Digital mums win Sainsburys Charity of the Year vote

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:

Master Baker 2017

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

City Airport paint the skies glitter blue

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]  

Ferry Good Bike Ride 100K

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.  

Braziliant Bingo Sucess

An incredible night was had by all at Brazilian Bingo Night - with the help of local business and our celebrity Bingo caller Charlton's very own Councillor Allan McCarthy the Big Red Bus Club raised £287. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to so many local business people including;Ollies Cafe in Charlton Park Play Area for donating a picnicKate Porte of Pheonix Cards for donating a gift boxChu and Cho (Cattleya) for donating a meal for twoJamie Oliver for donating a signed bookand the new Turkish Restaurant Eaturkish on the Lower Road for donating a Kebab feast.Of course the star prize was gifted by Lara at Precious Skin Clinic who gave a facial and a Brazilian wax!

Brazilian Bingo

To celebrate the Big Red Bus Club fair trade tuck shop, we are having a Brazilian Beer and Bingo Night On Friday the 10th March.  

Scarlet Fever

There has been a case of Scarlet Fever at the Big Red Bus ClubWhat is scarlet fever?Scarlet fever is a scattered red rash and high temperature caused by bacteria (Group A streptococci). Occasionally these bacteria can cause kidney or heart complications. Prompt treatment with an antibiotic usually prevents these complications. Treatment will also prevent spread to others.What are the symptoms of scarlet fever?A scattered red rash that is often most marked in the creases of the joints and over the stomach. It usually blanches (goes white) when pressed on. The skin may feel rough to the touch, sometimes described as feeling like sandpaper. Someone with scarlet fever will have evidence of a streptococcal infection somewhere, usually in the throat or sometimes in the skin.What should I do if I think my child has it?If your child develops any of these symptoms bring him/her to your GP for examination. Tell the doctor that another child in the group has had scarlet fever.If my child has scarlet fever what should I do?The doctor will prescribe an antibiotic for your child. It is important that your child takes the full course of medicine.Can my child stay in school/ group?Your child can return to school/group  when he/she is well and has finished one full day of antibiotic treatment.What can I do to prevent spread of infection at home?The bacteria are spread through contact with nose and mouth secretions so:•Wash hands thoroughly after wiping nose.•Wash hands thoroughly before preparing food.•Wash dishes well in hot soapy water.•Do not share cups, straws, spoons, eating utensils etc.•Do not share toothbrushes.Thank you for giving this your attention. Your GP will be able advise you.  

Men in Sheds Sandpit

Following on the heels of the fantastic mud kitchen, our friends Men in Sheds have been beavering away in their workshop to create a brand new edition to our outdoor space.And what on earth is better than mud? - Why SAND of course. Our new London Transport Red Bus styled sand pit was officially opened with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.Although many are waiting for a warm day to jump in - lets all celebrate another wonderful donation from the chaps with power tools!

Play Plus gets money for mindfulness from the Postcode Lottery

This term the Big Red Bus Club weekly stay and play for children and their families, Play Plus, has hit the jackpot. With a fantastic grant from the Postcode Lottery, volunteers and families at the Big Red Bus Club have been able to expand the whole group, get some great equipment for children with additional needs and work with a range of therapists to create a mindful and enriching environment. Play Plus is here to support families with children under five, to make friends and get the support they need before, during and after diagnosis. Continue reading