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1st Byfleet Beaver Colony welcomes new members

1st Byfleet colony welcomed four new Beavers to their ranks just before half term.  The four youngsters were invested by Group Leader, Clare Wale, with each boy making their Beaver Scout Promise in front of their fellow Beavers and parents.  You can see them in the picture below holding their certificates rather proudly and looking like they are ready to enjoy the Scouting adventure!

If you feel you have what it takes to be a volunteer for Woking Scouts please get in touch with us via email at dc@wokingscouts.org.uk

 

Woking Volunteer of the Year Award 2018

Our very own District Commissioner, Liz Pocknell, was deservedly awarded the Special Award for Woking Volunteer of the Year on Friday the 13th of July at the Living Planet Centre.

The awards saw Liz nominated for her 22 years of volunteering with Woking Scouts, alongside other hard-working volunteers in the Woking area.  Liz was awarded with £500 which she has decided will go to Birchmere camp site to help improve the facilities there.

Photo from left to right - Mayor of Woking, Cllr Will Forster, Liz Pocknell and  Carol McNeilage-Thomson.

One of the award organisers present at the event said,

“Liz was especially inspirational, and we were so please she won the Special Award for Woking Volunteer of the Year.”

You can hear the radio coverage of the event at https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-fcti8-95a146 , which was provided by Jon Andrews of Radio Wey.

If you feel you have what it takes to be a volunteer for Woking Scouts please get in touch with us via email at dc@wokingscouts.org.uk


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

 

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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