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



flag A real life version of the board game Cluedo, an energetic inter-regional volleyball contest and a visiting speaker from the Shelterbox charity were among the highlights of the summer 2017 Oakley Holiday.



flag Ninety people enjoyed a busy programme of indoor and outdoor activities at Bilton Grange, on the outskirts of Rugby - including 10 boys and girls who attended their first Oakley Holiday and nine who took on responsibilities as leaders for the first time. The Holidays once again had use of the excellent facilities at the school, including 14 dormitories ranging in size from five to nine people.



flag The school’s sports fields, woodlands and lawns were immaculate, and thanks to the mostly dry and occasionally sunny weather, made the perfect setting for the week’s busy programme. As ever, familiar and less familiar sports made up much of the programme. The team tournaments of podex and volleyball were well contested and involved everyone on the Holiday, as did the combined hockey and football tournament.



flag In the afternoons a wide range of thirty physical and creative activities was on offer including squash, croquet, water polo, and padder tennis, togther with Mah Jongg, line dancing, face painting and drama. The traditional Oakley tournaments, played in pairs - tiddlywinks and golf with walking sticks and tennis balls - complemented the other sports.



flag A much appreciated feature of the week was the organised set of discussions of topical subjects - including vegetarianism, the selfie culture, social media and the media. There were plenty of opportunities for discussions too after each of the morning dormitory quiet times and evening talks where we thought about and debated issues such as fake news, the blame culture, positive thinking, leadership and compassion.



flag The Holiday was fuelled by superb catering in the school's dining room, with four meals a day and the option of vegetarian and vegan meals. Senior leaders donated home made jams as part of a wider move to have more sustainable and local food.



flag Special events for included a life size game of Cluedo, played by teams using rooms in the Bilton Grange house, a bonfire on Wednesday night with marshmallows and camp fire songs and “Hunt the Officer’ - a hour long version of hide and seek in Rugby which involved some elaborate - and cunning - costumes including a shop window dummy, a caterpillar, a garden gnome, two Spidermen and a pair of cafe waiters.



flag Charity work was a significant part of the week. We enjoyed listening to a guest speaker from Shelterbox, an organisation that supplies boxes of tents, cooking equipment, bedding, clothing and essentials to disaster areas. 

The Holiday members, invited to suggest good couses to support, collected £768 for four charities  - Shelterbox, British Heart Foundation, Oddballs and the International Diabetes Federation. Another £36 was raised from loose change for the St. Luke's Leprosy Hospital in India. More details are posted on the Charity page on this website.



flag We made good use of the school’s Ravenscroft theatre for our nightly entertainment of  items devised and performed by dormitories and individual members of the Holiday. These included comedy sketches, dancing, quizzes, musical instruments and group and solo singing, interspersed with community singing. Each evening concluded with cocoa and biscuits and conversation in the dining hall.



flag New members were presented with certificate and a book to mark their first Oakley Holiday, while those making a significant contribution as leaders for the first time marked their new role at the Holidays by choosing gifts for communities in developing countries worth £118.



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What happens next?

August -  photographs and contact details for all members to be sent out to those at the Summer holiday

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

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

Summer Charity Events

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

Full details and links are available on our Charity Review page

 

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