Welcome to Contagious East

Welcome to Contagious East

Parents and YP Welcome Information

Everything you need to know to get ready and excited for Contagious East this summer:

Scroll down for dates, important information and a packing list!


Contagious East runs from Saturday 18th August to Friday 24th August 2018.


The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2RX
Nano East are located in a nearby venue called Orwell Park School.

When to arrive?

Please aim to arrive from 2.30pm on SATURDAY 18th August. Can we please stress that it is important NOT to arrive earlier than this as rooms will not be available and leaders will not be able to supervise young people before this time. 

  • By Car, there are many parking spaces on the parade ground for those coming by car. Once at the venue, please follow the route below and our team will direct you to Registration in the Dining Hall.  Parents are welcome to stay for a cup of tea or coffee and use the facilities before returning home.

  • By Train, If you are travelling by train, we are arranging a ‘shuttle service’ from Manningtree station departing at 2pm (only for those who have pre-booked), so please make sure your train is due to arrive at Manningtree before 2pm. Someone from Contagious, with an appropriate notice for identity purposes, will be at the station.

We will register you in the Dining Hall then show you your boarding house and introduce you to your team.  We will have a few games, refreshments and then a short tour of the School where we are staying.  You will quickly meet other young people and will make some good lasting friendships.


The young people’s rooms have between 2 and 8 beds each with bathroom/shower facilities nearby.  We will locate young people in their small group (SUS group) in two or three rooms; their leader will be in a room nearby.  We will do our best to meet your sharing requests, but this is not always possible.  All bedding is provided but please bring a towel.

Each boarding house has a big common room which is good for meeting friends, playing games and hanging out.  Leaders will always be nearby to chat and facilitate the fun and games.

Meal times:

The food is amazing at the Royal Hospital School, prepared by the professional catering staff who provide a wide variety of tasty meals to choose from and fresh fruit and salad is always available.  The meal times are 8:00am breakfast, 1pm lunch, and 5.30pm dinner. 

Photos and Publicity:

We are hoping to take some general photos or video during the week that may be used for publicity, uploaded on our website or shared on social media sites.  We hope to upload any photos on the public ‘Contagious’ Facebook group so we encourage everyone to join our group. It is almost impossible to control the use of social media by young people at Contagious. If you have particular concerns about social media, photographs or publicity, please inform the Contagious Team on 01582 855898. Our full safeguarding policy is available to read here.

Medical, SEN, Dietary Information Form
All the above information should now have been completed via the online form.  If you have not completed this form, please email Lisa Wheatley.  If there is any up to date information or change of circumstances, recent medication or pastoral concerns that were not included on the form, please provide written details to Lynda Kinnaird at the point of registration when you arrive. If you would like to discuss a medical condition/special needs then please contact the Contagious Team on 01582 855898 before 19th July 2018.
Parents join us on the last day:

We would like to invite all parents to join us on the last day, for a joint feedback meeting followed by a picnic lunch.  We really want parents to hear some of the stories and experience a bit of Contagious so please come at 11.00am on Friday 24th August 2018 and bring your own picnic lunch.  Parents will have the opportunity to chat with the leaders and meet new friends. 

Contagious will finish immediately after lunch, at 1.00 pm. If there is any chance that you might be delayed in arriving please advise someone from the team.

For those who have booked it, the shuttle service will provide a return trip Manningtree train station.  Please do not book trains before 2pm on the last day.
I’m sure we will have no issues, but we would like to remind you of the Booking Terms & Conditions that you agreed to when booking online; this will ensure that you are aware of what behaviour is expected during the week.
Packing List and other items you might need
  • Spending Money:  There is a small tuck shop on site at the Pioneer Centre and the Task Force team will run a small bookstall that will sell books, so you may like to bring some spending money, though this is not essential.  Any money you bring will be your own responsibility to look after and manage.
  • Suitable Clothes: We have a full programme of activities including sports, messy games, crafts, dancing, creative projects and team challenges.    Please bring a range of clothes and footwear for outdoors, indoors, muddy and wet environments or casual clothes for the evenings.  We are trusting that the weather will be good for us to be outside for most of the week, but please be prepared for changeable conditions.
  • Use your talents! There may be an opportunity to use your talents to Exalt the name of the Lord!  If you want to bring musical instruments, sports equipment, or other skill based items, then please pack them carefully, but do be aware that you will be responsible for these items and Contagious take no responsibility for their loss or damage.

Check List:
  • Bible (New International Version would be ideal) NOT electronic Bibles on phones etc.
  • Notepad and pen
  • Money for tuck/book shop/merchandise
  • Supply of any medication needed plus any up to date information written down.
  • Swimming gear and old clothes (for water games)
  • Towels
  • Toiletries, sun cream & hat
  • Pyjamas
  • Clothes suitable for all weathers!
  • Exclusively indoor trainers and other outdoor footwear
  • Any sports equipment, games or musical instrument (at your own risk)
  • Mobile phone and charger (optional).
Contagious Hoodies & T-Shirts:


We now have our 2018 hoodies and T-shirts available to order and pay for online!

To place an order, go to the home page of our website www.contagious.org.uk and select BOOK CONTAGIOUS then click on the conference you have booked. You will see the option LEISUREWEAR FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, which will take you to the booking section of our website where, using your log in details, you will be able to place your order.

If you need help placing your order, please click here for a step by step guide.


Please Pray

Please join the leaders in praying for our time at Contagious this summer:

  • Thank God for the many young people coming to Contagious from different backgrounds and churches.
  • Thank God for Contagious and the dedicated leaders who prepare the teaching, organise the activities, and give of their time to care and support the young people.
  • Please pray for young people who may be feeling anxious about coming to Contagious; pray that they would quickly find their way around, meet great leaders and make new friends.
  • Please pray for young people as they listen, learn and engage with the teaching this summer, that they would grow in their love of Jesus and mature in their walk with Him.
  • Please pray for the leaders that they would teach the young people well and faithfully, according to the Bible.  Give them creative ideas to engage the young people and a love for the young people that comes from Jesus.
  • Please pray for safety and smooth running of the conference, free from evil attack and blessed by God.
  • Please pray for the ongoing work of Contagious as they plan future conferences and look for new opportunities to serve young people in our nation.
  • Please subscribe to our Contagious PrayerMate feed.
In the event of an emergency please contact Nick or Geoff on 07933068667 or 07900925657.
Dates for 2019:
CONTAGIOUS EAST Sat 17th – Fri 23rd August 2019 at RHS

If you have any questions about any of the Contagious ministries, please do not hesitate to contact me.