Newham Excursion Club 2015 – Places of Interest

Mapledurham House - Nr. Reading

Mapledurham House – Nr. Reading

We have been delighted with the very positive response and the swift uptake of the days out provided by Big Lottery funding for the Newham Excursion Club 2015. So far, of the 26 available minibus trips this summer 16 minibuses have already been booked leaving only 10 minibus trips remaining to be booked.

Of the day trips thus far booked the following destinations have been chosen: – Continue reading

Hampton Court Palace – 29th May 2015

The Great Gatehouse - Hampton Court Palace

The Great Gatehouse – Hampton Court Palace

Amongst our numerous enquiries received for day trips for the over 60s has been an enquiry regarding a trip to historic Hampton Court Palace. If you are over 60 we can take you from Durning Hall Community Centre, leaving at 10:00am and returning from the palace at around 4:00pm, arriving back at Durning Hall at around 6:00pm on Friday, 29th May 2015.

We will provide an accessible minibus and driver at no cost under the terms of our Big Lottery award. You’ll just have to pay the entry fee to the palace of around £16 per person (see their website for details), as this is not covered by the Big Lottery funding. Continue reading

Newham Excursion Club is half way there.

Signpost to everywhere

To where shall we go today?

We are only just into the merry month of May but already half of the Big Lottery funded excursions have been booked.

The purpose of the grant is to provide day trips out for older people with a view to combating the social isolation often experienced as people are getting older.

If you are over 60 and living in Newham and if you’ve not already taken advantage of this excellent opportunity then read on.

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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside – especially when its free!

What could be finer than a stroll along the shore on a warm summer day?

We’ve been delighted with the response so far in respect of the Newham Excursions Club summer excursions. We already have confirmed bookings for one third of the total number of trips available. The over 60s really know how to get organized so please don’t delay in booking your free excursion with us, as once they’re gone, they’re gone.

The purpose of our Big Lottery grant is to provide free day trips for over 60s with a view to combating the social isolation often experienced as people are getting older. Continue reading

When a day trip feels like a million dollars

We chose Newham Excursion Club for our day by the sea and this is how it felt.

We chose Newham Excursion Club for our day by the sea and this is how it felt.

“We might be getting on in years but one thing is certain; we love to feel pampered. So we went on a day trip to Southend with Newham Excursion Club. This is how it felt.

“Good, old fashioned service. That’s what we like. And we found it when we went for a day out with Newham Excursion Club. Our driver was fun and friendly and right from the off we felt welcome. Continue reading

Thanks for supporting our surveys

Please keep on completing the surveys.

Please keep on completing the surveys.

Regular readers of our newsletters or the website behind it will be aware that we are currently running a set of very short surveys in support of our Reaching Communities bid. We just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to individuals and organizations who have completed the surveys so far.

Having said that we just need you to know that we still need you to keep filling in the forms and we still need you to tell your friends and colleagues. Continue reading

Parent charity seeking to appoint a new Chair

Can you fill the gap?Can you fill this gap? Our parent charity, Community Transport Waltham Forest, is seeking to appoint a new Chair to lead us forwards in what is a really exciting and challenging time.

Following the retirement of our long-standing Chair, Dot Gray, we are now actively seeking someone else of exceptional quality to take over the demanding role of Chair of this long-established charity.

These are challenging times for charities. During this long period of austerity we are learning to develop new models for funding the extremely valuable work that we undertake on behalf of the community. Continue reading

Newham Excursion Club – a cultural feast for the over 60s.

Sun and Sangria with Newham Excursion Club.Summer is a-coming in! Clear skies. Long, hot days with a light breeze and good company. The Newham Excursion Club is taking to the wing – or at least to the road – with early bookings for days out to take in trips to the seaside, days in Kentish vineyards, visits to historic towns and entertainment, song and dance.

If you are over 60 and would like a trip out this summer then we may well be able to help you – at no cost. Continue reading

Newham Excursion Club – Successful applications

The typically understated reaction when people discover that they are beneficiaries of Newham Excursion Club.

The typically understated reaction when people discover that they are beneficiaries of Newham Excursion Club.

It looks like it’s going to be a great Summer. Already we have completed several successful bookings for the Newham Excursion Club for people aged 60+. This has been followed by outbreaks of spontaneous happiness.

On a more serious note, if you are part of a group of people aged 60 or over or if you would like to meet up with other seniors over a convivial day out then this may be just the vehicle that you are looking for. Continue reading

Reaching Communities – Online Surveys

Help us to reach out to the communities we serve by completing the relevant surveys.

Help us to reach out to the communities we serve by completing the relevant surveys.

EAST Community Transport (incorporating the London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest) is engaged in a major funding bid the purpose of which will be to secure funding for services in these boroughs felt to be of the the greatest value to the residents in those boroughs.

In order to ensure that we know how to structure our bid we have devised four surveys which we are asking you to complete either online or with good, old-fashioned pen and paper. Continue reading