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HQ Spring Clean

Spring Clean thank you-2

A huge thanks to everyone who came up to help at the annual 8th Cheam Spring Clean this weekend.
We cleared all the gutters,
Weeded and pruned overgrown plants,
Swept up leaves,
Painted all the new fences,
Vacuumed the hall top to bottom,
Cleared up all the old fencing into a skip (thanks Stuart),
Repainted the ladies toilet and the cloakroom.
Cleaned the BBQ and painted the canoe shed doors.

It was a fantastic achievement.
We genuinely couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you

St. Georges Day Parade

St Georges 19 sml
Sunday 28th April 2019 at 10.00am
Manor Park, Throwley Way, Sutton

St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting and each year Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from all over the British Isles gather in their Counties and Districts to take part in Parades and Services to celebrate Scouting’s National Day.

This year’s St Georges Day Parade and Promise Renewal will take place

  • At: 10.00am on Sunday 28th April
  • Manor Park, Throwley Way, Sutton
    (look out for our Group Flags).
  • Parade will move off promptly at 10:30am.
  • Followed by a short service (about 20min),
    presented by the scouts followed by all Sections renewing their promise.

Full Uniform must be worn, including navy trousers and black school shoes. We would also suggest that everyone, just in case of inclement weather, brings a coat.

This Parade is only one of two opportunities we have during the year to show that Scouting is alive and well in Sutton and I do urge all members of our Group to attend this important national event.

As parents/guardians, you may attend the ceremony and accompany the Parade, although not walking within the Parade itself.

We, the leaders, look forward to meeting you all there.

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8th Cheam Executive Committee

Diary & HQ Maintenance Dates 2019

Diary & HQ Maintenance Dates 2019

2018 Scouts 8th Cheam CentredDiary Dates 2019

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

  • Groups 70th Birthday 1949-2019 this year
  • 15th-19th April – Electricians renewing hall lighting
  • 25th April – Cubs return from Easter Break
  • 26th April – Beavers return from Easter Break
  • 28th April – ST GEORGE’S DAY – District Parade and Renewal of Promises.
  • 29th April – Scouts return from Easter Break
  • 18th May – Cheam Charter Fair – support our stand
  • 24th-27th May – District Scout Sailing Adventure
  • 25th-31st May – 7 day CUBJAM Camp
  • 29th May – District Scout Paint Balling day
  • 1st-2nd June – District using hall
  • 23rd June – Expedition Challenge Badge – Training session 1
  • 7th July – Expedition Challenge Badge – Training session 2
  • 13th-14th July – Expedition Challenge Badge weekend
  • 18th July – Cubs break for Summer
  • 19th July – Beavers break for Summer
  • 22nd July – Scouts break for Summer
  • Coming Soon! – Nerf/Fortnite – Kids event

Services Needed 2019

  • Plumber – needed to repair plumbing in boys toilet.
  • On going – Fence Project III – Boundary Fence Renewal – we still need your help to finally finish the last few sections of this 3 year project!

HQ Maintenance Dates 2019

This is nearly always held on the first Saturday of every month.

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

  • Maintenance – 11th May
  • Maintenance – 8th June
  • Maintenance – 6th July

As all dates may be subject to change, please check with your section leader for confirmation if you haven’t received the latest email, hand-out or letter.

Fence Project – Phase III – Update

Fence Project - Phase III - Update

Fence Project III – UPDATE 25th November

25th November – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 -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 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

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 8thcheamscoutgroup@gmail.com.

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 8thcheamscoutgroup@gmail.com

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.