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AGM 2018/2019 Report & Accounts

Annual General Meeting 2018/192018 Scouts 8th Cheam Centred
Report & Accounts

Chairman’s Report

As in previous years I am awed by the amount of hard work and dedication by the Section Leaders, the members of the Executive and all those who volunteer their time to ensure that this group runs as well as it does. I once again want to take this opportunity to thank them all.

8th Cheam is a community in which of like-minded people and their children and young adults can meet and learn and ultimately to grow in order to reach their full potential. Long may it continue.

I  leave you with a quote from the Chief Scout – Bear Grylls

“Two things matter in life: following your dreams and looking after your friends. This is what I love about Scouting. It’s about doing great things, loving and enjoying the great adventures and helping others to do the same.”

Executive Chairman

GSL Report

This year has been a mixed year. There have been some low points and some high points but thankfully, all in all it’s been a positive one. Numbers are generally up across the sections which are always a great indicator of the hard work and effort Lynx, Akela, Skip and all the section leaders put into providing quality engaging programmes. As a result it is also great to see so many kids achieving the top awards in their sections.

Unfortunately we’ve lost two assistant Cub Leaders just before Christmas due to increasing work commitments but conversely we welcome a new assistant into the Beaver leader team; he is currently speeding through his training well on the way to becoming an Assistant Beaver Leader.
On a similar note, Skip has been unable to lead the Scout meetings for the last term due to work commitments but Skips Assistant Leader has stepped in leading an excellent Expedition Skills based programme in his place.

It was great to see all the sections get away again for our Group Camp in September. Equally the scouts lead their second self-contained summer camp last year which was also a resounding success. Plans for 2019 include more interaction with District activities including Cubjam, Scout paintballing and the long weekend sailing trip around the Solent (all of these have happened and were thoroughly enjoyed by all.)

No report would be complete without mentioning the other half of the Adult volunteers who work hard to provide the facilities we are privileged to occupy. The Executive, led by Ronan, have pulled together to focus on serious fundraising for a long term hall maintaining programme. Over the last
few years we have seen the fencing completed (almost!), the hall lighting upgraded and funds are busy being secured for the replacement of our hall heaters. Efficiencies are being driven by the central collection of online subs payments, badge and award payments and the collation of other disparate functions.

And finally I would like to make special mention my father, who continues to work tirelessly in the background formulating the maintenance programme, creating all the wonderful notices, letters and posters, maintaining the website and assisting me with GDPR, DBS checks, the compass data base and much, much more. Thank you.

The group is in a good place at the moment with a solid base to work from. We still have leader shortages and desperately need permanent Cub assistance so if you have an hour and a half to spare a week, please come and join a great bunch of like-minded people working to shape our children’s futures.

GSL

Treasurers Report

Income: The group has continued to benefit from a successful and strategic fundraising committee. The committee works closely with the executive committee to plan and prioritise fundraising to ensure we can continue to maintain our hall.  Initiatives such as the fencing project have resulted in the group being able to completely upgrade the boundary fence thanks to donations of time, equipment and materials. Our lights have been upgraded, the cost of which has been funded through grants and fundraising events. The scouts have invested in camping equipment through their evening walking the streets with the Rotary Santa Sleigh. Next year will we turn our fundraising efforts to our heaters and windows.  These types of maintenance projects are outside the scope of termly subs and I would encourage you to please continue to support our fundraising events.

Gift Aid remains a significant source of income for the group. I would encourage all members to complete a gift aid if appropriate for them to do so. Please return them to your section leader.

Expenses: The accounts clearly identify that our utilities have increased from last year. Our light and heating costs have increased by 25% in 18/19. The group is vigilant in maintaining accurate meter readings and seeking charitable status for our utility bills. However, our aging heaters are inefficient hence our drive to raise funds to replace them. Our administration expenses are reducing as we move away from printed handouts and towards electronic forms of communication.

The executive committee continues to look at our membership numbers to ensure we are a viable and active group that has the resources to provide good quality scouting activities.

