Lazybones bootsale look forward to welcoming you back in 2017 to our 26th year of booties. Over the years we have made many good friends andacquaintances through the bootsale. At Lazybones our bootsale is heldover 30acres of land, we use two different fields and we run on bothSaturdays and Sundays weather permitting. We do advise at all times to ring ifthere is rain about to ensure we have not cancelled. We greatly encourageowners to bring along their dogs but, we do ask that they are kept ona 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 dogshave been left for long periods in hot cars and show considerable distressand heat fatigue .This usually results in a car window being broken to gainaccess.

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.