The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme in Witham BB

Hi everyone. We are looking to re - establish The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme in Witham BB, with the help of Luke Freeman.

You will need to be 14 years and upward to take part. The Award consists of the following :

Volunteering (helping people in the community)
• Skills (covering almost any interest, hobby or skill)
• Physical (sport, dance and fitness)
• Expeditions (planning and completing a journey on foot, horseback, bike or boat)

The BB UK is a registered D of E authority, so we should be fine.

More details soon, but in the meantime if you are interested, please let me know thanks John

Support us through the Co-op Local Community Fund

Hi everyone - if you shop at the local Co-op you can support us, through the Co-op Local Community Fund. Please see the following page online and sign up for us please ,when you shop :

Thanks ! john & the team

The Co-op Local Community Fund is supporting Witham BB Restoration project. Become a member or sign in to choose a local cause to support.

Powerboat Outings for this summer

Hi folks the powerboat available dates for this summer are as follows:

24th & 25th June
1st & 2nd July
8th & 9th July
22nd & 23rd July
5th & 6th August
12th & 13th August
19th & 20th August
2nd & 3rd September
16th & 17th September

If you are interested as a family or just your son in any, please let John know asap please. It will mean getting kitted up the night before in Witham, then meeting Steve and others at Bradwell the following day. We ask for a £10 donation please per person for fuel, and hope this is ok too.
Thanks John

Proposed visit to the USA and Canada during the summer of 2019

Letters are going out now to inform folk of our trip in the summer holidays of 2019. They are available at Juniors and Company evenings. The content of the letter is reproduced here too :

25th. April 2017

Dear Parents,

Re: Proposed visit to the USA and Canada during the summer holidays of 2019

Being able to visit foreign countries is always an exciting adventure, but to do with the help of friends in both countries, experiencing their culture and how they do things, is simply unique! The group in 2015, actually saw around Chicago city on segways ! Niagara Falls is always stunning, but from a helicopter, even better !

As on previous visits, we usually spend about three weeks, in July and August visiting :

Chicago city, Toronto city and Niagara Falls in Canada. Stay with host families through the Neenah Wisconsin Brigade and attend a week long camp on an island called Onaway, set in a chain of 28 lakes, in northern Wisconsin. Jason our current USA staff member comes from this group and area.

This trip is open to all BB staff and members to apply for a place, who will be 13 years and over by the summer of 2019 !

It is always hard to predict costs, but these will include all travel by air and road, camp costs, and costs associated with staying in the two cities and visiting tourist sites like the Falls, towers and other places of interest. Likely to be in the region of £1500 - £2000 plus spending money.

If you are interested in allowing your son / daughter to go, please let me know by e mail, the  address is above. We will then call a meeting of those interested in knowing more, and this will include a couple of folk who went on the last trip, talking about their experiences. We will also ask Jason to join us for this meeting. From there regular meetings will be held and fund raising too.


Yours sincerely,

John Boon

Restoration Project 2017

Watch out for details of our new Restoration Project which will go ahead, subject to funding.
This will include :
Machinery restoration for our  ride on lawnmower and working quad bike and possibly a car
Wood work project for individuals
Wood turning at our unit
Board walk replacement and re directing the path on our land

Online Brigade Manager (OBM)

This year, we are launching a new online system called Online Brigade Manager. This will help with general administration, record keeping and communication. It allows you to login details about your child, access events, view the upcoming programme and update contact details online.

We will be sending an email out with a link to the OBM system so please keep an eye out for it (it may appear in your spam).

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New BB support letter

We have produced a new giving letter for anyone interested in supporting our work in Witham. The letter goes into detail of our needs as at this time. Read more…