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Did we break the 2000 camper mark for the first time this year? What’s our summer theme going to be? Are the gates complete? How big is the team this year? When and who came on our first school residential? When’s the next Family Fun Day? Let’s find out …

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Gates Completed!

It is with great excitement that we can finally announce that The Oakes main gates are fully restored and back in place at the entrance to the centre.

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Bigger and Better

Did we break the 2000 camper mark for the first time this year? What was our Vikings summer like? What’s the next theme going to be? How’s progress going on the new tunnels activity?

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Schools: An Unexpected Journey

When the front doors of The Oakes opened for its very first summer of camps in July 2000 … we never dreamt that this would end up being predominantly through school groups.

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Fresh Faces …

This year, we have twelve new recruits: eight Brits, three Germans and one Venezuelan! … We’re pleased to welcome back some familiar faces, too!

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Oakes News

Hear about our latest Family Fun Day and take a trip down our work team memory lane. We also are getting very excited about our upcoming Vikings summer theme, and we’re changing the way we price our camps. And more!

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The Vikings are Coming!

Not since the first boats returned home to Scandinavia from their raid on Lindisfarne Island have people so looked forward to the coming of the Vikings!

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Camp Prices

After much deliberation and some experimentation with special offers, we’ve decided to try something new.

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New for 2016?

So far this year, we’ve constructed a gunge tank, allowing the “Camper of the Day” to unleash a deluge of colourful goo on a leader of their choice! Secondly, our new warm outdoor showers replace the cold hose we previously used to remove excess muck from mud-laden campers.

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Work Team Legacies

Work team fortnight has been a regular feature of The Oakes calendar since 2000. Sixteen years later it looks like its here to stay …

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A New Team Manager

“I would like to speak to you about my future,” I said, trying to be confident. “I have an opportunity to be the Team Manager at a Christian holiday centre in Sheffield. Therefore, I can’t confirm if I would be a full time teacher next year. Instead, I would be … resigning!” Gulp.

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Family Fun in the Sun

Over 300 people of all ages attended The Oakes on Saturday for our annual Family Fun Day! Despite the gloomy forecast, the sun prevailed and it turned out to be a glorious day in many ways.

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Website Reloaded!

We’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website!

It’s a completely new and fresh design, built from the bottom up with The Oakes in mind.

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Oakes News

In this edition, we look at how you can get involved in our acorn scheme, find out about the Baalbergens’ plans for the future, get an update on the gates project and hear about the opening of Netherside Hall. And more!

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Little Acorns

It is almost 20 years ago to the day that Dan and I first saw The Oakes. It was a cold, damp and foggy January day and the house, empty for almost two years, was in need of significant renovations …

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Netherside Hall Opens

In February 2015, Netherside Hall went for auction and by God’s amazing provision, it was purchased for the use of Yorkshire camps. The challenge since last February has been to refurbish and make the property suitable for camps. Work has included a new kitchen, showers, toilets and extensive decorating/refurbishment. Gifts and volunteers appeared throughout 2015 and by the opening weekend …

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Labs and Longships

Summer 2015 was another huge success with all the camps packed to capacity for our Crazy Science theme. This summer, VIKINGS will be coming to The Oakes!

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Stepping Stones

Julian’s role as Team Manager has been a blessing to our whole family. As we come to the end of our time here, we are humbled as we recognise that God has used this time in ways that far exceeded our hopes and expectations.

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Estate and Gates Update

Tom and Ben, with regular help from Chris Turk, Malcolm Walker and other volunteers, continue to do a great job of maintaining and developing the house and grounds.

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Oakes News

This year we’re blowing The Oakes wide open with some Crazy Science! Find out about this and some of the other new things we’ve introduced for 2015 in this summer’s edition of Oakes News.

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