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April Updates from Surrey Scouts

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Silver Wolf
Antony Bowman, Woking
Marian Cozens, Guildford
Brian Pinto, Woking
Bar to the Silver Acorn

James Ashmore, Woking
Judith Currie, Dorking
Jonathan How, Surrey
Barbara Jones, Banstead
Pauline Lewer, Surrey
Ian MacQueen, Surrey
Silver Acorn

Susan Croucher,Farnham
Michael Eagle, Guildford East
Pauline Eagle, Guildford East
Janet Fraser, Farnham
Jonathan Gasson, Guildford West 
Peter Hanna, Esher 
Austra Harmon, Dorking
Carol Shirtliff, Guildford West
Norman Sully, Spelthorne
East Surrey Colditz Night

East surrey District Scouts held it's much-loved annual Colditz night evasion exercise on the night of Saturday 18th March. 

Over 100 Scouts and Explorers were dropped off in secret locations between Edenbridge, Lingfield and Hurst Green. Teams were given a list of grid references and a map and told to get on with it. Accompanied by an adult, they had to navigate the checkpoints and make it back to the finish in the quickest time without being caught. 

This hotly anticipated event is always one of the highlights in the District calendar. This year it was a complete success with all young people having great fun. There was a slight hiccup when a member of the public mistook Scouts with sticks hiding in the bushes for men with fire-arms. The Surrey police scrambled their helicopter which provided added entertainment for the Scouts!

Teams from 1st.Lingfield were the overall winners with teams in first and second place and 1st Hedgecourt finished in third place.

30th Celebration for 1st Frimley Green and Mytchett Beavers!
It was thirty years ago on 5th March 1987 when Wind in the Willows Beaver Scout Colony first started with 12 boys aged between 6 and 8 years of age.  So, what better way to celebrate than have a Sleepover for the current Beaver Scouts in the Colony.  The Sleepover took place on 4th and 5th March 2017 in the Scout Centre, Frimley Lodge Park where the Colony meets every Thursday.  23 Beaver Scouts were kept very busy with a range of activities to ensure they had fun!  This included a trip to Hobbledown near Epsom on Saturday (a great place to take children to see farm animals, exotic animals and enjoy high ropes, climbing poles, tunnels and jumping pillows!)

The day was rounded off with hot food, followed by watching The Secret Life of Pets.  The Beaver Scouts eventually settled down to sleep and woke early on Sunday to get involved with washing up after breakfast and clearing away.  They then enjoyed printing tea-towels, painting coasters, games and completing a diary book as a souvenir of 30 years of Beaver Scouting.  In the afternoon, about 20 guests with links to the Colony joined the Beavers, Leaders and Helpers for a Tea Party.  One of the guests included an original Beaver Scout!  Some of the Beavers provided entertainment which included one playing his guitar, one giving a karate demonstration and others doing some magic tricks.  A special cake had been made by one of the parents and of course everyone sang “Happy Birthday”!

Sue Hathaway has been running the Colony since it started 30 years ago and her son Dale, who was a Beaver in the Colony shortly after it opened, continues to help as a Sectional Assistant.  Sue’s Assistant Beaver Scout Leader, Diana Hammond has been supporting the Colony for 20 years.

Woking Explorer Scouts First Aid
On Saturday 10th March, forty two Explorer Scouts aged 14 to 18 from the five Explorer Units in Woking, completed a First Response course on basic first aid including treatment to injuries whilst on hiking expeditions.

The scouts who are also Young leaders assisting  at Beaver Scout colonies, Cub Scout packs and Scout Troops in the Borough, completed the course as part of their training for the Expedition and  Volunteering section of the Scout and Duke of Edinburgh awards.

The young people were put through their paces, on how to deal with domestic injuries and symptoms, including Strokes, Heart attacks Meningitis, and adventurous activity situations such as hypothermia and limb injuries. The scouts also went through a number of scenarios in the outdoors, to put their theory to the test.
This is in preparation for their 2 to 4 day Expeditions in the Brecon Beacons and on Dartmoor later this year.
1st Hersham Scouts celebrated winning the Walton & Weybridge District Scouts football in March  with the trophy presented by Paul Iverson ACC (S).

