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Spring 2018
Christmas 2017

Spring 2018

Special Mentions, January to March

  • Thank you to Alan for auditing our annual accounts and to Tom for keeping them all in order.
  • Congratulations to Ben for being elected Area as well as National Activities Officer and co- organising the Spring Break Weekend.
  • Well done to Erik and Liz for winning the Treasure Hunt at the Spring Break Weekend.
  • Well done to Erik and Liz for winning the National Norbury Publications Cup for the Stevenage Plus blog.

Spring Break Weekend, 23rd - 26th March

Four of us from Stevenage Plus attended the Spring Break weekend organised by our very own member Ben and Adrian from Didcot held at Hoburne Holiday Park, Christchurch, Dorset. We shared a caravan with two other friends from previous narrowboating expeditions, which was A1 by name and A1 by nature - the highest grade on the park (thank you Ben!). There were good facilities on site as well as excellent access to Avon beach, Mudeford quay and Christchurch town and a short drive to Bournemouth, Poole, Hengistbury Head, Lymington and the New Forest National Park.

Within a few hours of arriving, the house party at ours was well underway, with members reuniting from all over the UK and free flowing wine, literally on tap. Further parties continued throughout the weekend, well into the early hours of the morning and even through a couple of power cuts!

The days were spent exploring the beautiful local area, independently or as part of the organised Treasure Hunt. While I was off photographing everything in sight, Erik and Liz won with 100%, jointly sharing the prize with our other housemates' team. Their winning streak continued the following day, coming 3rd in the quiz and receiving a prize of Easter eggs.

The evening entertainment was as you would expect typical holiday park entertainment to be, which is always guaranteed to be a really good laugh, sometimes for the wrong reasons but mainly for the good. The last night bought everyone together, all of the clubs sitting on one communal table, singing and dancing along to support our karaoke friends, proving what a fantastic weekend it had been.

Thank you to all those involved in organising a brilliant weekend and to everyone who made it fun.

Date for your diary: The next Spring Break is confirmed at the same location, 22nd - 25th March 2019. Deposits of £25 per person are now being taken, made payable to Stevenage Plus. Please contact Ben for more information.

Stevenage Plus Events, thinking ahead.....

We've got a cracking programme coming up over the next few months. There are still dates available in May to July if you would like to host an event on a Thursday or Saturday. We welcome all ideas and even if you don't fancy hosting but you have a game, quiz or event you can recommend, we'd love to hear from you.

BI-AGM

The BI-AGM on the 10th May is your chance to have your say and hear about how the club is run. We review the last six months and look ahead for the next six months, agreeing the budget and electing the committee. Please contact Helen or Erik if you would like to add anything to the agenda or discuss any of the roles, if you are interested in being nominated.

STEP Awards

The annual STEP Awards will take place on the 5th July. If you have any ideas for category themes, please let Erik know by the end of April.

CHRISTMAS, Yes CHRISTMAS! ........ (Too early??? Probably!!!)

We welcome your views on whether we should organise a Christmas and/or New Years' Party this year and if so, where and when.

40th Anniversary Celebrations

Can you believe Stevenage Plus is 40 next January?? Some of our members have been a part of the club for a lot of that time and we are looking to plan some celebrations early next year. Please let Helen know if you have any ideas. We are contacting some ex members for some nostalgic stories and are hoping to attract some media attention.

Stevenage Plus: Other Events, booking soon!

Stevenage Plus sometimes organise other events in addition to Thursday and Saturday evenings, where friends from other Plus clubs are welcome to attend.

  • Narrowboating holiday, 16th - 23rd June 2018 - 1 place left! Read last year's blog at Plus on the water
  • Local camping night / weekend, Church Farm Ardeley, 27th/28th July 2018
  • Day on a narrowboat, Lee Valley, 5th Aug 2018
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire, 26th Sept 2018 (TBC)
  • Snow White Pantomime, Stevenage, 23rd Dec 2018
  • For more information and to book your place on any of the above events, please contact erik@stevenage.plus asap as these must be booked well in advance.

If you are interested in Westmill Farm Activity day, please express your interest to Salima asap.

There are a number of local festivals and outdoor concerts running through the summer. If this is your thing, let us know and we may be able to get a small group together.

Area and National Events

Meet members from other Plus clubs and join in some national events such as:

  • A Hike In The Hills of Hope (Peak District) with Lincs Quest, May 2018
  • Messing About On The River with Lincs Quest , Jul 2018
  • Kings Lynn Mid Summer Camping Weekend, Aug 2018
  • ational Adventure Walking Weekend, Aug 2018
  • Southern Area Centre Parcs Weekend, Sep 2018
  • WASH Weekend, Nov 2018
  • Spring Break Weekend, Mar 2019

More information is available at the above links, the National website www.plusgroups.org.uk/plus or please contact Ben or Erik for further details and specific contacts.

