Opening Times January - April Term 2014

We will be reopening on Tuesday 7th Janurary at our usual time of 12.30 - 3pm and will remain open throughout the term Monday to Friday 12.30 - 3 pm with some exciting new groups being added at times to be arranged throughout the term. We will not be opening on Monday 6th as many children have inset days and this has impacted on both people who volunteer and visit the club.

Christmas party success

Today we held our annual christmas party at the Club. It was a fantastic success and attended by 26 children and more parents! A great time was had by all and we'd like to say a big thank you to all those who attended today and have supported us throughout this year, we couldn't operate without your support, and loyalty. We had games, music, wonderful food (thank you Nadiya) and even a visit from the big man in red himself from lapland giving presents to the children. It really was a great day. We look forward to a great year ahead. Merry Christmas everyone and a very happy new year to you all.

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 Netmums.com 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.” https://sites.google.com/site/bigredbusclub/news/thebigredbusclubtotheoscars 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 MarchAt 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 loansThe Health In Pregnancy grant Disability benefits ‘Granny tax’ – freeze to age related paymentsAnd much more….Come and find out this Friday—with Toys, teas coffees and 1-2-1 sessionstailored to youJust turn up or if you want to book a 1-2-1 session email Leigh onsinleigh@virginmedia.comTo 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!