What is the Freedom Pass?

Get out and active with a London with a Freedom Pass

What is the Freedom Pass and how can I get one?

 Date  11/11 2019

original article on  sightadvicefaq.org.uk

There are two types of Freedom Pass: a disabled persons pass and an older person Pass. Both entitle the holder to travel for free on the majority of London’s public transport services, including some National rail services within the Freedom Pass boundaries. Full details of where you can travel for free and any exceptions can be found on the London Council’s Using the pass web page.


Disabled Persons Freedom Pass

To be eligible for a disabled persons freedom pass you must reside in London and have evidence of your sight loss. This may be your Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) or supporting evidence that your driving licence has been revoked or would be refused due to your disability or sight loss. Full details of the eligibility criteria can be found on the London Council’s Disabled Persons Freedom Pass Eligibility web page.

Applications are made via your local borough council. A list of councils and their contact details can be found on London Council’s Apply for a Disabled Persons Freedom Pass web page.

Some councils will issue a discretionary disabled persons pass to people who do not fit the statutory eligibility criteria, for more information please contact your local borough council.

Carers for people with a disability are not eligible for a Freedom Pass unless they meet criteria through a disability of their own.

For further information about the passes, please contact London Council’s Freedom Pass team:

0300 330 1433


Older Persons Freedom Pass

To be eligible for an older persons freedom pass you must reside in London and fulfil the age criteria. You can use London Council’s Eligibility Checker to see if you qualify.

If you are eligible you can apply online or by post, by filling in an application form which can be found on London Council’s Older Persons Freedom Pass first time applications web page.


BBS Snow Sports Taster 13 Dec

Snow Sports Taster Day in Manchester on Friday 13 December 2019
Chill Factore, Manchester, M41 7JA.
6 pm - 8 pm
01926 424247
13th December 2019

British Blind Sports Snow Sports Taster 13 Dec

British Blind Sport are pleased to announce the delivery of a snow sports taster session in partnership with Disability Snowsport UK!

Open to all abilities and to anyone over the age of 5

The snow sports taster session will take place:

Date: Friday 13 December  TIme:  6 pm – 8 pm

Venue: Chill Factore, Manchester, M41 7JA.

Cost: £10  Contact:  alex@britishblindsport.org.uk or call 01926 424247

Click here to register your place

A ‘meet and greet’ will be available from Intu Trafford Centre Bus Station, at least 30 minutes before. This event will allow adults and children living with a visual impairment to experience an introductory skiing lesson (snowboarding lessons are subject to availability of staff), and have a go at a new and exciting activity.




Archery Indoor Championships

Archery Indoor Championships 10 - 12 April 2020

The Worshipful Company of Fletchers Indoor  Archery Championships

Date: 10th to 12th April 2020
Venue: Lilleshall National Sports Centre

Please complete the Online Application form to enter


  • The Accommodation and Entry forms for those staying residential must be returned no later than 15th January 2020.
  • Entry forms for non-residential competitors will be accepted up until 20th March 2020 latest.

The entry and accommodation form is now a Google document and once completed and submitted will automatically be sent to the
Tournament Organiser ( tournament-org@BBSArchery.org.uk ) and
Tournament Secretary ( tournament-sec@bbsarchery.org.uk )
Phone: Tournament Organiser 07766 744073, Tournament Secretary: 01792 812212


To be eligible to receive the concessionary accommodation fees, you and your spotter must be a member of BBS.
For BBS members, accommodation is charged at £40.00 per person per day.
For non-BBS Members, accommodation is charged at £80.00 per person per day
BBS membership is £20 per annum (senior).
Shoot fee for the weekend is £15.00.


Payment method by Bank Transfer to:
Sort code: 40-27-06 Account No. 72417111 – State reference ACC10 and your name.IMPORTANT: Lilleshall charge for cancellations, this is around £15.00 if you cancel within three months of the event.

If you cancel within seven days of the event then Lilleshall will charge the full cost of your accommodation. All costs will be recouped from yourself, less any deposit paid. Let the Tournament Secretary know immediately if you need to cancel.

Be aware that accommodation can become limited at busy periods, so if you book late, rooms may not be available and you will be responsible for finding (and paying for) your own alternative accommodation.


Saturday Championship Round 1 (morning session)
WA 25m

Shot under AGB Rule 407 – Dress Regulation Rule 307 applies
5 dozen on a 60cm face at 25mtrs shot in ends of three in 2 minutes.
There will be a minimum of two ends of practice prior to the start.
This round qualifies for BBS-AS Records.
Saturday Championship Round 2 (afternoon session)
Portsmouth (AGB UK Record Status)
Shot under AGB Rule 407 – Dress Regulation Rule 307 applies
5 dozen on a 60cm face at 20yds shot in ends of three in 2 minutes.
There will be a minimum of two ends of sighters prior to the start.

