Cubs from 4th Newbury and Wash Common (Dalby) cub packs recently visited the INTECH Science Centre in Winchester.
The visit was part of the activities that the cubs were completing for their science badge and coincided with the World Space Weekend being held at INTECH. The cubs met space engineers, scientists and robots who were celebrating our connection with the Universe. Special exhibits were organised by Astrium, Rutherford Appleton and Arqiva and the cubs were able to control Mars rovers, make rockets to shoot in to the sky and to learn all about satellites and the role they play in everyday life. Some special Star Wars guests were also on hand to make sure everyone enjoyed the day. As well as the special activities for the weekend, the cubs also enjoyed some of the other experiments, learning about electricity, sound waves and radio communications.
The fantastic setting of INTECH was also used to invest 10 new cubs into Scouting and no doubt they will remember the day they were invested. The cubs even managed to find a new storm trooper cub scout! Lots of budding scientists enjoyed a fantastic day.
The Kennet District Scout football competition took place on Sunday at Battery End in Wash Common.
The Weather was perfect as some 150 plus young people from Beaver, Cub and Scout sections across the District took part in this annual football 6 a side competition organised by 1st Wash Common Scout Group.
Medals were awarded to the runners up and the winners in each division received medals and a team trophy.
While the Dalby cub pack won the Cub competition, teams from 4th Newbury Scout Group won the Beaver and Scout competitions and both teams completed the competition unbeaten with the Beavers keeping clean sheets in every game.
This is the 6th consecutive year that 4th Newbury Scouts has won the scout competition.
On Saturday the 8th June 2nd Newbury Beaver Scouts had a family trip to Brownsea Island.
2nd Newbury Scouts entered the County Quiz on Saturday 17th November.
We competed against 10 other teams and came 2nd only losing 1st place by 1.5 points.
We're getting closer each year to winning.
Well done to Eddie, Amy, Alex and William.
On Friday 4th November the 1st Hungerford Scout Group held a celebration. Since July the Group has seen a number of changes thanks to its new Group Scout Leader, Roger Stroud.
With the help of the County and District Scout Teams we have recruited a new team of four to restart our Beaver colony, (thats Scouting for 5 to 8 year olds). We have also recruited a new Assistant Scout Leader and one new Cub Leader and Assistant Cub Leader.
Roger and his wife Marion have organised the complete clearance of the grounds, repainting of the main hall and foyer, replacing the foyer floor as well as designing and sourcing a new group necker and badge. Filling a skip with waste metal from the grounds and donations by local residents raised the group £90 too! The long awaited refurbishment and replacement of the toilets and sewage system has also been completed thanks to the skills and time given by one of our Scouting families; Mark, Stephanie, Jake and Tom Lambourn.
1st Hungerford has not only received tremendous support from the Scout Movement but also from the local Hungerford Community. On Friday evening we were delighted to be joined by Hungerford's Mayor, Martin Crane, the Constable of the Town and manor, Greg Furr, Town and Manor Trustee Denis Cryer and Croft Hall Trustee Fred Bailey.
The highlight of our celebration was the investiture of our new leaders and the presentation of the new colour 1st Hungerford neckers and badge, all undertaken by the Kennet District Commissioner Alison Taylor. The neckers have been changed from pale blue to a bolder shade of blue with a gold edging, bringing it closer to the blue and gold used by the town of Hungerford.
The 1st Hungerford Scout Group has entered a new and very positive phase again under Roger's guidance. We can now offer Scouting to all age groups from Beavers, through Cubs, to Scouts and Explorer Scouts. We are keen to recruit another Cub team and a new Scout leader (currently being run by Roger Stroud) and new Scouts and Explorers.
Successful Getting Started day for some of the new leaders and Sectional Assistants (Beaver, Cub and Scout) at 1st Hungerford last Saturday - training can be fun for adults, too.
It is my pleasure to announce the following appointments (all subject to the Appointments Advisory Committee approval):
David Elliott as GSL 3rd Newbury Scout Group
Nigel Sayers as GSL 4th Newbury Scout Group
Roger Stroud as GSL·1st Hungerford Scout Group.
I know everyone in Kennet District will welcome these people into their new roles, and look forward to supporting and working with them in the future.
Also I am pleased to announce that Gerard O'Neill, in addition to his existing appointments, has agreed to become the Media Liaison Advisor for Kennet District Scouts.· Please encourage every section of your Groups to liaise with Gerard to try to ensure that media coverage of our events is covered as fully as possible.· He will be building up the local contacts in all media areas so that we can publicize our activities and successes to the wider public.
Alison - DC