BACCES is a non-profit charitable organisation which was originally set up in 1970 by two British European Airways (BEA) stewards who wrote a comedy review and staged it at York House in March 1971, Twickenham, UK for two nights. It was so popular that it ran for a further three sell out nights at Chiswick Town Hall. Since that time the company have been producing reviews and, more recently, and to great acclaim, pantomimes in aid of national and local charities. The company writes, directs and produces the whole show with very little help from outside sources.
Are you or were you British Airways cabin crew? Can you sing, act, or dance? Do you have experience of the stage, or have you ever wondered what it might be like to tread the boards? Then, this might be your opportunity to shine!
Members of BACCES donated a cheque for £1,500 to Step by Step, Crimea Road, Aldershot, on Tuesday, 26th June. The donation was made from the proceeds of the Society's 2017 production, Robin Hood.
This charity works to empower young people and prevent homelessness by providing accommodation, personal development opportunities, and specialist support services while getting to the root of individuals' issues. often mental health related. It is very much about prevention through its counselling services and support network.
Kirsty Charlton (Events Coordinator) gave those present a guided tour of the tailor-made facilities on Crimea Road while explaining about the fantastic and vital work this charity does for the local community. Referrals to the charity often come from local doctors and schools.
The charity's 'Step 1' programme offers supported lodgings and foyer accommodation with individual bedrooms and shared living facilities - kitchen, living area, and laundry facilities - for up to fifteen people for between six and 12 months according to an individual's needs. Its 'Step 2' programme offers four four-bed, self-contained flats where individuals learn to cohabitate and gain vital life skills such as paying bills, doing their own grocery shopping, cleaning, et cetera. It also has an emergency bed when required.
Step by Step teaches its residents about budgeting, cooking, cleaning, and hygiene. It also requires those residents who are not in employment or education to partake in some form of training from 10am to midday and from 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday.Kirsty later explained that some former residents have become brand ambassadors, mentors and counsellors. She also told of the great camaraderie among the foyer's residents where a sense of belonging and purpose is instilled. More information about the great work this charity does can be found at https://www.stepbystep.org.uk/
BACCES is absolutely delighted to announce that it has been awarded the much coveted 'It's Behind You' trophy for the outstanding production of a pantomime - Robin Hood 2017 - at the NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) London Region AGM in Radlett, Hertfordshire.
BACCES also won the Kathleen Oyler District Award for Chorus Work and the Nigel Gravette District Award for Best Performance in a Pantomime (Nick Young as the Sheriff of Nottingham). Needless to say, everyone in BACCES and all those involved in its 2017 production are thrilled at this exciting news. Lisa Bennett (Robin Hood script writer) and Jane Bowditch (Robin Hood director) were chuffed to bits. Both praised the hard work and dedication of the entire team.
Jane and her husband, David, received the trophy on behalf of BACCES. BACCES will be at the NODA National AGM gala dinner on Saturday, 22nd September in Wokingham where the national award winners wil be announced. Break a leg, BACCES!
BACCES donated £16,000 from the proceeds of Robin Hood to its chosen charities.
Members of BACCES gathered at RAF Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, on 9th May to present a cheque for £1,500 to the RAF Benevolent Fund's Heather Kemp. The donation was made from the proceeds of BACCES' 2017 production, Robin Hood, which it performed at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, in December. The RAF Benevolent Fund was founded in 1919 to help service men and women and their families.
Broadcasting celebrity, Peter Dickson, who had kindly donated his time to BACCES for its last production and who has a long affiliation with the RAF, nominated the charity. He said: " This is my chance to give back using my skills, expertise, and experience to assist the RAF and its charities, and the Benevolent Fund." Peter's links with the RAF go back to his University Air Squadron days at Queen's University, Belfast. His intention then was to join the RAF, but a carrier in broadcasting presented itself instead. He generously gives his time to the RAF to M.C at concerts, events and awards ceremonies.
The BACCES members were given a comprehensive and fascinating tour of RAF Benson's training facilities by RAF Air Crew and Team Leader Gareth Attridge. They were also given the opportunity to board a Puma 2 helicopter, which was used as part of the relief effort in the Caribbean following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Twenty-three 12-seater Puma 2 helicopters are based at RAF Benson. The donation was all the more pertinent as the RAF celebrates its centenary (1918-2018). Paul Hewson, Regional Director for the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “We’re absolutely delighted at the support we have received from BACCES! The show looked to be such a spectacle and we are thrilled that our supporter and friend of the Fund Peter Dickson has chosen to champion us to a new audience, our new friends at the British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society. Support such as this from Lisa and the team at BACCES is at the heart of what we do, so it means an awful lot to have such meaningful backing from the whole crew. With their help, we can reach even more deserving beneficiaries and offer help – be that through financial or emotional support – and ensure that we are there for every member of the RAF Family when they need us.”
The donation was all the more pertinent as the RAF celebrates its centenary (1918-2018).BACCES would like to thank Peter Dickson, Heather Kemp, Hemma Gooljar, RAF Air Crew Gareth Attridge, and all the team for the wonderful welcome they received at RAF Benson. Pictured (from left to right): Nick Young, Denise Tricker, Lisa Bennett, Peter Dickson, Terry Hunt , Flt Sgt Brian Stubbington, Heather Kemp, Charlotte Harvey, Kevin O'Dwyer