Tesco bags of help - updated 10th. October 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
Read more…

Juniors visit to Jump Start trampolining on 14th. October updated 10th. October

Calling all Juniors and those going up on a Friday :

We are using a grant from The Jack Petchey Foundation to organise an afternoon out at Jump Street Chelmsford, on the above date. This is open to all current Juniors and those going up too to a Friday.

Jump Street is an indoor trampolining experience, using a Total Wipeout, Free bounce area, and both dodge ball and basketball courts using trampolines, plus an inflatable bag ! The session is one hour long,  2 – 3 pm. by which time the young people will be clearly very tired and hot ! Bring some water please.

The cost of the jumping and disposable socks are covered by the grant, but any donations are welcome, as this can be used to help other outings stay really cheap ! The only cost to you otherwise will be a McDonald’s meal on the way home ! More about that later.

Parents we will need help with transport please. We meet to leave the church at 1.00pm. please.

Waiver forms will be made available to you nearer the time to fill in.

All we need folk to do is book your son / daughter in, by e mail, text to me or on Facebook. We have room for 25 people including adults / staff, but can increase the booking. PLEASE BOOK ASAP !

Read more…

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.

Read more…

Powerboat Outings are finished now but we need help with maintenance

The outings for this summer and autumn are now over and plans are being made to repair things, maintain the engines for winter and put the boat to bed. However, we have significant problems with the trailer. It needs repairs and we need help to do this, particularly over the first three weeks of October. Please ask John for further details

Jason and Ethan are now qualified powerboat level two drivers ! Well done guys.

If you would like to learn how to drive the RIB and undertake a weekend course at Bradwell or Tollesbury, please talk to John. The costs will be covered in return for you volunteering on the boat for a few sessions, next spring, summer and autumn, by agreement and arrangement.

Read more…

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

Read more…

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).

Read more…