St George’s Day – Scouting’s National Day

St. George’s Day Parade St-Georges-logo-2020

Sunday 26th April,
10:00am to 11:00am.

As last year, 8th Cheam will be hosting our own parade starting at the 8th Cheam Headquarters at 10am.

We will parade our colours in Cheam Village and hold a short promise renewal in Cheam Park before returning for your child’s collection from the HQ at 11am.

Full uniform please which includes; sweatshirts for Beavers and Cubs, shirts for Scouts; Group scarf and woggle; navy blue/dark trousers; belts (scouts) and black shoes. We would also suggest that everyone brings a coat, just in case of inclement weather. (Not an excuse for not turning out!)

If you would like to follow your young person and the parade please do and why not join us at the hall for a cup of tea or coffee afterwards.

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

Please click on images to enlarge

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8th Cheam Executive Committee

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!


Volunteer…why not?

Take the 4 week Challengebear-g-pointing

Volunteering for Scouting is easier than you think.

We are currently looking for young people and adults to be part of something BIG and join our adventure at 8th Cheam.

Volunteer for just four weeks and be amazed at the difference you’ll make.

Week 1…see what we get up to
Week 2…start to help out
Week 3…get a little more involved
Week 4…you’ll know if Scouting is for you.

We have a wide range of flexible roles either supporting young people or behind the scenes.

Any help is truly amazing.


If you would like to or need further information on volunteering for the position of leader, helper or a committee member, please email us at: 8thcheamscoutgroup@gmail.com.

The Group Executive Committee

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 so that the group can continue to offer the best scouting experience in Cheam.