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Coming Up

Nothing on the horizon - just the usual stuff at Christmas - but if you've some great ideas for raising money please let us know..


Buy a Brick - we continue to sell “virtual” bricks as part of our building fund efforts. To buy a brick (or several bricks) you can download and print off a form here, or you can complete an online application here (we do not yet have a facility for making online payments). If you are a tax payer and are happy for us to collect Gift Aid on your donation please also complete and sign the Gift Aid declaration on the application form. This will enable us to claim, from the taxman, 25p extra for each £1 donated.

Our biggest issue is not enough Cub places. Both of the Packs are now full and with fewer Cubs moving out to Scouts than there are Beavers wanting to move in at the bottom end we have a serious problem. The short-term solution is that places in Cubs will be allocated strictly on a seniority (age) basis. Those Beavers that don't get a place (or don't get a place in their preferred Pack) will have to leave Beavers (at age 8) and go onto a waiting list for Cubs. There will be no opportunity for Beavers to stay in the Colony until a space comes available (this would disadvantage those on the Beaver waiting list). It will also not be possible for Beavers to join one Cub Pack and later transfer to another.

Obviously the only sustainable solution is to open a 3rd Cub Pack. The only way we can do this is with more volunteers; we don't have a ready supply waiting in the wings! Nor do have a magic Leader tree! This issue is important and urgent; it affects those already in the Group as well as those who want to join. Without a 3rd Pack the problem will get worse, in time we may have Beavers waiting for Cub places for so long that by the time one come available they are too old to join.

If you can't volunteer please help us find some people who will - we need YOUR help.

Other, less pressing, but no less important issues exist in the Lynx Beaver Colony and the Orion Scout Troop; we need to recruit more adults, preferrably as uniformed Leaders, but we can be flexible if you fancy doing something but are reluctant to commit to being a Leader. Most of the other sections could do with some help, sometimes ocassional or temporary assistance can make a tremendous difference; have a word with someone who is already involved they will tell you how important and rewarding it can be, and how much fun you can have.

We also need more volunteers on the Group Executive committee and ocassional help with fundraising. Please get in touch and have a chat.

Perhaps becoming a volunteer for one of these roles would suit you? Don't forget that if a parent volunteers for a full leadership role (and sticks at it for a while) we guarantee a place in the Group for any of their children (they don't necessarily have to be in the same section - ie a parent could volunteer with Cubs or Scouts and their child could join the Beavers).

If you don't fancy helping us maybe you know someone else who might? Volunteers don't have to be parents, just 18 or more. More detailed information on the Recruitment Page.