8th Cheam – Summer BBQ

Summer is here…Time for burgers and more!Web Thumb 2018 CS2

Summer has finally arrived! You’ve pulled out your shorts and tee’s, inflated your garden pools and put up your parasols.

To help it along a little more we are cleaning off our BBQ grill and gearing up for our awesome Summer Party BBQ at our hall on Sunday 8th July @ 1pm, where you can feast on Chicken, Burgers, Hot Dogs and More. All the food plus fun in the sun too! Please say you’ll come.

To join us please speak to your section leader to give us the number of adults @ £6.00 and children @ £3.00 attending. As long as we have your numbers you can pay on the day.

An invitation to our AGM

An Invitation to join us…2018 Scouts 8th Cheam Cntrd CMYK

…at our Annual General Meeting 2017/18
on Sunday, 8th July at 1.00pm

Dear Parent / Guardian,

As Chairman of the Groups Executive committee, I am writing to invite you to 8th Cheam’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 8th July 2018, at 1.00pm, at our Scout HQ in Springclose Lane.

The key areas we will of course cover at the AGM are the election of executive members. If you want to make nominations for a position on the executive, you can do so in advance by writing to me at the address at the foot of this letter.

Please attend and use this meeting as your opportunity to support your Scout Group.

Never forget that it is your Scout Group and this is your opportunity to influence its future.

Proposed Agenda

  1. Welcome by the Chair
  2. Apologies
  3. Approval of the Minutes of 2016/17 AGM
  4. Matters arising
  5. Chairman’s Reports
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Election of Executive Members/Trustees for 2018/2019
  8. General Proposals and Discussion Items
  9. Guest speaker & Presentation
  10. Any Other Business (notification in writing in advance please).

We really would like more parents to take an active role in the Group.  So please consider if you can help in any capacity or would like to stand for the committee for the coming year.

We will be very happy to discuss on the evening or if you are unable to attend please feel free to speak to one of our Section Leaders, or email me, Ronan Brennan, at the address below.

We very much look forward to a good turnout.

Yours in Scouting

Ronan Brennan

Executive Chairman
8th Cheam

Note: Our AGM will be a part of our Summer BBQ,
so ask your section leader for your BBQ order slip!

Fence Project – Phase III

Fence Project - Phase III

Fence Project – UPDATE

Great day on Saturday 23rd June, we achieved a lot before running out of time, energy and materials.

Thanks goes to all those who turned out especially Val and Oscar who between them completed 75% of the fence that runs along the park side. We also managed to replace 2 sections of fencing that runs along the boundary with our neighbours.

Phase I, II & III: Boundary Fence Renewal

Over the past three years we have been rebuilding our boundary fences mainly with your help and a lot of donated material (palettes etc), And more recently approximately 25 meters of fence panels with posts have been kindly donated.

We have had many pledges of support-in-kind from many parents and friends who have offered both skilled and unskilled labour over the first 2 Phases.

Actual cost of Phase 1 was £150, Phase 2 costs was £250.

Phase 3 of the Fence Project is to replace the boundary fence along the side of the hall facing the park. We are again asking for volunteers to pledge their free time over these two weekends to help construct the new one. You don’t have to be a veteran construction worker – assistance clearing vegetation, fetching materials or painting the fence are just as valuable.

We still need your help to complete this project. So if you can assist us in any way on these dates to keep the project rolling: Saturday 2nd June, Sunday 3rd June and Saturday 23rd June, Sunday 24th June we will be very grateful.

Alternately, if you can’t spare the time, you can still help by sponsoring the project through a contribution to the purchase of our much needed supply materials.

£21 will help buy a pack of 10, 200mm Exterior Coach Bolts
£6 will help buy a bag of post mix
£35 will help buy a Roughneck Fibreglass Post-Hole Digger
£25 will help buy a Roughneck Ground Breaking Bar
£11 will help buy a pack of 50, 10x100mm TurboCoach Screws
£9 will help buy a 9ltr tub of Ronseal One Coat Fencelife (Dark Oak)

Such small sums as you feel able to contribute will take us closer towards our goal of a more secure headquarters to allow us to offer a better environment to build scouting qualities and abilities for all our members.

Thank you for your continued support.

Pictures of Fence Project Phase I & II

Please click on images to enlarge




Walk for Water – New Date

9th June is the new date forWalkforWater Logo-small
‘A Million Hands’ Walk for Water
in aid of Water Aid UK


Saturday 9th JUNE starting at 2pm

After the snow and high winds thwarted our attempt to complete our Walk for Water in April, we have decided on a new date for our ‘A Million Hands’ event.

