Opening and Closure: an update

The Big Red Bus Service update

The fun is beginning, half term holidays have started and yes The Big Red Bus will be closed between 28th May to 1st June 2018.

We will be back on Monday 4th June for the "Gardening Week" during Stay and Play sessions 12.30 - 3 pm 

We will have a lot of activities for little ones who love messy play in the garden.  

And we will be closed again all day on Tuesday 5th June 2018 for volunteers training.

Sorry for any inconvenience.  

 

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Baby Blues Choir

Baby Blues poster We are all excited to announce that the Baby Blues Choir stay and play will launch on Friday 15th June 2018 - with the oppourtunity to meet the team for coffee and cake on Friday 8th June 10am -12pm. 

The Baby Blues Choir is a ground breaking musical experience working in collaboration with Oxleas NHS trust music therapy team, and funded by Royal Greenwich Borough Council and our lovely Large and Legging it team runners.

Tara Massand the Baby Blues Choir Wellbeing Coordinator said

"Big Red Bus Club , is run and lead by mums and we know by experience how important it is to support each other. The Baby Blues Choir is a fun and uplifting way to make friends, learn a new skill and access our team of post natal professionals all with your children by your side."

 

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Seeking a new treasurer - it could be you

We are actively smessyplay800.gifeeking to recruit a Treasurer to our Management Committee interested persons should in the first instance contact the Chair clare@thebigredbusclub.com

Big Red Bus Club is a volunteer led family wellbeing centre. We are a dynamic local charity in a period of significant growth. Since becoming a charity in December 2016, we have started new projects and successfully diversified funding streams to underpin our future as an organisation. 

The overall role of the treasurer is to maintain an overview of the BRBC financial affairs, ensure its financial viability and ensure that proper financial records and procedures are established and maintained. We are looking for an individual with financial experience and the experience to support our ambition and growth plans. 

For a PDF of the Job description click here>>

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Volunteer week

We are really proud of our volunteers, we are an amazing team that work together to support local families. We are having a week of activities so that if your interested in taking the plunge and volunteering with us you can get some more information, have a chat and get to know us.

 

As a volunteer you will get support, training and a programme of activities so that you are empowered to succeed - we include our families because we all have families.

Please do drop by and find out more.

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World Book Week 2018

The Big Red Bus has the pleasure of inviting you to celebrate the World Book Week with fun activities and famous toddler story books and the idea behind this is to provide a platform for readers to swap used books with fellow readers - free of charge 

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How to make a perfect child

I have lovely family.https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/caraway-oatcakes-stilton-damson-jam

i like been perfeckt mum. I know it is hard job but try the best.

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Local bikers raise over £3k cycling 100k

Photo_30-09-2017__11_53_26.jpgOn September 30th eight riders undertook a grueling 100 kilometer (65 miles in old money) bike ride in aid of the Big Red Bus Club Stephen Channing Annie Drewry, Matt Drewry, Val Hnachuk, Jay Masand, Ellie O’Leary, Steven Tull and Anthony White.

Although donations are still pouring in the day long ride has raised so far £3067.74 with a noticeable match funding donation of £317.50 from Marex Financial.

The route, which can be viewed online, started on the rolling hills to Gravesend, across the Tilbury Ferry and through the scenic parts of Dagenham and Rainham marshes before heading back to Charlton via the Woolwich Ferry.

View the route on Strava>>

It was a wonderful day, the sun shone, the wind was slight, and the riders enjoyed the day. The support vehicle staffed by Mike Graser and John Keys kept the riders fuelled and in peak physical condition throughout the day.

Val Hnuchuk who neither broke a sweat, or showed any signs of physical exertion lapped the other team members while videoing the whole day. What joy!

Please do take a look here on our Facebook page>>

Big Red Bus Club Chair, Clare Welburn said

"I am delighted with the effort, energy and enthusiasm of the Ferry Good Bike Ride team. Whilst getting fitter and faster on their bikes they have enabled the club to buy new equipment and improve our play centre. I am so grateful to everyone who got involved - whether they rode on the day or were part of the support crew or sponsored the cyclists. It was particularly exciting that two of the team employers were able to match fund their cyclists donations. Thanks again to everyone who made this happen".

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Digital mums win Sainsburys Charity of the Year vote

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Local parenting and mums Facebook forums secured victory for the Big Red Bus Club in Charlton’s Sainsbury Charity of the Year vote. The traditional coin in a box method of voting was overtaken by local parents who voted en masse online. 
In what was a nail biting close finish, Big Red Bus Club Charlton, which recently became a charity in December 2016, saw off the closest competition by only 14 votes.
Emily Frith, local mum and administrator for Charlton Mummies and Daddies Facebook Group of over 1,000 local online parents said, “As a local parent myself, I know how important it is to support local charities that work in our community and support my children. The Big Red Bus Club is a lovely place and run and led by local volunteers like me – just parents giving their time. “
Sarah Smith, BRBC chair notes, “ We run free daily stay and plays for local families with children under five. It’s hard to find free things to do, and that’s why Sainsburys' support means so much to us. As a small local charity we hope that this year will be a great springboard for us to work with Sainsburys for the future.”
Local mum and social media guru Nichola:
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Master Baker 2017

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The Greenwich Clandestine Cake Club and the Big Red Bus Club are pleased to announce that Katherine Rowe of Charlton has been awarded Charlton’s Master Baker 2017.

Katherine was just one of the many professional and amateur entrants aged from 2 – 70 years old who fought for the prize. The categories were judged by an incredible team from the Clandestine Cake Club and MasterChef finalists Tony Rodd and Steve Kielty.

Prize Winner of the hotly contested Filled Chocolate Cake category said

"The day was wonderful and it was great to meet other people who loved cake as much as me" 

The first annual Great Charlton Cake Off was organised as part of the Great Get Together celebrating the life of  Jo Cox MP, with prizes and awards handed out by Greenwich and Woolwich MP Matthew Pennycook.  

 

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City Airport paint the skies glitter blue

Thefonzinthekitchen_600pix.jpgAs part of National Volunteer Week we were very happy to welcome a great team of volunteers from London City Airport. All the volunteers organised by Fabienne Gress, gave up their day to decorate the Big Red Bus Club.

It was an incredible event for everyone involved, filled with good humor and cheer, with a chance to make much needed repairs to the decor of the club, as you can imagine any building frequented by toddlers suffers unique daily traumas.

As most of our local volunteer team have small children, painting and decorating the building is such a challenge, so the huge team from London City Airport were able to contribute in a way that is simply out of the question for many of us.

Armed with brushes and rollers staff from all parts of City Airport painted the whole building Happy Yellow, except of one wall where they contributed their own bit of sparkle.  For more information on Volunteer Week 2017>> or if you are interested in volunteering at the Big Red Bus Club email annie@thebigredbusclub.com

 

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