History

We were formed in 2004 by Susan Wilson, now a patron of the charity, in the Abbs Cross Secondary School, where many current members of the Blue Tees, staff and Trustees joined and took part in sessions.

In 2005 the charity was fortunate enough to become the Mayor of Havering’s Charity, with the members not only meeting the Mayor in her official robes, but one of our lucky members was able to hold the ceremonial staff as well!

In 2011 Susan passed the baton to Lee Giles and Jade Couch as the two Directors, and by 2013 we were ‘The Habbit Factory’ with Hannah Salmon as our Head Choreographer.

By 2012 we were approached by both MyPlace Centre in Harold Hill and Whybridge Junior School in Rainham to open up new sessions in their venues, which expanded our numbers of Blue Tees as well as members; and also in 2012 we started our After School Programme {Outreach page} after being approached by Brookside Infants School, which took us in a new direction and into more schools term after term which expanded our membership numbers even further.

By 2013 the Board of Trustees were formed, with some new fresh faces from outside the charity as well as members and parents to ensure the history of the charity was always represented. The main target was to establish charity status which enables us to be granted funding, and after much work in the summer of 2015 we finally achieved the coveted charity status.

In January 2016 we sold out two shows in the local Queens Theatre in Hornchurch, with the then-Mayor of Havering being so impressed he became a patron along with his wife.

Timeline

All of our shows come from the ideas of our members, and are subsequently written by our Blue Tees and staff.

Below is a list of all of our shows.
2011: A Variety Show, Abbs Cross Academy;
2013: A Disney Christmas, MyPlace Centre;
2014: Pop of Ages, MyPlace Centre;
2016: Magic of the Musicals, Queens Theatre;
2017: Twice Upon A Time, Queens Theatre;
2018: History, Queens Theatre;
2019: Follow the Red Brick Road, Queens Theatre;