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¬ BACCES FLIES THE FLAG FOR CHARITY
27.12.2014


On Tuesday, 16th December 2014, members of BACCES (British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment Society) gathered at Bell Farm Christian Centre, West Drayton, to help welcome, serve and entertain approximately sixty elderly guests at this year's charity Christmas lunch.


BACCES members photographed (from left): Stéphane Scotto di Perrotolo, Lisa Bennett, Katie Turner, Diane Goatcher, Steve Knight, Véronique Gratpanche, Lucinda Young, Sue Jupe-Dodds, David Bowditch

The event, which was organised by Sherilee Thompson (InFlight Business Manager E14) and Linda Bartlett (Area Manager Eurofleet) of the British Airways Eurofleet Leadership Team, and in conjuction with the British Airways Corporate Sales Team, saw the guests, who arrived at 11:00 from local care homes, treated to a traditional Christmas lunch of turkey, roast potatoes, with all the trimmings, and Christmas pudding.



Needless to say, the entertainment which followed was the icing on the (Christmas) cake, so to speak! Carols performed by Cherry Lane School Choir kicked off proceedings. This was keenly followed by a 17 minute medley of both singing and dancing, which was produced and coordinated by British Airways cabin crew and BACCES member Stéphane Scotto di Perrotolo. In charge of the choreography was Diane Goatcher, a former British Airways CSD (Cabin Service Director) and BACCES member. The music was arranged by BACCES' musical director, Bobbie Field, and Stéphane Scotto di Perrotolo.

The nine BACCES members who attended the lunch performed numbers such as "Wake Up" from their recent annual charity pantomime, "Jack and the Beanstalk", which they staged from 3rd to 7th December at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, and sang a number of toe-tapping Christmas carols such as "Santa Baby", "Jingle Bells", and "Winter Wonderland". Needless to say, the lunch guests soon got into the Christmas spirit singing along with the British Airways cabin crew!

Other entertainment included the recanting of the Christmas Story and the handing out of Christmas gifts by Santa and his elves. There was also a raffle.

This was the second charity event attended by BACCES in the past few weeks. Twenty society members had performed three numbers (singing and dancing) at the Air Cabin Crew Fund (ACCF) lunch at the Concorde Clubs, Heston, on 27th November to the delight of the lunch guests. Here again, Stéphane coordinated the entertainment on behalf of BACCES.

2015 promises to be another busy year for BACCES as the British Airways affiliated society supports other local, national and international charities and benevolent organisations. They are also starting to prepare for their next production, "Sleeping Beauty" which will be staged in their new home of the Watford Palace Theatre in January 2016. Oh yes they will!

Nick Young (BACCES PR Officer)
Additional photos on request

¬ BACCES ADDS THIRD COURSE TO CHARITY LUNCH!
27.11.2014

 
On Thursday, 27th November 2014, twenty members of BACCES (British Airways Cabin Crew Entertainment) delighted more than two hundred guests with a suprise performance at this year's 43rd annual Air Cabin Crew Fund (ACCF) charity lunch at the Concorde Clubs, Heston, in aid of British Airways cabin crew and their families.

The BACCES members performed two numbers - "Cheap Flights" and "Happy" - which included both singing and dancing with a definite Christmas theme. The latter was taken from this year's BACCES pantomime production, "Jack and the Benastalk", and was choreographed by British Airways Purser Derek Tennant and former British Airways CSD Diane Goatcher. The cabaret was coordinated on behalf of BACCES by cabin crew member Stéphane Scotto Di Perrotolo. The music was played and arranged by BACCES' Musical Director, Bobbie Field, and her assistant MD Stéphane Scotto Di Perrotolo. On a large screen behind the performers was a series of graphics, video footage and photos which were created by Alan Marchal and Stéphane Scotto di Perrotolo.

The event raised more than £1,200, which will be used to help cabin crew who are off work for longer periods due to illness. More details of the great work ACCF does can be found on their web site: http://accf.co.uk/news.html

Video edited by Stéphane Scotto Di Perrotolo


¬ BACCES: NODA AWARDS WINNER!
06.07.2014

BACCES is delighted and very proud to announce that it has won three awards at today's NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) AGM at the Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar.
 


The society was nominated and shortlisted for the following six awards in the London Region:

The S. Leslie Cowham Trophy - Programme Design (Souvenir Class)
The Shelly Lemesh Award - The Unsung Hero
The Louise English Trophy - Contributions Made by a Young Person
The Sheila Rawlings Lifetime Achievement Award
The 'It's Behind You' award - Best Pantomime
The Kathleen Oyler Trophy - Chorus Work

Of the six nominations, BACCES walked away with three trophies for: Best Programme Design (Souvenir Class)(Lucinda Bowditch); the Unsung Hero (Brian Stubbington); and, perhaps most excitingly of all, Best Pantomime.

Jane Bowditch, Director of BACCES' 2014 production, said, "This is a wonderful day for BACCES, and an endorsement of the tireless work the society does to raise money for charity. We should all be very proud. Truly, it was the fact that we all worked together, to achieve our goal....to put on a show, raise money for charity AND have fun doing it!"

BACCES will now be put forward for the National NODA Awards in the above three categories later this year. We will, of course, keep you posted of the results!

WELL DONE, BACCES!

 
¬ WHAT IS BACCES?


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. The national press heard of this venture and prompted "Jak" of the Evening Standard to publish a cartoon lampooning the efforts of BA cabin crew. 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.

In 2008 BACCES won the Flame Award for Inspirational Excellence in Theatre from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association for their 2007 production of Cinderella.

In 2012 and 2013, BACCES not only won The S. Leslie Cowham Trophy for Programme Design (Souvenir Class) in the London Region, it also won the National Award. Congratulations Carole Jarratt and Lucinda Bowditch (Programme designers)!

In 2014, the nominations kept on coming:
The S. Leslie Cowham Trophy - Programme Design (Souvenir Class)
The Shelly Lemesh Award - The Unsung Hero
The Louise English Trophy - Contributions Made by a Young Person
The Sheila Rawlings Lifetime Achievement Award
The 'It's Behind You' award - Best Pantomime
The Kathleen Oyler Trophy - Chorus Work
Of the six nominations, BACCES walked away with three trophies for: Best Programme Design (Souvenir Class)(Lucinda Bowditch); the Unsung Hero (Brian Stubbington); and, perhaps most excitingly of all, Best Pantomime.

WELL DONE, BACCES!


  
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