Group Newsletter Spring 2018
Dear Parents, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers & Young leaders,
We are all hoping for an improvement in the weather so that we can get the young people out and about enjoying their Scouting in the fresh air. The beavers have already had their Nights away experience this year, see below for details, they didn’t let the inclement weather on the Saturday morning stop them enjoying the outdoors, I am sure the rest of the sections will follow suit!
Christmas 2017 – We had another successful Scout Christmas Postal service, this is one of our main fund raising activities for Group Funds so we are very grateful to all of you who have helped or used the service. Every stamp sold and every card delivered makes us, the group, money.
This summer we are also supporting several events in the local community. See below in the dates for your diary for details.
Dates for your Diary in 2018
National Scout Day – 29th April: St George’s Day Celebrations/National Scout Day is an important occasion for us as an organisation for 2 reasons; during the day we reflect on the values and standards that we, as scouts, try to uphold and it also gives us a chance to be seen in the wider public eye. Without support from the public we could not continue to deliver the youth programme that we do. This year it takes the form of “A Celebration of Scouting and our Patron Saint, St George” and will be an afternoon of Fun, Games and Challenges at the Wyndham Park Open Space, College Street. Scouting is more than just a youth club and this is the opportunity for our members to demonstrate that they are proud to be part of our Group, and the world-wide Scouting family. We are still the largest group in the District so let’s show them that we are!
19th & 20th May & 4th& 5th August – Programme selling at Thruxton Racing Circuit, British Touring Car Championship and the British Superbikes. I hope you have all seen the note with details and have offered your services to help. Thanks to all of you who already have signed up, it is one of our main fundraisers for the group.
15th May – The Bourne Valley Celebration of the Group’s achievements in the past year and AGM, 6.30 for 7pm start at the Glebe Hall. A Scout AGM is not just a dry as dust meeting but a chance to celebrate the not inconsiderable achievements of the Young People in our group. At the AGM we are launching the new Bourne Valley initiative, “The Woggle of Commitment”, and the AGM will be the first ”qualifying point”. Therefore I would like to suggest that all of our members are present and have a parent or representative attend this important meeting. We ask this to show your support to your child and the Leaders who deliver the exciting programmes that the children enjoy week in week out. At the end of the meeting there will be Cheese & Wine for adults and refreshments for the children.
May 26th – Funday at the Glebe hall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hall. The scout leaders will be out in force arranging activities, archery, making meatball launchers and toasting marshmallows, other youth groups will be running more activities and there will be a bouncy castle too!
June, date to be confirmed – Our Annual Strawberry and Cream Evening, on a Tuesday evening at the Glebe Hall.
Look out for the notes/emails giving details of all these events nearer the time.
June 23rd – Explorafest – An afternoon and evening of entertainment, music, food and drink. If you have a free hour or so between 4pm and 11pm that day, why not pop along to the Glebe Hall and see some local bands, not to mention performances by the Explorers; have a drink and a bite to eat, (Bourne Valley leaders are renowned for the quality of their food!) and enjoy the company.
30th June – Winterbourne Fete – we will be once again marching in uniform in the parade, manning the hot dogs and helping out with other stalls.
3rd July – Scout Group’s Annual Strawberry and Cream evening at the Glebe Hall 7pm – 8.30pm. Attendance at this event will be another qualifying point for the Woggle of Commitment
21st July –We are also supporting the Idmiston Memorial Hall Fete, we will definitely be running Archery and Dragon Racing and possibly manning the hot dogs.
12th August – Bourne Valley have offered to man a checkpoint at the 54321 Race in Salisbury. The race organisers donate money to the District Campsite Fund in respect of the district scouts manning 5 of the checkpoints.
September – Date to be confirmed – we are planning to run a Carwash in aid of the District Scout Campsite Fund.
Camps and Holidays in 2018
Here are the dates of the sleepovers and camps that we have arranged to date.
23rd 24th March– Beaver Sleepover at the Glebe Hall, this has already happened and was a great success with 18 beavers and 5 leaders enjoying over 20hours of activities. I am sure all the other sections nights away activities will be just as successful
22nd -24th June – Cub Camp at 1st Sandleheath Sea Scout Centre, Nr Fordingbridge
Gilwell 24 6th -18th July, for Explorers at Gilwell Park, Chingford, London.
29th July – 4th Aug – Joint Scout Troop Summer Camp for both Troops at Wiltshire Scout Centre Potterne Wick.
6th – 15th Aug- Explorer Summer Camp at Gdansk, Poland
30th Nov – 2nd Dec – Cub Christmas Pack Holiday at the Glebe Hall, Winterbourne
Put these dates in your diary, further details of all events out nearer the time.
Gift Aid – Thank you to all of you who have completed these forms. 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 have been given a form but not yet returned it please do so ASAP.
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 have a comprehensive selection 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
Group Website /Facebook– Andy Stoddern, one of our Figsbury Scout parents, runs our Group Website and you can find it at www.bournevalleyscouts.org.uk Take a look to see what we are doing. Stacy Blake our Group Treasurer keeps our Facebook page right up to date and you will find lots of photos, letters and information on it. If you are on Facebook and haven’t “liked” the page yet, please do!
Future Fund Raising Ideas – So that we can continue to keep our Subscriptions low we are constantly looking at new ways of raising money. If anyone has any ideas it would be great to hear from you. We are also always looking for parents to join our friendly Executive Committee, so if you think you can help the Group fundraise so the members of our group can have even more fun doing the activities we provide and keep our subscriptions low into the bargain, we would welcome you with open arms.
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 join in and enjoy all the camps, events and activities we are organising. Scouting is about having FUN, ADVENTURE and taking on CHALLENGES and that is not just the children, so why not JOIN IN? Helping out at section meetings, weekend activities or sleepovers and camps is all about FUN and FRIENDSHIP so why not just give it a go? For any nights away/camp activity you will need a Scout Vetting and Barring clearance so please give us plenty of notice as it takes a few weeks.
If you have any queries about anything in this newsletter please feel free to see me at your section meeting or telephone me at home.
Group Scout Leader