Playing Catch Up!

Wow, what a busy time! The lead up to Christmas and the New Year has been very busy for us here at Warning Zone. Here is a recap of what we have been up to…

Aviva Community Fund

We would like to thank everyone who voted for us in the Aviva Community Fund. We received over 4,000 votes and made it to the final where our project was evaluated against other bids.
The final decision was made in January and we are very sorry to say that on this occasion, we did not win the funding grant of £25,000. We had hoped to use this funding to support the creation of our new Water Safety Experience.

It’s not all doom and gloom however as we have a fancy gala dinner planned for later this year during which we hope to raise a considerable amount of money to go towards the creation of this new zone. Watch this space!

24 Hour Rowathon at The Grand Hotel:

On the 25th November, our very own Mary Morgan kicked off our 24 hour rowathon – with the help of BBC Radio Leicester and Bleddyn Jones. This was 24 hours on a rowing machine from 12pm Saturday to 12pm Sunday.

Teams took it upon themselves to row for an hour or two (thank you to those who rowed throughout the early morning when the rest of us were in the land of nod)! The event was supported by generous teams and individuals from (here’s comes a list)…
Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel, Hollingsworth Solicitors, Torr Waterfield Accountants, Uncle Frank (band), CITE, Steamin’ Billy Brewery, Creation Builders, Porters Carpets, HPLC, Hartshorne Electrical, The Beacon Magazine, Wheat Landscaping, BNI Olympus, Soar Valley Press, Vehicle Consulting, Berkley Estate Agents, DJS Restoration, Conix IT, M & E Accident Repairs, Parcel Yard, Gorey Accountants and Abbey Gym.

Mary Morgan completed the row at 12pm the following day. Altogether, we rowed a total of 253, 896 metres! A fantastic total of over £2,500 was raised from the event. We would like to thank everyone involved in the event and congratulate Mary for staying awake for over 30 hours!

Nearly Festive Quiz Night

We held our annual quiz night on November 24th and welcomed over 70 competitors. After a wonderful buffet, 19 teams settled down to pitch their wits and test their general knowledge.

Our quizmaster, Richard, amply led 19 teams through a number of challenging rounds, from Christmas Fun and History, to ‘Recognise the Foreign Language’.

The evening ended with the ‘Not So Young Offenders’ being crowned champions after a tense three-way tie breaker. It was an enjoyable and successful evening, supported with some great raffle prizes (thank you to the Leicester Riders for their donations). We raised over £500 to go towards our valuable work. We want to thank everyone who supported the evening and we look forward to the next one!

New addition to our ‘Alcohol and Anti-Social Behaviour’ Zone!

The beginning of November saw the installation of a war memorial into one of our zones, just in time for Remembrance Day. This is a brilliant new feature which aims to educate our young people and future generations about respecting war memorials and understanding the history behind them. Our feature takes our young visitors on a journey and explains the life of a young man fighting in the war.

It follows one of our main themes about anti-social behaviour, respect and vandalism.

An official presentation by the trust took place in early December, with the help of Tudor Grange Samworth Academy. Members of the ‘Leicester City, County and Rutland at Risk War Memorial Trust’ gathered in our zone for a presentation with the feature which was funded by the trust members.

We are very grateful to the Trust for their support of our work and with their help, we ensure that thousands of young people every year will understand the historic significance of war memorials.

NCS Teams!

Throughout the summer and autumn term, we welcomed seven NCS teams to Warning Zone.

Two staff members, Lauren and Pip, spent many Wednesday mornings rushing to DMU and the Athena in order to pitch to countless NCS teams and explain why they should pick Warning Zone as their Social Action Project. We were also able to give them a little taster of the work we do as we took with us our famous ‘Drunk Goggles’ and challenged people to throw small balls into a bucket. As you can imagine, these were very well received given that the teams consisted of around twelve 15/16 year olds!

There must have been something in the water this summer as every week we pitched we secured a team!

All of our teams were absolutely fantastic and planned some great events to raise money including: sponsored walks, cake sales, family-fun days, evening parties, charity dinners and much more!

