On 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.
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!
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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".
What a great time we had today. Super worm was the story we explored and we we did this in loads of ways...
We had our tuft tray filled with slimy spaghetti and tweezers, as the children arrived that was the thing they all headed for. We had some worm play dough mats, where we had to make long worms and short worms. We also had a wonderful time with our new bug hunting equipment, looking for bugs outside. We found little jumping flies and worms and looking at a shiny spider web through a magnifying glass is so fascinating.
Our sensory area was lit up with fish tubes and our disco lights. But what we all loved was the animals coming to visit. Colin the cockroach and Marvin the Millipede. We even fed some beaded dragons.
The Big Red Bus Club in Charlton is a little hidden gem located in the corner of Charlton Park.
We are a volunteer led family wellbeing centre which puts local families at the heart of everything we do.
Stay and Play – free under five stay and play Monday to Friday 12.30pm – 3pm term time only
Play Plus – Monday am (10am -12pm) SEND and siblings stay and play with local artists and therapists (funded by Children in Need and True Colours Trust)
Volunteer Acorn project – training and support for volunteers to gain confidence and vocational and life skills (funded by Peoples Health Trust)
Wellbeing – Thursday am and various times in the week - a suite of activities focusing on the wellbeing of local familees, regular running clubs, bike rides, waste food distribution (organised by Skillls and Care through the Neighbourly project).
Community events – From Thai Night to the Great Charlton Bake Off our community events take place throughout the year.
We are open Monday to Friday 12.30pm -3pm during term time.
Monday 10-12pm Play Plus - for children with additional needs
Wednesday 10-12pm for our Ukrainian Stay and Play
Thursday 10am - 11am Large and legging it running group.
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SEND Morning - Monday's 10am - 12pm (Term time only)
Who are we....
Play plus is a calm and friendly stay and play for parents and children under the age of 5, who have a SEND diagnosis or additional needs.
It’s a safe place, which is non-judgemental and our team are supportive and have experience in this area from their own journeys.
We have a calm environment for both children and parents with access to a secure outside space.
Each week we theme our session from great children’s books and include story telling, sensory play and different entertaining and educational activities.
We also have local artists and therapists join us too - from Relax Kids and Global fusion, with a visit from Felicity the therapy dog. It's great to have so much fun together.
So come along and try us out, we’d love to meet you. There is no charge for the session.
Where are we...
Near the Cemetery Lane Entrance of Charlton Park. There is a free car park near the play park, and we are on the 422, 486, 53, 54 & 380 bus routes.
Play Plus is kindly funded by the Peoples Postcode Lottery and Charlton Local Councillors Ward Budget.
Local kids put their baking skills to the test today as they tried out the Big Red Bus Club’s new mud kitchen designed and created for us by the great volunteers at Men in Sheds.
A huge range of delights worthy of The Great British Bake Off were made, including worm spaghetti, leaf mould pastries and mud cakes.
Hours of fun was had as lucky kids took part in a volunteer preview day to test out our great new outdoor resource.
As regulars to the Big Red Bus Club know, our summer term will see a return of our Free Friday gardening club and this mud kitchen will be a great addition to our garden and external play spaces.
A regular user of the Big Red Bus Club, Oscar Massand, aged two and eight months, said’
“I enjoy playing in the mud kitchen and mixing leaves”.
It’s donations like these from Men in Shed’s and Mears, who donated the sink, which means we can stay free and open to all.
A big thanks to all the volunteers who came along today to plant two new borders. As ever it's a real hodge podge jasmine and honey suckle for the nose, gladioli to touch, a riot of colour for the eyes and an apple tree for tasting. Volunteers and thier children took advantage of the glorious weather to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.
As a charity every penny you spend hiring our wonderful venue and lovely equipment is spent right back in our community. By hiring us you are supporting our free Play Plus service for disabled children and their families or keeping our stay and plays open every day free of charge to local families.
You can hire us for 4 hours from either 10am-2pm or 2.30pm -6.30pm on Saturdays or Sundays for only £100.
Our standard package
Example timings based on 10am - 2pm booking
10-10.30am setting up
10.30 – 1.30pm party activity
1.30pm – 2pm tidy up and removal of waste from site.
Included within hire
- Play castle
- Kitchen with play food
- Access to under five library
- Large abacus
- 2 baby bouncers/ chairs if needed
- 4 tables for under fives
- 20 under five chairs
- 8 adult chairs
- Fixed outdoor equipment - unlimited access to outdoor play ground
- Fully staffed tuck shop throughout
- Trained and qualified staff assistance four hours
We also have a wide range of toys and equipment to hire.
Dinosaur soft play £45
5 hand painted dinosaur soft play
10 block type soft play
Dinosaur and den £85
5 hand painted dinosaur soft play
4ft sensory den with internal lighting and blue tooth speakers
Sensory den package £85
4ft sensory den with internal lighting and blue tooth speakers (large music selection available) Assorted sensory balls 10 sensory blocks
Large sensory play mat
Ball pit package £55
10 soft play items
Soft play bonanza £155
4ft sensory den with internal lighting and blue tooth speakers (large music selection available)
10 piece soft play package
5 piece dinosaur package
2 play tunnels
Outdoor toy package £15 (not shown)
2 tomy cars for under fives
1 two child ride on
4 one child three wheel scooter
4 push along doll prams
1 wooden see saw
Other equipment available
Tea urn £10
Bubble machine with 1ltr of solution £25
Aura Optic light projector and Aroma therapy diffuser (a selection of oils available) £25
Six foot banquet table and adult chairs £7 per table
Book us today by emailing email@example.com If you have a equipment booking account code please let us know when booking.