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Lazybones bootsale look forward to welcoming you back in 2018 to our 27th year of booties. Over the years we have made many good friends and acquaintances through the bootsale. At Lazybones our bootsale is held over 30 acres of land, we use two different fields and we run on both Saturdays and Sundays weather permitting. We do advise at all times to ring if there is rain about to ensure we have not cancelled. We greatly encourage owners to bring along their dogs but, we do ask that they are kept on a lead and more importantly they are not left locked in a car on hot days.Unfortunately in the past the Police have been called to incidences when dogs have been left for long periods in hot cars and show considerable distress and heat fatigue . This usually results in a car window being broken to gain access.

Lazybones is pleased to be able to support many charities through funds donated from the bootsale entrance money paid at the gate. The Air ambulance, The Samaritans, The Royal Marines, The Royal Air force and Farleigh hospice are to just to name a few. We also give free pitches to people raising funds for registered charities (registered paperwork must be given at the gate). This amount can be between £100-£150 a week of free pitches that we donate.

However, there is one project that we are proud to have created and that

is our Living Memorial which was established 8years ago. This is a Memorial

dedicated to the memory of all British soldiers killed in action in the last

50yrs. The conflicts covered so far are Malaya, Borneo, Suez, Cyprus, Northern

Ireland, the Balkans, The Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. Our next

project this year will be Aden. We have also erected a metal sculpture of

poppies dedicated to the First World War and a Chapel dedicated to the Second

World War. All this was made possible from our income from Lazybones bootsales

and we greatly appreciate the support of all our customers who regularly attend

the bootsales at our site. Both buyers and sellers entrance fees have helped us

to create our Living Memorial.

Our main aim at Lazybones is to create an atmosphere that is family

friendly and to give the public an opportunity to enjoy the relaxing and

picturesque countryside. We pride ourselves on our staff members being

friendly, cheerful and happy to help.

Other projects that we are able to extend to our war Veterans are

private services dedicated to various wars and conflicts on the memorial site. This

involves the Veterans and their spouses gathering to give remembrance to fallen

comrades many of the Veterans groups bring their Standards (Flags) which are

proudly displayed in a short march to the relevant plaques .A religious service

is held accompanied by the 25lb artillery gun from Shoeburyness and our regular

bugler Sam. After the service a lunch of fish and chips washed down with lots

of tea, coffee or wine and apple pie is served up. These services vary from 100

veterans to 200 which as you can imagine is a lot of fish and chips to be

served hot! All of this would not be possible without your continued support at

the bootsales.

To join in one of our dedicated fund raising days all you have to do is

come along and your 50p gate money will be donated to the charity for that

day. We raise funds for The Royal

Marines, SAFFA, The Royal Air force, Essex Air Ambulance to name a few. On

these special days we are joined by Veterans of the armed forces. You can come

along and have a chat and hear about their experiences. There is also a Motor

bike cavalcade from Colchester barracks to the bootsale site each year, a

procession of up to 300 bikers some of them Veterans and some serving members

of the Armed forces ride out to raise funds. We are entering our 7th

year with this event .The money raised goes to one of the many service

charities which we continue to support.

If you would like to know more about the work we do, please chat to a member of staff.