This round qualifies for AGB UK and BBS-AS Records.
Awards will be given in Shooting Categories VI1, VI2 and VI3 combined, and VI Open, and based on the total score from both sessions.

The ‘Christie Trophy’ (Handicap Trophy – from morning session WA 25m)
The ‘Thomas Trophy’ (Most improved score from previous year)
If you wish to be included in any handicap round, you must submit an up to date handicap.
Handicaps will only be accepted if dated and signed by your Club Records Officer.

This can be done either by email or in writing and presented on the day.
To claim AGB UK records the archers’ tactile equipment must be compliant with WA rules.
For the Saturday Championship Rounds all archers will shoot in the Shooting Categories as defined in the “BBS-AS Shooting Category Definition Document”.


On the entry form you will be asked for your acuity sight classification and sighting method and placed in one of the three shooting categories by the Tournament Organiser. You are required to be compliant with all aspects of the relevant category including the wearing of blackouts as required.
AGB UK Record Status tournaments are liable for drug testing, if asked to do so you must comply, a refusal will be treated as a positive result.
Valid BBS and Archery GB membership cards will be required at registration and a CVI form if requested to do so. Sight classification must be registered with BBS Head Office. Entry to the competition may be refused if you fail to show any of this information.



60 arrows (12 ends) @ 20yds on a black & white 40cm target face
5 arrows are shot per end in 5 minutes, scoring is 5-4-3-2-1 (one end of 5 sighters)
There will be 2 faces per target set central, one above the other.
Archer ‘A’ will shoot 30 arrows at the top face and Archer ‘B’ 30 at the bottom.
Following a short break, Archer ‘A’ will shoot at the bottom face, Archer ‘B’ the top.
This Round will include the handicap based ‘Team VI v Team Sighted’ challenge.
If you do not have a B1 sight classification but wish to shoot using blackouts then you must comply with the VI1 rules stated in the “BBS Archery Section VI Shooting Category Definitions” document linked to above.


‘Margaret and John Schofield’ Memorial Trophy (Blackout Round)
‘Tilly Trotter’ Trophy (Non-Blackout Round – Handicap based)


All archers with a B1 to B3 sight classification are required to have a Spotter when shooting.
Note: It is the archers’ responsibility to supply their own Spotter and ensure that their details and required information are included on the entry form when it is submitted.
Spotters and any scopes and chairs etc. must remain in their archer’s half of the shooting lane so as not to disrupt their neighbouring competitors.
AGB Rule 1102 b (vii) will apply to all archers using a Spotter (Safety issue):
A VI archer using a spotter shall only approach the target when accompanied by his/her spotter.


The Range may be available for practice Friday afternoon but check with reception first as we do not officially have use of it until Saturday. All markers and tactile equipment must be removed from the Range when you have finished.
When practicing (at any time) and more than one target is being used then a ‘Field Captain’ must be appointed to comply with Archery GB insurance requirements. Whistle or verbal commands may be used but someone must take responsibility for the range.


Please note Lilleshall’s smoking policy which must be followed:
“Smoking and vaping may only take place in outdoor areas. Smoking/vaping is banned within 4 metres of a pedestrian entrance to or exit from any building.”
“Vaping” refers to electronic cigarettes.


Your e-mail address is important, further information will be sent to you closer to the event date (i.e. target list). If you change your e-mail address at any time, please notify the BBS Archery Section Secretary (secretary@BBSArchery.org.uk) as soon as possible stating that you have entered the Championships to ensure that you receive target lists etc.

Any donations for the raffle will be gratefully appreciated.


For those staying residential note that Lilleshall may require a deposit for room keys.
If applied this can either be paid in cash or by leaving your credit card details at reception, your deposit will be refunded on return of keys. Please make sure you either read or have explained to you the fire precautions in your room and note that all rooms are non-smoking.
Checking in times are Friday from 13.30 and Saturday from 12.30. If you are staying Friday and Saturday night you must return your room keys by 12.30 Sunday afternoon, those staying Friday night only need to return their keys by 09.30 Saturday morning.


The following are the meal times at Lilleshall.
Breakfast: 07.30 to 08.30
Lunch: 12.30 in the Restaurant (both days)
Dinner: 18.30 to 20.00 Friday and 18.30 to 19.30 Saturday
Any pre-ordered packed lunches will be brought down to the Shooting Range
Light refreshments will be available at the END of the Tournament (both days)


Sailing Update & Dates VISA-GB

Sailing Update & Dates VISA-GB

Cane and (mainly) able – Majorca and more!

Sailing report by Tim – Website: https://visa-gb.org.uk/

Hello Shipmates and greetings, hope all well with you and these shortening days are giving you a moment or two to think back about the year past and plan for next.

