We are delighted to announce that Minuteman Press Lutterworth are our confirmed Programme Sponsor for this year’s Gala.
Minuteman Press Lutterworth is a family run printing company, owned by Marie and Scott Doherty, with over 10 years experience in the Print, Marketing and Design industry. Based on Lutterworth High Street, they provide all manner of design, print, marketing and advertising services to the surrounding areas including Leicester, Rugby, Hinckley, Market Harborough, Blaby, Wigston, Enderby and Narborough – as well as further afield.
Marie and Scott have been long term supporters of Bamboozle, and are always ready to help when it comes to getting anything printed!
Business owner Marie tells us “we’re delighted to be sponsoring Bamboozle’s Gala programme this year. We’ve come to know the charity really well. The work they do with families throughout the region is really inspiring, and we’re keen to support Bamboozle in any way we can”.
Thank you Marie and Scott for your fantastic contribution to making our Gala an extra special evening by providing beautiful full colour programmes.
Please visit Minuteman Press’ website to find out more about their service.
In the summer of the first lockdown, Sue Pyecroft, our Director of Production and Design, contacted Paul Howgill, the manager of Rowley Fields Allotment and Gardens, with an idea for a project designed for families who have children on the autistic spectrum. We were looking for a secure wildlife area, or an overgrown allotment plot in which we could run creative outdoor session for families. Paul replied saying that Rowley Fields had just the space – a Wildlife plot! The Wildlife plot was perfect and became the home of Bamboozle’s ‘Backyard’. The plot was secure, had a pond, a cabin and lots of trees.
Over the summer of 2021, The Backyard became a place of relaxation, curiosity and magic for 50 families who booked onto an hour and a half session from May through to August. The families from Leicester and beyond who visited The Backyard were welcomed individually at the allotment gates, and then entered through a willow tunnel – at the end of which they met a potion maker called Glendolin. Another character called McGeorge, was found under an ancient Hawthorn tree, trying to float stones in a tin bath filled with water!
After a welcome song on a picnic blanket, the parents and carers were given a cup of tea and encouraged to relax and put there feet up as the young people explored the site. Some children created magical potions, collecting ingredients with Glendolin. Some children helped McGeorge make a raft out of twigs so that the stones would float. Other children made dens, clay faces, their own songs, or played hide and seek. There was no fixed agenda and because of this the children played and interacted in ways they felt most comfortable. Lydia, mother of Lizzie told us:
“I’m so grateful to you all. It has been amazing to see how quickly Lizzie has relaxed and how much she has talked! Lizzie often doesn’t talk with new people and in new situations, yet here she has chatted happily. Lizzie was allowed to open up her in her own time and was enraptured with the activities. This feels a very happy, magical safe place”.
Vicky Davies who came with her daughter Chloe, said about The Backyard:
“Anxiety ebbs away rapidly, the magic of the location and the wonderful people involved, are a purely ‘magical’ combination. It is also a chance for parents to take a little ‘me’ time while our kids are happy and safe. It’s like walking into a daydream”.
We are so grateful to Paul Howgill, the allotment committee, and the plot holders at the Rowley Fields Allotment and Garden site, who made us feel welcome and helped to make the project happen. We’re also grateful to the funders of the project; we are able to provide these sessions for free thanks to vital investment from Arts Council England: National Lottery Project Grants; BBC Children in Need; The Henry Smith Charity and The National Lottery Community Fund. As well as Bamboozle’s individual, corporate and community supporters.
In an exciting development, Leicester company Taylor Hobson who are supporting Bamboozle as charity of the year 2022 will be leading some renovations to our site at Rowley Fields to enhance the experience for our families on our next round of sessions! Watch this space!
We also wanted to make the experience accessible for families in Nottinghamshire, and were delighted to find a suitable site at Windmill Community Gardens. On the 12th and 13th of April we ran sessions for 8 families, who were also surprised with Easter Eggs kindly sent to us by members of staff at Taylor Hobson. Thank you for a lovely Easter treat!
Our sessions at Windmill Community Gardens were generously supported by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Do keep an eye on our Families & Community page for when we next have Backyard sessions available.
We are delighted to be taking two of our productions overseas again this year. Our productions Storm, and Rain Rain, both designed for children on the autistic spectrum, will be appearing at international children’s festivals this May and June.
Starting with Bibu Festival in Helsingborg, Sweden, our production Storm, inspired by Shakespeare’s Tempest, will be performed on the 19th and 20th of May.
“Bibu is Sweden’s most important meeting place with, for and about professional performing arts for a young audience – an arena where all of us who work with children, young people, performing arts and culture gather every other spring to experience and discuss the important performing arts for children and young people”. www.bibu.se
Find out more about Bibu Festival on their website: www.bibu.se
For our second international appearance, we are taking our production Rain Rain to BRIK Festival, with shows at Theater de Stilte, Breda, on the 9th and 10th of June.
“The biannual BRIK Festival (formerly known as the International Stiltefestival) was
initiated by dance company de Stilte in 2011. It originated from the company’s
desire to share the many beautiful performances encountered on its international
tours with their audience in Breda. Offering children and adults the opportunity
to travel the world of non-verbal theatre in just one week, without having to leave
Find out more about BRIK Festival on their website: www.stiltefestival.com
We are delighted to welcome guests from our corporate community at our Gala this year. Thank you so much for your support – we are looking forward to welcoming you at the event!
“We have heard amazing things about the Bamboozle Gala, and we are thrilled to be able to attend this year! We have been avid supporters of the Bamboozle Theatre company for many years, and they are always at the heart of our fundraising efforts. We are really looking forward to celebrating this wonderful cause with so many of you”.
