter, its agents, suppliers or anyone else professionally connected with the promotion.
  4. Entry to the promotion is free and is via completed entries posted onto The Baytree Shopping Centre Facebook page at this address https://www.facebook.com/baytreebrentwood
  5. To enter, you must download and of the 5 illustrations from here and post your coloured in picture or pictures onto the Baytree Shopping Centre Facebook page by the closing date of 17/05/2020
  6. The winner will be selected by an independent judge from all valid entries received by midnight on Friday 15th May 2020. The winner will be notified as a personal message on Facebook on Monday 20th May 2020.
  7. The winner will have 28 days to accept the prize, otherwise the prize may be awarded to another entrant without compensation
  8. There are 5 prizes, 1 for each illustration. Five winners will each receive a £25 voucher to spend at The Works, subject to availability.
  9. All images are for illustrative purposes only
  10. The prize is non-transferable, and it may not be sold or advertised for sale.
  11. No cash or alternative option will be provided for prize. However, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute it with a similar prize of equal or greater value should it become necessary for reasons beyond their control.
  12. The Promoter accepts no liability whatsoever for any losses of damage to the claimed prizes. This does not affect user’s statutory rights.
  13. Except as otherwise required by law, the Promoter accepts no responsibility or liability for lost, late, damaged, corrupted or misdirected entries or claims and the Promoter is not responsible for any late or misdirected delivery of communications (email or otherwise), except in the event of wilful intent on the part of the Promoter or its agents.
  14. By entering you agree to the use of your personal data for the sole purpose of processing and performing this offer, for (direct) marketing and quality control analysis, for conducting market research and improving the Promoter’s products and/or services.
  15. The Promoter and its agents are responsible for storing, processing and transferring the participant’s personal data and for registering the participant’s consent to this. Participants have the right to obtain information about their data and – if necessary – request rectification or removal of their data held by the Promoter by writing to:
    The Baytree Shopping Centre, Management Suite, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4BX
  16. By entering this promotion, you agree to these terms and conditions, which will at that time become binding between you and the Promoter.
  17. In the event of circumstances outside the reasonable control of the promoter, or otherwise where fraud, abuse, and/or an error (human or computer) affects or could affect the proper operation of this promotion or the awarding of prizes, and only where circumstances make this unavoidable, the Promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the promotion or these terms and conditions , at any stage, but will always endeavour to minimise the effect to participants in order to avoid undue disappointment.
  18. The Promoter reserves the right to verify all entries and winners, and to refuse to award a prize or withdraw prize entitlement and/or refuse further participation in the promotion and disqualify the participant where there are reasonable grounds to believe there has been a breach of these terms and conditions or any instructions forming part of this promotions entry requirements or otherwise where a participant has gained unfair advantage in participating in the promotion or won using fraudulent means.
  19. The Promoter will be the final arbiter in any decisions and these will be binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

Any question concerning the legal interpretation of the rules will be based on English law and the Courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction.

Promoter: The Baytree Centre, Management Suite The Baytree Shopping Centre, Brentwood CM14 4BX

Now that all the dull stuff’s out of the way, good luck!

Stay Healthy at Home

Stay Healthy at Home

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Plenty of online workouts – no excuses
#StayInWorkOut Download the Better Gym app and you’ll have free access to virtual workouts – direct to your own home. It’s your very own sports facility in your pocket. Available for Apple and Android here.
Not a fan of of the gym? Never fear! For running, football or general training inspiration, check out the Sports Direct  youtube channels.

Your wellbeing comes first
Holland& Barrett are still open during this time, but if you’re not up for venturing out, you can get 15% off everything on their app.
As well as access to vitamins, health supplements and natural beauty products, you’ll find advice on reducing risk of infection, what to do if you think you have Coronovirus symptoms, and how to keep mentally well if self-isolating on your own.  For the latest advice see here.

Time to get into mindfulness
There has never been a better time to get your head around mindfulness. Different activities work for different people. Some might find yoga relaxing, others painting or colouring in. There is no hard and fast rule, just so long as you take some time out to distract your mind from any day to day worries and anxiety that might create stress.
Here are just a few suggestions – have a go and share the results with is on our social media pages!
Knitting and stitching kits from The Works.
Screen-free activities for kids from Holland & Barrett.
All you need to know about comfy slippers from Clarks.
April gardening tips from Wilko.
Indulgent beauty essentials from The Fragrance Shop.
We hope to see you back at Baytree Shopping Centre again soon, but in the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!yoga at home[/cs_content_seo]