Outdoor Activity Centre Testimonials
Extracts from thank you letters by children from Broomwood Hall
George “I learnt so much about nature, life and friendship so again thank you Mill on the Brue”.
Helena “My bed was so comfy and I loved sharing a room and I loved the name of the dormitry room. Just another great big thank you for everything you did”.
Katherine “Thank you so much for the amazing time, I riely whant to come again. I really liked the activities they were so fun.Brea ..The food was DELICIOUS!!! I really liked the apple crumble. I loved everything to put it in a simple way”.
Cosmo “I am writing to say thank you. I had the best time ever. I wish I could come again. My favourite activity was the assault course because the obstacles were so fun. my favourite obstacle was the high beam even though I couldnt do it. I loved the zip wire to”.
Ella “Thank you for helping me learn my confident especially the climbing wall and zip wire!Max ..I am writting to say thank you so much for a fantastic days at Mill on the Brue. I think in my pinion the disco and tunnelling was my favourite part. I wish Mill on the Brue was rite next door to me”.
Joel “My favourite activity’s were tunnelling low rop canooing and assault course. I really wanted to stay for 1 month if I could. Plus the food was amazing, fabulous and outstanding to. Thank you again for the best trip ever and I am not kidding”.
Email from Caroline the party leader of Long Sutton primary school
“Thank you so much for a lovely week with you all, it felt very much like coming back to a family that we see every two years, please pass on our thanks to everyone, despite the horrid weather that went on at the beginning of the week we all got so much from the trip and thanks for checking that we are booked in for third week in Oct 2015”.
Email sent from a parent from Trent Primary School
“Dear Mill on the Brue team,
I just felt I should write and thank you for the wonderful week of fun my son Robert (from Trent school) enjoyed. This was his first experience of staying away from home, and he was very nervous and unsure before he left.
He returned beaming from ear to ear and has not stopped telling us about all the amazing activities he enjoyed, particularly the climbing and leap of faith. Before staying with you he had never been to a sleep over, he is now planning a summer holiday of sleep overs with his friends!!
Mill on the Brue has built his confidence hugely, which is just what he needed. Robert was singing the praises of the instructors and loved the food. He was quite a fussy eater before staying with you, but the food waste challenge inspired him to eat new things and I am very pleased to say he is now eating much better at home.
Thank you for giving Robert many happy memories of fun times with his friends and challenging him to try new things, you’ve opened up a whole new world to him and he’s loving it!!”
Published in June 2013 in the Clevedon & Tickenham paper by editor Sharon Tayler
“Summer is definitely / hopefully on its way and we’ve had a little taste of the warm sunshine on our backs recently, to put a smile back on our faces.
I have recently returned from yet another fabulous school camp week with Mary Elton School, visiting Mill on the Brue. A little bit of paradise in England in my eyes. It is the most amazingly beautiful, environmentally aware, scrumptiously catered and child friendly place I know. From the handpicked and home made fayre (of which I was forced to return for seconds and thirds); exciting and challenging activities (squealing like a banshee on the extreme zip wire); team building (encouraging me through a very narrow tube which I struggled around my hips during tunnelling); midnight feasts and gossip into the early hours (and that was the staff); but best of all was seeing rosy cheeked, well-nourished and fully fresh aired children coming back home to their parents, exhausted but happy”.
(Sharon Tayler is also a Learning Support Assistant at Mary Elton School).
Chew Stoke Church
Email sent from Chew Stoke Church School
“On Tuesday 26th February 13 very excited Year 5 boys and 11 Year 5 girls left Chew Stoke Church School for a four day visit to Mill on the Brue. On arrival, after unpacking and a tour of the site, they tucked into a delicious roast pork lunch followed by homemade rhubarb crumble and custard before tackling their action packed team building challenges with instructors Chloe and Jess. They were already very environmentally aware but quickly rose to the challenge of limiting food waste, which is high on Tricia’s eco agenda. All week they carefully watched everyone who swept unwanted food into the container and anxiously awaited the posting of each day’s waste. They were extremely proud of Wednesday’s result – 600g in total.
They enjoyed challenging activities such as the crate stack, zip wire, colony game, leap of faith and the assault course. Tunnelling was a new experience for many but high on their list of favourites was the rifle shooting session. Children were encouraged to reflect on their learning and share what they had found out about themselves in this week. All too soon their stay came to an end with a ‘Discover Bruton’ session and packed lunch. 24 sleepy but very satisfied children returned to Chew Stoke full of their adventures”.
Comments from RGS
"Mill on the Brue is one of the most amazing places in the universe!"
“It conquers all your fears and makes you feel happy and proud of yourself. My favourite activity was the zip wire. When I did it, it felt like I was actually flying and when I was on it I sang, “I believe I can fly right up to the sky.” You even had a jetpack! I was really scared at the beginning but at the end I was really, really, really happy and excited to go again. At one point I had to make an action like superman and when you got to the end you climbed down a ladder and the next person had a go.”
Email from party leader
“Dear Tricia, Matt, Chloe, Billy and Dan
I just felt I needed to email you personally and say a big thank you to you all for such a wonderful weekend.
This was my first camp, I’ve been teaching at St Mary’s for ten years and never had the opportunity to go on camp before and I had the most amazing time. Dan and Billy you are fab instructors and we all felt totally safe. I personally have never done anything like the activities we did at the weekend and it was a massive learning curve for me and made realise how much I can push myself in situations like that. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was great to see all of them pushing themselves, it just showed how brave and resilient children are.
You work so hard, not only from the activities point of you but embedding your ethos into everything, I have to say I now have an uncooked and cooked waste box in my kitchen!”
Missing you all already!
Fox Hill primary school
To all the staff at mill on the brue, especially Chloe, Billy, Kerry and George
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for the wonderful time we had last week. The children have come back to school today buzzing and very willing to share all their wonderful experiences. We cannot talk highly enough of your centre and how beautifully run and managed it is to meet all of our needs. The program of activities was exceptional and jam packed and the children loved every minute. I normally look forward to coming home after a residential but I woke up on Saturday morning genuinely missing the peace and the views!
On return to school today we tried out some of your team building activities and I am delighted to say some of your ideas have rubbed off on the children.
Once again thank you so much. We will definitely be back!
Missing you all already!