The Oakhanger Project

The Oakhanger Project is based at Oakhanger Methodist Church, located between Alsager and Crewe in Cheshire. Events are open to all, to people of all faiths and none.

Do you enjoy camping?  Why not join one of the Oakhanger Project weekend family camps?  You can take part in games, walking and kayaking and enjoy good company.

There are also summer activities at Brereton Heath Country Park.  Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, face painting, circus workshop, nature walk and team building games.

If you would like any more information please email Graham Bushill at oakchallenge@aol.com or ring him on 01270 882158 or visit the website: http://www.oakhanger.org

Here is an article, submitted by Debbie from Christchurch, Alsager.

Overlooking Holyhead
I heard about the Oakhanger Project back in the summer of 2009, when my daughter went on a scheme being held at Brereton Heath involving canoeing, kayaking and orienteering. I had spoken to Graham Bushill the project manager on several occasions and really felt that the work he was doing through the Oakhanger Project was fantastic in so many different ways. During those few weeks my daughter decided she would like to become a volunteer with the project, she could see the team at Oakhanger had a great time while helping others.
My first outing in a kayak was in October 2009 on the river Dee in Chester, the girls and I had gone with a group and I was allowed to ‘have a go’. I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of kayaking although I did keep going round in circles!
The project also organise family camping weekends, but never having camped before I was very apprehensive about going. My daughter assured me I would be fine! So I agreed to attend the Anglesey camp in August. We borrowed a tent from Graham and some other camping equipment, and I prayed a lot. When we set off at lunch time on the Friday the sky was black and it was pouring with rain, the rain continued all the way to Llandudno. Then miraculously the sky became blue, the sun shone and the rain stopped. We arrived at the campsite at Trearddur Bay and found the Oakhanger group had been allocated a separate section so we could all camp together. We picked our spot and managed to put up our tent and get ourselves organised. Feeling quite pleased with our efforts we went out for tea. We thought it would be a good idea to have an early night as we had only taken two torches and didn’t realise quite how dark it would be! Our next lesson came when we tried to go to bed, we had pitched our tent on a hill, not a little slope but a hill! We didn’t sleep very much! As soon as it was light we were up and about. It was amazing to see so many rabbits running between all the tents. Graham held a welcome meeting and explained about the days activities, these were completely optional. We went with a group of about 15 members for a walk up and around Holy Mountain, the views were amazing, and the ice cream overlooking the lighthouse was well earned! In the afternoon some of us ventured down to the bay to have a go at sea kayaking. This was fantastic.

Trearddjr Bay
That evening we all joined together for a mass BBQ , some people entertained us with a talent show, and Fiona had us all line dancing which was a laugh. Having moved our tent earlier in the day we had no difficulty sleeping that night. On Sunday morning Graham took a short service, with a reflection on the weekend. It was then time to pack up the tents and all our gear, but the weekend wasn’t over. We headed off to the beach again and spent the afternoon kayaking and sunbathing. The weather was boiling, and the sea clear. We were quite sad when we had to leave the beach for the drive back home.
My first ever camping trip was brilliant! I loved meeting new people, and got to know others better. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the activities were fantastic. I had prayed a lot about the whole weekend, and all those prayers were answered. 
I would like to say a big thank you to all those who encouraged me, and to Chris for holding the fort while I was away.

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