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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

RGT Bowling: 26th November 2017

November 12, 2017

RGT Bowling, Sunday 26th November 2017, at the City Pavillion, Collier Row – 1.45 for 2pm start.

WASH Waffle: October 2017

October 26, 2017

From Paul Catterwell of Kings Lynn Plus:

Hello all

Can’t believe its only 8 days to WASH

I am delighted to announce that the numbers have held up brilliantly in this year of change.  In fact we are only 1 down on last year.  If you have anybody who would still like to come get in touch and I will see what I can arrange.

As you may be aware the venue also operates as a restaurant to the general public on a Sunday lunchtime, offering a carvery from 12noon to 3.00pm.  It is usually almost fully booked, but if you fancy it you MAY still  be able to book a table.  To do this you will need to contact the venue on 01263 579208.  The restaurant will re-open at 5.30pm to 8.00pm with the normal menu.

Paul Catterwell
WASH 2017 Booking Officer

Walking Towards A Bright Horizon (Press Release)

September 26, 2017

A charity for children and families in crisis was the focus of importance last weekend as members of a local community group went on a ten-mile sponsored walk.


Richard, Dave, Sanya and Gemma at Whitechapel, the start of the sponsored walk.

Barking & Dagenham Plus, a social, sporting and leisure group, set off from Whitechapel on Saturday, walking via Stratford, to Chadwell Heath, in order to raise money for “Bright Horizons Foundation For Children,” which provides play environments in places such as domestic violence shelters, to enable them to play, learn and heal from trauma in a place of safety. The walkers managed to raise £400 as a result of their efforts.


Gemma Crader, who nominated Bright Horizons as the club’s chosen charity, pictured half-way along the walk at Stratord.

Club chairman Richard Leach said:

“Although we are mainly a fun group, we always like to support local good causes, and last year won an award from the National Federation of Plus Areas for doing so. We also like to stage an event like this each September to commemorate our former member Adrian Pembroke who passed away several years ago.

“We will be presenting the cheque to Bright Horizons at one of our regular Tuesday-night meetings in the near future, at the Beacon Tree.”

For more information about Barking & Dagenham Plus, please ring Joe on 07958 669339, or visit

WASH Waffle – ‘Project ‘Sell Out’

August 4, 2017

From Paul Catterwell of Kings Lynn Plus:


It seems hard to believe but it really is getting close. Just had a committee meeting and the final band has been chosen.

Many thanks to all the groups who have sent in deposits and balances to date. Last year we had 133 attend, and with your support this year we have 130 already booked and:


If you have individuals or larger numbers who still want to come who are undecided, we will accommodate, even if we as a committee have to give up our beds

Come on guys, lets see if we can sell out and show Woodland Park what we are about (and Manor Park what they are missing!)

See you in 3 months

Paul Catterwell
WASH 2017 Bookings Officer

THIS WEEKEND – Kings Lynn Mid Summer Weekend

July 17, 2017

From Paul Catterwell of Kings Lynn Plus:

Hi all
Only 4 days until the annual Kings Lynn Mid Summer Weekend at Tottenhill & Wormegay Village Hall, 10 Whin Comon Road, Tottenhill, Kings Lynn. PE33 0RS.
You can turn up and set up tents either in the woods or on the field from about 3pm.  For those who don’t do camping, there is a lovely boutique hotel called Andel Lodge, which is a mile up the A10.  Alternatively there is a Premier Inn and a new Travelodge in Kings Lynn
Included in your all weekend price of £13 is a buffet, which will be served from about 8pm.  Once the braincells have been fed and watered, we will be having a quiz, hosted by the one and only Chairman of WASH, Mr Keith Israel, who will educate and entertain us with his never ending encyclopedic knowledge of the all things strange and silly!
There are several people wanting to go on the train to Ely.  Transport is available to Watlington station (those of us who went 2 years ago may have to pay this time!)  The train leaves at 11.01 and takes 22 minutes.  There is loads to do and see in Ely.  Looking at returning on the 15.51.  Return fare as of today is £6.10.
We are ordering takeaway in for tea, you can choose between Chinese, Pizza, Indian or Kebab.  We will have the menus on the Friday and need your order and money by 5.30pm.
The evergreen Mr Adam Redshaw will be emitting some music from his speakers to break the silence during the evening.
Weather forecast is cloudy but mainly dry and temperature of about 20 degrees.
Hope to see lots of you this weekend
Paul Catterwell