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“That’s What Friends Are For” (Press Release)

October 15, 2018

Barking-based charities are able to benefit from a Facebook feature when it comes to raising money. This is what local community group “Barking & Dagenham Plus” found when supporting their chosen charity, “Bright Horizons Foundation For Children.”

Barking & Dagenham Plus member Joseph Gurney explained:

“As it was my birthday coming up, I decided to use Facebook’s ‘Donate Your Birthday’ feature to create a fund-raiser for our club’s chosen charity. Instead of sending me cards or presents, my Facebook Friends pledged money instead. I managed to raise £175 this way (I’d been aiming for £150). Facebook itself chipped in £5 of that.

“Our club is a social organisation for adults in the Barking & Dagenham area. We also run events like a Charity Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, so we can provide a fun night out for our members as well as supporting good causes at the same time.”

Barking & Dagenham Plus meet at the Beacon Tree in Green Lane every Tuesday evening at 9pm. For more information, please contact Joe on 07958 669339, or visit http://www.barkingdagenhamplus.com

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WASH Waffle

October 12, 2018

From Paul Catterwell of Kings Lynn Plus:


Hi all

Its only 21 days to WASH!

For those of you not on the Wash Appreciation Society page, we had a great meeting with the team at Woodlands on Wednesday evening, some of them were doing unpaid overtime to be there. They are so enthusiastic about us returning as they were so impressed by what we put on, and more importantly how friendly all of you were.

Food will follow broadly the same as last year, (and we know the food is really good), so we wont starve or have to go foraging like we did at the previous venue!

We still have a few places left due to some moving around and using up of spare places. Because we have had to pay for the accommodation in advance for each place left unsold we will lose £93.00 on each space, so can we please urge you to bully, cajole, nag, offer bribes, etc to anyone who was still thinking about it. As you may be aware we subsidised last years event and made a loss which ate into our balance at the end of the year, and if we make a similar loss this year there is a possibility that financially we may not be able to run another WASH.

If you know of anyone who may be interested let me know and I would be happy to have a chat and see what I can sort and then play more accommodation bingo.

See you in 3 weeks

Paul Catterwell
WASH 2018 Booking Officer

WASH Waffle – Who Wants to Still Come?

September 11, 2018

From Paul Catterwell of Kings Lynn Plus:


Hi all

Just 51 days to WASH

We have been made aware that whilst some groups are not attending for different reasons, there are individuals or couples who may still want to come but were unsure as to how booking could work.

If your group are not attending and you would like to come please get in touch with me by email or text on 07860 465463 and I can sort out accommodation for you. I will endeavour to put you in with people who you are happy to share with. I know Tina and Adrian are not able to attend this year and to spare them the hassle of booking anybody from Didcot who wants to book can book with us.

We are away from Thursday until the 22nd September in Turkey so please don’t think I am ignoring you, I will get back to you when I am back.

Come on, lets have a party!!!

Paul Catterwell
WASH 2018 Booking Officer

WASH Waffle: August 2018

August 17, 2018

From Paul Catterwell of Kings Lynn Plus:


Hi Plussers

Thought we would bring you right up to date with all things WASH.

Over the weekend you may have seen on Facebook that it was stated that there was no room and if anyone now wish to book, they would need to be accommodated off site. This sounds like a mis-communication and we can confirm that any late bookers WILL BE ACCOMMODATED ON SITE

Bookings are going really well and despite there being 20 less spaces by playing around with spare places we do not anticipate more than about 9 spaces available less than last year. Even then we have an option or 2, so please do not think that if you have not booked yet that you can’t as we will get you sorted.

All the acts are booked and we are very happy with the quality and variety of the acts.

For those who have paid deposits please can we have your balances by 31st August as we have to pay for the accommodation by 8 weeks before the event.

If you are thinking about coming or have not been for a while JUST BOOK IT! The accommodation is awesome, the food is great, they do not run out of beer, SKY sports is on and the staff want us there.

See you all soon

Paul Catterwell
WASH 2018 Booking Officer

RGT Pool 2018

January 15, 2018

Poster for Anglia & South East Area’s RGT (“Roy Gordon Trophy”) Pool Competition, Sunday 28th January, at the Unicorn in Barkingside.

2018: New Year, New Programme

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

Barking & Dagenham Plus’ programme of events has now been updated for January to March 2018. Looking ahead, there is the National AGM in Coventry in February, and the National Spring Break in Christchurch, Dorset in March.

Meanwhile, we are meeting every Tuesday evening, from 8.30pm onwards at the Beacon Tree, Green Lane, Dagenham. If you want to start the New Year by meeting new friends come and join us!

WASH Waffle 2018

December 2, 2017
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From Paul Catterwell of Kings Lynn Plus:


Hi Guys

WASH 2018 – Friday 2nd to Monday 5th November 2018

Its hard to believe that it is already 4 weeks since this year’s first WASH at our new home.

I am sure you will agree that it was a brilliant weekend and its fantastic that the venue are so keen to want us back.

Further details to follow….

Paul Catterwell
WASH 2017 Booking Officer