Our last points competition of 2016 saw a short month with only 3 pack meetings. However, there were still a few stragglers who gained their personal safety badge and of course points for those that came to the District Promise Party to help increase the scores.
With all the sixes fairly close together it was the Blues that pulled into the lead, partly due to their good attendance and taking part in all our activities.
Our Cub of the Month was Harry who has recently joined us from Dauxwood. As well as being a keen and regular attendee with us, he’s also had a number of badges awarded by his old pack which have helped his score.
It has been another high scoring month with more of our older Cubs working towards their Silver Awards and completing challenge badges (+30 points each) along the way. In addition, many of the Cubs completed their personal safety badge and earned a nice +20. We also added in points for those that came along to the Remembrance Sunday parade.
It was the yellows who once again ended up on top this month. However, the greens were not miles behind which is good to see.
Well done to Abi who jumped ahead by completing her silver award this month and ended up as our Cub of the Month. She was last our Cub of the Month in March 2016 and in addition to her award work was helped on her way by becoming the new Sixer of the Yellows (+25).
At 1st Billingshurst we are proud of our links with the Royal British Legion and were pleased to be part of the village Remembrance Sunday parade on Sunday 13 November.
We selected Cubs to do the following jobs:
Colour bearer (to carry our flag). Our eldest Cub: Max
Colour party (2 Cubs to escort our flag on the parade): Ethan and William
Wreath bearer (to lay our wreath at the war memorial). Our Cub of the month for October: Aiden (and our new Cub Harry laid the wreath for Dauxwood Cubs)
It was a lovely sunny day for a parade and everybody looked very smart as we marched through the village.
On Tuesday 15 November we used our pack meeting to help out the British Legion by opening the collection pots from around the village. The money inside had to be counted, bagged and most importantly noted down so that the people knew how much they had collected. It was a busy evening with everybody involved. At the end of the evening we confirmed that the total counted was over £1800.
We do this every year so can compare the totals that we counted.
In 2007 we counted £766 which we thought was pretty good going.
In 2008 we counted an amazing £1766 including over £400 in notes
In 2009 we counted £784.22 although being 10 November some of the tins were still collecting and so it is not a complete total for the area.
In 2010 we counted a staggering £1538, much to the delight of Stan from the British Legion.
In 2011 we counted a fantastic £2206.47, possibly helped by it being 90 years of the British Legion.
In 2012 we counted £1619.70. An amazing total donated by the people of Billingshurst and the surrounding area.
We don’t have a figure for 2013
In 2014 out total came to £2222 – our highest ever
In 2015 we counted just over £2000 but being 10 November some of the tins were still collecting and so it is not a complete total for the area
In 2016 the total came to £1862 which is less than recent years. However, the British Legion told us that they had already banked £3500 which makes this year’s collection a very healthy total
Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos from Remembrance Sunday. Being at the back of our group rather limited the photos so if you have any photos of us in the parade that we can use please e-mail them to Jacala.
It has been another high scoring month with several of our older Cubs working towards their Silver Award and completing challenge badges (+30 points each) along the way.
Things were very close for second and third places with the greens and blues just a few points apart. Nobody from reds came to our half term night hike which has contributed to their low score. However, there is no doubt who won – with the yellows more than 150 points clear of their nearest rivals.
The Cub of the Month competition looks to be rather against the run of play as it was a member of red six who ended up on top. So well done to Aiden who jumped ahead by completing his silver award this month.