Base Past Events

Boys’ Project: March-April 2006

For boys aged 11-14

The Boys Discovered…

  • What it’s like to be in the army.
  • Info on drugs,
  • keeping safe,
  • fitness,
  • MC-ing,

  • Tae Kwon do and more!

Cooking Project

For young people aged 11-14 years
The Young People had a 6 day course…

  • Day 1 Introduction to healthy eating
  • Day 2 Team 1 Cooking and eating food from India
  • Day 3 Team 2 Cooking and eating food from Jamaica
  • Day 4 Team 3 Cooking and eating food from Kenya
  • Day 5 Team 4 Cooking and eating food from Sierra Leone
  • Day 6 Winning team out for dinner in St Albans

Thank you to volunteers for supporting this project!

Cooking Project with the chef from Sainsburys (London Colney)

3 month project where young people prepared several meals prepared including lasagne, chicken fajitas, nachos and profiteroles. The young people turned the Base into a ‘restaurant’ for one night and cooked and served meals to their friend and family.

Community Photography Project

The Base held a photographic exhibition on Tuesday April 26th to showcase photographs by young people who attend The Base and members of the over 60’s club.

The Project enabled people of all ages who live in London Colney to present images of their perceptions of living in the village.

The exhibition was attended by a range of people who live and work in London Colney and was a great success! The Young people gave a short presentation on their involvement in the project and the Mayor awarded prizes to the winning entries.

We would like to thank Barkers estate agents 183 High St, London Colney for donating our fantastic prizes.


1st prizeLaurel Blyth (Over 60’s)“Seven Arch Bridge, also called Telford bridge”
2nd prizeMike Swan (Over 60’s)“By St Peter’s Church: A relatively peaceful oasis of calm in an increasingly busy village.”
3rd prize Dannica Knott (The Base)“Lorry on the motorway going under the bridge that scared the life out of me by beeping his horn!”
3rd prize Page Pugh (The Base)“View without a fence”


BUFF (Being U with a Female Flavour) 2004

A residential weekend with 5 young women from the Base. Included sessions discussing impact of misuse of alcohol on health and different ways to say no and resist peer pressure. Other sessions included personal safety, media influences and projected image.

Physical Activity trips

In November/December 2004 the Base organised a series of trips to promote physical activity and give young people the opportunity to try things like dry ski slope skiing and ice skating.

“Spiked” DVD

Four young people aged 13-16 produced and acted in a short film called “Spiked” which dealt with the dangers of having drugs added surreptitiously to drinks. Official premiere in Jan 2005 at the Base was a great success with lots of people from the local community attending.

Healthy Eating Competition

Teams of young people created 3 course meals for everyone at the Base and were scored by their peers on criteria such as taste, nutritional value, teamwork, time keeping and tidiness. Starters included Greek salad, main courses included a stir fry and fajitas and there were lots of fruit based desserts. The winning team was awarded certificates and vouchers.

The Dragon float

A group of 12 young people worked with an artist to create a giant dragon’s head and body. 4 people were needed to carry the dragon and the remainder of the young people dressed up in Samurai Warrior and Geisha Girl costumes which they made themselves. Volunteers helped by doing the Geisha’s hair and makeup and one of the Geisha’s carried a pearl which, according to tradition, the dragon follows. The float was entered in the St Albans Carnival in June and won first prize, earning the young people money for the charity of their choice, Herts Young Homeless Group. Two of the young people attended a ceremony in St Albans where they accepted their cheque from the mayor. The Dragon Flat was also part of Larks in the Park in London Colney on July 3rd. To celebrate their success, staff took young people on a bowling trip to Hemel Hempstead.

The Girls’ Project

This project was for girls aged 12-15 and involved a number of health and beauty activities such as makeup, nails, hair styling, hand massage and hair braiding. The girls also participated in sessions about keeping safe, teenage pregnancy, contraception, drugs and domestic violence. On the final night staff took the girls out for dinner in a restaurant in St Albans.

Painting the Base:

A summer art project where young people created a number of display boards and painted the lower half of the walls inside the Base with images to reflect the activities which take place at the centre (eg healthy eating painting, Information on Drugs display).We host Connexions personal advisers on Wednesdays. They offer support to young people aged 13-19 on a range of issues including education, training, employment, benefits and housing.

Physical Activity Summer 2005

A series of games and sport at the Morris Playing Fields.

We also teamed up with London Colney Recreational centre to offer subsidised street dance and boxercise classes over the summer months.

Midnight Ice skating: December 2005

The Base took a group of young people on an annual Ice-skating trip which starts at Alexandra Palace at midnight and ends at 4am. The trip involves youth clubs from all over England and is always a popular and exciting night out.

Games and Fun

The Base had a Halloween Party and a Christmas Party. Both involved lots of food, games sand fun!!