11s let loose in bath


23 June 2021

The under 11s Banes & Wiltshire Schools group made the most of their free Saturday by meeting up for some fun in Bath.  Trampolining and a visit to the park meant that they went home pretty exhausted to their parents. A great day out with the weather holding up too.

Amazing effort at the Swimathon


19 turned up for the Swimathon in order to raise money for the Kokrobite Chiltern Centre in Ghana.  Monkton Combe School had kindly allowed us to use the pool and we made the most of it!  With varying levels of swimmers taking part, the boys from BANES and Wiltshire amassed a total of 1776 lengths, far more than the target set!  Fantastic effort chaps.  They were rewarded with pizza afterwards, but here were a few tired souls that evening!  Well done to Dan Barton for achieving the most with 116 lengths.  Brilliant guys!

Final week of trials


This week it is the turn of those currently in yer 7 and year 8 to trial for next year’s teams.

The under 13 team for next year is open for boys and girls. The team for next year’ under 14s is open only to boys.  There will be trials for a girls’ district team ion September.

Trials will be held on Monday to Thursday this week at 17:30 at Lansdown

London return


Following the free styling success in London 2 weeks ago, 8 more lucky individuals from BANES were able to enjoy a fantastic day out in the capital.

Once again Patrick and Aguska were present to put on some unbelievable shows but also to give the boys some tips.

Performances in Trafalgar Square, China Town and Leicester Square were met with rounds of applause especially from enthusiastic Scottish fans still on a high from the previous day’s draw against England.  The day finished with watching the Portugal v Germany game at Tower Bridge.  Once again, many thanks to all involved – lucky boys indeed!


Key Skills weekend success

13 June 2021

The chosen participants for the enrichment trip to Ghana participated in a skills trip at Arney’s Farm, Rode over the weekend.

The 22 travellers from BANEs and Wiltshire came together to learn a number of skills necessary for the excursion to Africa in October.

On Friday the boys pitched their tents and had a short discussion with Jane from the Kokrobite Chiltern Centre and this was followed by football fun and a barbecue at Langham House.  It was great to see old boys Joe Porton, Archie Harding and Rory Jones come back to help the younger ones.

Saturday was an action packed day as Elly Oliver from Monkton Combe School came along to take the boys through basic lifesaving and CPR – invaluable!  Dr Dan Hubbard also did a session on basic first aid including how to deal with snake bites and infections.

With the task of cooking from an open fire based on menus prepared int heir groups, local fireman Gregg Baird taught the boys about fire safety and how to start and manage open fires.  Fortunately, chef Ray Li was also on had to guide the boys in their questionable cooking!

Many thanks to everyone who took part, particularly Ian Swann and the Allen family who also chipped in over the weekend to ensure the boys had a fantastic and enriching time.

Freestyling in London

5 June 2021

6 fortunate boys from BANES got the chance to meet world champion freestylers Patrick Bäurer and Aguska Mnich in London at the weekend.

Shooting a short film around iconic locations in London, the boys performed a range of tricks alongside the famous duo who on Thursday will appear on BBC’s Blue Peter to attempt a world record for Freestyle.

Starting at Wembley on the Friday and moving on to Richmond Park, the boys managed to receive some expert coaching despite the drizzle.  Saturday and Sunday were much better days in terms of weather with all targets being hit and hours of filming completed.  Thanks to all involved, it was a special weekend.

Oli reaches his goal

4ac698f3-71ef-4d5f-9f8c-38b787b274bf Whilst many of us were putting our feet up in the glorious sunshine this half term, Oli made good on his promise to raise money for the Trust Values project by enduring a gruelling cycle to Bude.  Together with his family, the two day excursion tested their resilience but despite some sore limbs, Oli passed the test and raised a lot of money for charity in the process.  Well done Oli, fantastic effort.



School in Germany join the campaign

Claudia Wallbaum, a primary school teacher in Germany, has engaged her class to support the campaign to raise funds for a children’s centre in Kokrobite in Ghana.

Just like our own young fundraisers from BANES and Wiltshire, the kids in Germany have been using innovation and hard work to give up their time to raise money for a good cause.  We are very grateful and very impressed with their efforts.  In a time when the world needs to come together more than ever, this is a great example of the good people can do, no matter where they live.  Great effort all round.


Fred Lewis reports

In front of one of the biggest crowds of the season, BWB fought back from a three goal deficit to claim to a famous victory.
Maybe it was because it was our first 11 aside game, but BWB were caught off-guard to begin with. Having let in another early goal it’s clear BWB need to work on defending corners.
We knew the opposition would be tough since they had just beaten Bristol City. With three quick forwards and a tendency to play the long ball, our defence was kept busy early on and they soon went into a 2-0 lead.
But in Woody Cole, BWB is blessed with its own speedy forward. And a wonderfully well worked goal played through the back from Tommy, Oscar, Fred, Grajcan and Djibi found its way to Woody who was able to  pick out Dan Andrews unmarked at the back post for a composed finish.
Having got back in sight, two soft goals in quick succession proved that we need to be tougher in the tackle and quicker to  respond when teams break. Going into the half time  team talk at 4-1 down, we felt like we could have done more.
A switch from to a 442 formation in the second half proved decisive as the BWB attacks immediately became more convincing. Midfielders began finding their passes, and at the end of most of them was the ever willing Woody who would go on  to score a hatrick.
With time running  out, and the crowd  on the edge of their feet, BWB were confident there would be more chances. Both the crossbar and the keeper’s heroics  kept the score even.
But with minutes to go, Tommy Nairn was determined to have the last say. Reacting quickest, we was able to direct his header into the net  to set up a tense  finale.
BWB held on for a victory that will live long in the memories of all who graced Landsdown  the evening.