May was off to a flying start for Billericay Round Table. The inaugural Rotary Soap box derby on Bank Holiday Monday was a huge success and our distinctive ‘Rocket Racer’ took a podium finish after coming second in the wacky races class. Furthermore, our lads got stuck in to staffing one of the busier gates and enjoyed welcoming the community to another great local event.
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A week later, some of the group spent an evening in Chelmsford attempting to solve a room full of wickedly tricky puzzles as part of the Escape Room experience. Let’s just say that it was touch and go whether or not one of the teams would make the night bus!
Mud, glorious mud! The mid-May weekend saw us venturing once again into the Essex countryside to take on the 2016 Nuclear Rush ‘mudstacle’ race. Spread across 12km of farm and woodland, the course was a mix of trails, fields, lakes and ditches with up to fifty man-made and natural obstructions to get under, over, in and out of! The team were reunited with friends from BOSP (Brighter Opportunities through Supported Play) to have some good, but not-so clean fun together and managed to raise around £450 which will go towards helping support Essex families of children with complex disabilities.
With summer just around the corner, we have plenty of great events lined up, including mountain biking, BBQ’s, a long weekend in Berlin and a fancy-dress Cricket match to name a few. If you fancy coming to an event and meeting the lads, please contact us on email@example.com
There is no other challenge that gets the heart beating like a great paintball session with friends... Well, given the carnage that took place amoungst 'friends' I will have to use the term lightly as the new chairman of less than 24hours got his posteria and the rest of his body pelted with paintballs on multiple occasions by his 'friends'. It will take me less than a nano-second to think of the response when a future invite goes out to part in this one next time round.
Other than Marcus, everyone else had a 'splattering' time, full of paint, sweat and beers.
March2016 most of us visited the Billericay Brewery on Chapel Street to have a tour of our local micro-brewery. I know this was not going to be a tour like Wembley considering the size of it is smaller than the 6 yard box but it did give us a great insight into the processes that are required to make really great brews. I also learnt that this micro-brewery has its own micro-pub which is again extending its opening hours for our community to make use of.
There was a great story behind this brewery and the drinks being produced here were also great and would welcome any of them to host in pubs I/we frequent.
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Bubble Football, if this event is not on every STAG do in the coming years this is a great laugh that you are missing out on.
With a 5 a-side team set out and a few rolling subs we were all set for the funniest start to any event you can imagine, with us all strapped into our individual balls the real football was kicked into play and the whistle blown to start the match.
Can you imagine the reality of not having a full stride trying to run for or away from the ball? With our hands restricted holding the straps inside the ball you can only imagine our balance trying to run, along with the visual impairment 'looking for a ball through a ball' and trying to identify your team colleagues, not forgetting the opposing team.
With the game underway for only 2 seconds you hear the 'WORDS' being shouted as you realise people are knocking others over like skittles when the fear sets in that someone else has only the intension to try score you into the goal. Arhhhhhhhhh!!
As for my 11 year old son he found it funny standing on his head vertically upside down!!
What a great laugh.
January 2016 social event was were a dozen of us met up at the Warley Dry Ski Slope to sample the traditional skiing or snowboarding but in the end we all opted for the Rubber-Rings to bounce down the practice slope for light entertainment. There were some cracking falls captured on camera and somehow some of the guys managed to establish a route to see who could go down and back up the slope the fastest. As ever this was a great laugh.
Then to follow this our Chairman said he had prepared some food (and drinks) earlier on which was re-heated on camping burners in the corner of the car park we were all impressed with this ‘random’ location but his food which was of the alpine nature, was very nice indeed.
What a fantastic event today that the Rotary Club put on. As first events go this was a great Bank Holiday turnout.
When the news was published about a SoapBoc Race in Billericay a few of the guys quickly got a team together and set to work about 4-5 months ago. With a few brain storming sessions they guys soon got the great idea of putting together a Firework based theme for the crown and our guys to enjoy.
A few of the guys made sure the our SoapBox remained fit & well for the race while some of our other members helped out to assist the Rotary Club with the running of their event.
The feedback on Gate2 was really positive. Hope to see you all next year, fingers crossed.
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