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Busy Beavers raise over one thousand £££s for Woking and Sam Beare Hospice

Well done to the Beaver Scouts from across seven of the Woking District Colonies who have managed to donate a whopping £1,125 to a local charity, Woking and Sam Beare Hospice.

Over the past few months the Beavers have held and carried out a variety of fun-filled fundraising activities:-

  • 1st Knaphill Beavers held a tea party for family and friends and a tombola at their annual fireworks display
  • 7th Woking Beavers participated in a sponsored cycle ride in Woking Park
  • Brookwood Beavers entertained people with their Carol singing
  • 8th Woking  had a sponsored hike and Big Beaver Christmas Sale
  • Send Beavers raised money by doing good turns
  • Horsell Beavers filled Smartie boxes with pound coins
  • 1st Goldsworth Beavers had lots of fun at their fundraising pyjama party

Tasha Smith from Woking and Sam Beare Hospice was presented with the cheque on Wednesday 16th of May and said,

“It is so lovely that the Beaver Scouts raised so much money for a local charity. At Woking and Sam Beare Hospices we are very reliant on fundraising and very much appreciate what the children have achieved.  Thank you very much!”


Photo above shows the cheque presentation to Tasha Smith, the Community Fundraiser for Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, on May 16th at the Colony meeting of Goldsworth Park Beaver Scouts. The colonies represented in the photo were Goldsworth Park, 7th Woking and 8th Woking. The Leaders present were Geraldine Meldrum, Chris Evans, Nicola Harding, Anna Bartholomew and Clare Grigsby.


The Wonder Brains of Woking


Huge congratulations to 8th Woking Cub Scouts, Blue Six for coming 3rd in the Surrey County Quiz Final that was held this Sunday 29th April.

Well done to:

David Manning

Ben Sharkey

Edward Willmott

Sebastian Fogarty

Harrison Samuel

Sebastian Clarke

(all pictured below with Alistair Tickett from the Surrey Media Team)

Thank you for putting the time you all put in with a bit of extra learning and thanks for your commitment despite other demands you may have had at the weekend. A fantastic achievement!!!


Woking District St. George’s Day Celebration, 2018

A message from our District Commissioner, Liz Pocknell.

Thank you to everyone who came to St George’s day – another brilliant celebration with all ages engaged. Particular thanks to:-

  • Toby and Lewis who helped Beavers renew their promises - they have passed their personal challenges!
  • Explorers who enacted the story of St George with Network narration and impromptu acting!
  • Georges and Dragons playing cat and mouse - exhausted but they had fun!


  • Jamboree team who had 300 people Morris dancing - making the impossible, possible
  • Leaders who supervised their groups; keeping control in the car park and keeping behaviour impeccable.
  • Those carrying flags - so smart and looked so good (especially Terry and Carol)

  • Leaders who did their bit – Nigel, Tracey D, Tracey G, Lucy, Hilary, Freddie, Mike W, and behind the scenes - Richard M, Geraldine, Fuina, Sian. Have I missed anyone?
  • The smiling VIPs!

Thank you to the St George committee for arranging another successful afternoon. The bucket collection for the Jamboree fundraising was staggering. We raised £613.71 in one short afternoon to help send the youngsters to the Jamboree next year – thank you everyone involved.


Day of Celebration, Windsor

At the very same time the St George’s celebrations were happening, we had 4 people attending Windsor.

  • 2 Queens Scouts - Tom Stevens and Nick Eva (pictured below in the Group of Surrey Queens Scouts)

  • 2 Silver Acorn Awardees – Simon Lee and Liz Pocknell










There were several other leaders there, supporting those who went. It a fabulous day for you all, made better by the spectacular blue sky and unbroken sunshine. We hope there were some wonderful memories made.


A Well Deserved Silver Acorn for Simon!

During the Easter break Woking District Scouts Network Commissioner, Simon Lee, had a really great time visiting 7th Woking Cubs on their pack holiday in Huddersfield South West Scout District.

He joined in with preping the food for homemade pizzas, that the Cubs were cooking, and after cleaning duties, 7th Woking's Akela, Jan Parker, selected her youngest Cub, Catherine, to carry out the honour of awarding Simon his Silver Acorn.

Catherine who, even though she was super nervous at being given such a task, showed the true professionalism of a dedicated leader and wore the Silver Acorn around her neck whilst holding on to the Cub Pack's mascot, Ugly Ted. Once a message from Woking's DC, Liz Pocknell, was read out Catherine placed the Acorn over Simon's head & smartly saluted him.

Simon started his Scouting life as a Cub with 4th Golcar Cubs in Huddersfield South West where he took on his first adult leader role as Akela, having worked his way through the sections as a youth member. He said,

"Being with the young people & helping them reach their expectations & beyond is what I find to be the most satisfying thing about Scouting. I have worked with some amazing people over the years & had lots of fun. I never expected to gain the Silver Acorn & I am very grateful to all those who put me forward for this."

If you want to find out more about joining the Scout adventure as a Leader please contact dc@wokingscouts.org.uk


Cubs Annual District Science Day, 2018

Cubs from all over Woking District thoroughly enjoyed the annual District Science Day – they literally had a blast!

From exploding paint tins to computer programming and everything in between, they all had a whale of a time!

See the whole collection of images on the Surrey Scouts Smugmug Gallery HERE


Beavers’ Christmas Treat Time 2017

Around 100 enthusiastic Beavers from across Woking District Scouts gathered together on Saturday 25th of November at Knaphill Scout HQ to create a range of different Christmas treats for their friends and families.  The bi-annual event was attended by 8 different Beaver colonies and supported by about 30 adult volunteers.  The lively treat making sessions took place over two and a half hours, whereby the Beavers were split into groups and given 10 minutes at each table to create their own Christmas delights.  They were able to experience making Christmas truffles, decorations, candles, bookmarks and much more.

Geraldine Meldrum-Dolan, Assistant District Commissioner for Beavers, said,

“We have been running these sessions since 2012 and they are still as popular as ever.  Not only do the children get to experience the making of these wonderful treats but they get to meet fellow Beavers from across Woking.   It certainly is a very lively session, but we have the adult volunteers here to help; their assistance is absolutely vital.  And of course we are all now in a very festive mood!”

Geraldine carried on saying a big thank you to each of the Beaver colonies for designing the craft and food activities that the children took part in.

For more information on volunteering for Woking District Scouts please email dc@wokingscouts.org.uk

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At their May Fayre on 1st May, the 1st Send (St Mary's) Scout Group, led by Mark Silcock, escorted the May Queen whilst wearing blue wigs. Mark, caretaker for a local school, was inspired to get behind the campaign as one of the pupils at the school, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Not only did Mark get his Scout Group involved, but he also dyed his hair bright blue and had it styled on the day into a mohican! (last year it was bright pink!) Mark has raised a wonderful £295 so far. Don't forget, Mark has actually dyed his hair so will be blue for a while to come!

They had a lot of fun being silly for a serious cause. All the leaders were very proud of the Beavers Cubs and Scouts on the day showing how young people can make a positive difference. They were also grateful to Goldsworth Park Scouts for taking part in the tug of war with us.

If you would like to donate to Harrison's Fund follow this link to Mark’s just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Silcock2