Dorking District held a Chief Scout's Bronze Award ceremony. 

13 Young people attended with a total of 55 family and friends. Denise Iverson ACC(BS)  attended to make the presentations. A cream tea for all followed the short presentation. 

World Scout Jamboree
Unit Leader Recruitment
We are looking for people to be leaders in our Jamboree units in summer 2019.  Check your emails for further details about applying or click HERE to visit the website.

 Updates for the Directory:

The new ACC Cub Scouts is Stuart Richardson. His details are already in the Directory.
Epsom and Ewell Scout shop have a new telephone number: 020 8001 6856 and a new e-mail address:
Janet Manktelow has a new e-mail address:
Derek Pollard as well:
There will be a number of these coming as Orange is closing its various e-mail services; I’m also affected! Watch this space
Benita Middleton has a new e-mail address:

Some changes for East Surrey (not in new directory)
Robert Holyoake is no longer ADC(S) but LTM.

DESC – is  Amanda Doran 15 St Clair Close, Old Oxted, Oxted, RH8 9JP, Tel: 01883 712157, Mobile:07527 182139, e-mail:

SASU Coordinator no longer Diane Bush.

My “mid-year” update to the County Directory has been issued and is also on the County website as “Version 2”. If you have any old versions, please dispose of them appropriately. If you find any errors, please let me know and they will go in the next version.

There is an updated version of POR available dated March 2017. The main updates are to District and County Leader roles added to the Appointments Process, updated guidance on Snowsports and clarification and update of the rules regarding Personal Enquiries and disclosure checks It’s easy to download or browse online.
The Scout Association have partnered with Virgin Money Giving, the not for profit online fundraising service, to help you raise more for your Group.  What’s more, Virgin Money Giving have waived the one off registration fee*, so set up is completely free! There are no hidden charges and Gift Aid is passed on in full - all helping you to raise as much as possible. Registration is easy and allows you to conveniently raise money and add Gift Aid with just the click of a button. Plus, their online fundraising service helps you reach a wider audience to make your fundraising go further. This is unlike some fundraising companies that make quite noticeable charges
On the lines of my comment about £1 coins, the “old” £5 notes are going the same way! Either spend them soon (or pass them to me! – just joking)
The Woodlands Trust are offering free packs of trees to Scouts, schools and charities to help replace those killed by disease. Go to for more details. Note that if you’re applying for a tree pack as a community group, the land needs to be accessible to the public. You should also make sure your local community are aware of your plans to plant and are happy for you to go ahead. If you are planting on private land, you can still buy tree packs at a reasonable price.
Cadburys and the National Trust are organizing egg hunts. Go to to find out more! There is also a download of ideas for your own egg hunt which you might find useful.
Surrey Young Superstars has now officially opened for nominations! For more go to:

For more information on any of the above, contact direct or call Peter Hoare through the County Office, at home on 01883 342868 or on e-mail –

Diary Dates

3rd Bentley Copse Management sub-committee
8th County Cub Quiz - 1st/4th Addlestone
27th County Executive
12-14th County Hike Challenge
20th-21st Beavers Go Wild – Bentley Copse
5th SASU meeting – Walton Firs
10th County Cub Fishing Competition – Wraysbury Lake
20th County Scout Team Meeting – Walton Firs
26th Bentley Copse Management sub-Committee
7-9th Scoutabout
11th Cub Team meeting – Walton Firs
15th Chief Scout’s Gold Award presentation – East Surrey
18th County Executive


For dates of Adult Training, please refer to your Local Training Manager or see the County website, under 'Training'

For further information on Water Activities contact: Surrey Scout Water Activities Club (SSWAC) at or visit

For further information on air experience contact: Ken Funnell on 01737 822619
For further information on Surrey Rifle Club (SCSRC)
web: or contact: Phil Diprose on 01372 453963

For further details of all activities, see 'The Activities Guide' available from the Activities page on the website.

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