An astonishing total of nearly £5,500 was raised by all of our teams. We thank them for their dedication and hard work and look forward to working with future NCS teams! See below ‘Team 4’ on their Graduation Night and ‘Team 11’ hosting a cake sale!

So there you have it, a quick update on what we have been up to. As you can see we have been incredibly busy. For more information, and to see what else we have been doing, download our newsletter here!

10th Anniversary Open Day!

Saturday 13th August saw Warning Zone open its doors to the public for the first time. The Open Day marked our 10th Anniversary – that’s 10 years of delivering valuable life skills to pupils and young adults and countless of young lives potentially saved.

We had some very busy weeks leading up to the Open Day as there was plenty to organise and a lot of furniture to rearrange.

Cue 9.30 Saturday morning, our fire engine was on its way, our burger van was unloading and the place was filling with stall holders, staff, volunteers, NCS members and those who will soon take us back to the 15th century or are visiting us from the Death Star.

Our doors were open from 11am to 4pm and the day was a massive success and had a great atmosphere throughout. The Storm Troopers made their routes arresting those who spoke out against the Empire; the 15th century re-enactors gave detailed descriptions of the use of their weapons; tours of all our zones were in full swing and the mini-fire engine was making its rounds.

Great raffle prizes were also on offer:

  • Food and Drink Hamper – donated by BNI
  • 2x Curve Theatre Tickets to see ‘The Twits’
  • 12 months membership to ‘The Gym’
  • Star Wars Stationary Hamper
  • Blended Whisky Selection
  • Bodyshop Toiletries
  • Next Toiletries
  • 1000+ Earth Fact Books
  • Read & Play Princess Activity Set

A selection of refreshments on the day were donated by Britvic – the stall was very popular due to a selection of home-made cakes.

Overall, it was a fantastic day with around 500 people turning up to enjoy our facilities and to take part in the activities on offer. Watch this space as more Warning Zone events are on their way!

On a final note, the winner of our ‘Spot the Frog’ competition has been announced. Check our Facebook page for the reveal, and to see photos from the day! See below our Chairman Simon Wright and President Richard Everard under arrest by the fabulous and slightly scary Storm Troopers!

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Chocolatiers in the making!

On Thursday 4th August, staff and volunteers attended a truffle making workshop which was kindly hosted by Pete and Dan at Cocoa Amore.

It was a fantastic experience and a great way to spend an evening. It was very interesting learning about the history of cocoa which started with the Aztecs – they traded using cocoa beans and it would cost you 100 beans for a male slaves, 200 for a female slave and 300 for a turkey! We also learnt about the journey from pod to bar and how different ingredients were added or taken away at various stages and by different companies.

After, we tasted samples of chocolate from all around the world: Java, Vietnam, Colombia, Madagascar, Mexico and Cuba – all infused with different flavours and each with a different percentage of cocoa mass. We also tasted chocolate which was 100% cocoa.

This was followed by the making of our own truffles – a very messy business for some of us – creating the circular shape, covering them in melted chocolate before coating them in cocoa mass.

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Fun Fact: Cocoa/Cocao should actually be pronounced ‘cow-cow’, but Cadburys spelt it incorrectly a hundred years ago and the spelling and pronunciation has since stuck!

Chocolate workshop are still available at Cocoa Amore, situated on Silver Street in Leicester. Visit their website for more details: www.cocoa-amore.co.uk.

Osprey Cruises on Rutland Water

Coming towards the end of the summer term brought about a very busy few weeks at Warning Zone. But some of us were able to spend a pleasant evening on board the Rutland Belle. On the 5th, 6th and 7th July, passengers were taken on a cruise on the scenic Rutland Water, on of the largest man-made body of water in Europe!
Whilst being wine-and-dined, passengers spent two hours on board the Rutland Belle, receiving commentary from the crew. The weather was good to us on all three evenings and Ospreys were spotted as well, one of them flying right overhead!

A massive thank you to the High Sheriff of Leicester Surinder Sharma, and the High Sheriff of Rutland for hosting the event in aid of Warning Zone. It was a very enjoyable and relaxing evening!

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