Oakley Holidays
Established in 1919
Registered Charity No. 1093381
Limited Company No. 4487467
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Easter 2017

flagBilton Grange School, set in 160 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Rugby, was again the attractive location for the Easter 2017 Oakley Holiday, from 8 to 15 April. A busy and diverse programme of activities was uninterrupted, thanks to a week of dry and often sunny weather.

flagThe 74 members were housed in nine comfortable dormitories, some thoughtfully refurbished this year, with separate rooms for older leaders. Twelve new boys and girls made a significant contribution on their first Oakley Holiday. 22 of those present were the sons or daughters of former Oakley attenders.

flag The sports pitches, woodlands and gardens, this year full of blossom and spring flowers, provided an attractive and extensive backdrop for all our activities. Top quality, provided by the school’s catering team, were much liked, with a special menu for vegetarians.

flagEveryone played our principal team games of volleyball or podex at the same time, with handball and a football and hockey tournament also being energetically and enjoyably contested. In the afternoons the choice of thirty different activities included play reading, touch rugby, Mah Jongg, squash for beginners, croquet, photography, flower–arranging and aqua-aerobics in the heated pool.

flagThe Oakley golf and tiddlywinks tournaments were very well contested in pairs, as always, whilst a Murder Mystery, with a celebrity cast including Lady Gaga, Simon Cowell, Harry Styles and Beyoncé, lived up to its name, as teams tried to work out who had poisoned Justin Bieber.

flagFor the first time everyone took part in a Wear a Hat event – an hour of making and a parade - and in a thought-provoking Poverty Challenge in which third world countries struggled with trade issues. £600 was donated to four charities chosen by members of the Holiday by means of a special collection. These and a number of other initiatives are recorded with photos and more detail on a separate webpage of the week’s charity and green activities.

flagIn discussion groups, presentations and through our evening meetings we thought about and considered a number of current personal and social topics. These included the value of humour, the importance of sportsmanship and embracing diversity. Several sessions included or were followed by very well attended and lively participation and debate.

flag Evenings were spent in the Ravenscroft Hall where members devised and performed a spectacular range of entertainment. This included individual musical contributions on violin, flute, French horn and guitar, as well as choral, solo, ensemble and community singing and comedy sketches from all the dormitories.

flagFive senior members received engraved glass mementoes , each presented by their children, to mark 35 or 40 years association with the Holidays On the final day the new Oakley members all received certificates and a book to mark their first holiday and the week ended with the singing of the Oakley song, reflecting on the enduring values of 98 years of our Holidays.

What happens next?

April -  photographs to be sent out to those at the Easter holiday

May - publication of Oakley newsletter, edited by Hayden Cole, to be sent by Email    

July 22nd - Summer Holiday begins at Bilton Grange

Summer Holidays - Oakley Reunions for regional groups around the country - watch out for details by email

Easter Charity Events

During the Easter holiday, members of Oakley Holidays were involved in supporting a variety of charities.

Full details and links are available here.


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