Contact us

Phone: 01438 231550
Email: welcome@stevenage.plus

For all the latest news and updates:
Website: www.stevenageplus.co.uk
Blog: http://blog.stevenage.plus; http://app.stevenage.plus
Wishing all our members a very Happy Easter!

Christmas 2017

Welcome to our first newsletter!

A Festive Message

Photo of gold bauble ornament background | Free christmas ... Without sounding too much like the Queen's Speech, I'm sure all of you have experienced some challenging times this year, trying to cope with whatever life has thrown your way. I really hope you have had some very special, and many enjoyable moments, and that the good has far outweighed any bad!

For many of us, the festive period can be a particularly pressurising time of year, physically, emotionally and/or financially. I hope you find happiness in a way that best suits you, whether that's enjoying some well-deserved 'me time' or quality time with the people you care about.

On behalf of the committee, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and good health and wellbeing for the year ahead. A new year brings new beginnings, so I hope 2018 is everything you want it to be and more.

Very best wishes,
Helen xxx

A Year in Review

The ethos of Stevenage Plus is friendly, inclusive and fun and we hope that you have had some good times at our events this year. A massive thank you to all that have made this happen including the committee and of course, you, the membership who have positively participated and hosted the activities.

Here are some of the stats about 2017:

  • 4500 (approx) sweets eaten!
  • 150 (approx) blogs posted on social media
  • 65 Weekend events
  • 52 Thursday events
  • 24 Meals out
  • 18 House events
  • 16 Thursday hosts
  • 9 Pub nights
  • 5 New members (including 2 previous members from many years ago!)
  • 5 Holidays and weekend breaks
  • 2 Babies born
  • 1 Fab club of fun and friendships!

Coming Up

Colorful Party Night Celebration Background - Free Vector We still have some exciting events before we wave our goodbyes to 2017, which we really hope you can attend. If you have not come to the club for some time, we would love to see you.

Thurs 21st Dec, Christmas Spectacular
A highlight of the Stevenage Plus calendar with guaranteed Christmas themed chaos and competitiveness! Remember to bring your Secret Santa gift if you were on the list.

Fri 22nd Dec, Christmas Panto
Oh yes it is. Tickets are already booked for this event. Oh yes they are.

Sat 23rd Dec, Christmas Party
A great opportunity to dress up and dance. Restless Santa will no doubt be setting off party cannons, upsetting the other tables and his cheeky elves will be asking for extra Christmas puddings to be heated up with a shot of brandy from the bar! Bookings for this are now closed. A massive thank you to Salima for organising.

Thurs 28th Dec, Post-Christmas Pub Night
We haven't booked the conference room on the Thursday after Christmas so if you are available, come and have relaxed social evening with us. Venue to be confirmed this Thursday.

Sat 30th Dec, Meal at the Rising Sun
We don't let December birthday celebrations get overlooked! Pre-ordering is required. Check with Salima if places are still available.

Sun 31st Dec, New Year?s Eve
Whether you are welcoming in the New Year with us at the programmed house event or doing you own thing, we hope you have a great evening.

Looking Ahead

2018 looks set to be another busy year with some new events being explored. The programme, as always, is available at Stevenage Plus Website but here are a few dates for your diary;

Thursday 4th January - New Members Evening : We will be running a Facebook campaign over the next few weeks to invite new people to attend.

Thursday 11th January - Mock Auction : Remember to bring any of your unwanted Christmas presents for other members to buy and raise money for the club. National Events

Fri 23rd to Mon 26th March - Spring Break : Places are still available on this weekend away to Hoborne Park, Dorset. Speak to Ben or Erik if interested for more information.

Where we meet

Come and see us on Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express in Stevenage Town Centre, with the evening starting at 8.30pm, and finishing around 10pm, although you are welcome to stay afterwards for drinks.

As you come in through the front door, turn immediate left to get to the room. There is a nice bar with comfy seating which sells reasonably priced drinks. Please see the map below if you need directions. Also, please note there is a separate hotel nearby called the Holiday Inn - don't go there. We are in the Holiday Inn Express!

Thursdays

Holiday Inn Express, Stevenage
8.15pm for 8.30pm start


Saturdays

Location varies, normally in or around Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth
Time varies, normally around 7.30pm meet