Cell Workout at HMP Woodhill

On Monday 24th February 2020 LJ Flanders and colleagues James & Joe held a Cell Work Out ‘taster session’ in the gym at HMP Woodhill. Twenty plus men attended to experience the workout routines devised by LJ during his sentence at HMP Pentonville.  At times being confined to his cell for 23 hours a day, LJ recognised the importance of keeping fit in both body and mind, determined not to waste his time whilst ‘doing time’ he enrolled on a personal training course in Pentonville.  This not only gave him the fundamental understanding of how to construct the varied workout routines, it also offered a higher chance of employment following his release. Once qualified LJ got a job in the prison gym and was often being asked if he could write personalised fitness regimes that could be performed in a cell.

Upon release LJ wrote Cell WorkOut and now regularly visits prisons to encourage men to get fit and to talk about about how he has turned his life around.

BACO is delighted to have been able to sponsor LJ Flanders’ taster session in both HMYOI, Aylesbury and in HMP Woodhill.

30th March 2020 LJ Flanders launched crowd funding initiative click here to find out more




Springhill Wood Workshop

Made by the prisoners and available for purchase  Furniture Shop Brochure Jan 2020


Koestler Awards

The Koestler Awards for arts in criminal justice started in 1962.  Each year over 3,500 people in custody and in the community share their creative work by taking part.  The Koestler Awards provide feedback and encouragement to entrants of all abilities in visual art, design, writing and music.

The 2020 winners will be announced on 30th October 2020.

Past winners



Six Book Challenge with the Reading Agency

Six Book Challenge with the Reading Agency in HMP Grendon . BACO supports this initiative by providing prizes for those completing the challenge of reading six books and keeping a diary of what they have read.

On December 11th 2019 BACO trustees and members enjoyed listening to conversations between Louise Candlish and residents before presenting prizes to all those who had completed the Six Book Challenge.  We are very grateful to the Head Librarian Debra Lovell and Coles Books of Bicester for providing the prizes.

Further presentations of prizes took place week commencing March 2nd 2020 when Debra invited BACO members to Grendon.



Kestrel Theatre

BACO mascots Mabel and Mavis (miniature Mediterranean donkeys) loved meeting the prisoners families at HMP Springhill in December 2019 before two performances of the men’s original pantomime.