Established in 1919
Registered Charity No. 1093381
Limited Company No. 4487467
For the past ninety years, young people from all parts of the country have had the opportunity to take part in a week of activities which they may remember for the rest of their lives.
During the holiday they have the chance to play all types of sports, appear "on stage" and try a wide variety of other activities.
Most importantly, they can meet other young people who have the same approach to life and who share the same ideals if not always the same ideas. All enjoy the great spirit of friendship which pervades the holiday.
Each person is valued for him / herself and makes his / her own unique contribution to the success of the week.
Our home for the week is Bilton Grange, a preparatory school which stands in 160 acres of superb parkland near Rugby. It has comfortable and spacious bedrooms, with a separate area of the house for girls and boys.
We have the use of the indoor swimming pool, sports hall, tennis and squash courts, two large halls as rooms for meeting and socialising, and a theatre.
The playing fields at Bilton Grange are conveniently situated near to the house and are ideal for outdoor games. The attractive and extensive grounds are excellent for cycling and treasure hunts.
We use dormitories for sleeping, with 4~9 people in a room. Meals are prepared for us by the school chef (three cooked meals each day) with special meals for vegetarians. The house is an ideal base for a busy but relaxing holiday, and we always receive a warm welcome.
Part of each day is spent playing sport. Volleyball and podex (a cross between cricket and baseball) are the main team games. We also play tennis, hockey, football and basketball, often adapting the rules to enable everyone, regardless of age or ability, to play a full part.
Members enjoy the light-hearted approach to our games which we play in teams, pairs or small informal groups.
Enthusiasm and participation matter as much as skill, and there is the chance to learn new games such as squash and handball.
Many of the activities are repeated during the week so that it is possible to enjoy all of them. No activity requires previous knowledge, all are easily learned, and all are good fun.
There is a thoughtful side to the holiday and our members enjoy the chance to think and talk about a wide range of contemporary concerns.
Ethical and ‘green’ issues, the place of religious belief, the use of time, talents and money, leadership, the challenges of school and family life and the influence of the media are frequent areas of discussion. These topics are introduced by means of a talk by one of the leaders, followed by an opportunity to debate the issues in a supportive atmosphere where everyone’s viewpoint is respected.
evening we have a home-made entertainment session, during which we put
on sketches, perform musical items and take part in a sing-song.
Friendship is the inspiration of the holidays and has been since they were started in 1919. Sporting ability and musical talent matter less than the willingness of the person to join in and contribute to the enjoyment of the holiday in a thoughtful and unselfish way.
A spirit of good humour and support characterises each holiday, and the special atmosphere created by an appreciation of everyone's talents is a striking feature, particularly for our new members.
People may arrive knowing no-one, but will certainly leave knowing everyone. Some lifelong friendships have been forged at these holidays.
Bilton Grange is situated on the outskirts of Rugby and is easy to reach by motorway or rail from any direction. Our members provide and receive lifts in parents’ cars or travel by train to Rugby station where they are met. All the members of the holiday pool their travel costs so that everyone pays an equal amount. This helps those travelling long distances.
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