The Group is supporting the Scout Association Care for Care Homes – 10,000 Acts of Kindness initiative and sent some summer pictures to St Vincent’s Nursing Home. Their manager, Celine, was delighted:
Please pass on our thanks to the scouts and beavers for their lovely art work. I’m sure the residents will be lifted by the wonderful pictures.
We hoped to have regular contact with St Vincent’s with visits from all sections for games, shared learning, singing and helping out, but Covid and the suspension of face-to-face scouting prevented that; getting involved in this project was a logical step.
On 27th May, Passmores delivered and put up our replacement for the old Neal Hut, just inside the main gate. Passmores are the company that supplied the new Scouting Centre, so they match perfectly! It has two opening hatches for serving teas at Jumble, a double door entrance, and it’s slightly bigger than the old one.
For the last two weeks Richard Plume has been up there most afternoons fitting it out with shelves, worktops and electrics, see pictures. Each of the serving hatches has a fold-up/fold-down serving counter; when not in use they fold down completely flat against the wall.
On 13th June, we moved back in all the things that belong there, mainly our tables and lots of Jumble-related equipment. Roll on next year’s Jumble Sale!
Scouts were encouraged to walk a mile or more – and get sponsored by friends and family – as part of the BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief Big Day In on 23rd April 2020. If every Scout hiked one mile it would add up to the equivalent of the 240,000 miles to the Moon.
With the ban on public gatherings still in place on 23rd April we were not able to have our usual St George’s Day Parade, so members from all of the sections wore their uniforms to take part in the ‘Clap For Our Carers’ at 8pm.
In case you haven’t been able to go past the Scouting Centre recently, here’s a picture of the lovely flowers in full bloom in the planters by the main door. Thanks to Paul Akers for planting daffodils and wallflowers way back when life was ‘normal’.
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On Thursday 19th September 2019, our new Scouting Centre was officially opened by past mayors Cllr Carol Melvin and Cllr John Morgan. It was a wonderful warm and sunny evening attended by over 100 guests.
The purpose of event was to thank our major donors and contractors for making the project happen. The releasing of the ribbon and speeches were followed by a hog roast, and a bar was available throughout the evening. Continue reading “It’s Official – we’re open!”