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WASH Waffle – Inportant Announcement

July 16, 2020

From Paul Catterwell, of Kings Lynn Plus:

Hi It’s with regret we have to announce the inevitable that WASH 2020 is cancelled.

Whilst things are getting tentativly something back to normal the committee consider it to be too much of a risk to safety and are aware that many would not have the appetite to attend whilst there are concerns to health.
When added to the not insignificant fact that our ‘home’ at Woodlands have made the decision that after this season, to cease to be a holiday park and become an owners only site then WASH 2020 was perhaps never meant to be.

HOWEVER fear ye not it is very much our desire and intention for the WASH Weekend to continue. We are already in negotions with suitable alternative venues and, with acknowledgement to the 80th anniversary of PLUS intend in 2021 to put on an event which will be spectacular and unforgettable. we will just have to wait a little longer for it. We will keep you posted regarding how things are progressing and advise you of venue and dates.

We are aware that many have already paid deposits for this year which of course are fully refundable however if you wish to transfer the payment to WASH 2021 we would be very happy to keep it safe for you and this would guarantee the best available accommodation in 2021.

Best wishes

Keith Israel
WASH 2020 Chairman

Barking & Dagenham Plus vs COVID 19

June 4, 2020

A message from Steve Rolfe, Chairman of the National Federation of Plus Areas, on PLUS’ position with regard to Covid 19. By implication this applies to Anglia & South East Area Plus, and Barking & Dagenham Plus in particular.

NB: our own venue is closed, hence we cannot meet there – we are not the group advertising an event on Facebook referred to by Steve!

Dear Friends,

I do hope you, your family, and friends are safe during this continuing National pandemic.

I need to update you as the Government starts to ease the restrictions on lockdown. At the last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting it was agreed to remain on lockdown for All Plus events. This is until the Government fully lifts restrictions that will allow for social events to be held.

This week the Government announced that groups of no more than six can meet but need to remain two meters apart. Having consulted senior members of the NEC the current restrictions remain in place for All Plus events.

Some of you may have seen an event being advertised on Facebook for this weekend. I have emailed the organiser asking them not to advertise this as an official Plus event. Ensuring that anyone who attends is aware it is a private event and is not covered by the Plus insurance policy. By attending the event you are accepting this is a private event.

It has not been easy making this decision but I do hope you understand why we have come to this decision. The safety of our members always remain paramount.

Membership was discussed by the NEC and it was agreed that every member would be entitled to one year free membership with the renewal date staying the same.

Stay Safe remember to keep 2 meters apart and I hope to see you all sometime later in the year.



Steve Rolfe
National Chair

Barking & Dagenham Plus vs. COVID 19

March 16, 2020

Message from Richard Leach, club chairman:

Hi to one and all as this is being sent to most of club, please note that due to message from government and to ensure safety of us all at club , it will be closed for the moment while this pandemic passes, I will text at the end of this month with another update depending on what happens. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe. Sorry that this has had to happen but it is for the safety of us all. If there is anyone you know that might be planning on attending club please let them know that for the time being we will not be meeting up. Many thanks, Richard.

Plus’ Vision is 2020

January 14, 2020

Happy New Year! Barking & Dagenham Plus have a new programme of events including the Roy Gordon Trophy Pool Tournament, the National AGM in Coventry, and the National Spring Holiday in Dorset – as well as our regular club meetings at the Beacon Tree right here.

So if you want to expand your social life and meet new friends, please get in touch with us now!

WASH 2020 Dates

November 22, 2019

From Paul Catterwell, of Kings Lynn Plus:

Hi all
Hardly seems possible that its a fortnight since WASH, which for many was one of the best we have had the pleasure of organising.
Next year’s dates are Friday 13th November to Monday 16th November 2020.
In fact this year’s event was deemed so good that for the first time ever we have had deposits for nearly 20% of those who attended this year!
IMPORTANT:  THERE ARE ONLY 76 HOT TUB BERTHS AVAILABLE (not including anyone who wishes to sleep on a sofa at half price), SO WILL BE ON A STRICTLY FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.  The 10 berth cottage does not have a hot tub but has lots of other goodies!
If you would like to organise your group’s deposits and send them to me I will add you to the list. 
Paul Catterwell
WASH 2019 Booking Officer

RGT Bowling 2019

November 19, 2019

Sanya Preston: Best Female

Congratulations to Barking & Dagenham Plus’ Sanya Preston as the Best Female in this Saturday’s Roy Gordon Trophy (“RGT”) Bowling Tournament.

