Archive for September 2019

Fence Project – Phase III – Final update

Fence Project - Phase III - Final update

Fence Project III – UPDATE 1st November 2019

28th September 2019 – The weather held and there was a good turnout of parents so this project which started in 2015 (Part I) with a few broken and sawn up pallets is finally finished. The group would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all the parents and leaders who over the past five years have dedicated their time, skill, effort and donations into helping us to complete this marathon project! Apart from some weather proofing and building up the gravel boards it is all completed and the hall is secure. Thanks again to all who helped.

21st or 28th September 2019 – The project has crept over into 2019 but hopefully over one of these two Saturdays the final 4 sections of fence can be fitted.

23rd August 2019 – Trespassers in the HQ grounds during the summer break – The first break in ripped the rear doors of the garage open, smashed some of the concrete gravel boards that were yet to be fitted and broke one of the CCTV cameras. The second time they built a large fire with some of the fence panels, wooden posts and pallets set aside to complete this project. Striped the lead flashing off the garage roof (total vandalism) and constructed a ladder out of scaffold poles and road barriers to climb over the fence from the park that runs along the side of the HQ.

Although the trespassers were visible both times on our CCTV they seem to know that nothing will happen by their actions in front of the cameras. This has resulted in us having to hastily constructing a new gate beside our garage to block any access to the rear of the hall. Clearing up the mess caused by the fire and retrieving everything from the park that had been thrown over.

7th April 2019 –  Along with a general spring clean of the HQ, a skip had been delivered allowing us to clear all of the old fencing, leaving the grounds at the rear of the hall relatively safe, tidy and clear at last. The day also allowed for the remainder of the new fence to have a final coat of weather proofing.

25th November 2018 – Although the majority of the new fencing has been weather proofed with fence protection by a parent during the half-term, the 25th had been marked in the calendar to finish the job but, as has dogged this project, it rained (although it would have been nice if a few of those who organised the date had turned up). That didn’t stop myself and one other parent (Oscar and his two sons) clearing up the piles of leaves that fall on and around our property from the surrounding trees every autumn.

20th October 2018– The weather stayed fine and the last few panels of fencing were erected. This completes a major section of fencing along our boundary with the park. Thanks again to Val, Oscar and Stuart for all your efforts. With only the section behind the garage to complete, the end is now in sight. See pictures below.

20th-21st October 2018 – We have set the date to try to finish the renewal of the last few sections of the fence along our park side. Lets hope the weather doesn’t delay it any further.  We need help to paint the new fence, clear the undergrowth, dig out the annoying sapling along the fence line, remove the last pieces of old fence and construct the new one. We really need to push on with this project before the on-set of winter and the ground becomes to muddy to work safely.

26th July 2108- Unfortunately the weather was against us on the 26th as it was the first substantial rainfall this summer. We really need to push on with this project before the on-set of winter. So it will be as planned for another date — to clear the weeds etc. from the old fence and erect the last sections of new — on a date yet to be set!

Sunday 26th July 2108 – We aim is to clear the last section of old fencing, weeds and young saplings along our boundary with the park in preparation for the installation of a final push to finish the project in August.

Saturday 23rd June  2108 – a great day. We managed to erect six 2.8meter lengths of new fence along the park side. Removing the old posts repositioning and resetting them, bolting on the timber uprights and then securing the fence panels. As well as replacing two sections of fencing that run along the boundary with our neighbours. Between us we all achieved a lot before running out of time, energy and materials. Our thanks to all those who turned out especially Val and Oscar who between them completed 75% of the fence that runs along the park side.

Phase I, II & III: Boundary Fence Renewal

Over the past three years (2015-18) 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 so far £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 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 to keep the project rolling we will be very grateful. Future dates will be displayed in our Diary entry on this website.

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 & III

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Diary & HQ Maintenance 2019/20

Diary Dates 2019/2070 Badge 2col smal

Please note these dates as they are important events in the Group/Scouting/HQ calendar or to help raise funds for the Group’s maintenance projects.

  • Groups 70th Birthday this year 1949-2019

  • 1st December – Group’s Christmas Carol Service
  • 10th December – Christingle Service – St. Dunstan’s Church
  • 13th December – Beavers break for Christmas
  • 19th December – Cubs break for Christmas
  • 16th December – Scouts break for Christmas
  • 9th January Cubs Return
  • 10th January Beavers Return
  • 13th JanuaryScouts Return

Still Needed 2019/20

  • Plumber – needed to repair plumbing in boys toilet.

HQ Maintenance 2019/20

Throughout the year the group runs maintenance /clean-up days on various Saturdays throughout the year, as well as putting its efforts into completing the renewal of its boundary fence.

Fence Project – Part I/II/III – The fence project, started in 2015 (Part I) with a few broken and sawn up pallets, is finally finished. A big ‘Thank You’ goes to all the parents and leaders who over the past five years have dedicated their time, skill and effort into helping us to complete this marathon project!

The hall opens for general maintenance/cleaning from 10.30am to 4.30pm approx. Most tools supplied.
Tea & Coffee supplied (lunch supplied if helping for most of the day).

THE SMALL PRINT: All dates/times/venues are subject to change.
As well as each section running its own events during this term, so look out for the emails and or letters.
If you haven’t received the latest group/section email or hand-out letter, please speak to your section leader for confirmation of the above dates, times and venues. It’s your responsibility to check all of the above and emails/letters so that you or your child doesn’t miss out on any forthcoming event.