Group Treasurer


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Another ‘Fun’ packed year has gone, the spring term finishing with ten Beavers gaining their Bronze Award which is the highest to be gained as a Beaver.
Together our activities have gained the Collectors, Cyclist, Builder, Hobbies and the Health and Fitness badges. Our other weekly meetings activities help towards the Challenge Badges, there are six to gain.
Outside we have been learning tracking signs and laying trails, cooking hotdogs on mini BBQ’s and helping to put up a tent and singing at our Guy Fawkes campfire and our annual torch walk to the park. Twelve Beavers enjoyed a sleepover at our Group Camp weekend in September taking part in various onsite activities, a campfire and sleeping in tents and dining outside.
Some useful skills have been, learning and practicing our simple knots and ironing our scarves, packing a rucksack, sewing on buttons and starting our map reading for the Navigators badge.
Beavers like to cook and so we have made bread rolls twice, cookies and fruit kebabs.  With a very successful end of year Chefs and Waiters evening where parents are invited back to sample sandwiches and cakes that the Beavers have made all served with tea.
Last summer we had a visit from a lovely lady, who was blind, and her guide dog. The children learned what it was like to be blind and how the dogs help with everyday chores and getting about.
The Beavers showed what other talents they have outside of Beavers when we had a ‘Beavers Got Talent’ evening from singing to magic.  We also took part in the Groups Christmas Carol Service acting and singing the 12 days of Christmas which went down well with the audience.

Finally welcome to my new sectional assistant Adam and for all his help these last few months.  Also thanks to Kit for another successful year. Thanks also to the parents on the Rota without your help it would not be possible to run our successful colony evenings.

Lynx


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We have had a roller coaster of a year at cubs. We had a brilliant time learning about each other’s collections and seeing how passionate we all are about what we collect.
All of the cubs blew us away with their hidden talents at our ‘Cubs Got Talent’; we can’t wait to see what next years ‘Cubs Got Talent’ will bring.
We let the sixers run a cub meeting and they ran games and all the leaders and parent helpers became cubs for evening so the sixers could understand what it is like to be a leader.
I would like to say well done to all the cubs that came our to St. George’s day parade, you made us really proud.
Thank you to all the parents for your continued support with the running of cubs meetings.
We was very sad to say goodbye to two of my loyal assistants who have both been given amazing new job opportunities and we wish them all the best in their new jobs we will miss you all load.
I would like to personally thank William & Jessica, Jack, Oliver, Santiago & Matais and Susan for being my guard of honour at my wedding in August. You all looked very smart and it made the day even more magical so thank you all so much.  Akela


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2018 scout camp was at Broadstone Warren. Along with 17 Scouts and leaders we were joined by 5 cubs, which were joining the troop in September, who came down for an overnight stay to see what scouting and scout camps were all about.
We had some great weather for it. With all that lovely sun shine and extreme heat the wood ants were out in force, marching right through the middle of the camp site. They even showed us how fast they could dismantle and carry away a grasshopper.
We had a great time bivouacking, all the scouts and cubs slept out in bashers under the stars, many of the scouts up and talking until the early hours.
The go-carting was really good, all the scout having a fantastic time and it was great to see how competitive some of them can get. Also that some of the scouts and leaders really can’t drive!
The camp ended well with a last big activity, axe throwing. Surprising how may scout are good at it and is wasn’t those you would have expected?
A new school year saw new cubs moving up into the troop, and good bye to 2 scouts as they moved up to Explorer Scouts/Young Leaders. Also a big congratulation to Isobel for completing her Chief Scout Gold Award that was presented at the groups carol service.
I would like to thank all the other leaders and parents who have helped Sam at our Monday meetings while I have been working in the north of England. Skip

 

Minutes of AGM will be published at a future date.

We are back in Waitrose – please spread the word

 Waitrose Community MattersWaitrose_and_Partners

8th Cheam have been selected in Waitrose Cheam Village as part of their Community Matters scheme.

Please collect the green tokens and place them in our slot and our new heaters may be fitted before this winter!

Its a scheme that gives community projects like ours a boost.

1386063791996We are fundraising to replace our ageing heaters in our 8th Cheam HQ.

Thank you to all who contributed to our Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ grant.

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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 this year 1949-2019
  • 6th July – Nerf Wars BBQ/AGM
  • 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
  • 13th-15th – 70th anniversary group camp – all sections

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 for 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 – 7th Sept
  • Maintenance – 5th Oct
  • Maintenance – 2nd Nov

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.

HQ Spring Clean – Thank You

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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

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!

 

Volunteer…why not?

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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.

Interested?

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.

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.