PETER’S PARACHUTE APPEAL
As you may know, we receive no regular funding from any public authority and rely for our survival and development on letting income and on gifts from generous individuals and organisations. We need constantly to maintain and improve our facilities, while retaining a traditional style, which our young visitors say they love. Last year, we laid a new all-weather hard surface around the Hall, making it easier for wheelchair users to reach their special bunkhouse – one of 7 new bunkhouses installed not long ago.
To jump-start this year’s fundraising, Peter Jenkins and a colleague will be parachuting from 14,000 feet at Hinton Airfield, Brackley on Wednesday 13 March, with the aim of raising over £2,000. You are invited to support this daring – possibly reckless – feat.
Any support you can give will be gratefully received and put to good use. Please pass this information to friends whom you think may be interested.
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Malcolm Hoad’s death
The Trustees and Friends of LMAC are very sorry to announce that Malcolm Hoad, a well-respected and popular Camp volunteer for many years, passed away recently. He had not been in the best of health for some time but had managed to keep fighting before finally succumbing after suffering a stroke and a short stay in hospital.
There will be numerous camp users who will remember Malcolm. For many, he was the first contact and ‘the voice’ of LMAC in his role as Booking Officer. Group organisers often spoke of his helpfulness and gentlemanly manner as dates, times and costs were decided and agreed. Others will remember him in his role of Treasurer, including for his gentle reminders if payments had been forgotten or become overdue.
Hundreds of youngsters have had good reason to be grateful for Malcolm’s skills at the barbecue as he happily and willingly give up his time to welcome groups to our beautiful Shropshire Hills site.
Malcolm’s contribution to LMAC’s work has been second to none and he is being sorely missed by those of us who were fortunate to share his whole-hearted support for the Camp, its work, and the positive impact it makes on the lives of so many youngsters.
Another successful season but we need ‘helping hands’
Another successful season has ended! The Camp has been used steadily from March to October. This means that 100s of young people have been able to enjoy the beautiful Stretton Hills and surrounding area.
The visiting youngsters have, for example, belonged to schools, youth groups, Duke of Edinburgh groups and various Scouting troops. The user’s feedback about the Camp and its facilities has been very positive and many are planning to return in 2019.
Although the work of the Camp remains true to its 60-year-old foundations, the charity is moving from an unincorporated status to that of an Incorporated Charitable Organisation. This change better reflects the place of our charity in the modern world and in helping to ensure its continuity in the future.
For the group of volunteers who run the Camp, it has been another rewarding year. A host of practical tasks in maintaining and developing the site’s facilities have been carried out so that the Mess Hall, showers, toilets and bunkhouses have been kept in good working order. Our major project this season has been to provide an all-weather hard surface for the use of all groups and to assist youngsters using wheelchairs to whizz to, and from, their designated bunkhouse.
We have been receiving a steady income from hire fees and this is used to maintain and develop the facilities. For example, the seven new bunkhouses have been much enjoyed due to the fact that they are bigger and warmer than the old ones! We are very grateful for the financial support offered by a number of organisations who have provided us with vital funding for our projects.
Like many charities, we are seeking to recruit a few more volunteers. There are two roles: Trustees and the Friends of LMAC. The Trustees manage the charity and meet formally four times a year. In particular, we are looking for enthusiastic ‘doers’ who may have useful committee experience, financial expertise and administrative skills. The Friends give of their time/experience/skills when they are required and available.
If you are interested in working with our charity in either role, please contact us via the website enquiry form at www.longmyndadventurecamp.org.uk or call one of the Camp volunteers, as listed below, for more information and/or a general discussion about our work and your interest in LMAC. We will look forward to hearing from you.
Graham Haynes on 01694 720348
Peter Jenkins on 01694 724919
Don Rogers on 01694 722358
Paul Webb on 01694 781311
Mike York on 07903689408
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SURVEY CONFIRMS THE CAMP’S APPEAL
Last year we conducted our first formal survey among all known users of LMAC and we are continuing to ask new users of the Camp for their views. The results have been very positive.
Our first question asked users to rate 12 aspects of their Camp experience on a 5 point scale – 1 being poor, 2 below average, 3 acceptable, 4 good and 5 excellent. Three categories were rated “good or excellent” by 100% of respondents: “The countryside location”, “Overall experience of the Camp” and “Ease of arriving and leaving”. “The countryside location” was rated “excellent” by a remarkable 97%.
The other 9 categories, including specific features such as the Main Hall and the Kitchen, all achieved high ratings (between 83 and 97%) as “good or excellent”.
The other questions concerned users’ opinions, suggestions and intentions. Unsurprisingly, these broadly confirmed the numerical results, with particular emphasis on the “total seclusion and peace and quiet” of the site: “ideal for DOE, isolated enough to give teams that wild feel, but facilities nearby”. “Great hall and cooking area”, “Good scenery and… good indoor facilities”. Group leaders said children particularly liked having the place to themselves, with the freedom to explore. “They enjoyed the whole experience and had a fabulous time”.
Criticisms were generally minor and we have already implemented some of the practical suggestions received. Almost 90% of respondents said they were likely to return.
The replies came from a majority of our most important user groups including schools, DOE, Scouts, trainers and clubs. So we’re confident that the results are very representative. And we’re delighted that the Camp continues to be so appealing.
The survey will be very useful to us in planning the Camp’s further development. Many thanks to all those taking part.
Our tarmac project is complete! Camp users are enjoying the new surface that has been laid outside the Mess Hall. The hard surface provides a much-improved link between the Mess Hall and the bunkhouse for youngsters with disabilities, as well as being a useful space for outdoor activities in general
A big ‘thank you’ goes to our supporters for their generous donations towards the cost of the tarmac work: £5,000 from The Wooden Spoon Charity; £2,000 from Midcounties Co-op Community Fund; and £1,000 from the Millichope Foundation
New letterheads, business cards and leaflets have been produced by MarshbrookPrint with thanks to Steve Rooney and his team.
A further ‘thank you’ goes to the Caer Caradoc Lodge of Freemasons for their donation of £200 towards the printing costs.