Witham BB Summer Residential

Hey Everyone! 

During the Summer Holidays (Monday 12th August to Friday 17th August) we are heading to Hemel Hempstead for our summer residential!
We are planning to go to Thorpe Park one day, a local swimming centre and the Thurso Centre has facilities. The residential is open to all year 6 Juniors and anyone in Company and Seniors.

The cost of the residential will be £125 and this will include food, Thorpe Park tickets and the swimming center.
The cost would have been £140 however we have been given a grant which allows us to reduce the cost.

We are asking for a £20 non refundable deposit and then payments of £20 every month up until the trip. If you wish to pay the full amount straight away you are welcome to.

If you are interested in coming along please ask a member of staff for a letter and fill in the slip.

USA 2019 Fundraiser


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On February the 13th the America 2019 Group are running a quiz at Guithavon Valley Church to raise money for their trip.
The quiz will start at 19:00. There will be a raffle half way through the quiz and tea, coffee and cake available throughout.

Tickets are £5 per person and you can have up to 5 people in a team.

Fund Raiser for Little Havens Childrens' Hospice Wednesday 7th. February 2018

Fund raising Never Ending Tea party – in aid of Little Havens Childrens’ Hospice – Wednesday 7th. February 2018

As we have a member who uses the hospice, and a Senior who works at the Havens Hospice shop in Witham, we felt we would try and raise money for the children's hospice on the above date.

It will be our usual attempt with food and drinks, plus anything we can sell to raise funds ! If you can offer to make cakes, sandwiches, pizzas. In fact anything that someone will buy / eat ! Offers of drinks would be good too.

There will hopefully be a raffle, so we will need raffle prizes please.

Secondly, we want you to look for anything in the list below, ( in good condition please), which the shop can sell :

Shoes – male and females, handbags, furniture small items, vinyl records, jewellery, ladies t shirts, trousers, books, DVD’s, books and children’s clothes or toys.

Let's try and really do well for them please. Contact me if you need anything please. Thanks John 

First Meeting of the group planning the 2019 trip to North America

America 2019!

Our first group meeting with parents will be Tuesday 28th November 2017 19:00 at the Hub in the Newlands Precinct. This informational meeting will be the beginning of what you need to know and do to prepare for the trip. This will be the last opportunity to join the trip as fundraising and group activities will commence.

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Powerboat Undergoing Repairs - updated November 22nd.

Blue Whisper is currently being cleaned and fixed in preparation for next year's day trips, more info on this nearer the time. We are also working to secure the funds to repair the powerboat trailer after the brakes became seized. They were fixed in order to get Blue Whisper out the water but will still need replacing, for a more permanent fix! Currently, we are purchasing more equipment, such as lifejackets, coats, and waterproof trousers, also ready for next year.

Ethan Keys
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Juniors change of programme Wednesday November 22nd.

Juniors change of programme for Wednesday November 22nd. We now have Professor Kaos, a weird science expert coming to do experiments with the Juniors in molecular bonding - or in other words why and how chemicals go bang !!

Chris Norman from BB UK will join us also. 

You are most welcome to bring family members on the night, but be careful with younger children because of potential noise !!
We start at 6.15pm and finish at 7.45pm. refreshments will be served too.
Thanks John

Tesco Bags of Help - updated 22nd.November 2017

Hi everyone, we have been shortlisted for an award by Tesco Bags of Help, along with two other groups in Witham. From Friday 1st. September to Tuesday 31st. October, voting will take place in Witham Tesco's. You can vote each time you shop. Please let everyone know, because if we win, it will be a donation of £4000 ! 
Keep an eye out here for further updates, as we receive them. Get voting in September and October please and thanks.   John
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The Co-Op Local Community Fund - Updated 22nd.. November 2017 £995.17p.

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.

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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

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