We’re sad to announce that Birch Hall Adventures will closing in-line with school closures for the next 3 months. We hope to be able to re-open in July but will follow government advice. We’re contacting those with bookings and making efforts to rearrange them for the Autumn. We’ll also be using this time to work on our new bunkhouse, which will open in time for the colder months and should allow us to pick up and carry on through the winter. Additionally, we’ll be posting ideas of things you can do at home and in the garden. As a Christian Centre we continue to be confident in God and pray for those struggling at this time. #morethanconquerors
Our summer camps take place in July and August. This year there are three camps: A Camp – 20-24 July, B Camp – 27-31 July and C Camp, 10-14 August. The week 3-7 August is Frinton Mission Week and many instructors have previously been involved in this week too. We are looking for instructors to be available for all 3 camps during this period. To apply for a Summer Camp Instructor position please send a CV together with a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also the possibility of a number of longer term positions throughout the summer for those available between June and September, please inform us if you would like to be considered.
Further details of the position and job description can be found here:
Deadline for applications is 28th February. Interviews will be conducted in person or electronically in the week beginning 2nd March. Successful applicants will be expected to attend a training day on 6th April
We pleased to announce that we have achieved RYA Centre Recognition and can now offer, dinghy sailing courses. We’re planning some family courses for next summer with a mixture of sailing, camping and other activities for all ages, so look out for more news or get in touch.
This summer we’ve built a high ropes course. The aim is to work together on a one of three challenges, the only thing is that you’re over five metres up in the air. All the climbers are secured on safety ropes but it is still going to be challenging. Come and give it a go!
We like to say a huge thank you to the Minter Family Fund, who, through the Essex Community Foundation, have kindly donated over £1800 for the purchase of two new outboard engines. These will be put into use on Swallow and Amazon, our two Drascombe sailing boats. This is really super news and we’re delighted to be able to continue operating our boating and sailing activities in confidence that we won’t be caught stuck in the mud and not able to get home!
After a successful inspection visit we have been informed that we are due to be awarded an Adventures Activities Licence, which will enable us to run Sailing this year. Hopefully sit-on-top kayaking and improvised rafting will be added in due course. We really pleased that we achieved this at our first attempt and look forward to being able to offer sailing from the beginning of June.
Ever wanted to know where your food comes from? We produce enough wheat for 16 million loaves of bread at Birch Hall, that’s enough for every household in the UK for one day.
We’re qualified to bring farming and food production alive to pupils at your school. Now recognised by Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. Have a look at the plan for a lesson on Wheat Production.
This week Birch Hall Adventures spent two days at Hamford Primary Academy teaching archery and then running a Grand Archery Tournament. 90 pupils from Years’ 3 and 4 each came out from class in groups of 8 to 10 to be taught the skills for archery. The best three from each group got a chance to shoot again in the tournament.
All the pupils made great progress with their shooting and the finalists demonstrated some excellent skills.
If you’ve a big enough school field then Birch Hall can bring its archery equipment to you and run an activity day at the school.
Birch Hall Adventures is well and truly on the move. The first school taster day ran successfully for Frobisher Primary, a local school from Clacton-on-sea. The day comprised of a nature walk, shelter building and low-ropes. See some of the pictures below: