A choir raised £800 for charity by performing in two concerts in the space of a few weeks.

Braintree Ladies' Choir first performed at a joint concert with Tiptree Sings at St Luke's Church, in Church Road.

The concert raised an impressive £500 for the Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease Societies.

Musical director Moira Frize-Williams said: "This was a lovely experience to join with a larger group to make music."

The group's first ever summer concert at Howard Hall, in Bocking End, Braintree, was also hailed a huge success.

Women's suffrage was celebrated at the event, with solo performances and choir items.

Poems were read reflecting the status of women over the last hundred years and the show ended with a lively Hungarian Czardas.

Mrs Frize-Williams said: "The audience were very appreciative and the concert raised £300 for the two charities

"This brings our total so far this year to £1100. Thank you to our generous audiences."