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Two BACCES members, Terry Hunt and Kevin O'Dwyer, visited Colchester this week to deliver cheques to three Colchester-based charities being supported by the society - Beacon House, Colchester Deaf Club, and UC Group. The donations were made from money raised from their last pantomime production of "Jack and the Beanstalk", which they staged in December.

Terry, a former resident of Colchester (whose father Ronnie Hunt and uncle Bobby both played for the U’s) and Kevin, took time out from their busy flying schedules to visit Beacon House on East Hill to make a donation of £2,500. An additional £500 was donated to ‘UC Group’, which is part of the Colchester Society for the Blind. £500 was also donated to the Colchester Deaf Club.

When not flying between Heathrow Airport and numerous far flung corners of the world, Terry and Kevin give much of their spare time to BACCES, which raises money for charity and organisations as nominated by society members.

In the past eleven years alone, BACCES has given approximately £155,000 in monetary donations to various charities and organisations in the UK and around the world. These include Beacon House, which is a charity organisation offering healthcare, wellbeing facilities and life skills training in secure accommodation to those who are homeless, or at high risk of being homeless, in the Colchester area. The facility was nominated by Terry and Kevin as they know people who have suffered difficult times in the past and who have benefited from the facilities provided at Beacon House.

For more information about Beacon House, the work they do and how you can help, visit www.beaconhouseministries.org.uk

Another Colchester beneficiary of BACCES' donations is UC Group, which was nominated in recognition of the voluntary work that friends, Frank and Joan Waters of Riverside, have done over the years. UC, as part of the Colchester Society for the Blind, undertakes to support all registered blind and partially sighted people in the Colchester borough, with both sighted and visually impaired volunteers who can advise and offer guidance on a wide range of issues concerning visibility. They also arrange occassional social outings.

For further information on how Colchester Society for the Blind may be able to help you, or someone you know, contact Ray Hardisty on (01206) 545062.

Although not specifically linked to Colchester, BACCES has also donated £2,500 to Combat Stress, helping ex-military men and women who are suffering mental health issues. In addition, thanks to a donation of £2,500 to Guide Dogs for the Blind, a guide dog will be named ‘Jack’ as the money raised was from BACCES' production of "Jack and the Beanstalk". In all, BACCES is giving away almost £12,500 in monetary donations this year.


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

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 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!


Would you like to get more involved in our productions?

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! Auditions for BACCES' 2016 production of "Sleeping Beauty" will be held on Thursday, 25th June 2015, at 10:30am (Venue to be announced). Watch this space for more details.

Alternatively, whether British Airways cabin crew, BA a
ffiliated, or not, if you are free to help and would like to get involved in BACCES' 2016 production, "Sleeping Beauty", then we would love to hear from you:

If you would like to be part of our Front of House team, then please contact our Front of House manager, Kevin, by e-mailing him at kevinpodwyer@hotmail.com

If you would like to be part of our Backstage team, then please e-mail our stage manager, Brian, at brian_stubbington@hotmail.com

If you would like to get involved in any other area, then please e-mail Jane at bacces@hotmail.co.uk

Any time or help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dates for the diary:
25th June 2015 - Auditions for "Sleeping Beauty" - 10:30am (venue TBA) - More information nearer the time

28th September 2015 - All Day Rehearsal #1 - 12:00pm (Venue TBA)

21st & 22nd November 2015 - All Day Rehearsals #2 & #3 - 9:30am - 5:30pm (Venue TBA)

3rd January 2016 - All Day Rehearsal #4 - 9:30am - 5:30pm (Venue TBA)

8th & 9th January 2016 - All Day Rehearsals #5 &#6 - 9:30am - 5:30pm (Venue TBA)

10th January 2016 - "Get In" - Watford Palace Theatre

11th & 12th January 2016 - All Day Rehearsals, inc. Dress/Tec. Rehearsal (Times TBA)

13th - 17th January 2016 - BACCES stages "Sleeping Beauty" at the Watford Palace Theatre


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.


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