Hi Everyone,

After a mixed summer of English weather when all sections got OUT and ABOUT as much as possible the autumn nights are unfortunately beginning to draw in. However you can be assured that we will still be getting all the members out and about as much as possible. The Scouts have already contested the Grose Trophy, teams from both troops took part and a team from Idmiston came joint 3rd. The cubs have taken part in the District Challenge Flag Competition, the equivalent competition to the scout Grose Trophy and I am pleased to report that they won! They will also be investing their 12 new recruits whilst on a hike on the last evening of half term. The beavers are planning a Campfire at which their 15 new recruits! are going to be invested. As I write four members from the Scout troop and Explorer unit are spending a weekend camping at the County HQ. They are on a selection weekend to choose the 40 members for the contingent going to the World Scout Jamboree in America in 2019.

Dates for your Diary

12th November – Remembrance Sunday Church Parade – We will be parading at both St Michaels, Winterbourne and St Nicholas, Porton on Remembrance Sunday.  See separate note for details nearer the date.

8th December –  Last day for posting Christmas cards using the Scout Postal Service. The Group will once again be selling the stamps during November and the first week in December and delivering post in our area before Christmas, further details will be out as soon as we have them. However your help buying stamps (saving yourself some money in the bargain) and delivering the post in our area will be gratefully received.

12th December –  The Scout Groups Christmas Party – at the Glebe Hall, Winterbourne, 6.30pm -8pm. EVERYONE welcome, beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers, mums, dads, brothers, sisters, put the date in your diary and come along, just  Be Prepared to have FUN at our Christmas Festive Quiz for ALL the family and refreshments will be on offer to everyone Of course you can collect your Scout Post Christmas cards to deliver at the same time.

26th January 2017 – Burns Night Supper and Cedliah . The Explorer Unit are running this evening which is in aid of their International Camp in 2018. The exact location has yet to be decided it may be Iceland or Switzerland. Please support this it really is a great nights entertainment, accompanied by an excellent 3 course meal and a bar. Look out for the fliers once they are in circulation.


Camps and Holidays in 2018

The Scout Group offers Nights Away Experiences to all our Members. It is a bit early as yet to have definite dates for most of them but we will let you know as soon as a date for those camps/holidays not already booked are known. Nights Away experiences are great fun and allow the young people, (and Leaders), to do lots of exciting activities and earn extra badges.

Beaver Sleepover  – Dates TBC

Cub Summer Camp –  DatesTBC

Scout District Camp – Dates TBC

Explorer Gilwell 24hr –  DatesTBC

Group Scout Summer Camp –  29th July – 4th August at Wiltshire Scout Centre, Potterne Wick

Explorer Scout Summer Camp – 3rd -15th August

Cub Christmas Holiday – Provisional Date 23rd -25th November


Other Information

Gift Aid – Thank you to all of you who have completed these forms, we now have forms for nearly all our members whose parents are eligible. Claiming the tax you have already paid on the money you pay for Subscriptions is a painless way of the group raising funds. So if you haven’t already signed up (or are not sure if you have) then please ask at your section meeting.


Easyfundraising.com     Calling ALL Internet users, this is a safe and easy way you can help the Group raise funds when you shop online AND every time you search too! All you need to do is log on to the site at:-


then click on the red button to register as a user and a supporter of Bourne Valley Scouts- then start browsing or shopping. Why not make it your home page, so that each time you go online you will be helping the Group with no hassle to yourself. Details also on the website.


Group T Shirts and Sweatshirts           We will be ordering more stock to ensure that we have a comprehensive stock of all sizes from the smallest beaver to the biggest leader. NB please note the Scout Shop do not stock the Bourne Valley tee shirts and sweatshirts, (Sweatshirts are for Scout section and Leaders only). Please ask at your section meeting.

Current Prices – T- Shirts          Children’s sizes £5,        Adult’s sizes £7.

Sweatshirts     Sizes XS, S, M, L,  £12each

Current Prices – T- Shirts          Children’s sizes £5,        Adult’s sizes £7.


Group Website This is flourishing under the excellent care of Andy Stoddern.  Please USE IT- if you lose a note, want up to date details of section meetings or just want to take a look, www.bournevalleyscouts.org.uk

WANTED – Our very successful Explorer Unit is in need of another Leader, would you enjoy supporting an active group of 27 14yrs -18yrs who like to take part in a wide range of activities, hiking, sleepovers, film nights, camps, cooking over fire and lots more. They decide and plan their own programme, which is organised and run by their own Committee with support from the Leaders. If you are interested or would like to know more contact the Unit Leader Tony Archer info@tonyarchercarpentry.co.uk

Scrap Metal –  The Group has a contact who is prepared to collect scrap metal and then sell it on our behalf. Small amounts are not financially viable but if you have a substantial amount and would like it taken away please let your section leader know.

Family Social Events – The leaders would like to have Ideas for future Family Social Events that you would be like to support. A Fun Day, a Family Camp, Pinewood Derby, Skittles evening, Family Rounders match, YOU TELL US WHAT YOU WANT and we will DO OUR BEST to arrange some exciting events for you to take part in.

Please use the reply slip below to tell us WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE US TO ORGANISE, or any FUNDRAISING IDEAS you may have. The Leaders enjoy having all the fun and enjoyment of Scouting and we would like to share this with you ALL!


Finally –Thank you for taking the time to read this epistle, notes will be distributed about the various activities, camps and holidays in due course, in the meantime please put the dates in your diary and we hope that you and your children will enjoy all the events and activities we are organising so far. Scouting is about having FUN, ADVENTURE and taking on CHALLENGES, that is not just the children, so why not JOIN IN?


Hope to see YOU at ANY/ALL of our many events.


Shirley Moores

Group Scout Leader




Bourne Valley Group Newsletter Autum 2017 Reply Slip


Our Ideas for Social events we would like to support are :-





Our Ideas for future Fund Raising Events are :-




Many Thanks for taking the time and trouble to give us your input.


The Leaders and Members of the Executive Committee






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