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Community Group Gets a Full House for its Annual Poker Tournament

July 25, 2014

Members of Chadwell Heath-based community group “Barking & Dagenham Plus” were feeling flushed with success last tuesday when they staged their Annual Poker Tournament at the White Horse Inn. So popular did it prove that card-sharps from all over Essex converged on the venue to test their Texas Hold’em skills.

The overall winner of the evening was Miss Gemma Crader, 23 (see picture).

Gemma has a winning pair.

Gemma has a winning pair.

Club-chairman Richard Leach said:

“Our Poker tournament is such a draw, that next year we are planning to up the ante and use it as a charitable fund-raising event.”

Barking & Dagenham Plus is a social group for young adults aged 18 and over, which helps out local causes as well as providing an enjoyable time for its members. It meets every Tuesday evening from 9pm at the White Horse, Chadwell Heath. For more information, including how to join, please phone Joe on 07958 669339, or visit

Area Day Trip To Hastings

July 7, 2014

Poster for Area Day Trip To Hastings, Sunday 20th July 2014

This from Trevor Eley, A&SEA Plus Area Treasurer:

For those going by train, we’re catching the 9.33 train from London Bridge, which should get us to Hastings for 11 o’clock, where we’ll meet with anyone who hasn’t gone by train, outside the station. Cost from London Bridge is £31.10, but if you’ve got a railcard or there’s a group of 3 or more, you should be able to get it for £20.55.

King’s Lynn Mid Summer Weekend 2014

May 28, 2014

This from Paul Catterwell of Kings Lynn Plus:

Hi all

It’s hard to believe that this year is the 10th anniversary since we moved to the current venue for the king’s Lynn Mid Summer Weekend.

This year its from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July.  Come join the 50 –60 we have every year!

For those who have never been before the cost is £10.00 for 2 nights camping either in the woods or on the playing field, all non-meat for the Saturday BBQ and for the disco on Saturday night.  For one nights camping, BBQ and disco its £7.00 and for the BBQ and disco only its £5.00.

We arrive anytime after 3pm on Friday and chuck tents up.  For those not wanting the hassle of tent erecting many people sleep in the hall.  Friday night is traditionally a relaxing evening and we organise a Chinese and Pizza run.  On Saturday those who don’t sleep half the day can visit Beers of Europe, Sandringham, Ely or whatever else takes their fancy.  We light the BBQ about 5pm, and start the disco around 8.30pm.

Theres no bar there so its bring your own beer and meat for the BBQ

The venue is  Tottenhill Village Hall, Whin Common Road, Tottenhill, Norfolk, PE33 0RS

Paul Catterwell
King’s Lynn Plus Activities Officer

Local community group supports Children’s Hospice (Press Release)

April 23, 2014
Clockwise from top-left: Rebecca Cushway from Haven House; Richard Leach; Sanya Preston; and Joe Gurney.

Clockwise from top-left: Rebecca Cushway from Haven House; Richard Leach; Sanya Preston; and Joe Gurney.

If you have seen strange people dressed as pirates and monsters from Doctor Who wandering the streets of Barking and other parts of Essex, you will be pleased to know that their efforts have finally paid off! Last Tuesday, the members of local social group “Barking & Dagenham Plus” handed over the results of their charitable fund-raising activities to Woodford Green based children’s Hospice “Haven House.”

Rebecca Cushway, Community Events Manager at Haven House, visited the group at their venue, the White Horse in Chadwell Heath, and gave a presentation on the work of the charity, which includes providing an enjoyable environment to children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions – and giving much needed relief to their parents. She was then presented with a cheque for £600 by Richard Leach, the club’s chairman.

Richard said:

“We usually do a sponsored walk every September. We have also staged successful Darts Tournaments and other fund-raising events throughout the year, and in 2014 we intend to better our last year’s total – and all the time providing a fun social atmosphere for our members.”

For more information about Barking & Dagenham Plus, including how to join, please contact Joe on 07958 669339, or visit our website:

Area Darts Competition

March 22, 2014

Saturday evening was the first Area Darts Competition, held at our own venue (coincidentally enough). After a thrilling final, our own Barking & Dagenham member Simon emerged as the outright winner!

The Two Finalists

The Two Finalists: Shaun (l) and Simon (r)

Area Chairman Pete Newson (l) congratulates Simon (r) on winning, whilst Gemma decides to photobomb. :-)

Area Chairman Pete Newson congratulates Simon on winning, whilst Gemma decides to photobomb. :-)


Barnet Disco – Saturday 10th May 2014

March 16, 2014

This from Mark Hawkins of Barnet Plus:

Official poster for the The Barnet Disco. Mm-mm!

Official poster for the The Barnet Disco. Mm-mm!

The Barnet disco will be held on Saturday 10th May in Potters Bar.

It is in the same venue as last year (Potters Bar Town Football Club) and there is a spring theme. Admission is £6 on production of a valid membership card.

The address is: Potters Bar Town FC, The Pakex Stadium Parkfield, Watkins Rise (off The Walk), Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1QB

The poster (with more details) can be seen at: (NB: reproduced above).

Hope to see you there !

Mark Hawkins
For Barnet Plus.

Getting Ready For Summer With Plus

March 10, 2014

Sumer is icumen in! Lhude singe de Area Diary Keeper, who has sent me a load of updates regarding forthcoming events.

On Saturday 24th May, Area are organising a Night Out at a mystery venue (i.e. they haven’t told me where it is yet), whilst on Saturday 7th June there is a day out to the Seaside. On Sunday 29th June there will be a visit to the BBC. Meanwhile, on the weekend of Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th July, Kings Lynn Plus will be staging their perennially popular Midsummer Mini Break, featuring Barbecues, Partying, and overnight camping accommodation.

For more details, please see our Events page.


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