In the team competition, Barking & Dagenham Plus came second by a mere one point to Redbridge Plus. Grrr! The scene is set for an epic re-match next year!

Paul Savvas of Redbridge Plus

Some shady character trying to pinch Redbridge Plus’ trophy…

Oh no, it was actually Redbridge Plus’ Publicity Officer, Elliot Barclay!


October 29, 2019

Pumpkin Carving for Halloween

Tonight, in advance of Halloween in two days’ time, members of Barking & Dagenham Plus held their annual Pumpkin Carving competition at the Beacon Tree in Dagenham.

The winning entry was by B&D member Kim (on the right. I.e. her winning entry is on the right, not Kim herself!). The Pub was so impressed they donated the prize of a meal for two!

That’s Kim’s on the right!

WASH Trip to Norwich

October 22, 2019


From Paul Catterwell of Kings Lynn Plus:

Hi all

This year, we are looking to organise a trip to Norwich on the Saturday. Leaving the venue at 11.30am to catch the train at 12.13pm and returning to North Walsham station for 4.45pm, we are asking if you could let me know if you would be interested in going. For those who have never been to Norwich it has one of the largest outdoor markets, the castle, the cathederal and 2 indoor shopping centres. The cost of a return ticket from North Walsham is £7.50 return.

We are also looking for volunteer drivers to take some bodies to North Walsham and to pick them up from the station. The drivers will hopefully be reimbursed by their passengers.

If you could let me know ASAP if you would like a lift to and from the station, and as importantly if you would be kind enough to volunteer your chauffeuring services, we can sort something out.

Paul Catterwell
WASH 2019 Booking Officer

WASH Waffle: October 2019

October 2, 2019

From Paul Catterwell of Kings Lynn Plus

Hi all


Thank you to all who are attending and the booking officers for sorting their groups out. We are absolutely delighted to announce that we now have exactly the same amount of people as last year attending. WHO WANTS TO BE THE ONE THAT MEANS WE ARE BIGGER THAN LAST YEAR?

The bands are booked, the food and drink are organised, the daytime activities, including the trip to Norwich, the quiz, karaoke and possibly a bit of geocaching, are organised.

Withe a little extra capacity this year we still have a little room so if you are thinking about it, give it a go, you really wont be disappointed. If you are a newbie we will look after you and introduce you around. If you are coming by train or bus we can sort pick up from either Cromer or North Walsham.

We can take extra booking up until the Tuesday before but obviously the more notice we get the better.

See you soon

Paul Catterwell
WASH 2019 Bookings Officer

Kings Lynn Mid Summer Weekend

June 5, 2019

From Paul Catterwell, of Kings Lynn Plus:

Hello Plussers

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July is the umpteenth Kings Lynn Mid Summer Do.

We are looking forward to many of the usual suspects who have ‘graced’ us with their company over the years and hopefully a few newbies may venture into deepest, darkest Norfolk.

We are happy to pick people up from Watlington train station so if you don’t drive you can still come and enjoy yourselves.

So whats the plan?

You can arrive anytime from 3pm and camping is either on the field or in the woods, or if you don’t do tenting, there are many nooks and crannies in the hall to call your own! Alternatively there is a Travelodge and Premier Inn in Kings Lynn.

About 8pm there will be a buffet

After that there will be a quiz hosted by our very own Mr Keith Israel. Heckling is actively encouraged and is deemed to be compulsory!

Saturday morning will see those who wish try and make a better job of actually catching a train than the fiasco 2 years ago!, Assuming we get on it you have a choice of stopping at Ely or going onto Cambridge. If anyone has any ideas of things they would like to do please let me know and we will see what we can do.

There will be people onsite all day so anyone who is just coming to the disco, who is or is not camping that night can get sorted.

There will be a Chinese and Pizza run so anyone who wants either needs to give their order to us, and hand over some money, by 5pm on Saturday. Food normally arrives about 6.30ish

Disco by another Plus Leg End, Mr Adam Redshaw will start around 8pm until Midnight.

Don’t forget to bring any drinks you need. Hopefully we will have a little discount from Beers of Europe.

The price is £15.00 for Friday & Saturday camping, buffet and disco
£10.00 for Saturday camping & disco
£ 5.00 for disco only

For those who have never been before it is a very chilled out weekend and we have yet to find a bear in the woods.

Hopefully see you on Friday 19th

Paul Catterwell
Kings Lynn Plus Secretary