Opening hours, events, and people.

We are open Monday - Friday 12.30-3.00pm up until the 20th December, we are likely to be taking a short break at the beginning of January to have our heating system installed, but I will update the webpage as and when this is confirmed.
We are also having a christmas party in the last week of term, father christmas, presents and christmas snacks available, music and dancing too we hope, and a themed activity, details to follow...
Last but certainly not least, Annie is back on Thursdays, I'm sure you're all as pleased as I am to see her back.
And Finally, thanks to our volunteers, Sinead, Nyree, Tina, Sonia, and Nadiya for making it all happen this term, its really appreciated, thank you. 

Opening over the October half term - Haloween Events

Due to our fantastic volunteers we are able to open for two days over the half term:
Tuesday 29th October - 12.30 -3pm  This session will be a Haloween craft session, making spooky crafts with Tina looking after you all! Haloween cake and spooky treats will be available to purchase!
Friday 1st November - 12.30 - 3 pm  This session is our official Haloween party - Haloween cake for all, with spooky music and fancy dress - a prize for the best costume! Sinead will be looking after you all. Once again spooky treats will be available for purchase, at our usual very low costs.
Please do note that during the holidays we ask a nominal fee of £1 per child to come into the centre, it will as usual be free again on the first day back after half term.

The Lifeline Project

We are pleased to announce that the Big Red Bus Club, funded by the Big Lottery, is starting this term, the Life Line project. We aim to support our volunteers and build capacity in our organisation.

As volunteers you will be supported to share ideas, receive training and build a plan and our organisation for our long term future.

Note to all at the Big Red Bus Club

The first step this month is for all volunteers to book in a one-to-one session on what you want to get out of your time volunteering and how we can help you.

Budget and financial management training this January is proving very popular – so do if you’re interested highlight that now and we may get an earlier session booked.ur slot yet, please do it this week in the centre.

If you haven’t booked your slot yet, please do it this week in the centre.

The Big Red Bus Club to the Oscars

Netmums have given us an award

The Big Red Bus Club was voted best run toddler group on Netmums. A huge thank you to whoever nominated and voted for us. Do make yourselves known so we can thank you in person!

We will get a special winners certificate to display at the group, along with a winners badge and gold listing on the sites Toddler Group section, used by more than a million mothers each week.

Gary Dillion a founder and volunteer said: “The Netmums awards are the Parenting Oscars – so we are delighted to have won. It’s an award for everyone involved in from the volunteers to the parents and carers – and of course the kids. We try hard to make the group the best it can be and are so please to have been recognized for all our work.” founder Siobhan Freegard said: “Well done to The Big Red Bus Club. We had thousands of mums voting in the area – but Annie’s charity stood out. Parents love the homely atmosphere and look forward to going every week. It’s people like Annie that local communities are all about.”

Water play - bring a towel

We will have a small paddling pool and water trays out today. Please bring a change of clothes and towel

The Ball Pit is back

                                                                                     A great big huge thank you to everyone who cleaned, organised and sorted out the ball pit today. It was a massive task helped along by

lots of children and general chaos.

Free benefits advice session

1pm—2pm Friday 1st March
At The Big Red Bus Club

The Government is changing the way welfare benefits are calculated and payed including;

Working tax credit ‘Bedroom tax’
housing benefit and council tax
Statutory maternity pay
Child benefit and Child tax credit
Crisis loans
The Health In Pregnancy grant
Disability benefits ‘Granny tax’ – freeze to age related payments
And much more….

Come and find out this Friday—with Toys, teas coffees and 1-2-1 sessions
tailored to you

Just turn up or if you want to book a 1-2-1 session email Leigh on
To book a time

Opening and Spring term

We will be open Mondays. Thursday and Friday till the end of term I look forward to seeing you!

Cold weather closure

Following a recent spate of poor weather the Big Red Bus Club will remain closed until after half term. Thats the week begining the 24th february for those without the pleasure of school age children.

See you soon!

The Big Red Bus Club Christmas party



Santa has visited the Big Red Bus Club site  for over 30 years and this year will be extra special. On Thursday 20th December, the party starts at 12pm and will include;

  • Christmas Lunch
  • Disco
  • Hat making
  • Santas Grotto
  • Christmas singing and story telling

Tickets cost £3 each child and includes lunch and please bring your own gift which Santa will present to your child. Spaces are limited to the first twenty children.  So please reserve your space today by email

  • Decoration making

or text 07739021750.

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