COVID-19 Update – 3 May 2020

Hello to all members and friends of 1st Woosehill Scout Group

Since our last update on 24th March, a lot has changed as the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily life and routines beyond all recognition, and we have all got used to life under lockdown. At first, we thought that all scouting would be cancelled until further notice, hence our initial decision to suspend the subs for the summer term. However, we didn’t count on the imagination and enthusiasm of our amazing team of leaders across all the sections who have not only implemented virtual online sessions on the normal term dates but in some cases continued throughout the Easter holidays. I am aware of some great activities facilitated via Zoom, and everyone should be credited for engaging so enthusiastically in the name of scouting continuity. This is planned to continue in various forms throughout the summer term, which will help to bring some normality and structure to the daily lockdown routine.

Behind the scenes, your committee has continued to be busy, and over the Easter holiday, we managed to facilitate the replacement of the hallway flooring throughout the hut. It now looks amazing, including a brand new mat by the entrance, which should be much more durable and easier to keep clean, and will serve us well for years to come. Many thanks to both Martin Bishop and Steve Capel for all their hard work organising it, and to the Parker family for moving the new flooring in the first place.

We continue to incur costs such as utilities, rent, capitation along with the flooring investment, as well as an increased bill for all the badges that are being completed so diligently under lockdown, so we have decided that we would like to request a voluntary reduced subscription for the summer term. You will soon receive an OSM request for a payment of £20, which is less than 50% of normal subs and is entirely voluntary as we acknowledge some people are suffering more than others at the moment, but we would ask that you recognise that Scouting continuity really matters, and it is important we support our Group so that it is still running and healthy when “normal” activity resumes.

In terms of the future, we have cancelled the AGM and BBQ on Saturday 4th July as there is little chance of being able to gather together by then. This is being replaced by an online AGM on Tuesday 7th July, and then (social distancing permitting) we will have a Group Social & Bonfire Night on Friday 18th September to hopefully celebrate the new term beginning.

Thank you for continuing to support your Scout Group, and keep safe and well during the rest of lockdown.

Phil Wells
Group Chair, Executive Committee
1st Woosehill Scout Group

Quiz Night

We are holding a Quiz night fundraising event at the Scout Hut on Saturday 9th November 2019. 7pm for 7.30 start.

Tickets are on a first-come, first-served, basis. We have a maximum capacity of 10 teams of eight people.

Please bring your non-scouting friends to join your team.

Tickets are £5.00 per person and completed attached  forms and payment should be given to your leader by 25th October 2019.

There will be a licensed bar so please do not bring your own drinks. You are welcome to bring your own snacks!

There will be a small raffle. We would welcome some donations for our raffle. Please hand donations to your leader asap. 

Any questions please contact the fundraising team on the email above or speak to your leader.

Please join us for this social event…….. a chance to keep the cogs moving.

Download the Quiz Invitation

1st Woosehill AGM 2019

On Saturday 6th July 2019 the 38th Annual General Meeting of 1st Woosehill Scout group was held. The new campfire circle came into it’s own with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and their families enjoying a great time singing campfire songs around the fire. Many thanks to everyone that attended and special thanks to those involved in organising the event.

Documents from the AGM are available here.

Working party prepare the grounds for the 2019 1st Woosehill Scouts AGM

The famous summer working party took place on Sunday 30th June 2019 to make sure our grounds were in top shape before next weekend’s AGM and Summer family party. The number of helpers was limited, but with two chainsaws on the go, plus hedge trimmers, mowers, loppers and secateurs, we generated a significant amount of material that fed the bonfire for several hours. Everything is looking great and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday 6th July.

Berkshire Dragon Boat Regatta 2019

The Hawks Cub Pack competed fantastically in the Berkshire Scouts Dragon Boat Regatta coming second in both our heats despite competing with teams with more members in their boats. We had a brilliant time on the water and then ‘relaxed’ on the climbing wall.