Saturday 9th June, 2pm at 8th Cheam Scout HQ.

It’s the height of summer meaning definite sunshine and no chance of rain!

This is part of scouting’s ‘A MILLION HANDS’ project, so our beavers, cubs and scouts are doing a sponsored ‘Walk for Water’ to raise money for Water Aid UK.
Million Hands-1 We will be setting off from our hall; beavers and cubs carrying 1ltr bottles of water, scouts carrying 2ltr bottles and a small rucksack to carry the bottle in. All will be walking a pre-set route around the Cheam area.
As parents and friends, you are encouraged to join us too!WaterAid Logo-small
Please ask your section leader for further information and sponsorship forms.

Diary & HQ Maintenance Dates 2018

Diary & HQ Maintenance Dates 2018

Diary Dates 2018

These events are important dates in the Scouting/Group calendar
OR are held to help raise funds for the Group

  • 2nd/3rd June – Fence Project – Phase 3 – 1st weekend session
  • 9th June – Walk for Water – Supporting WaterAid UK – 2pm@scout Hall
  • 16th/17th June – Fence Project – Phase 3 – 2nd weekend session
  • 25th July – 1 week – Scout Camp – Broadstone Warren
  • 28th – 30th September – Group Camp/Beaver sleepover
  • On going – Fence Project – Phase 3 – Boundary Fence Renewal – we need help!

HQ Maintenance Dates 2018

This is nearly always held on the first Saturday of every month.
The hall is open from 10.30am to 5.00pm approx. Most tools supplied.
Tea & Coffee supplied (lunch if helping for most of the day).

  • Boundary Fence Project – on going – see dates above
  • We need help repairing plumbing in the boys toilet.
  • Maintenance – 9th June ’18
  • Maintenance – 7th July ’18
  • Maintenance – 8th Sept ’18
  • Maintenance – 6th Oct ’18
  • Maintenance – 3rd Nov ’18

As all dates may be subject to change, please check with your section leader

Group announces new GSL

Group announces new GSL.

Announced by the DDC, Susan Peek, at our carol service, we are delighted to welcome our new Group Scout Leader (GSL), Nic Purton.

Nic’s recent role was with the District Explorers but his connections to scouting go back even further to 1981 when he joined 8th Cheam as a Cub Scout. Nic says “the time seems right to take on this new level of responsibility. I look forward to working closely with Leaders and Members across all Sections”.

Nic officially started his new role at the beginning of January 2018.

Special congratulations go to our ACL Rachael who was awarded her ‘Wood Beads’ and ‘5 Years Service’  by DDC Susan Peek and to the three scouts who were invested into the troop.

We must also say well done to all our beavers, cubs, scouts and leaders for an excellent Carol Service.

Thank you to everyone who was part of an impressive turnout!


To Busy to Volunteer?

To Busy to Volunteer?bear-g-pointing

think again…

Volunteering for Scouting is easier than you think.

Whether you can spare an hour a month or a day a year, we have hundreds of opportunities both behind the scenes and working with young people.
With full support and training, you can experience the fun, friendship and adventure of Scouting for yourself, all on a flexible basis.

Volunteer today and make a positive impact in your community.

The Group Executive Committee (Exec)

This is vital for the running of the group as they make collaborative decisions and carry out administrative tasks to ensure the best quality of scouting for your children.

The Executive Committee exists to support the Group Scout Leader (GSL) in their duties and are financially and legally responsible for the running of the Group. The individuals who make up the Exec act as charity Trustees for the best interests of the children in every decision they make. Our group cannot run without it.

To enable the Group to continue running effectively, filling leader and Executive roles has to be our main priority over the comming months so that the group can continue to offer the best scouting experience in Cheam.

If you would like to or need further information on volunteering for the position of a leader, a helper or a committee member, please email the group at

Project Memorial Square — Pictures

Project Memorial Square -- Pictures

Memorial Square







NEWS UPDATE: Updated outside lighting has been kindly donated and has now been installed.

We have now built a permanent brick BBQ, which will allow our members to brush-up on their cooking skills as well as create an area for parents to relax in at our Summer BBQ for instance (weather permitting of course!).

Stage 4: To erect a pagoda (when we can acquire the timber) over the area to give the area  protection and a little more privacy and to build in some permanent seating.

The final concepts of the ‘Memorial Square’ is shown above.

Any assistance or materials you can provide for this special project will be gratefully received. Just speak to your Section Leader or email us at

Our next big project is to repair and replace the fencing along our boundary with the park

Thanks to everybody involved for all your help in this project over the past couple of years.

Click below for full size images.