What happened to October’s newsletter then? It’s a long story and the details of missed deadlines a tad dull but there have been some super, scintillating sailing stories to fill the long evenings so let me start with the madness of Majorca.

You’ll recall in the way back distant past we decided to see if the Balearicas might provide a top spot for us Visa-gb types, and we think it did.  So here’s a tail of Canes, able sailors and leaking dinghies:

From four different airports the valiant explorers jetted into sunny Palma, arriving mainly in one piece on Saturday 12th October, the sun shone, the taxi’s were waiting and we were whisked away to Pollensa Marina to the good ship Angora, our home for the next week.

Now on previous voyages one of the stand out features has always been the ability of the visually impaired crew to sort, stow and manage their kit and equipment in an orderly fashion.  It’s fair to say we broke new ground this time on the cane front!  Within minutes of arrival there was a trip to the bar, can’t quite believe that can you? Anyway imagine this, we leave the boat and the seven cane carrying crew suddenly become animated, start walking at different angles, some crabbing across the pontoon others almost bent double and this is before the welcoming beer!

The chatter starts “this isn’t my cane, who’s cane have I got?” and this marked the start of week of transferrable canes. Sailing, well that’s a piece of cake, navigating your way to the shoreside facilities with a cane for a six-footer when you’re only five foot six isn’t easy – but let’s leave that there as you’ll be able to imagine the chaos as this continued and get back to the trip.

On leaving the berth for the first time we managed to catch one of the lifebuoys on our neighbours’ rail, this dropped into the briny with a resounding splash, the wind whipping it out of reach of the flailing boat hook. Team Angora took this in their stride neatly mooring the yacht on the other side of the marina.  Volunteer oarsman and midship man were quickly volunteered and leapt into the inflatable dinghy to row over a rescue said lifebuoy – what could possibly go wrong?

A tearful farewell from the side deck as the two fearless fellows set off back across the main thoroughfare, dodging the large and gleaming motorboats, it’s fair to say that they went the scenic route, not a straight line was had in that epic 40 metre journey and some 50 minutes later they reappeared triumphant in their task, the return journey only marred by the gently deflating dinghy folding around them. Hauled aboard, dinghy repumped and we were at last off and away.

Sun, warm wind, flat sea and good humour made the sailing an absolute joy, the crew got the boat going well, worked out which bit of string did what as we practised setting the sails, tacking the boat and encouraging the skipper to make a cuppa.

The boat lacked a few of the standard essentials including a proper kettle, so the tea making became a complicated ceremony of pots and pans, mismatched mugs and an awful lot of biscuits.  We’d shopped until we dropped and loaded the boat with so many provisions we needed the best part of an hour to find the onions but only seconds to locate the beers, strange isn’t it!

Following a great days sailing, we dropped the anchor, let down the swim ladder and slipped into the warm Mediterranean sea, not bad for mid-October.  The days that followed repeated the pattern, rushing off at the crack of ten o’clock, perhaps anchor for lunch and a swim and then as the wind built in the afternoon some speed sailing towards the evenings mooring.

One day the wind blew a gale and the rain fell but there were things to do, walks to be had (don’t mention the canes again!), coffee to be drunk, stories to be told.

So will we go again, how can we do it better, should we go somewhere else?  All of this will follow once team Majorca have filled in their feedback forms, lost their suntans and let off their fireworks.  Further reports to follow, but before you go please read on.

Scotland 2020

Dates 18/04/20 to 25/04/20, cost £300 plus your transport , total of 28 berths, 20 already booked if you want you be a part of the Island Flotilla you need to contact Sue

Contact:  07767717440 or email: susiehogge@icloud.com.

Blind Week 2020

Falmouth 20/06/20 we’ve already got one boat booked for three weeks, leaving the Solent on 15/06/20 and returning 03/07/20 so there’s places for the journey down to Falmouth and the return, let us know if you’re interested as soon as possible, please contact Sue.

Contact:  07767717440 or email: susiehogge@icloud.com.

They’ll be much more to follow so keep we’ll keep you posted That’s all for now folks, all the best.





Time is running out to enter the world’s greatest cycling sportive

Time is running out to enter the ballot and guarantee your chance to ride the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 16 August 2020.

The iconic route starts from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, heads out through central London towards Surrey’s stunning countryside, before finishing in spectacular style on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace – and thousands of cheering cycling fans.

The ballot is FREE to enter but places are limited and it’s filling up fast, so enter today and guarantee your chance to take part in the eighth edition of this epic century ride, which has become one of the world’s greatest cycle sportives. It really is a cycling challenge like no other!

Experience the fun and freedom of riding 100 miles on traffic-free roads – enter the ballot now.


We hope to see you on the Start Line next August!

Best wishes,  The Prudential RideLondon Team

Chris Lewis Shares his experience of the Prudential Ride London 2017!