Walk, crawl, or be carried around a circular route of Charlton Park for the second annual Big Red Bus Club Toddle Waddle. Help us raise funds- entry only £2 per child with a reduction for families with four children or more. Meet us at The Big Red Bus Club at 11am ready to set off at 11:30, then join us with your picnic at 12pm followed by our regular play group until 3pm.
Our normal sessions will stop for summer from Wednesday 20th July till Monday 12th August - however volunteers will be opening on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and maybe other days throughout so please do keep checking Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bigredbusclub/
Local open water swimmer Sue Christiansen intends to dive into the murkey depths of London's Royal Docks in Newham to raise much needed funds for the Big Red Bus Club. Sues amazing swim will take place on the 16th of July. But you can donate now.https://localgiving.org/sue2mileswimlondon “I am excited to swim through the bird muck, if this encourages people to give to a great local cause, support the small ones, and me.” As Charlton’s premier open water female swimmer over 27 Sue commented “I am also happy to report that I've had my shots and so should hopefully not come down with any water-borne disease.“https://localgiving.org/sue2mileswimlondon This is your chance to show your support do give whatever you can if everyone of use donated just £2 we would pay our insurance for a year. £10 and we could buy new outdoor toy cars and a sand pit £20 and we could replace all of our windows Please do dig deep and donate today https://localgiving.org/sue2mileswimlondon
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. Thank you.
This week Sense the national Deafblind charity launched a report into the discrimination children under five face taking part in play. The findings make bleak reading with children and familiees often excluded and uncatered for. Read it here https://www.sense.org.uk/play Thats why we are proud that since January Monday's 10am - 2am are part of our Play Plus initiative providing a safe space for familiees and children under five with additional needs. Open to all and still free to attend. Continue reading
Local Charlton councillors Allan McCarthy and Miranda Williams breathed a huge sigh of relief when they found out from Santa that they were on this year’s nice list. Both councillors met Santa when he visited the Big Red Bus Club Winter Fair in Charlton Park. The local charity, which is raising money to replace its windows, holds daily play and stay sessions for under-fives and their families every weekday. Santa meet lots of local children and gave many presents and stickers before turning his attention to the local politicians. Santa said, “Although I am busy this time of year, I can always make a little time to share the magic of Christmas with the Big Red Bus Club. I was also very pleased to see Miranda and Allan on this year’s nice list as they both have spent time on the naughty list.” Local Resident Simon Peirce, who popped out when Santa visited, commented "The Big Red Bus Club has had a fantastic year, installing new lighting and heating with donations from local people and the Greenwich Lions Club. An amazing achievement. I wish them all the best for next year".
This year has seen a host of fundraising activities from the Royal Greenwich Lions Club who have generously raised £2000 for the Big Red Bus Club. The wonderful contribution from the Lions and Matthew Drewry and Mike Graser (100K Bike Ride) in 2013 has meant this winter the Big Red Bus Club will be hotter than ever with new lights and new electric heaters.
A huge thank you to the Charlton Guides who camped over night at the Big Red Bus Club to paint a wonderful nursery inspired mural on the back wall. All those involved were working towards thier community badges. The Charlton Guides meet every Tuesday night in the Big Red Bus Club so pop down if you would like to get more involved.
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. Continue reading