Soapbox derby fun


The ever popular, Rotary Club of Billericay’s third Spectacular Soapbox Derby is just days away on bank holiday Monday, May 7.

The past two years have seen the event attended by over 13,000 people and raised more than £60,000 for international and national Rotary-supported charities and local schools who have a special place in the club with formation of their Rotakids Clubs.

Those children are a key part in making the Family Fun racing day the success it has become. From Quilters Junior and Buttsbury Juniors, the Billericay pupils will be helping out a team of club members, supporters from the other community service clubs – fellow Rotarians, Lions Club, 41 Club and the Round Table.

As club president, Peter Greene says: “We support their events but without all their help on our big day, we could not run it so successfully. We thank them all.”

This year’s Soapbox Derby chairman, Les Sheppard says: “With only days to go, everything is in place. Safety for the racers down “Thunder Road” has been a top priority and we are confident.

“There has been a major ticket-selling drive with banners in key places around the town, Beresford estate agents posting us on sight boards, giving us a £5 donation for every board, and members turning out on Saturdays to sell tickets in the high street, a wonderful response with many telling us that they wouldn’t miss it because it’s a great day out.”


With 50 guaranteed entries in all categories from students, Wacky Racers, corporates – the racing is guaranteed.

Soapbox teams who have delighted and thrilled spectators for the past two years are back in force.

Look out for Killer Heels, Roll Out the Bunting, Black Pearl Happy Feet as well as The Flintstones and look forward to the Battle of the Bears which are Quilters’ “Wadey Bear” against Buttsbury Infants “Buddy Bear”.

This year we have entries from many more schools including South Green junior school, Buttsbury infants, Colchester Royal Grammar School and others.

Peter added: “It’s great that so many of our young people want to take part in this community event and it promises great fun for the children.”

Sun Corner will have some brilliant new attractions on the Queen Elizabeth II field this year including a classic car display, traction engine, car simulator, bungee trampolines and Last Man Standing. Morris dancers, renowned local singers and a special centre of the field screen for the children in addition to the large video race screen will also be available.

There’s still time to purchase tickets in advance to avoid queuing on the day – and they’re cheaper. Go online to:

Or by pressing the “Buy Tickets” button on the club website homepage at:

Download an online ticket step by step guide from:
Or purchase from specific shops and pubs in Billericay: Anna’s Newsagents, 9 Radford Way; Ashton Charters, 140 High Street, Cellers Newsagents, 181 Western Road, Creatures Great and Small, 144 High Street, Fisher Jones and Greenwood, 102 High Street, Slipped Discs, 113 High Street, The Railway, 1 High Street. Entry prices for advance tickets: Individual: £3pp; Family (two adults and two children) – £10. Note: No family tickets on the day; individual – £5pp


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