“We are really looking forward to the Gala. It’s an important event in Bamboozle’s fundraising calendar, and one that the team put a huge effort into organising. There’s always a great atmosphere in the room”. Jim Hartshorne, Bamboozle’s Chair of Trustees and Managing Director for DHL supply chain.
From May Marketing: “May has been an avid supporter of Bamboozle for many years. From day one we’ve been inspired by their creativity and passion – you only need to attend one of their unique performances to see why! Their carefully considered inclusivity makes a positive difference to disabled children and their families, helping many find their voice and ways in which to be heard”.
From Torr Waterfield: “The Gala is the best event of it’s kind that we go to. We’re really pleased that the event can take place this year after two years of postponement. We’re looking forward to attending and supporting Bamboozle’s work.
We are delighted to announce Woodhouse Wines are our confirmed wine sponsor for this year’s Gala.
Woodhouse Wines has been trading for over 30 years, providing a premium service that allows customers to explore and understand the vast range of wines available.
Selecting and offering wines that are ready to drink, Woodhouse Wines give advice and recommendations to customers, tailoring your wine needs for any occasion.
Providing each table at our long-awaited Gala evening with a bottle of Spier Sauvignon Blanc (S. Africa) and a bottle of Bona Vita Merlot (Australia), our guests are in for a treat with thanks to business owner Jonathan Simpkin.
“The opportunities that Bamboozle provides for children and young people are so important. They are a charity which speaks to the heart, and I’m delighted to be able to support the Gala in this way. I wish you all the best for a wonderful event”.
Thank you Jonathan for your fantastic contribution to making our Gala an extra special evening. Please visit Woodhouse Wines website to find out more about their service.
We are delighted to announce that Torr Waterfield are our confirmed Entertainment Sponsor for this year’s Gala.
Torr Waterfield are a dedicated team of accountants and business advisers providing a first class client service. Based in Leicester, they have been established since 2000 and continue to build on their reputation for providing excellent advice and first-class services.
The firm are driven by supporting their local community and regularly take on fundraising challenges in the name of good causes.
They’ve been big supporters of Bamboozle for many years, having taken on the National Three Peaks for us, and attended many of our Gala evenings.
Tom Simpson, Director at Torr Waterfield says: “It’s the best event of it’s kind that we go to, and it’s a pleasure to support the Gala in this way. It’s a magical night, and the entertainment is a huge part of that. The whole team really put on a show”.
This year’s event will be including live music and promenade performances to entertain our guests.
“The Gala is an opportunity for us to enjoy an evening out beyond the office – it’s a wonderful event, and all in the name of a brilliant cause” adds Mike Waterfield, fellow Director at the firm. “We urge you to support the event if you can”.
Thank you, Torr Waterfield – your support makes a huge difference, and we look forward to entertaining you at this year’s event!
We’re thrilled to announce that Bamboozle has won the category of “Charity of the Year” at the Niche Business Awards 2020.
For the past six years, Cross Productions have been running The Niche Business Awards which quickly became one of Leicester’s most prestigious events of its kind. On Friday 22nd January, the rescheduled ceremony was hosted virtually for the first time due to the impact of COVID-19. Finalists were able to watch from the comfort of their homes as BBC sports presenter Ian Stringer compered the glittering event via Zoom.
Christopher Davies, Bamboozle’s Artistic Director, and Natasha Davies, Bamboozle’s Business Liaison Officer attended the virtual event.
“We’re honoured to receive such recognition from Leicester’s business community” comments Christopher. “It’s been an unprecedentedly difficult year. Our sector has been devastated by the pandemic, and our team have been working tremendously hard since the summer to adapt and deliver the best experiences we can for our service users in the circumstances. Winning the category of Leicestershire Charity of the Year is a real boost for everyone involved in our organisation”.
The category of Charity of the Year was sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals, and finalists were evaluated on four areas: financial performance, personal qualities, managerial skills, and contribution to Leicestershire’s development.
This year’s panel of eight judges represented a wealth of expertise and experience from across Leicester’s top-performing companies: Ian Borley, Partner at KPMG, Scott Charlish, Chartered Financial Planner at Brewin Dolphin, Amanda Gray, Managing Director at PPL PRS Ltd, Sam Hagger, Co-founder and Director at The Beautiful Pubs Collective, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive at Morningside Pharmaceuticals, Allison Tripney, Head of Community at Leicester City in the Community, Glynis Wright, Head of Family law at Nelsons, Leicester, and Jigna Varu, CCO at Micro-Fresh.
“We’d like to thank the panel for their support – it must have been a difficult decision to make between such worthy finalists” adds Natasha. “Niche Magazine and Cross Productions have been a great supporter over the years; 2020 is our third year of being nominated and we couldn’t be happier to receive the winner’s title in what has been, and continues to be a difficult year”.
Fellow finalists included Focus; a charity who have been inspiring young people, aged 13- 25 years, to make positive changes in their lives and in their communities for over 30 years, and Leicester Children’s Holidays, a charity who (since 1898!) have provided free respite breaks for children aged 8 to 11 who face difficult circumstances at home. Both organisations make a huge different to the community.
We’d like to thank you everyone who is involved in making Bamboozle the organisation it is; from our talented freelance artists and technicians to our core office team. Our success in providing meaningful opportunities for learning disabled children to experience the world through multi-sensory theatre, along with their families, carers and teachers, is a result of your dedication and commitment.