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 and 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."
We are actively seeking to recruit a Treasurer to our Management Committee interested persons should in the first instance contact the Chair [email protected] 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>>
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.
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. 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".
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:
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. Continue reading
As 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 [email protected]
The Ferry Good Bike Ride will take place on Saturday 30th September starting and finishing at the Big Red Bus Club. Heading out over the historic Woolwich Ferry, taking in the ancient woodlands of Epping Forest and returning via the jewel of Essex at Tilbury Fort and the modern wonder of Gravesend Ferry and then home to Charlton. Our ride support team will be on hand throughout the ride and all through the summer months we can provide fundraising support advice and support to get ready for your ride. You may find this twelve week plan a starting point and local practice rides have already started leaving from the Big Red Bus Club. British Cycle Training Plan If you would like to join in please contact [email protected] and set up your own local giving page to start fundraising straight away through Local Giving.https://localgiving.org/fundraising/ferrygoodbikeride/